20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection - The Best of Steely Dan

20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection - The Best of Steely Dan

by Steely Dan


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Steely Dan mainstays Walter Becker and Donald Fagen are credited as co-compilation producers with Universal Music executive Andy McKaie on the Steely Dan entry in Universal's discount-priced series 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection. It's a rule of thumb: get the artist involved in a compilation, and the choices are bound to be idiosyncratic. The rule holds here. Becker and Fagen eschew the boring hits-only approach, ignoring the Top Ten "Hey Nineteen" and the Top 40s "Black Friday," "Peg," and "FM (No Static at All)" in favor of album tracks "Any World (That I'm Welcome To)" and "Third World Man," as well as the B-side "Only a Fool Would Say That" and "My Old School," which peaked at number 63 on the Hot 100. It doesn't really matter. More than three decades after the fact, "My Old School" sounds as much like a Steely Dan hit as any of the band's actual Top Ten singles, and it gets as much play on classic rock radio. Is this the best of Steely Dan? No, but some of the group's best songs are included, among them "Do It Again" and "Rikki Don't Lose That Number." A neophyte wanting to get an idea of what Steely Dan sounds like can do so by listening to these ten tracks. Real Steely Dan fans already have multiple copies of each of these songs.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/15/2012
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0602537002313
catalogNumber: 001678602
Rank: 8294

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steely Dan   Primary Artist
Patti Austin   Background Vocals
Rick Derringer   Guitar
Donald Fagen   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Soloist
Michael McDonald   Background Vocals
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Larry Carlton   Guitar,Soloist
Pete Christlieb   Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Victor Feldman   Percussion,Marimbas,Electric Piano,Vibes,Soloist
Plas Johnson   Flute,Saxophone
Steve Khan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Rob Mounsey   Synthesizer,Piano
Bill Perkins   Flute,Saxophone
Jerome Richardson   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Sample   Electric Piano
David Sanborn   Alto Saxophone
Tom Scott   Flute,Saxophone
Wayne Shorter   Flute,Saxophone
Lanny Morgan   Saxophone
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Elliott Randall   Guitar,Soloist
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Drums
Walter Becker   Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Bass,Vocals,Soloist
Jeff Baxter   Soloist
Ben Benay   Acoustic Guitar
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Wilton Felder   Bass
Venetta Fields   Background Vocals
Chuck Findley   Brass
Steve Gadd   Drums
Patricia Hall   Background Vocals
Jim Hodder   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Jim Horn   Flute,Saxophone
Royce Jones   Background Vocals
Jackie Kelso   Flute,Saxophone
Mark Knopfler   Guitar,Soloist
Rick Marotta   Drums
Myrna Matthews   Background Vocals
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Lew McCreary   Brass
Leslie Miller   Background Vocals
Michael Omartian   Piano,Keyboards
David Paich   Piano,Keyboards
David Palmer   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeff Porcaro   Drums,Dorophone
Dean Parks   Guitar
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
James Rolleston   Background Vocals
John Rotella   Saxophone
Timothy B. Schmit   Background Vocals
Valerie Simpson   Background Vocals
David Tofani   Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Watts   Saxophone
Snooky Young   Flugelhorn
Denny Dias   Guitar,Electric Sitar,Soloist
Dick Hyde   Brass
Jerry Garszva   Overdubs
Sherlie Matthews   Background Vocals
Ronny Cuber   Baritone Saxophone
Roger "The Immortal" Nichols   Overdubs
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter   Guitar
Clyde King   Background Vocals
Bernard Purdie   Drums
Michael Fenelly   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Donald Fagen   Composer,Lyricist,Personnel
Steely Dan   rhythm arrangement
Larry Carlton   Chart Preparation
Victor Feldman   Personnel
Don Grolnick   rhythm arrangement
Plas Johnson   Personnel
Rob Mounsey   Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Jerome Richardson   Personnel
Tom Scott   Horn Arrangements,Horn Conductor
Chuck Rainey   Personnel
Jim Gordon   Personnel
Walter Becker   Composer,Lyricist,Personnel
Ben Benay   Personnel
Henry Diltz   Back Cover Photo
Wilton Felder   Personnel
Paul Griffin   rhythm arrangement
Jimmie Haskell   Orchestration,Saxophone Arrangement
Gary Katz   Producer
Lew McCreary   Personnel
Ollie Mitchell   Personnel
Michael Omartian   Chart Preparation,Personnel
David Paich   Personnel
Jeff Porcaro   Personnel
Dean Parks   Chart Preparation,Personnel
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Timothy B. Schmit   Personnel
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Ernie Watts   Personnel
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Roger "The Immortal" Nichols   Special Effects,Engineer

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