Citizen Steely Dan

Citizen Steely Dan is a four-CD box set compilation album by Steely Dan, released in 1993. The set is a collection of all of Steely Dan's albums (up to 1980) in chronological order, and also contains a non-album single ("FM (No Static at All)"), a non-album B-side ("Bodhisattva (Live)"), a rare compilation track recorded during the sessions for The Royal Scam but released only on the 1978 Greatest Hits ("Here at the Western World"), and a previously unreleased demo of "Everyone's Gone to the Movies" (a song from their 1975 album Katy Lied).

Citizen Steely Dan
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Box set by
ReleasedDecember 14, 1993
Recorded1972–1980
GenreRock
Length287:02
LabelMCA Records
ProducerWalter Becker, Donald Fagen
Steely Dan chronology
The Very Best of Steely Dan: Do It Again
(1987)
Citizen Steely Dan
(1993)
The Best of Steely Dan: Then and Now
(1993)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

The set is not, however, a complete compilation of every track released by Steely Dan up to 1993. Missing are both sides of the band's 1972 debut single ("Dallas" b/w "Sail the Waterway"), neither of which has ever been re-issued on CD. This is due to the band's dislike of the songs and refusal to allow them to be reissued.

Until 1998, this was the only place to find the remastered versions of the Steely Dan albums. However, because the albums were split up irregularly among the discs (in some cases with the track order changed), the remastered studio albums were issued in 1998, albeit without bonus tracks.

The first pressing features "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" using the single edit of the song. This version omits the percussive opening for the song. The second pressing of the box set features the version from the album although it was reissued without any information noting the change.

Glenn Meadows remastered the CD set from the digital masters archived by Donald Fagen, Gary Katz and Roger Nichols in 1982. These digital tapes were prepared because the original analog tapes were in very poor shape. The earliest CD mastering for all the Steely Dan albums in 1985 used these digital tapes but MCA inexplicably used deteriorating analog masters for all later CD pressings until the 1998 remasters. This information was discovered by Nichols in 1991 when he was asked his opinion of the Mobile Fidelity Gold reissues of Aja and Gaucho. Nichols discovered that the "Gaucho CD was even a different speed, about a quarter tone sharper" when compared to the original CD that he was involved in.[2]

The 1993 box set remaster was the first time since the originally issued CDs that the albums used the correct source tape.

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, except where noted.

Disc one
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."Do It Again"Can't Buy a Thrill (1972)5:54
2."Dirty Work"Can't Buy a Thrill3:08
3."Kings"Can't Buy a Thrill3:45
4."Midnite Cruiser"Can't Buy a Thrill4:06
5."Only a Fool Would Say That"Can't Buy a Thrill2:55
6."Reelin' in the Years"Can't Buy a Thrill4:36
7."Fire in the Hole"Can't Buy a Thrill3:26
8."Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me)"Can't Buy a Thrill4:19
9."Change of the Guard"Can't Buy a Thrill3:38
10."Turn That Heartbeat Over Again"Can't Buy a Thrill4:58
11."Bodhisattva"Countdown to Ecstasy (1973)5:17
12."Razor Boy"Countdown to Ecstasy3:10
13."The Boston Rag"Countdown to Ecstasy3:10
14."Your Gold Teeth"Countdown to Ecstasy6:59
15."Show Biz Kids"Countdown to Ecstasy5:23
16."My Old School"Countdown to Ecstasy5:45
Total length:70:29
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."King of the World" Countdown to Ecstasy5:00
2."Pearl of the Quarter" Countdown to Ecstasy3:49
3."Rikki Don't Lose That Number (single version)" Pretzel Logic (1974)4:07
4."Night by Night" Pretzel Logic3:38
5."Any Major Dude Will Tell You" Pretzel Logic3:08
6."Barrytown" Pretzel Logic3:19
7."East St. Louis Toodle-oo"Duke Ellington; Bubber MileyPretzel Logic2:48
8."Parker's Band" Pretzel Logic2:43
9."Through with Buzz" Pretzel Logic1:32
10."Pretzel Logic" Pretzel Logic4:31
11."With a Gun" Pretzel Logic2:17
12."Charlie Freak" Pretzel Logic2:43
13."Monkey in Your Soul" Pretzel Logic2:34
14."Bodhisattva (Live)" non-album B-side (1980)7:41
15."Black Friday" Katy Lied (1975)3:40
16."Bad Sneakers" Katy Lied3:19
17."Rose Darling" Katy Lied3:03
18."Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More" Katy Lied3:13
19."Doctor Wu" Katy Lied3:54
20."Everyone's Gone to the Movies" Katy Lied3:44
21."Chain Lightning" Katy Lied2:59
Total length:73:42
Disc three
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Your Gold Teeth II" Katy Lied4:12
2."Any World (That I'm Welcome To)" Katy Lied3:53
3."Throw Back the Little Ones" Katy Lied3:13
4."Kid Charlemagne" The Royal Scam (1976)4:37
5."The Caves of Altamira" The Royal Scam3:32
6."Don't Take Me Alive" The Royal Scam4:14
7."Sign in Stranger" The Royal Scam4:21
8."The Fez"Walter Becker; Donald Fagen; Paul GriffinThe Royal Scam3:58
9."Green Earrings" The Royal Scam4:05
10."Haitian Divorce" The Royal Scam5:48
11."Everything You Did" The Royal Scam3:54
12."The Royal Scam" The Royal Scam6:31
13."Here at the Western World" non-album single, included on Greatest Hits (1978)4:00
14."Black Cow" Aja (1977)5:08
15."Aja" Aja8:00
16."Peg" Aja3:55
Total length:73:21
Disc four
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Deacon Blues" Aja7:33
2."Home at Last" Aja5:32
3."I Got the News" Aja5:04
4."Josie" Aja4:31
5."FM (No Static at All) (remix)" FM soundtrack (1978)5:05
6."Babylon Sisters" Gaucho (1980)5:48
7."Hey Nineteen" Gaucho5:07
8."Glamour Profession" Gaucho7:28
9."Gaucho"Walter Becker; Donald Fagen; Keith JarrettGaucho5:30
10."Time Out of Mind" Gaucho4:11
11."My Rival" Gaucho4:30
12."Third World Man" Gaucho5:14
13."Everyone's Gone to the Movies" (Demo)" previously unreleased demo (1975)3:57
Total length:69:30

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2014-01-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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