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Steely Dan Gaucho Numbered Limited Edition UHQR 200g 45rpm

Steely Dan Gaucho Numbered Limited Edition UHQR 200g 45rpm

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Steely Dan Gaucho Numbered Limited Edition UHQR 200g 45rpm 2LP Box Set ANALOGUE PRODUCTIONS


Side A:

  1. Babylon Sisters
  2. Hey Nineteen

Side B:

  1. Glamour Profession

Side C:

  1. Gaucho
  2. Time Out of Mind

Side D:

  1. My Rival
  2. Third World Man

Michael Fremer Rated 10/10 Music, 11/10 Sound!

Definitive Reissue Ultra High Quality Record 200g 45rpm 2LP!
Steely Dan's Grammy-Winning Seventh Studio Album Now on UHQR - Limited to 20,000 Numbered Copies!
Mastered by Bernie Grundman from an Analog Tape Copy Originally EQ'd by Bob Ludwig!
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings using Clarity Vinyl®!

This item not eligible for any further discount offers!

In their review of Gaucho, Rolling Stone proclaims, "Steely Dan have perfected the aesthetic of the tease. Their sound is as slippery as their (lyrical) irony."

Gaucho — the iconic seventh studio album by Steely Dan, released in November 1980 — and Grammy-winner for Best Engineered Non-Classical Recording, was also Grammy-nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. The album represents the band's musical evolution towards a more polished and sleek sound, featuring a collection of meticulously crafted songs that blend jazz, rock, and pop music, while exploring themes of decadence, longing, and disillusionment.

Gaucho's title track is a jazzy instrumental piece. The standout tracks on the album include "Hey Nineteen," a catchy and upbeat tune that features a memorable saxophone riff and lyrics about an older man's attraction to a young woman, and "Babylon Sisters," a funky and groovy track that showcases the band's impeccable sense of rhythm and melody.

The sessions for Gaucho represented the band's typical penchant for studio perfectionism and obsessive recording technique. To record the album, the band used at least 42 different musicians, spent more than a year in the studio, and far exceeded the original monetary advance given by the record label. Still, the album features multiple layers of instrumentation, carefully crafted arrangements, and the use of top-notch session musicians to create a lush and sophisticated sound that is uniquely Steely Dan.

Despite its critical and commercial success, Gaucho was a challenging album to make. During the two-year span in which the album was recorded, the band was plagued by a number of creative, personal and professional problems. MCA, Warner Bros. and Steely Dan had a three-way legal battle over the rights to release the album. After it was released, jazz musician Keith Jarrett was given a co-writing credit on the title track after threatening legal action over plagiarism of Jarrett's song "'Long As You Know You're Living Yours."

Gaucho marked a significant stylistic change for the band, introducing a more minimal, groove- and atmosphere-based format. The harmonically complex chord changes that were a distinctive mark of earlier Steely Dan songs are less prominent on Gaucho, with the record's songs tending to revolve around a single rhythm or mood, although complex chord progressions were still present particularly in "Babylon Sisters" and "Glamour Profession." Gaucho proved to be Steely Dan's final studio album that Donald Fagen and Walter Becker would make together until the year 2000.

Gaucho reached No. 9 on the U.S. album chart and was certified platinum-selling. "Hey Nineteen" reached No. 10 on the U.S. Singles Chart and went to No. 1 in Canada. Pitchfork, in its review, describes the almost "pathologically overdetermined production" as elegant, arid and a little forbidding. "Every last tinkling chime sounds like it took 12 days to mix, because chances are, it did." The New York Times deemed Gaucho the best album of 1980, beating out Talking Heads' Remain in Light and Joy Division's Closer.

Founded by core members Walter Becker (bass) and Donald Fagen (vocals, keyboards), Steely Dan's popularity rose throughout the late 1970s on, and their seven albums throughout that period of time blended elements of jazz, rock, funk, R&B, and pop. Steely Dan created a sophisticated, distinctive sound with accessible melodic hooks, complex harmonies and time signatures, and a devotion to the recording studio. Becker and Fagen, with producer Gary Katz, gradually changed Steely Dan from a performing band to a studio project, hiring session musicians to record their compositions. The duo didn't perform live between 1974 and 1993. But their popularity nevertheless grew throughout the '70s as their albums became critical favorites and their singles became staples of Adult Oriented Radio and pop radio stations.

After a brief battle with esophageal cancer, Walter Becker died on September 3, 2017 at the age of 67. Steely Dan has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2001. VH1 ranked Steely Dan at No. 82 on their list of the 100 Greatest Musical Artists of All Time. Rolling Stone ranked them No. 15 on its list of the 20 Greatest Duos of All Time.

This stereo UHQR reissue is limited to 20,000 copies, with gold foil individually numbered jackets, housed in a premium slipcase with a wooden dowel spine.

Gaucho remains a testament to Steely Dan's enduring musical legacy and their ability to create timeless music that transcends genre and style.

This is the definitive version of this record. If your analog front end is up to delivering it, I think you'll agree.
-Michael Fremer, Tracking Angle, Music 10/10, Sound 11/10
Limited to Two Copies Per Customer Per Address
Numbered, Limited Edition - 20,000 Copies
Ultra High Quality Record (UHQR®)
200g Vinyl
Double LP
Mastered by Bernie Grundman from an Analog Tape Copy Originally EQ'd by Bob Ludwig
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings using Clarity Vinyl®
Purest Possible Pressing
Tip-On Old-Style Gatefold Double Pocket Jackets with Film Lamination by Stoughton Printing
Gold Foil Individually Numbered Jackets
Premium Slipcase with a Wooden Dowel Spine

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