#171 Steely Dan – Can’t Buy A Thrill (1972)


“Can’t Buy A Thrill” was the debut album for Steely Dan. Donald Fagan & Walter Becker were the 2 creative forces that were Steely Dan. This was the effort that started their parade of FM hits that littered the radio waves in the 1970’s. It all started with “side 1, track 1” the classic “Do It Again” with the famous chorus we all know..you go back,Jack, and do it again…a classic rock radio staple and probably the most well known song on this LP. The 2nd track on side 1 was also hit albeit lesser known “Dirty Work”, possessing a little different sound as band member David Palmer handled the lead vocals on the song and not Donald Fagan. This has always been one of my favorite songs by this band. When you flip the album over you get hit right away again with the first track from side 2 “Reelin’ In The Years” , another classic rock staple. It’s easy to dismiss this song because you’ve heard it a 1,000 times before. But if you listen again with fresh ears you learn to re-appriciate this song with beautiful guitar work by Elliot Randall & Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (who later leave this band, along with Michael MacDonald, and join the Doobie Brothers) and respect what a great song it truly is all over again. Steely Dan’s sound would evolve thru the years as Becker & Fagan would become immersed in studio perfectionism and refuse to take the band on the road and play live….but what a debut.

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