The Royal Scam

The Royal Scam

by Steely DanSteely Dan


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In contrast to their music-making methods -- which usually involved holing up for weeks in a Los Angeles studio with the hottest session players around -- Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's best lyrics for Steely Dan songs focused on the embittered lives of savvy streetwise survivors of urban America. THE ROYAL SCAM, their response to bicentennial mania, offered the angriest and most edgy of these tales: The narrator of "Don't Take Me Alive" is a career criminal on the lam, "The Fez" is the story of a sex fetishist, and the title track takes a sardonic look at the American dream (a stance accented by the cover, which depicts a homeless person at a monument). The music is equally edgy -- with its bleak outlook, grisly tone, and blistering guitar leads, this is an album that disappears down a dark alley and doesn't come back.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/1999
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811205126
catalogNumber: 112051
Rank: 2564

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steely Dan   Primary Artist
Donald Fagen   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael McDonald   Vocals,Background Vocals
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Victor Feldman   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Don Grolnick   Keyboards
Plas Johnson   Horn,Saxophone
John Klemmer   Horn
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Clydie King   Vocals,Background Vocals
Elliott Randall   Guitar
Walter Becker   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Gary Coleman   Percussion,Drums
Venetta Fields   Horn,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bob Findley   Horn
Chuck Findley   Horn
Paul Griffin   Keyboards,Vocals
Jim Horn   Horn,Saxophone
Rick Marotta   Drums
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Dean Parks   Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Timothy B. Schmit   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Denny Dias   Guitar
Dick Hyde   Trombone,Horn
Sherlie Matthews   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Donald Fagen   Composer,Liner Notes,Horn Arrangements
Walter Becker   Composer,Liner Notes,Horn Arrangements
Ed Caraeff   Art Direction
Chuck Findley   Horn Arrangements
Paul Griffin   Composer
Gary Katz   Producer
Roger Nichols   Engineer
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Zox   Cover Art
Roger Nicholas   Engineer
Elliott Shiner   Engineer
Michael Diehl   Reissue Design
Tom Nikosey   Cover Art
Dinky Dawson   Graphic Editing,Sound Consultant
Karen Stanley   Nursery Rhyme

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