Connect to Spotify Dismiss. Search Search. Play album. Length Related Tags steely dan rock classic rock jazz rock steely dan-sign in stranger Add tags View all tags. From The Album Play album. The Royal Scam Steely Dan , listeners. Play track. Artist images 67 more. Steely Dan , listeners Related Tags classic rock jazz rock rock Steely Dan is an American jazz rock band which formed in The band was formed by Donald Fagen vocals, keyboards and Walter Becker guitar, bass , who met in while both attended Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, and began a songwriting partnership shortly thereafter.
Their music is characterized by dark, witty lyrical narratives, obscure lyrical allusions and complex, jazz-influenced instrumentation and chord sequences, overlying more ordinary popular song structures. Their fastidious standards in the studio and use of world-class sessions players has also be… read more. Steely Dan is an American jazz rock band which formed in The band was formed by Donald Fagen vocals, keyboards and Walter Becker guitar, bass , who met in while both attended … read more.
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Steely Dan. The Caves of Altamira. Don't Take Me Alive. Sign in Stranger. The Fez. Everything I did is more of a regular track, mediocre for SD-standard almost, but still good. Last and very very best for me is the gloomy title track "The Royal Scam".
I simply can't get enough of this one, a very intriguing song again showing the diversity. Along with Aja this is probably the best Steely Dan album ever. It deserves 4 stars but to be more specific: 4, Announcing that the dreamy, carefree "tune in, turn on, drop out" phenomenon was deceased and decomposing, "Kid Charlemagne" with its funky rhythm coiling underneath a bouncy clavinet made it official.
Written for one notorious Mr. Owsley, the acid prince of Haight-Ashbury, the message is direct and brutal. The tune's full chorale is impressive but words fail when I try to describe the guitar performance delivered by Larry Carlton here.
If you're a guitarist and you haven't heard it you need to. Not allowing you any chance to recover, "The Caves of Altamira" arrives and sweeps you right off your feet. After an ominous beginning a fat horn section blares as the rock-solid drums of Bernard Purdie and the awesome bass of Chuck Rainey pull you along like an unrelenting undertow.
Written about a youngster who finds peace and solace among undiscovered cave drawings, it raises the specter of history repeating itself. But the ultra-dynamic accents punctuated by the sharp brass throughout and the great sax ride at the end are what slays me about this number.
He kills without mercy. The verses ride atop a powerful wave of electric piano, guitar and vibraphone while the unforgettable chorus kicks like a mule. It's about a standoff where the protagonist has reached the very end-threads of his mental rope. Despite its tragic tale that has no discernable silver lining it's my favorite cut on an album that literally oozes with excellent tunes. Whoever is responsible for providing the torrid piano licks is nothing short of amazing and by now you should expect the guitarisms to slap you silly and they do.
The inventive bridge pops up out of nowhere and the thick horns at the end are a complete surprise. There's nothing particularly tricky about "The Fez," it just hitches a ride on its supremely funky groove and doesn't stop till four minutes later.
This ditty briefly describes a fellow's odd sexual peccadillo that requires his wearing of a certain kind of hat and it's a hard one to categorize. I suggest you just sit back and enjoy the entertaining collage of instruments that rise and fall throughout the expert Roger Nichols mix. Or get up and dance. Either one. The eclectic "Green Earrings" has a very prog arrangement to digest as it rumbles by your ears. Some things are best left as mysteries. I must point out, however, the cool psychedelic guitar effect that makes it swirl like a boiling lava lamp during the fadeout.
Here the traditional reggae beat fits perfectly as it tools along below the vibraphone and a gritty talk box guitar that give it a unique personality. But it seems she brought back a souvenir. Of particular interest are the nifty bass harmonics that ring out during the finale. Primo stuff. Speaking of weird sexual situations, "Everything You Did" tops them all in that category. In this saga a wife's jilted husband seems a lot more interested in hearing the juicy details of her indiscretion than in locating his rival and, in the process, discovers that she's kinkier than he ever imagined.
The number's sneaky feel and by now obligatory terrific guitar ride make it a winner. The album's title cut and closer is by far the darkest and most progressive tune included. This unorthodox track is mostly a repeating pattern of a verse, verse, and chorus structure, separated by instrumental sections populated by hair-raising jazz trumpet and cornet runs.
The sarcastic but glorious chorale belies the stark glimpses of harsh reality offered in the lyrics. It tells of desperate immigrants who give up everything to chase the American Dream only to find they're no better off than they were living in the squalor they left behind.
It's a haunting piece of aural art that will leave a permanent impression on your psyche. In my review of "Katy Lied" I said it was a fine example of progressive songwriting and I feel that this album is even better in that respect.
Add in the exemplary musicianship especially the out-of-this- world guitar performances that pepper the music from start to finish , the fantastic engineering job, the majestic arrangements and the articulate wordplay that abounds and you have a bonafide masterpiece. There are those who will protest Steely Dan's very presence on any prog rock list but I'm here to tell you that music production this wonderful, that makes such a progressive statement, needs no one's validation.
Order: Amazon. Track List. Top of Page. Label MCA Released Burroughs' book Naked Lunch. Timothy B. Schmit , who sang background vocals on "The Royal Scam" would later join the Eagles. The album was not as highly rated upon its release as its predecessors with most reviewers finding that it did not show any musical progress.
In contrast, the original Rolling Stone review was more positive,  and ultimately the magazine gave it five stars in a later Hall of Fame review. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Steely Dan. Schmit — background vocals Venetta Fields — background vocals Clydie King — background vocals Sherlie Matthews — background vocals Michael McDonald — background vocals. Pearson Prentice Hall. The Royal Scam also utilized numerous extra players and had a clearer jazz-rock fusion sound.
In Cassabona, Helen ed. Rock Guitar. Hal Leonard Corporation.The Royal Scam is the fifth studio album from US pop/ rock act Steely Dan and IMO a welcome return to form after the two last albums Pretzel Logic () and Kaly Lied () which I found way too formula written for a commercial hit list market/5.