Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Steely Dan - 1993 "Citizen" 1972 - 1980 [4 CD Box]

Citizen Steely Dan is a four-CD boxed set musical album by Steely Dan, released in 1993. The set is a collection of all of Steely Dan's albums (up to 1993) in chronological order, and also contains a non-album single ("FM (No Static at All)"), a non-album B-side ("Bodhisattva (Live)"), a rare compilation track ("Here at the Western World"), recorded during the sessions for The Royal Scam but released only on the 1978 Greatest Hits, and a previously unreleased demo of "Everyone's Gone to the Movies" (a song from their 1975 album Katy Lied).

The set is not, however, a complete compilation of every track released by Steely Dan up to 1993. Missing are both sides of the band's 1972 debut single ("Dallas" b/w "Sail the Waterway"), neither of which has ever been re-issued on CD. This is due to the band's dislike of the songs and refusal to allow them to be reissued.

Until 1998, this was the only place to find the remastered versions of the Steely Dan albums. However, because the albums were split up irregularly amongst the discs (in some cases with the track order changed), the remastered studio albums were issued in 1998, albeit without bonus tracks.

The first pressing features "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" using the single edit of the song. This version omits the percussive opening for the song. The second pressing of the boxed set features the version from the album although it was reissued without any information noting the change.

Glen Meadows remastered the CD set from the digital masters archived by Donald Fagen, Gary Katz and Roger Nichols in 1982. These digital tapes were prepared because the original analog tapes were in very poor shape. The earliest CD mastering for all the Steely Dan albums in 1985 used these digital tapes but MCA inexplicably used deteriorating analog masters for all later CD pressings until the 1998 remasters. This information was discovered by Roger Nichols in 1991 when he was asked his opinion of the Mobile Fidelity Gold reissues of Aja and Gaucho. Nichols discovered that the "Gaucho CD was even a different speed, about a quarter tone sharper" when compared to the original CD that he was involved in.

The 1993 boxed set remaster was the first time since the originally issued CDs that the albums used the correct source tape.

 Collecting all of Steely Dan's albums in chronological order, plus all of their two or three B-sides and one demo in a four-CD box, Citizen Steely Dan is only worthwhile for the fan replacing their old records. The remastering on the box is exactly the same as the newly upgraded CDs, and everything but the demo is available on other discs.

Track listing

All songs by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen except where noted.

    Disc One: Can't Buy a Thrill (tracks 1-10), Countdown to Ecstasy (tracks 11-16)
    Disc Two: Countdown to Ecstasy (tracks 1-2), Pretzel Logic (tracks 3-13), B-side (track 14), Katy Lied (tracks 15-21)
    Disc Three: Katy Lied (tracks 1-3), The Royal Scam (4-12), non-album single (track 13), Aja (tracks 14-16)
    Disc Four: Aja (tracks 1-4), non-album single (track 5), Gaucho (tracks 6-12), previously unreleased demo (track 13)

 Tracks Listing

 Disc: 1

1. Do It Again - 5:54
2. Dirty Work - 3:08
3. Kings - 3:45
4. Midnite Cruiser - 4:06
5. Only a Fool Would Say That - 2:55
6. Reelin' In the Years - 4:36
7. Fire in the Hole - 3:26
8. Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me) - 4:19
9. Change of the Guard - 3:38
10. Turn That Heartbeat Over Again - 4:58
11. Bodhisattva - 5:17
12. Razor Boy - 3:10
13. The Boston Rag - 3:10
14. Your Gold Teeth - 6:59
15. Show Biz Kids - 5:23
16. My Old School - 5:45

Disc: 2

1. King of the World - 5:00
2. Pearl of the Quarter - 3:49
3. Rikki Don't Lose That Number - 4:07
4. Night by Night - 3:38
5. Any Major Dude Will Tell You - 3:08
6. Barrytown - 3:19
7. East St. Louis Toodle-Do (Duke Ellington, Bubber Miley) - 2:48
8. Parker's Band - 2:43
9. Through with Buzz - 1:32
10. Pretzel Logic - 4:31
11. With a Gun - 2:17
12. Charlie Freak - 2:43
13. Monkey in Your Soul - 2:34
14. Bodhisattva (Live) - 7:41
15. Black Friday - 3:40
16. Bad Sneakers - 3:19
17. Rose Darling - 3:03
18. Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More - 3:13
19. Doctor Wu - 3:54
20. Everyone's Gone to the Movies - 3:44
21. Chain Lightning - 2:59

Disc: 3

1. Your Gold Teeth II - 4:12
2. Any World (That I'm Welcome To) - 3:53
3. Throw Back the Little Ones - 3:13
4. Kid Charlemagne - 4:37
5. The Caves of Altamira - 3:32
6. Don't Take Me Alive - 4:14
7. Sign in Stranger - 4:21
8. The Fez (Becker, Fagen, Paul Griffin) - 3:58
9. Green Earrings - 4:05
10. Haitian Divorce - 5:48
11. Everything You Did - 3:54
12. The Royal Scam - 6:31
13. Here at the Western World - 4:00
14. Black Cow - 5:08
15. Aja - 7:56
16. Peg - 3:55

