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Gaucho (Requires DTS Decoder) [DTS Surround Sound]

Steely Dan DVD Audio
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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Gaucho (Requires DTS Decoder) + Aja + Royal Scam (With Orig. Art)
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1. Babylon Sisters
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4. Gaucho
5. Time out of Mind
6. My Rival
7. Third World Man

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The multiplatinum success of Aja made Steely Dan, the musical conceit of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, a household name. But that prosperity came bundled with a fateful triple-whammy for rock's dyspeptic duo: unrealistic commercial expectations, a critical backlash spawned by punk's nascent mewling, and the long-simmering meltdown of their artistic partnership. But the cool, perfect sheen of 1980's Gaucho tipped its hand to none of it. Ironically, those fashion victims who sniffed up their sleeves at Don and Walt's decadence-tinged Me Decade manifesto couldn't have had a clue that just maybe Gaucho's typically oblique protagonists had uncomfortably blurred from the third-person to the first this time 'round. At least that's what Becker and Fagen hint at in their smart-assed notes to this digitally remastered, definitive edition (all original artwork and printed lyrics restored) of the final album before their 20-year hiatus. Pristine and sonically polished (three years and seven studios worth), time has served Gaucho well. Even its sense of laconic detachment now seems but a logical bridge to the two-decade removed Dan of Two Against Nature. To their credit, Becker and Fagen didn't trash the first half of Steely Dan's legacy on Gaucho, they simply burnished it to oblivion. -Jerry McCulley

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Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players) paper sleeve pressing. Universal. 2008.

