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It was the band's first platinum album and ultimately became their best-selling studio release, eventually selling over 5 million copies. Tags ⋅ A&R Studios ⋅ AJA ⋅ Al Schmitt ⋅ Bill Schnee ⋅ Capitol Studios ⋅ Donald Fagen ⋅ Elliot Scheiner ⋅ Gary Katz ⋅ Grammy Award ⋅ METAlliance ⋅ METAlliance Report ⋅ Roger Nichols ⋅ Sound Labs Studio ⋅ Steely Dan ⋅ Village Recorder ⋅ Walter Becker. There were also EQ tape copies that were used for cassette duplication (and 8track going WAY back). I was at the board, Donald and Walter were doing something with echo and something else, and Gary was doing something else—and we were there for 12 hours. Fagen and Becker were breaking new ground and experimenting with a more open drum sound. “And the name that he has chosen that conveys a certain power is ‘Deacon Blues.’” (Becker and Fagen landed on the name for the winners, “Crimson Tide,” by asking former tour manager Warren Wallace for the names of successful college football teams and choosing the University of Alabama’s moniker. That frightens me.”Â, The “frightening” irony of Steely Dan’s lyrics wasn’t lost on those listening closely, even if it was missed by many casual fans. (Katz: “I can’t listen to it. It works similar to what mastering engineers have used for years to fine tune azimuth on tape playback (reverse polarity then mono and null the HF content in the middle). “Deacon Blues is about as close to autobiography as our tunes get,” Fagen admitted in the Classic Albums episode.Â, The song’s protagonist is man of presumably advancing age (Becker called him “a broken man living a broken life,” though Fagen has sometimes referred to him as a “kid”) who looks at his staid suburban life and longs to throw it all away in order to play saxophone in dive bars, even if the ultimate price is death. Producer (s) Gary Katz. " By the mid-1970s, Becker and Fagen’s evident discomfort in the spotlight was fracturing Steely Dan as a functional unit. All mastering was done by myself, with the instructions to “pretend you’ve never heard the albums before, and do what you feel appropriate”, and we’ll listen and advise as you go along. When the Compact Disc became a reality, I was beside myself. This was used in conjunction with the EQ processing so that when the noise was removed, there was also no loss of hi-end (a typical false accusation about CEDAR, the reality is an overly aggressive application of the process). The case the CD is in (and which hopefully matches the CD) does say DIDY 55 on the back and on the 'spine' so maybe I have Mastering #3 (or a case for Mastering #3)... You guys can run your CDs through EAC or XLD to see what the track levels are and match from there.Â. Update your browser to view this website correctly. To this day, their albums are held up as pinnacles of recording—and a prime example is their 1977 classic, Aja. If only they quoted the item's manufacturer version it would make it easier to tell. Blending elements of rock, jazz, latin music, R&B, blues and sophisticated studio production with cryptic and ironic lyrics, the band enjoyed critical and commercial success starting from the early 1970s until breaking up in 1981. When Crowe asked Becker and Fagen how they spent their days, Becker quipped: “Overdubbing. What followed was a warm recollection of the days when the studios were big and the budgets were even bigger. From now on, I’ll try to add info about streaming in the articles or as a footnote when possible.Â, You have one of the Hoffman “clones.” Over at SHF, some people have claimed the “confirmed” Hoffman sounds slightly better than/different from the clones, but I checked three clones (including two I just bought in the For Sale section at SHF for this piece!) “We don’t construct them as puzzles,” Fagen claimed to Rolling Stone in 1977. “We try to tell a big story in a very short period of time. I'm surprised there was no mention about sexual references in Dan lyrics. Way into stores. `` Aja '' is a real gem is their classic! Whole mix again. ” we did that, and the budgets were even bigger and then we will to. His outfit and found her singing in a revealing 2008 interview and Kahn! 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