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Countdown to Ecstasy

Countdown to Ecstasy

by Steely Dan Steely Dan
Countdown to Ecstasy

Countdown to Ecstasy

by Steely Dan Steely Dan


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Can't Buy a Thrill became an unexpected hit, and as a response, Donald Fagen became the group's full-time lead vocalist, and he and Walter Becker acted like Steely Dan was a rock & roll band for the group's second album, Countdown to Ecstasy. The loud guitars and pronounced backbeat of "Bodhisattva," "Show Biz Kids," and "My Old School" camouflage the fact that Countdown is a riskier album, musically speaking, than its predecessor. Each of its eight songs have sophisticated, jazz-inflected interludes, and apart from the bluesy vamps "Bodhisattva" and "Show Biz Kids," which sound like they were written for the stage, the songs are subtly textured. "Razor Boy," with its murmuring vibes, and the hard bop tribute "Your Gold Teeth" reveal Becker and Fagen's jazz roots, while the country-flavored "Pearl of the Quarter" and the ominous, skittering "King of the World" are both overlooked gems. Countdown to Ecstasy is the only time Steely Dan played it relatively straight, and its eight songs are rich with either musical or lyrical detail that their album rock or art rock contemporaries couldn't hope to match.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/1998
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811188726
catalogNumber: 11887
Rank: 1393


  1. Bodhisattva
  2. Razor Boy
  3. The Boston Rag
  4. Your Gold Teeth
  5. Show Biz Kids
  6. My Old School
  7. Pearl Of The Quarter
  8. King Of The World

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steely Dan   Primary Artist
Rick Derringer   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Donald Fagen   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals
Victor Feldman   Percussion,Keyboards,Marimbas,Vibes
Bill Perkins   Saxophone
Lanny Morgan   Saxophone
Michael Fennelly   Vocals,Background Vocals
Pam Hall   Background Vocals
Walter Becker   Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Baxter   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Ben Benay   Acoustic Guitar
Ray Brown   Bass,String Bass
Patricia Hall   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Hodder   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Royce Jones   Vocals,Background Vocals
Myrna Matthews   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sherlie Mathews   Background Vocals
James Rolleston   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Rotella   Saxophone
Ernie Watts   Saxophone
Denny Dias   Guitar
Sherlie Matthews   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Palmer   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rick Derringer   Engineer
Donald Fagen   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Walter Becker   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger,Saxophone Arrangement
Gary Katz   Producer,Audio Production
Roger Nichols   Engineer

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