Gaucho (DVD Audio) NTSC, DVD Audio
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The DVD-Audio version of Steely Dan's classic album features advanced resolution Surround Sound, advanced resolution Stereo, Dolby Digital Surround. Video includes a photo gallery, lyrics and the Steely Dan catalog.
The multi-platinum 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 their songs' typically oblique protagonists had uncomfortably blurred from the third person to the first this time around. At least that's what Becker and Fagen hint at in their typically 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 Gauchowell--like sour grapes 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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They didn't record anything for 20 years after this and when they did it wasn't as good. Steely Dan are a unique blend of many styles and I urge you to try them out. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Phantom Gtowner
This is one of the SD disc's that i had missed somehow, of course i had heard the FM singles that had been played but i had never managed to p/u a copy of the thing myself. Read morePublished 7 months ago by spigomars
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 on March 30 2013 by Hilary J. Chase
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 morePublished on Feb. 9 2013 by From the Musician's Pen
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
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 morePublished on Dec 2 2012 by Pierre Léger