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Gaucho (Requires DTS Decoder) DTS Surround Sound, Import

4.6 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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  • DVD Audio (Nov. 25 1997)
  • Please Note: This is a DVD-Audio disc which is playable on most DVD players as well as all DVD-Audio players.
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, Import
  • Label: Digital Sound
  • ASIN: B000007SIN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
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1. Babylon Sisters
2. Hey Nineteen
3. Glamour Profession
4. Gaucho
5. Time out of Mind
6. My Rival
7. Third World Man

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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 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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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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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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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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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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1980's "Gaucho" was Steely Dan's final album before embarking on their 20-year sabbatical from recording together again. Apparently, Walter Becker & Donald Fagen reached loggerheads in their partnership on this one, with both men having personal & business-related problems at the time. The recording of "Gaucho" was long & laborious, and one particularly treasured song, "The Second Arrangement," was tragically lost, having been accidentally erased by a careless engineer. That Becker & Fagen finally finished the album despite all of the behind-the-scenes problems must be considered a great miracle. Just seven tracks long, "Gaucho" is easily the lightest, most laid-back album in Steely Dan's catalog, but that certainly doesn't make it bad. It's a wonderful, handsome disc, filled with the fine quality jazz/pop & production skills that the Dan are famous for. "Babylon Sisters" is a fine, slow & steady shuffler. "Hey Nineteen," the big hit from the album, is a bouncy, sparkly tune, and "Glamour Profession" is very groovy. The title song is more laid-back, but has marvelous melody to it. "Time Out Of Mind," the closest Steely Dan get to "rocking out" on this album, is a terrific toe-tapper, and arguably the best tune from the album. "My Rival" is a cool smooth-groover, and the finale, "Third World Man," with it's feeling of calm, is a tranquil, peaceful gem for Walt & Don to exit with.Thankfully, "Gaucho" was NOT the last we'd ever see from Steely Dan. Becker & Fagen finally put the Dan back together again in 1993 for a successful concert tour, and then, at long last, they released a brand-new studio album in 2000, the Grammy-winning "Two Against Nature." But it must be said that the duo's first era of work ended on a very solid note with "Gaucho." Granted, the blood, sweat & tears that Walt & Don shed to make "Gaucho" ended their partnership for 13 years, but they still managed to deliver another terrific platter of music. "Gaucho," in my book, is a very cool Steely Dan album.
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