I went and saw Steely Dan this past weekend. What can I tell ya? What a show! Fagen and Becker sound better than ever. With so many great songs to choose from, “Bodhisattva” remains the centerpiece of Steely Dan’s live shows. I can see why. They had the crowd up on their feet with that one. All in all, with a 13 piece band including backing vocals by the Danettes there was plenty of sound to go around the set list that included four from Aja, three from Gaucho, three from Countdown to Ecstasy, but only two from their debut. I think I got to go back, Jack and Do It Again.
Today’s Runner is Can’t Buy a Thrill from 1972. With its Zappa like cover art ala Uncle Meat, this album is a tightly constructed recording of finely written pop tunes including hits; Reeling in the Years, Dirty Work, Kings and Midnight Cruiser to name a few.
“You’ve been telling me you were a genius since you were 17, In all the time I’ve known you, I still don’t know what you mean. The weekend at the collage didn’t turn out like you planned, the things they pass for knowledge I can’t understand.”
Bodhisattva, Bodhisattva, Bodhisattva, Look out!