Steely Dan

Forward into the Past: Becker & Fagan - The Early Years

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Yet another repackaging of the studio demos Steely Dan honchos Becker and Fagen made as struggling songwriters in the period before they actually conceptualized the band. Some of them--"Barrytown," "Parker's Band," "Any World That I'm Welcome To"--later turned up on Steely Dan albums; here they're presented in bare-bones versions (mostly just piano and vocals, with only adequate sound) that while interesting obviously don't have Steely Dan's trademark instrumental sheen. There are more complete anthologies of this stuff available, notably CATALYST and ANDROID WAREHOUSE, but this is a worthwhile sampler.

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