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The Nightfly

The Nightfly

by Donald Fagen Donald Fagen
The Nightfly

The Nightfly

by Donald Fagen Donald Fagen


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A portrait of the artist as a young man, The Nightfly is a wonderfully evocative reminiscence of Kennedy-era American life; in the liner notes, Donald Fagen describes the songs as representative of the kinds of fantasies he entertained as an adolescent during the late '50s/early '60s, and he conveys the tenor of the times with some of his most personal and least obtuse material to date. Continuing in the smooth pop-jazz mode favored on the final Steely Dan records, The Nightfly is lush and shimmering, produced with cinematic flair by Gary Katz; romanticized but never sentimental, the songs are slices of suburbanite soap opera, tales of space-age hopes (the hit "I.G.Y.") and Cold War fears (the wonderful "The New Frontier," a memoir of fallout-shelter love) crafted with impeccable style and sophistication.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0075992369626
catalogNumber: 23696
Rank: 20042


  1. I.G.Y.
  2. Green Flower Street
  3. Ruby Baby
  4. Maxine
  5. New Frontier
  6. The Nightfly
  7. The Goodbye Look
  8. Walk Between Raindrops

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Donald Fagen   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Harmonica,Horn,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Harp
Rick Derringer   Guitar
Michael Brecker   Horn,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Ronnie Cuber   Horn,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Steve Khan   Acoustic Guitar
Rob Mounsey   Synthesizer,Horn,Keyboards
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Gordon Grody   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dave Bargeron   Trombone,Euphonium,Horn,Background Vocals
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
James Gadson   Drums
Ed Greene   Drums
Anthony Jackson   Bass
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Daniel Lazerus   Background Vocals
Will Lee   Bass
Hugh McCracken   Guitar,Harmonica
Leslie Miller   Vocals,Background Vocals
Marcus Miller   Bass
Roger Nichols   Percussion
Michael Omartian   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Dean Parks   Guitar
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Clavinet,Synthesizer Bass,Soloist
Zachary Sanders   Vocals,Background Vocals
Valerie Simpson   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Tofani   Horn,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Starz Vander Lockett   Percussion,Background Vocals
Daniel Bazerus   Background Vocals
Frank Floyd   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Jordan   Drums

Technical Credits

Donald Fagen   Arranger,Liner Notes,Horn Arrangements
Rob Mounsey   Horn Arrangements
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Gary Katz   Producer
Daniel Lazerus   Engineer,overdub engineer
Roger Nichols   Special Effects,Engineer
Elliot Scheiner   Producer,Engineer
Andrew Thomas   Screen Design
George Delmerico   Art Direction
David Dieckmann   Authoring
George Lydecker   Authoring
Robin Hurley   Producer
Spencer Christu   Authoring

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