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Steely Dan 
Rainbow Theatre [no label 2CD]
Live at the Rainbow, London, England, May 20, 1974.

(click on the covers for High Quality Scans)

Download both CD´s

With just two albums to their name, Steely Dan arrived in London to promote their third, Pretzel Logic. Now… what is that? A pretzel is a salty biscuit, twisted into a curious knot with three "holes". The bread stick is likely of German origin and some claim that its origins have a Christian history. Is that the "pretzel logic" of Steely Dan? That the unique pretzel shape with three holes or rings represents third time "lucky" for the band? A holy trinity of albums? If yes, the single Rikki Don’t Lose That Number from Pretzel Logic brought them their international hit.

The Dan are with the classic lineup of Jeff Baxter, Denny Dias, Jim Hodder and even Michael McDonald on piano. The melodic songs from Can’t Buy A Thrill and Countdown To Ecstasy are played for all their worth. It’s unknown why this show in London was recorded. This source is from a tape of the soundboard recording. It shows its age, the drums are poorly miked, but thankfully Donald Fagen’s voice is nicely centered and you can hear all the guitars and keyboard parts.

After the flood of jazz-rock bands, it was really cool to listen to Steely Dan’s piano-centered jazz-rock with not a tooting horn in sight. Taking the opening bars from Horace Silver’s Song For My Father, Becker and Fagen create the fantastic pop hit Rikki Don’t Lose That Number. Silver was not amused and demanded they remove it. None of the current CD releases with this song retains that special piano intro. Luckily it survives on this live recording. The Dan have never released a live recording from this era. They were not circus showmen.

It’s a real kick to finally hear the Dan in their younger days play such great tunes as The Boston Rag, Do It Again, Brooklyn and King Of The World. These pretzels are making me thirsty. But do be careful. Remember George W Bush choked on a pretzel on January 13, 2002 while watching football on television.

Disc 1 Lineup: 

Donald Fagen – piano, vocals
Walter Becker – bass
Jeff Baxter – gtr
Denny Dias – gtr
Jim Hodder – drms
Jeff Porcaro – drms
Royce Jones – percussion, backing vocals
Michael McDonald – electric piano, backing vocals
01 Intro/ Bodhisattva (8.5MB)

02 The Boston Rag(10.0MB)

03 Do It Again (12.0MB)
04 Brooklyn [Owes The Charmer Under Me](6.0MB)
05 King Of The World(7.5MB)
06 Rikki Don’t Lose That Number(6.8MB)
07 Pretzel Logic(9.7MB)
08 Band intros(2.0MB)
Disc 2
01 My Old School(7.3MB)
02 Dirty Work(5.3MB)
03 Instrumental [Your Gold Teeth II](1.6MB)
04 Reelin’ In The Years(7.1MB)
05 Crowd noise/tuning (2.9MB)
06 Show Biz Kids (8.3MB)
07 Crowd noise/tuning (2.4MB)
08 This All Too Mobile Home (17.5MB)
 

thanks, amadeus

7.5.07 19:46
 


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