Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Steely Dan - A Decade of Steely Dan (1985)

In "honor" of Black Friday (the song Black Friday from the 1975 album Katy Lied is track 2 on this compilation). This one is dedicated to all the store employees having to work today. I hope you're getting paid at least double time.

A "best of" compilation CD. When I bought this CD in 1988, it was the only Steely Dan CD I owned. I've since purchased others, duplicating many of the tracks here, but this album is still needed in the collection for the inclusion of the non-LP track FM (No Static at All). If you haven't seen the 1978 movie FM, check it out the next time it's on some obscure cable channel - it's a cheesy time capsule of what the radio industry was like in the late '70s.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #50

Tracks: I'm a fan of the group. This is a great compilation. What's not to like? I'm partial to the later stuff from Aja and Gaucho, but the earlier stuff is good, just different. Of the 14 tracks here, the only one I usually skip is the unnecessary cover of Duke Ellington's East St Louis Toodle-oo.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: One of the first CDs I ever purchased; it's easily one of the oldest in the collection. Also one of the first compilations designed for CD, so it was intended to showcase digital sound as much as the music itself. "Digitally remastered from the original first generation masters." Remember when that statement was exciting and new? I still have my first CD player, a Sony D-160, purchased January 1988:

Previously revisited for the blog:
Two Against Nature (2000)
Alive In America (1995)
Aja (1977)

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