Alive in America

Alive in America

by Steely DanSteely Dan


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When Donald Fagen and Walter Becker re-formed Steely Dan in 1994, they didn't put out a new album. They undertook a tour of sports arenas, their first tour since the days of Countdown to Ecstasy. Since Steely Dan became stars after they retired from performing, many of their dedicated fans never got a chance to see the group in concert. Given those circumstances, maybe the uniformly positive reviews of the tour were predictable. But as Alive in America proves, the shows weren't earth-shaking. Certainly they were fun -- there's no denying it's a thrill to hear these songs in a live setting, both for fans and for Becker and Fagen themselves -- but essentially they were exercises in nostalgia. Alive in America is enjoyable, but it offers no new insight into Steely Dan as performers, or Becker and Fagen as songwriters. It's a gas while it lasts, but it doesn't leave any lasting memories.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/1995
Label: Giant Records / Wea
UPC: 0075992463423
catalogNumber: 24634
Rank: 106502


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  3. Bodhisattva
  4. Reelin' In The Years
  5. Josie
  6. Book of Liars
  7. Peg
  8. Third World Man
  9. Kid Charlemagne
  10. Sign in Stranger
  11. Aja

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steely Dan   Primary Artist
Donald Fagen   Vocals,Melodica
Warren Bernhardt   Piano
Peter Erskine   Drums
Bob Sheppard   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Cornelius Bumpus   Tenor Saxophone
Dennis Chambers   Drums
Bill Ware   Percussion,Vibes
Walter Becker   Guitar,Vocals
Tom Barney   Bass Guitar
Diane Garisto   Background Vocals
Brenda White-King   Background Vocals
Chris Potter   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Catherine Russell   Percussion,Background Vocals,Human Whistle
Drew Zingg   Guitar
Georg "Jojje" Wadenius   Guitar

Technical Credits

Donald Fagen   Producer
Warren Bernhardt   Director
Roger Nichols   Engineer
Drew Zingg   Director
Phil Burnett   Engineer

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