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Donald Fagen

Donald Fagen was one of the two masterminds behind Steely Dan, the seminal jazz-pop band of the '70s. Fagen's solo work has been a continuation of the band's work of the early '80s -- carefully constructed and arranged, intricately detailed pop songs that are more substantial than their stylish surface may indicate. His 1982 solo debut, The Nightfly, was the best album he had made in years; it covered the same ground as the last two Steely Dan albums, yet surpassed them in terms of ambition and achievement.

After the success of The Nightfly, Fagen suffered a case of writer's block; for the rest of the decade he contributed music to the occasional film and briefly wrote a column for Premiere magazine in the mid-'80s. In the early '90s, he toured with the New York Rock and Soul Revue as he finished the material for his second album. With his former Steely Dan partner Walter Becker producing, 1993's Kamakiriad sounded like Aja recorded with '90s technology. It had some success on the adult contemporary charts, but it was overshadowed by the duo's decision to re-form Steely Dan and tour for the first time in nearly 20 years; the tour was a massive success. One more album -- 2003's Everything Must Go -- came out of the reunion before Fagen decided to begin work on his third solo album.

With death as its main theme, Morph the Cat appeared in March 2006. Soon after the album's release, Fagen embarked on his first solo tour. It was the beginning of an extended period of live performances for Fagen. Steely Dan toured several of their classic albums in 2009, by which time Fagen had become a regular at Levon Helm's Midnight Rambles in Woodstock, New York. In 2010, Fagen formed the touring blue-eyed soul revue the Dukes of September with Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs. The group had a second tour in 2012, and after its conclusion, Fagen released the lively Sunken Condos, his first album since Morph the Cat. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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i hear your mad about Brubeck
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One of the OLD TIME GREATS.
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Truly one of the best duos musically than any duo that has ever lived. Forget John & Paul, they wrote music, but Steely Dan COMPOSES, then they conduct the band and play and sing. Yeah the Beatles were the Beatles, but they had NOTHING musically on SD.
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mpeeples46
Just saw Steely Dan at Vina Robles last night. What a show!! Even Donald was impressed. Walter said it is the best band they have ever put together and having seen them several times, I agree.
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We'll be totally free, yes, and totally young...
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sull76
Simply the best!
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Yes, because of you lunatic American leftist numbskulls voting for Obama and administrati o n , we are surely striving towards the New Frontier....
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johnmargie6
Get your groove goin, with tomorrows girls, listen to what there music is all about, Awesome..... . j a z z !
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Donald Fagan, you knows what I'm sayin'...
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Could listen for days.
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d_f559
Great song...love them since the early 70s...
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Love the jam
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Many Boone's Farm Blueberry Hills fell to this song a long time ago.
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Up all night music
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Randall Station,

Thank you for stating the obvious. Bev is clearly a backstreet boys fan
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To bevbevan below, I am a huge Donald Fagen/Steely Dan fan. But I am also a huge Joe Jackson fan. You have obviously never actually experienced the breadth of Joe Jackson's music. I suggest you check it out and educate yourself before you go around calling him a pretender. For instance, he has even written a few symphonies.
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orngweasel
Pandora's reviews of this band are very limiting and ignore many factors. Boo. Hiss.
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One of my alltime favorite artists. Master musician.... . . S D is another fav.
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The bio overlooks the multi-Grammy "Two Agains Nature" by SD. Album of the year. World leading engineering captures the ear like a stunning woman the eye.
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Needs more cowbell !!!
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spencerinves t 9
Donald is one of coolest dudes in all of rock history. And, to shift gears a bit, in my opinion there is no more beautiful piece of music than "Deacon Blues." Pure sublime magic...
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tejasair2
listening to Donald, brings back that royal scam which makes me remember. priceless
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just a true genious. Been following Donald for about 40 years now.
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Timelessly captain cool
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bevbevan
Sting? Joe Jackson? Seriously?! These two pretenders (not to be confused with the talented band) couldn't carry Donald Fagen's fez.
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I would know his voice anywhere. As much as his music has been hit or miss perhaps with the masses. But when he hits, he hits hard. :-)
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coachly62
solarblue right on
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Hard not to love Donald Fagen's solo work if you love Steely Dan. Though different, it shares the tight grooves, jazz & pop influences and of course, Donald's unique vocals. Quality stuff!
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Vance c Wright. Please come 2 Sacramento
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tritonrocks
The comments here are all so spot on. I couldn't add anything more to say but Steely Dan is my favorite band and i see them whenever i can.
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Cool sounds bringing me way back.....lin d a
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jeffpcs
What about the weather in my head?
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one word sums up their sound. clean
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Again nice tune
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Donald Fagen has away s have put a dent in music. Bad a**
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Steely Dan I have all their cds, one of my many favorite groups!
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aftermidnigh t m o o
I feel ya rpalmermo169 From Childhood memories of Reelin years,spirit u a l events like my first listen to aja in my stillwater Oklahoma Dorm room To Many Concert events Including SD's first live performance (20+years in the making)at the Woodlands-Hu s t o n TX. featuring Skunk Baxter&Corne l i u s Bumpis To as of late- a stellar Oklahoma City performance this summer !! God must certainly smile upon the enigma with is Steely Dan!! As for the noise they create?It has been MOST JOYFUL!!!!!!
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SD's music came into my world in college in Oklahoma 1973. Since then it evokes calm and self reassurance year after year, so timeless is their music. With each artists' solo album came the idea of a different flavor of ice cream. Still cool, still smooth, still evoking that same inner peace and calm. I shall listen to SD til I lay down for the last time; Time out of Mind..
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What a beautiful world
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Saw SD in concert in Bangor Maine this summer - awesome. Even live, they are every bit the perfectionis t s .
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Sir Thank you very much for the tunes and your fantastic abilities as a musician and especially as an artist you have truly helped me get through situations that only your music could could help,,Thank you
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johnmargie6
You've been around a long time Donald Fagan.....yo u ' v e earned your Morph!!! You are music to MY ears!
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awesome musical arrangement
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Not trying to take up all the comment space- But A-I love The Nightfly-but fail to see,as the Pandora«expe r t s » s a y - I certainly don't think that it surpassed Aja,or Gaucho in anything-and B-I've listened to Morph the Cat a lot,and don't see how,again these«expert s » Can say that Death is its main theme-The brilliance of Fagen - Becker lyrics are that they are open to individual interpretati o n - a n d while Morph might not be light and airy like The Nightfly-I don't see Death as the discs theme,at all
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Nice....sure looks good.....Ska t e a lil lower now
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Donald Fagen and Steely Dan are a calm friend that reassure and soothe my wound up tension from this nasty world. Many thanks and I tip my hat and a cold brew to a great group and fine artists.
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Experience is everything. Put this on the way to the beach.
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Becker+Fagen = 2x Genius - end result Studio,no Musical Perfection-S T E E L Y DAN - & 4 those just jumping on the bandwagon - stay on,cause it doesn't get much better
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1632mcadam
Shouldn't it read "Donald Fagen IS"
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tclark, i was there too. Mr. Fagen said this is the best, most rockin band they've ever had. i agree. awesome.
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