Top positive review
Good price, Good album --- Remastering is Subtly Better
on February 4, 2013
I like Steely Dan and I like this, their second album. It's the same Steely Dan band, except they dropped their "lead singer", David Palmer, so Fagan sings everything from now on. It's the only time where the songs were written to fit the given band. Starting with the next album, Fagan and Becker would begin using some session musicians - starting with drummer Jeff Porcaro - and the original band would then cease to exist. Instead songs would be written and musicians sought who could record them.
I already own the box set, and wanted to upgrade to the remastered CD's because of good reviews on the "improved" sound. The remastering is subtle - the sound is cleaner, clearer and has more depth, but has retained all the dynamics without being overly loud or bright. However, without a hi-fi stereo system, I doubt most people would notice any improvement over the oringal CD's or the box set - previously released versions already sounded quite good. So, it's an unnecessary purchase for most people(hence, my reason for deducting one star).
The remastered version includes lyrics and extra running commentary, which is continued on each successive CD.
Final verdict - it's a good Steely Dan album, if you haven't already got it. If you already own the 1993 box set, you don't need this remaster.