Disc: 4

1. Deacon Blues - 7:33
2. Home at Last - 5:32
3. I Got the News - 5:04
4. Josie - 4:31
5. FM - 5:05
6. Babylon Sisters - 5:48
7. Hey Nineteen - 5:07
8. Glamour Profession - 7:28
9. Gaucho (Becker, Fagen, Keith Jarrett) - 5:30
10. Time out of Mind - 4:11
11. My Rival - 4:30
12. Third World Man - 5:14
13. Everyone's Gone to the Movies (Demo) - 3:57

Personnel

    Donald Fagen – Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Piano (Electric), Vocals, Vocals (background)
    Walter Becker – Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Trumpet, Bass, Flugelhorn, Keyboards, Vocals
    Jeff Baxter – Guitar, Pedal Steel, Spanish Guitar
    Ray Brown – Bass (Upright)
    Randy Brecker – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
    Larry Carlton – Guitar
    Rick Derringer – Guitar, Slide Guitar
    Steve Gadd – Drums
    Steve Khan – Guitar
    Jeff Mironov – Guitar
    Anthony Jackson – Bass
    Rick Marotta – Drums
    Jeff Porcaro – Drums
    Mark Knopfler – Guitar
    Elliot Randal – Guitar
    Lee Ritenour – Guitar
    Timothy B. Schmit – Vocals (background)
    Wayne Shorter – Flute, Saxophone
    Michael McDonald – Keyboards, Vocals, Vocals (background)
    Joe Sample – Clarinet, Piano (Electric)
    Tom Scott – Clarinet, Flute, Arranger, Conductor, Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor), Lyricon
    Chuck Rainey – Bass
    David Sanborn – Sax (Alto)
    Paul Humphrey – Drums
    Hiram Bullock – Guitar
    Wayne Andre – Trombone
    Jerome Aniton – Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
    Patti Austin – Vocals (background)
    Ben Benay – Guitar (Acoustic)
    Crusher Bennett – Percussion
    Pete Christlieb – Flute, Saxophone
    Gary Coleman – Percussion
    Ronnie Cuber – Sax (Baritone)
    Denny Dias – Guitar, Sitar (Electric)
    Wilton Felder – Bass
    Victor Feldman – Percussion, Marimba, Vibraphone
    Michael Fennelly – Vocals (background)
    Venetta Fields – Vocals (background)
    Bob Findley – Horn
    Chuck Findley – Arranger, Horn, Brass
    Frank Floyd – Vocals (background)
    Gordon Grady – Vocals (background)
    Diva Gray – Vocals (background)
    Jay Graydon – Guitar
    Ed Greene – Drums
    Paul Griffin – Arranger, Keyboards, Piano (Electric), Vocals (background)
    Don Grolnick – Arranger, Keyboards, Clavinet
    Lani Groves – Vocals (background)
    Patricia Hall – Vocals (background)
    Jimmie Haskell – Arranger, Orchestration
    Jim Hodder – Percussion, Drums, Vocals
    Jim Horn – Flute, Saxophone
    Slyde Hyde – Horn, Brass
    Plas Johnson – Flute, Horn, Saxophone
    Royce Jones – Percussion, Vocals, Vocals (background)
    Walter Kane – Clarinet (Bass)
    Howard Kaylan – Vocals (background)
    Jackie Kelso – Flute, Saxophone
    Jim Keltner – Percussion, Drums
    Clydie King – Vocals (background)
    John Klemmer – Horn
    Rebecca Louis – Vocals (background)
    Johnny Mandel – Arranger
    George Marge – Clarinet (Bass)
    Nicky Marrero– Timbales
    Sherlie Mathews – Vocals (background)
    Myrna Matthews – Vocals (background)
    Lew McCreary – Brass
    Leslie Miller – Vocals (background)
    Lanny Morgan – Saxophone
    Rob Mounsey – Synthesizer, Arranger
    Michael Omartian – Piano
    David Palmer – Vocals, Vocals (background)
    Dean Parks – Guitar
    Bill Perkins – Saxophone
    Bernard "Pretty" Purdie – Drums
    Pat Rebillot – Piano (Electric)
    Jerome Richardson – Sax (Tenor)
    James Rolleston – Vocals (background)
    John Rotella – Saxophone
    Zachary Sanders – Vocals (background)
    Valerie Simpson – Vocals (background)
    Casey Syszik – Vocals (background)
    Mark Volman – Vocals (background)
    Florence Warner – Vocals (background)
    Ernie Watts – Saxophone
    Toni Wine – Vocals (background)
    Snooky Young – Flugelhorn

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