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One of the 'hits' this time was "Kid Charlemagne", probably the best song written about 60's LSD production.

Steely Dan didn't actually take acid, but y'know how it is with some bands - 'Whee, pretty colors!' - then they play the same three chords over and over for 15 minutes (not that I'm pointing a finger at any specific bands from the San Francisco area).

Instead, "Kid Charlemagne" is like, funky and all, though it features some of the worst lyrics ever (Is there gas in the car? Yes, there's gas in the car!), but the song's too damn catchy for me to care, and it has a neat guitar solo too.

The other 'hit' was "Don't Take Me Alive", which for no apparent reason was excluded from Greatest Hits 1972-78 (which instead included this album's "The Fez" - eh?!), but was the closest Steely Dan get to playing a full-out rock song. The wonderful guitar intro is why, and hell, even the electric piano is fuzzed-up for once.

As for the non-hits, "The Caves of Altamira" is horn-embellished goodness; "The Fez" is a rather silly bit of piffle, but is one of the few pop songs to endorse safe sex. The title track is the highlight of Side Two, and "Haitian Divorce" isn't bad, but the rest of the album isn't terribly gripping.

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Posted: Tuesday 3rd Jul 2018 9:37 AM

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album review
One of the 'hits' this time was "Kid Charlemagne", probably the best song written about 60's LSD production.

Steely Dan didn't actually take acid, but y'know how it is with some bands - 'Whee, pretty colors!' - then they play the same three chords over and over for 15 minutes (not that I'm pointing a finger at any specific bands from the San Francisco area).

Instead, "Kid Charlemagne" is like, funky and all, though it features some of the worst lyrics ever (Is there gas in the car? Yes, there's gas in the car!), but the song's too damn catchy for me to care, and it has a neat guitar solo too.

The other 'hit' was "Don't Take Me Alive", which for no apparent reason was excluded from Greatest Hits 1972-78 (which instead included this album's "The Fez" - eh?!), but was the closest Steely Dan get to playing a full-out rock song. The wonderful guitar intro is why, and hell, even the electric piano is fuzzed-up for once.

As for the non-hits, "The Caves of Altamira" is horn-embellished goodness; "The Fez" is a rather silly bit of piffle, but is one of the few pop songs to endorse safe sex. The title track is the highlight of Side Two, and "Haitian Divorce" isn't bad, but the rest of the album isn't terribly gripping.

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Posted: Tuesday 3rd Jul 2018 9:37 AM

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