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Man, you've been slacking on these.........

I went with "Do It Again", but I could have picked any of about half a dozen of those listed. "Kid Charlemagne" is a great, funky jam.

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"Deacon Blues" seduced this punk rockin'/thrash/glam/Goth head some 40 yrs ago, and it continues to make the sweetest love evah to my ears. 

a genre busting masterpiece. 

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Like them all but went with "My Old School"  love the horns in that song.

Do it again and Dirty Work were close.    I remember the first time I ever smoked weed we were in my buddy's apartment at Michigan.  He had just bought the then  top of the line Bose 901 speakers, the ones on a stand. After we hit the bong he put on Do it Again and then My Old School by Steely Dan and I was mesmerized.

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Aja album was just so cool and polished. One of the best of all time. I appreciate its entirety as much now as I did then. But, got introduced to Steely Dan with Can't Buy a Thrill. Brings me back to a great time when my friends and I were just getting our licenses; driving around, smoking and listening to awesome music. Loved Do it Again, but went with Reeling in the Years for the guitar work.

My favorite song as far as lyrics/vocals go, one that I think deserves consideration; Dont Take Me Alive

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Pretty sure we've done this at least once, but it's probably been years.

Too many to choose, but the title track "Aja" is at the top for me. Steve Gadd's drumming is just filthy.

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Went with Black Cow, but before I get out of here got to put my Fez on.

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Couldn't pick...all great.

 

And wow- didn't know dirty work was theirs!

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I really only know the band’s name, not their catalogue.  But, at my friends beach wedding they had a steel drum guy for the reception and he went by the moniker of Steely Pan and that made me laugh.

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Skipping down ...

My favorite Dan song now is "Time Out of Mind". "Deacon Blues" and "Dirty Work" are right there at the top for me, too, but I voted Other to give "Time Out of Mind" some love.

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Do it Again, Peg and Hey Nineteen are my top 3.  

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It's too laid back to be the most emblematic Dan, but Babylon Sisters gets me thru & thru. Head, heart, hips and 'jones.

 

Also, a shout out to two Dan 2.0 songs - Negative Girl and Lunch With Gina - which absolutely seem to have been written about my Mary.

 

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Dirty Work

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2 hours ago, zamboni said:

Pretty sure we've done this at least once, but it's probably been years.

Too many to choose, but the title track "Aja" is at the top for me. Steve Gadd's drumming is just filthy.

rabbit holed down a handful of this guy's vids ... recently caught this onewhich really breaks it down. 

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3 hours ago, El Floppo said:

 

 

And wow- didn't know dirty work was theirs!

Doesn't sound like most of their other tunes, largely because they had a different lead singer here (David Palmer) who left shortly after the debut album. He did sing lead on a lot of their songs early on when they played live, as Fagen was supposedly very stage shy at that point.

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Do It Again is my pick, but as others have pointed out already, the title track from Aja is a glaring omission.  My top 3 would be:

1. Do It Again
2. Aja
3. Kid Charlemagne 

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reeling in the years.....really???    you people disappoint me.

 

My old school is current favorite.   That changes every so often.   Heard it live here at jazzfest a few years ago and it has just kept playing in the head.   One of Beckers last shows. :(

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Too many to choose from.

The only time I sang karaoke I picked Deacon Blues

Babylon Sisters was playing in the background when I "got together" with a young lady in college whom I had known and crushed on for years.

Have other great memories attached to multiple others.

On the list provided, I will choose Josie; she prays like a Roman with her eyes on fire.

In reality, there can't be only one, and Fagan's solo work muddles it even more for me.

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It appears that I am the 1st vote for the Owsley-inspired Kid Charlemagne. 

 

Is there gas in the car?

Yes, there's gas in the car

I think the people down the hall know who you are

'Cause the man is wise

You are still an outlaw in their eyes

 

 

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I always loved True Companion from the Heavy Metal movie soundtrack. It's listed as a Donald Fagen song, but IIRC Steely Dan was in the middle of one of their many legal battles, creative clashes, and disbanded around the time the song came out (1981). I am not sure if it started out as a SD song and finished as a Fagen solo song or not. The song ended up on SD's "Gold" greatest hits album and they played it in their live sets when they got back together. In any event, it's certainly not in the mainstay of SD tracks but still one of my faves . . . 

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36 minutes ago, Man of Constant Sorrow said:

It appears that I am the 1st vote for the Owsley-inspired Kid Charlemagne. 

 

Is there gas in the car?

Yes, there's gas in the car

I think the people down the hall know who you are

'Cause the man is wise

You are still an outlaw in their eyes

 

 

That's my second choice. 

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7 hours ago, otb_lifer said:

"Deacon Blues" seduced this punk rockin'/thrash/glam/Goth head some 40 yrs ago, and it continues to make the sweetest love evah to my ears. 

a genre busting masterpiece. 

:wub:

My choice too. Mrs O is not a fan. Couldn’t get her to go see them in Vegas last time, but maybe I’ll go alone if they’re doing another residency.

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57 minutes ago, tipsy mcstagger said:

reeling in the years.....really???    you people disappoint me

Have to agree and I'm surprised it's running away with it.

There are so many good ones hard to believe any song can run away and one of my least favorites.

