Steely Dan expert Anthony Robustelli has nice things to say (and unique insights) about all their studio albums but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have his personal preferences.
Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen and Walter Becker hadn’t worked together in years – and had no plans to do so until model-turned-singer Rosie Vela entered their world and sparked a new era of creativity.
“The Cuervo Gold/The fine Columbian/Make tonight a wonderful thing.” Have lyrics ever evoked a time and place more perfectly? While the Cuervo and Columbian are natural pairings from Steely Dan’s “Gaucho,” we’d like to suggest yet another in this episode of “Wine & Vinyl.”
Back in the day, Tin Pan Alley songwriters wrote introductory “verses” that were nothing like the song that followed. Steely Dan modernized this old-world technique on “Babylon Sisters.” See how.