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The Royal Scam

Features of This Track

electric rock instrumentation
a subtle use of vocal harmony
acoustic rhythm piano
extensive vamping
demanding instrumental part writing
intricate melodic phrasing
a clear focus on recording studio production
minor key tonality
electric guitar riffs
a distinctive male lead vocal
brass instrument solos
electric pianos
prominent organ
the subtle use of a horn section
prominent percussion
narrative lyrics
emphasis on instrumental arranging

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mikepascarel l o
Steely Dan play this song even better live.
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garylleonard 3
Another level
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Dnice super song who cares whats going on in it
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Love this song and kid Charlemagne and deacon blues. They tell a deep story
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A classic song and story told by fagen and Becker that's mysterious in meaning and sound. Listen to the very end piano piece.... Eerie.
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What a fantastic band.
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Every time I listen to a song I've heard hundreds of times, I hear something I've never heard before. Such is Steely Dan.
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This song is about the Migration of the Puerto Ricans into New York City
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mrpainter
I have no idea what this song is about but it's definitely one of my favorites.
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Damn, this song is like a movie. Deep.
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Steely Dan pushes us all to think, I think.
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jeff.linn3
They handled EVERY song with kid gloves, and gave the absolute most to each one. What else can you say. Nobody wrote stuff like the Dan. And nobody will.
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Political sissy strut. Can you see the first europeans walking off the ships in NY harbor and the native americans singing this song?
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Man, this is some good s**t.
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gmcnabb
DEATH MARCH -- AH ! THAT MAKES SENSE.
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It's a death march
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gmcnabb
THIS SONG ALWAYS SOUNDED LIKE IT OUGHT TO BE A SONG FOR A MOVIE - MAYBE A POLITICAL THRILLER - "THE ROYAL SCAM" he he - GREAT SONG
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oui33
Classic Dan!
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Love this tune!

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