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Steely Dan

Active since: 1972    Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra

Steely Dan

Steely Dan has been more of a conceptual framework for inventive music-making than a typical rock band. Spearheaded by a pair of resourceful musical auteurs Donald Fagen and Walter Becker - they have done nothing by the books since launching Steely Dan in 1972. The band’s very name is a scatological reference from a novel by Beat Generation anti-hero William Burroughs. Though Steely Dan recorded prolifically for much of the Seventies, they toured for only a brief spell early in that decade, deciding they much preferred the studio to the road. This allowed them to craft a wry, nuanced and hyper-literate series of albums - seven in all, released from 1972 to 1980 - that are highly regarded by connoisseurs of pop hooks, jazz harmony and desiccating wit....
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Can't Buy a Thrill
MCA
1972


Countdown to Ecstasy
MCA
1973


Pretzel Logic
MCA
1974


Katy Lied
MCA
1975


The Royal Scam
MCA
1976


Aja
MCA
1977


Gaucho
MCA
1980


Alive in America
MCA
1995


A Decade of Steely Dan
MCA
1996


Two Against Nature
MCA
2000


Show Biz Kids: The Steely Dan Story 1972-80
MCA
2000


Everything Must Go
Reprise
2003


The Definitive Collection
Geffen
2006

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