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Gaucho (Requires DTS Decoder) [DTS Surround Sound]

Steely Dan DVD Audio
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly great March 30 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Time Out of Mind"...... Jan. 3 2013
By Breadmanwalking TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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. I also have the
old 4 CD box set, a sealed copy to be exact. I am a life long DanFan so all
you will hear from me is praise. The musicians they pick to work with is just
one of things that endears me to Steely Dan. Always a stellar line-up of talent.
"Gaucho" was the end of the initial era. Lots of great stuff has followed but for
now...give this a listen. I got a deal from a seller...about 7 dollars delivered....
Can't go wrong with those numbers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressionnant! Dec 2 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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 celle-ci.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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 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 a revelation April 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
A much loved album since its release I find myself blown away by the new multi channel mix.Just amazingly revealing ...........makes a compelling case for the new hi res digital media.
Ain't no going back to plain old stereo now for this listener!
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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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