Gaucho (Requires DTS Decoder) DTS Surround Sound, Import
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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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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!
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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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 4 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
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
A much loved album since its release I find myself blown away by the new multi channel mix.Just amazingly revealing ........... Read morePublished on April 24 2004 by D. J. Mcsorley
...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... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2004 by yygsgsdrassil