Steely Dan’s 1975 fourth album, “Katy Lied”, is a perfect example of a “sleeper”, but it’s not simply the passage of time that obscures its many-faceted brilliance. Here are Donald Fagen & the late Walter Becker interviewed.
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“Can’t Buy a Thrill” in November 1972 from Steely Dan this first varied assortment of smart pop from the songwriters Donald Fagen and Walter Becker sounds the least like any Steely Dan album which would follow.
Two purveyors of progressive pop, rock, and jazz in Steely Dan, singer/piano player Fagen and the late guitarist Walter Becker, discuss “Aja” with Redbeard In the Studio.
Though technically not appearing as Steely Dan on the 1991 return to the stage of Donald Fagen, the New York Rock’n’Soul Revue did include former Steely Dan background singer Michael McDonald, who sings the bridge part along with Fagen on this note perfect live version of “Pretzel Logic”, the title song to the third […]
In memoriam : the echoes In the Studio of Neil Peart of Rush, Walter Becker of Steely Dan, Ric Ocasek of The Cars, Paul Barrere of Little Feat, plus David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Chris Squire, Chris Cornell. Hour one of three.
The fact that the Doobie Brothers reinvented themselves for their March 1976 album “Takin’ It to the Streets” is quite widely known, but the reasons for the musical shift, and the manner in which they made it work so successfully, is a fascinating back-story worthy of an HBO mini-series.. On the album’s 45th anniversary, Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons, & Michael McDonald are all here In the Studio to recall how it really went down.
The tributes and testaments started even before official word was issued that Aretha Franklin had passed away. Knowing that I have interviewed so many of the greatest musicians of the last half century, more than one news outlet contacted me looking for a possible recorded interview that they could excerpt, but I never had the […]
Down through the history of mankind, first flights such as The Eagles are revered: the Montgolfier brothers in Paris in 1783 with their hot air balloon; the Wright brothers in 1903 with powered flight…
Here’s Dallas Texas native Boz Scaggs performing the title song to his album Some Change live on my Q102 Dallas afternoon radio show in May 1994. As Nile Rodgers would say , “Smooth as a gravy sandwich …”. See Scaggs steal the show with Michael McDonald and Steely Dan‘s Donald Fagen all together as The […]
Much to my delight, Dallas-via-San Francisco rhythm and bluesman Boz Scaggs has been quite prolific in the 21st century, with the new A Fool to Care just arriving. One look at the superb Dukes of September concert DVD confirms my impression from witnessing the actual 2012 tour featuring Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, and […]