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|2. Razor Boy|
|3. The Boston Rag|
|4. Your Gold Teeth|
|5. Show Biz Kids|
|6. My Old School|
|7. Pearl Of The Quarter|
|8. King Of The World|
Their second release was their second straight Top 40 album-and their second album in a row with two charting singles, Show Biz Kids and My Old School . None of the album's songs charted particularly high, but if you're a Dan fan, you know that this 1973 album is maybe their best ever. Features original notes and lyrics plus new notes, remastered sound and an unbeatable price.
The only element of sophomore slump in Steely Dan's second album was the disappointing sales response upon its initial release in 1974. Musically, Countdown to Ecstasy is even stronger than the Dan's terrific debut, pushing the musical envelope with more complex jazz harmonies and intricate time signatures, and carrying their lyrics into even more shadowy realms peppered with sci-fi imagery and street-level slang. The songs are stunning, from the opening blast of "Boddhisattva", a Zen boogie fuelled by Denny Dias's and Jeff Baxter's angular, bopping guitars, to the post-nuclear apocalypse of "King of the World". In between, they deliver the one-two punch of "Show Biz Kids", with its perfect snapshot of affluent decadence, and "My Old School", in which college daze is remembered through a collision of staccato guitar and blazing horns. --Sam Sutherland
Back in 1973 a number of fantastic albums arrived, and this is one.
The job of remastering is tight. Read more
Just listen people, I have been listening to this album since it came out and beleive you me, there have been very few since that can even come close. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by glen paul bradley
spin doctors rule steely dan rules aja = a hint of commercial gaucho = sickaningly commercial and that was over 20 years ago just imagine how bad they are nowPublished on Oct. 8 2003 by Mary Bennett
As the 1970s fade into the memory holes of increasingly aging and forgetful baby boomers, certain musical accomplishments of that era stand out as truly timeless. Read morePublished on June 9 2003 by John Stodder
I have been listening to this recording for almost 30 years and I still enjoy it. This is a group of songs that never get old or seem dated. Read morePublished on April 7 2003 by J. G. Swartley