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1 hour ago, Osaurus said:
8 hours ago, otb_lifer said:

"Deacon Blues" seduced this punk rockin'/thrash/glam/Goth head some 40 yrs ago, and it continues to make the sweetest love evah to my ears. 

a genre busting masterpiece. 

:wub:

My choice too. Mrs O is not a fan. Couldn’t get her to go see them in Vegas last time, but maybe I’ll go alone if they’re doing another residency.

Probably for me too.

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The Caves of Altimara  https://youtu.be/_l6PR4l3FF8 Is one I didn’t see listed and Don’t Take Me Alive is amazing.  The intro from Larry Carlton on Don’t Take Me Alive is just spectacular.  I didn’t vote because honestly , I couldn’t even pick a favorite album let alone song.

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2 hours ago, timschochet said:

Reeling in the Years. That guitar...sublime. 

 

Per Wiki, supposedly Jimmy Page’s favorite solo. 

Elliott Randall also played some killer licks on Irene Cara’s “Fame”.

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steely dan - show biz kids

While the poor people sleepin'
With the shade on the light
While the poor people sleepin'
All the stars come out at night
While the poor people sleepin'
With the shade on the light
While the poor people sleepin'
All the stars come out at night

After closing time
At the Guernsey Fair
I detect the El Supremo
From the room at the top of the stairs
Well I've been around the world
And I've been in the Washington Zoo
And in all my travels as the facts unravel
I've found this to be true

While the poor people sleepin'
With the shade on the light
While the poor people sleepin'
All the stars come out at night
While the poor people sleepin'
With the shade on the light
While the poor people sleepin'
All the stars come out at night

They got the house on the corner
With the rug inside
They got the booze they need
All that money can buy
They got the shapely bodys
They got the Steely Dan T-shirt
And for the coup-de-gras
They're outrageous

Let me tell you
While the poor people sleepin'
With the shade on the light
While the poor people sleepin'
All the stars come out at night
While the poor people sleepin'
With the shade on the light
While the poor people sleepin'
All the stars come out at night

Show business kids making movies
Of themselves you know they
Don't give a #### about anybody else
You know you go to

While the poor people sleepin'
With the shade on the light
While the poor people sleepin'
With the shade on the light
While the poor people sleepin'
All the stars come out at night
While the poor people sleepin'
With the shade on the light
While the poor people sleepin'
All the stars come out at night

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8 hours ago, brun said:

My favorite song as far as lyrics/vocals go, one that I think deserves consideration; Dont Take Me Alive

Touche', my "other" pick.

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6 hours ago, wikkidpissah said:

It's too laid back to be the most emblematic Dan, but Babylon Sisters gets me thru & thru. Head, heart, hips and 'jones.

 

Also, a shout out to two Dan 2.0 songs - Negative Girl and Lunch With Gina - which absolutely seem to have been written about my Mary.

 

I took Fagan's solo LP from 2011 in the decade draft. This one makes me think of you.

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21 minutes ago, Apple Jack said:

If there is a waiting room in hell, Steely Dan is playing over the speakers.

You wish.

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12 minutes ago, Leroy Hoard said:
35 minutes ago, Apple Jack said:

If there is a waiting room in hell, Steely Dan is playing over the speakers.

You wish.

Michael:...and beside the Clown paintings that you love so much, Eleanor, the speakers play Steely Dan for all Jeremy Bearimy! 

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Encyclopedia,

1st, thank you for doing this.

My vote, Deacon Blues.

#2, My Old School, because it's great, and my initial exposure, and pretty early in my getting high days. So......

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Tough one.  Sappy me loves ‘Dirty Work’. Depressed me loves ‘Deacon Blues’. Dope historian me love ’Kid Charlemagne’. 

Voted Kid. 

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3 hours ago, bushdocda said:

Tough one.  Sappy me loves ‘Dirty Work’. Depressed me loves ‘Deacon Blues’. Dope historian me love ’Kid Charlemagne’. 

Voted Kid. 

I have one of Bear's belt buckles around here somewhere.

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I voted Peg, as it is my favorite of theirs and one of my favorite songs in general. The rhythm tracks laid down by Rick Marotta and Chuck Rainey are all timers.

My second favorite of theirs is probably Night By Night. The horns are superb, there are a couple of great guitar solos, and the lyrics are especially jagged.

Another one not mentioned, that I again enjoy for the rhythm tracks, is Home At Last. I can (and have) listen to that Bernard Purdie shuffle for hours on end.

Honorable mentions include Pretzel Logic, The Fez, Don't Take Me Alive, Babylon Sisters, Time Out Of Mind, The Caves Of Altamira, Charlie Freak, Doctor Wu, FM, RIkki Don't Lose That Number,  Bodhisattva, probably a bunch of other ones I'm not remembering right now.

One of my top 10 artists of all time.

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3 minutes ago, Gr00vus said:

Pretzel Logic,

Damn - forgot about that one - way way up on my favorite list. Saw them (well him :( ) perform this last year as an encore, and it was fantastic.

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20 hours ago, Bracie Smathers said:

I was going to list that, was surprised the poll didn't include it.

Fun Fact: Rick Derringer plays slide guitar on this track.

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Just now, squistion said:

 

Fun Fact: Rick Derringer plays slide guitar on this track.

Amid all the regular sessionists and guest players, the band basically had its own version of the Wrecking Crew.

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