Steely Dan - Can't Buy A Thrill

Steely Dan: Can't Buy A Thrill

Album # 204 - November 1972

Episode date - November 17, 2021

The Top 500 of The Top 40
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    Steely Dan may not have changed the direction of rock and roll, but they certainly had a huge influence on the way that it sounded.

    “Can’t Buy a Thrill” marked a new high point in instrumental finesse, ‘perfect’ production technique, and an attention to detail on just about every level. None of the ‘progressive’ bands could brag such exquisite production, no high-end superstar rock and roll band could claim the same attention to detail in their arrangements, and no songwriter on the planet Earth could claim to be more obsequious than Steely Dan.

    They would eventually set off a “love ‘em or hate ‘em” scenario, especially as a countermovement began to foment (as it always does), but with their debut album, there really was nothing here to hate. They were an astoundingly accomplished pop band who wrote a full album of awesome songs that would take decades to interpret and/or untangle, and most music fans found the prospect not only interesting but intriguing, if not outright challenging. Little did we know that this was just the beginning.

    Featured tracks include:

    Do It Again

    Dirty Work

    Kings

    Midnite Cruiser

    Only a Fool Would Say That

    Reelin’ in the Years

    Fire in the Hole

    Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me)

    Change of the Guard

    Turn That Heartbeat Over Again

    November 1972 - Billboard Charted #17

     

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