7-Inch History – STEELY DAN 50 Years Ago

Great 7″ inches/sleeves/vinyl from the past

2 August 2022

‘Do It Again’ by STEELY DAN
The duo’s debut single released
50 years ago next November.
Score: #6 in the US and Canada.

The song was credited on the sleeve as a traditional
song even though it was written by Becker/Fagen.

Fagan said: “You should never believe anything it ever says
on a Steely Dan record. It’s mostly a bunch of lies and bullshit
that we write just to confuse the listener.”

The lyrics are sung to a man who is addicted to nightlife. His addictions
include sex (hence a prostitute’s street on the front sleeve) and gambling.
The narrator describes the man’s addictions and the consequences of his
actions but emphasizes that he goes “back, Jack, do it again“, implying
that it is an addiction.

In the mornin’ you go gunnin’ for the man who stole your water
And you fire ’til he is done in but they catch you at the border
And the mourners are all singin’ as they drag you by your feet
But the hangman isn’t hangin’ and they put you on the street
You go back, Jack, do it again, wheel turnin’ ’round and ’round
You go back, Jack, do it again

STEELY DAN: Bio – Discography

A 2001 STEELY DAN Cover Of JONI MITCHELL Pearl ‘CAREY’ Finally Surfaces

Back in 2001 New York legends STEELY DAN (Walter Becker (RIP)
and now 74-year-old Donald Fagen) recorded JONI MITCHELL‘s 1971
song CAREY for a tribute album to the singer-songwriter heroine (also
including Prince and Bjôrk among others).

The tribute wasn’t released until 2007, but without Steely Dan‘s cover.
Nobody knew where the track was archived. But a couple of days ago
a DJ named Steve Acri played the track on Pittsburgh Freeform radio. No
further details so far.

Anyway, the song found its way to the Internet via
The Dan Vault (a fanatic Steely Dan fan looking for
and posting rare SD material).

Check it out…

Joni Mitchell original
(An amazing live version)

Picked By TURN UP THE VOLUME – These 10 Classic Crackers Turn 50 In 2022

31 December 2021

10 turning 50 in 2022

1. ‘Virginia Plane’ by ROXY MUSIC

Where my Studebaker takes me
That’s where I’ll make my stand but wait
Can’t you see that Holzer mane’
What’s her name? Virginia Plain

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2. ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ by LOU REED

Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she
She says, “Hey, babe
Take a walk on the wild side”
Said, “Hey, honey
Take a walk on the wild side”

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3. ‘Give Ireland Back To The Irish’ by WINGS

Give Ireland back to the Irish
Don’t make them have to get it
Give Ireland back to the Irish
Still makes Ireland Irish today

Great Britain, you are enormous
And nobody knows that better than me.
But really, what are you doing there?
In that land over the sea?

Tell me how you think
When you on your way to work
Would you be stopped by Irish soldiers?
Would you lie down and do nothing?
Would you give in or go mad?

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4. ‘Telegram Sam’ by T. REX

Golden Nose Slim Golden Nose Slim
I know’s where you’ve been
Purple Pie Pete Purple Pie Pete
Your lips are like lightning
Girls melt in the heat
Telegram Sam
You’re my main man

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5. ‘Rock And Roll’ by LED ZEPPELIN

It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled
It’s been a long time since I did the stroll
Ooh let me get it back, let me get it back
Let me get it back, baby, where I come from

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6. ‘Heart Of Gold’ by NEIL YOUNG

I want to live, I want to give
I’ve been a miner for a heart of gold
It’s these expressions I never give

That keep me searchin’ for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old
Keep me searchin’ for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old

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6. ‘Starman’ by DAVID BOWIE

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’s told us not to blow it
‘Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile
He told me
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie

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7. ‘Smoke On The Water’ by DEEP PUPRLE

We all came out to Montreux
On the Lake Geneva shoreline
To make records with a mobile
We didn’t have much time
Frank Zappa and the Mothers
Were at the best place around
But some stupid with a flare gun
Burned the place to the ground
Smoke on the water
A fire in the sky
Smoke on the water

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8. ‘Mama Weer All Crazee Now’ by SLADE

I don’t want to drink my whisky like you do
I don’t need to spend my money but still do
Don’t stop now a c-‘mon
Another drop now c-‘mon
I wanna lot now so c-‘mon
That’s right, that’s right
I said Mama but we’re all crazy now
I said Mama but we’re all crazy now

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9. ‘Tumbling Dice’ by THE ROLLING STONES

Mmm yeah!
Women think I’m tasty, but they’re always tryin’ to waste me
Make me burn the candle right down
But, baby, baby, don’t need no jewels in my crown

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10. ‘Do It Again’ by STEELY DAN

In the mornin’ you go gunnin’ for the man who stole your water
And you fire ’til he is done in but they catch you at the border
And the mourners are all singin’ as they drag you by your feet
But the hangman isn’t hangin’ and they put you on the street
You go back, Jack, do it again, wheel turnin’ ’round and ’round
You go back, Jack, do it again

STEELY DAN Do It Again With New Live Albums

27 July 2021

Band: STEELY DAN (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York)
Who: Donald Fagen (age 73) and the late Walter Becker
(20 February 1950 – 3 September 2017)

Active (as a duo): 1971–1981, 1993–2017 / 9 albums

When his musical companion passed away Fagen promised to
“keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the
Steely Dan band.”

New live albums: Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live!
and The Nightfly Live (Donald Fagen’s 1982 debut solo LP)

Out: CD & Digital on 24 September and 180g-vinyl on 1 October

Order info: here

The Steely Dan Band will take
the road again in the Fall. Dates here

Donald Fagen‘s 1982 solo LP
The Nightfly

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STEELY DAN: Facebook

STEELY DAN Released Highly Praised ‘THE ROYAL SCAM’ Album 45 Years Ago Today

Back In Time…

31 May 2021

Band: STEELY DAN
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen
(Annandale-on-Hudson, New York)
Album: THE ROYAL SCAM
Released: 31 May 1976

Artwork: The cover was created from a painting by American
painter Larry Zox and a photograph by Charlie Ganse, and was
originally made for Van Morrison‘s unreleased 1975 LP, Mechanical
Bliss
, the concept being a satire of the American Dream.

AllMusic: The Royal Scam is the first Steely Dan record that
doesn’t exhibit significant musical progress from its predecessor?
not only are the lyrics bitter and snide, but the music is terse, broken,
and weary… The best songs on The Royal Scam, like the sneering “Kid
Charlemagne” and “Sign in Stranger,” rank as genuine Steely Dan
classics.
Score: 4.5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Sounds like the Eagles produced
this electrical and orchestral Motown soul LP. Music for
a cozy night at home.

Full album…

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STEELY DAN: Facebook

R.I.P. Walter Becker
February 20, 1950 – September 3, 2017

YESTERDAY’S CRACKERS – This Week: 25 Killer Tracks And 3 Top LP’s From 1975 …

The best of the past

Every week Turn Up The Volume jumps into the past! Relive 25 Crackers and
3 Top Longplayers per year/per week. Let’s start with the star-studded year of 1975

Here’s the 25 KILLER TRACKS selection…

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Here are 3 TOP ALBUMS

‘Physical Graffiti’ by LED ZEPPELIN

Stream here

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‘Blood On The Tracks’ by BOB DYLAN

Stream here

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‘Horses’ by PATTI SMITH

Stream here

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See/hear you next week, music junkies…