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3.0 out of 5 stars SACD = new remix Dec 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
First of all I need to say that I am commenting on this particular mix and not the performance. I have the original CD and I have the Mobile Fidelity with it's remix. This new SACD is a totally different mix altogether and I must say I am not impressed. Gaucho is a great album make no mistake but so much of the intent of the original mix has been violated. Fagen's voice is now in front of the speakers and very dry (no reverb at all). At one point in Babylon Sisters, a very subtle vocal aside has become an in-your-face "squeal" of sorts. It's actually humorous. The drums are much more impressive than the 44.1 version but that's about all that's better. I was really hoping that the SACD version would be as fantastic as we were led to believe but sadly it isn't. Try and find a copy of the MFSL version. It's by far the best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars And thus begins the slide into the present age Sept. 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
After Steely Dan had basically blown minds several times over since their debut album (perhaps missing the mind-blowing effect on "Pretzel Logic" and "Katy Lied", which are still both very strong and addictive albums), and especially after the jazz-meets-rock apex of "Aja", it seems almost impossible that Messrs. Becker and Fagan could have upped the ante any more.
The legend has it that both were burnt out after "Aja", but nonetheless, there's a lot of stuff that resonates throughout "Gaucho", to the point of being a remarkable album still. Surprises include the choice of (Dire Straits leader) Mark Knopfler as solo guitarist for "Time Out of Mind", but one listen to the track and it's a given that Knopfler's feel was exactly what it took for this song. The only weak points are perhaps the last quarter of the album, "My Rival" and "Third World Man" (which are still quite interesting). However, my sole gripe is that the world never did get to hear a recorded version of "The Second Arrangement", the track originally set to close the album, and supposedly the best of the lot. (If that's the case, then why did the band never attempt it again, either solo or on more recent albums? Are bootlegs available?).
Most everything else released afterwards seems more connected to "Gaucho" than any other Steely Dan album, but maybe that's because the Dan never attempted to ignite the stylus afterwards, quite content to play "in the pocket". You won't hear any complaints from me...
In fact, "Everything Must Go", their latest effort, draws many comparisons to "Gaucho". This should be seen as a good thing (although I'd be quick to say that arrangements are not as elaborate on EMG as it is on this one). Although it pales in comparison to "Aja", it's still a very stellar effort whose greatest reason for not having five stars is simply the consistently high degree of quality from Steely Dan throughout the '70s. Pick it up if you haven't already. That is, if you're a Steely Dan fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT June 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album rocks. No, it's not as consistent as what came before, save "Royal Scam", but "Gaucho" is the culmination of all of those albums and, like the Amazon reviewer stated, is the logical bridge between the original Dan and the reunion albums. This one will take some time to appreciate, but once you do, the reward is plentiful. This is an unforgettable album, a timeless classic, and one that no fan of music should be without. This has "Hey 19", "Babylon Sisters", and "Time out of Mind", but my favorite is the complex, weird discofied "Glamour Profession". The group is hot on this album, and shows no signs of decay. "Aja" might have been a bigger accomplishment, but "Gaucho" is yet another fine product by the Dan. My only complaint with this album is that it's a bit shorter than the others. Apparently the boys had some problems in the studio that led to the breakup. But it's interesting to wonder what would have happened if they had kept releasing an album every couple of years. Steely Dan, in 1985? NICE. GO BUY THIS NOW AND WIPE THE RUST OFF YOUR BRAIN. KEITH JARRETT CO-WROTE THE TITLE TRACK, FOR CHRIST'S SAKE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Give Your Sound System A Treat... Feb. 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
...let it ride with this '80s Steely Dan masterwork. Every thing about it speaks perfection. Years from now they'll hail it as the antidote to weariness caused by getting too old for doping like you used to and too tired and paranoid for the thrills related to the stoner's search. That's what the songs are really about. Artists on the search for the next thing to narcotise their true feelings. (And it's done in a way that's much more rebellious than any fill in the blank rap artist or metal banger on today's charts.) They find that reality still pretty much sucks. But, that's ah'okay. The best art comes out when the artist is not at all happy with reality...just dig on those grooves in My Rival. And those who thought that Hey Nineteen is just another of those peppy pop tunes, must listen again. Tune is just dripping with ennui. Don't forget that the group name is a metaphor for the drug induced, sex and debauchery exploits of William Burroughs. Also they were obviously influenced by Hunter S. Thompson's work Fear and Loathing...the lyrical content in any Steely is always more sinister than it appears. But that's the trick. The music is, like I said, perfect. It can generally be made to sound perfect. Life, itself, however...?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The End of Steely Dan's First Era Jan. 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
Just like "The Royal Scam" was the darker predecessor of the already-grim "Katy Lied," likewise "Gaucho" is the darker sister of "Aja." The last album from the first lifespan of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen (better known as the sardonic Steely Dan), "Gaucho" was released a long three years after the stunning success of "Aja" (which is still hailed by many to be their masterpiece). Several factors contributed to this long interval, but most notably was a contractual dispute between MCA (ABC) and Warner Brothers, with whom Steely Dan had signed a new contract. The battle wouldn't end even when MCA won the rights to the new album, as Becker and Fagen fought (to no avail) to stop a price increase for their new record.
Nonetheless, when it was finally released, "Gaucho" gave fans the dose of Dan that they'd been craving for three years. Not surprisingly, a lot of the album's content was substantially more sardonic than that of "Aja." The former album had been just slightly less pessimistic than their previous works; for instance there was the brightness of 'Peg,' and the care-free 'Josie' (the doomsday feeling was echoed best through 'Deacon Blues'). But with "Gaucho," Becker and Fagen had convinced themselves that they had already spent their musical zenith, which understandably made the creation of this album a daunting task. The familiar pessimism of old times was the result, but here it was finally matched with the perfectionist gloss of studio sterility that had made "Aja" such a hit; examples being the death knells of "illegal fun under the sun" in 'Glamour Profession,' the paranoia of the title track and 'My Rival,' and the irnoy of 'Third World Man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly great
I'm not a big fan of digital music, and I have only an inexpensive universal player, but once I heard this disc, I got rid of my vinyl copy.
Published 17 months ago by Hilary J. Chase
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album, Good Price - Remastering is Subtly Better
By their fourth album, Steely Dan was Fagan and Becker and session musicians. Even Fagan and Becker didn't play on all their own songs anymore. Read more
Published 18 months ago by From the Musician's Pen
5.0 out of 5 stars "Time Out of Mind"......
What a great album this is! One of my faves. The remasters, done by the
original engineer and two band leaders, are all top notch. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Breadmanwalking
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressionnant!
On redécouvre cet album en 5.1. Tout est en place dans ce mixage: voix, cuivres, rythmique. Incontournable, on ne peux plus écouter d'autres versions après... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Pierre Léger
5.0 out of 5 stars a revelation
A much loved album since its release I find myself blown away by the new multi channel mix.Just amazingly revealing ........... Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by D. J. Mcsorley
5.0 out of 5 stars Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs - Gaucho Steely Dan Superb Sound
The attached is arguably the best CD Steely Dan completed prior to their breakup or since.
This is the Mobile Fidelity 24Karat Gold Version in the orignial shrink wrap. Read more
Published on Dec 16 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars most have it wrong
A common misconseption is that this album is 80s when its actually 1979. They just didnt release it then due to high record prices. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2003 by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Steely Dan
A good Album. This album has all the elements that make up a good Steely Dan Album. The lyrics are witty and the music is blues, jazz and rock mix. The rifts are beautiful. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2003 by Diana Swan
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