STEELY DAN — Citizen Steely Dan: 1972-1980 (review)

STEELY DAN — Citizen Steely Dan: 1972-1980 album cover Boxset / Compilation · 1993 · RnB Buy this album from MMA partners
2/5 ·
seyo
I don't like compilations, and box-sets in particular. It must be really something unique to attract me and convince me buying the old stuff in new clothes. I prefer original albums as produced, played and even visually designed by artists themselves. It was their statement, no matter how imperfect or flawed in technical terms it may have been.

"Citizen Steely Dan" is a lump sum of all their studio albums from the debut (1972) till "Gaucho" (1980) that marked the end of that period of their work. Even the tracks are sorted chronologically in exact listing as they appeared on original releases but sequences are discontinued between the discs, so if you want to listen to say, "Countdown to Ecstasy" only, you will have to change from disc 1 to disc 2.

If you are a fan that keeps all original albums in collection you don't need this package unless you are a die-hard completest. Oh, yeah, there are several bonus tracks: "Bodhisattva" live showing that SD was in fact a real rock band once upon a time, "Here at the Western World" which already appeared on their first compilation "Greatest Hits" in 1978 (so it is even not a premiere here) and negligible demo version of "Everyone's Gone to the Movies". Nothing crucial to justify the purchase. A friend of mine sent me this box and I plan to rip them all into my mp3 player, divide them into original albums' track listings and add cover images. Only in such a way I could listen to it.
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