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Genre: Rock

Released: 1973

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Steely Dan
Steely Dan

FM Gold
FM Gold

1973
1973






Countdown to Ecstasy – Steely Dan

NameArtistTimePrice
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BodhisattvaSteely Dan5:18$1.29
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Razor BoySteely Dan3:11$0.99
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The Boston RagSteely Dan5:40$0.99
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Your Gold TeethSteely Dan6:59$0.99
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Show Biz KidsSteely Dan5:26$1.29
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My Old SchoolSteely Dan5:46$1.29
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Pearl of the QuarterSteely Dan3:51$0.99
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King of the WorldSteely Dan5:00$0.99

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Our Review

Steely Dan’s sardonic genius ripened impressively on their second album, Countdown To Ecstasy (1973). Band masterminds Walter Becker and Donald Fagen advanced closer towards perfecting their tangy jazz/pop/rock formula while serving up social critiques of ever-greater refinement. The fact that they named their group after a marital aid mentioned in a William S. Burroughs novel gives a clue to their opinion of mankind — but what’s surprising about Countdown To Ecstasy is how listener-friendly it is. You don’t have to be a lit major or a jazz snob to dig tracks like “Bodhisattva” (a turbo-charged satire of guru-worship), “Show Biz Kids” (a slinky put-down of decadent wealth) or “My Old School” (a wry anecdote set to a cha-cha beat). Fagen’s coolly insinuating vocals and Jeff Baxter’s versatile guitar stylings are a big part of this album’s appeal, leading the listener through increasingly esoteric territory, including the angular planes of “Your Gold Teeth” and the nervous confines of “King Of The World.” Countdown To Ecstasy is smart, superbly-played and highly satisfying.

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Customer Reviews

A beautiful second album. (4 stars)
Released in '73, Countdown to Ecstasy which is said to be named for the term used when soldiers in the war rent prostitutes and get laid for the first time (typical Steely Dan), is an amazing follow up to an amazing debut. The album starts with the oriental influenced Bodhisattva written by Fagen only, features great dual guitar work from Skunk Baxter and Denny Dias, try to listen to the last minute and not feel tingly all over, you can't do

One of their very best (5 stars)
This one didn't sell as well as the debut--no hit single--but to my ears it was a big step forward. It is also the SD album where they sound the most like a real band (because, well, they were a real band at the time, road-tested and synergistic). A little bit of jazziness shows through in Your Gold Teeth and Razor Boy, but mostly this album is progressive pop with some great stretched out solos. Denny Dias plays his best solo ever on Bod

Steely Dan....Do it Again! (5 stars)
Some of my favorite Dan tunes are on this album. Certainly show the diversity in their tastes and style. Tragically overlooked pieces. If you have never heard Steely Dan, or have, CHECK THIS ONE OUT!

Biography

Formed: 1972 in Los Angeles, CA
Genre: Rock
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Most rock & roll bands are a tightly wound unit that developed their music through years of playing in garages and clubs around their hometown. Steely Dan never subscribed to that aesthetic. As the vehicle for the songwriting of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan defied all rock & roll conventions. Becker and Fagen never truly enjoyed rock — with their ironic humor and cryptic lyrics, their eclectic body of work shows some debt to Bob Dylan — preferring jazz, traditional...

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Top Songs By Steely Dan

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JosieAja4:30$1.29
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Black CowAja5:10$1.29
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