Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

by Steely DanSteely Dan


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This 1978 ABC set was issued to bide time between Aja and Gaucho. Despite the generous 18 tracks covering the 1972-1977 work, this didn't take on mythical proportions due to the fact that the band's separate albums all remained strong and the group's better moments weren't always the biggest hits. Despite the cavils, some great work is here. "Do It Again" and "Reelin' in the Years" both broadened what listeners expected from singles as Donald Fagen's ironic vocals were instantly singular and made all of the lyrics stick. By the middle of Greatest Hits, tracks from three albums in particular, Pretzel Logic, Katy Lied, and The Royal Scam, all cohere into an imperfect though cogent sampling of their work. Tracks like "Black Friday," "Pretzel Logic," and "Haitian Divorce" are all nervous energy and gallows humor, all assiduously played in their patented mix of rock, jazz, and R&B. During its initial release, the draw for Greatest Hits was one unreleased track. The elegiac "Here in the Western World" from the Royal Scam sessions perfectly summed up their 1973-1976 sound. The track later showed up on another compilations. "Peg" and "Josie" from Aja show up here as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/14/1998
Label: Mca Int'l
UPC: 0076732600825
catalogNumber: 326008

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steely Dan   Primary Artist
Patti Austin   Vocals
Rick Derringer   Guitar
Donald Fagen   Keyboards,Vocals
Michael McDonald   Vocals,Background Vocals
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Pete Christlieb   Saxophone
Victor Feldman   Percussion,Keyboards
Don Grolnick   Keyboards
Plas Johnson   Saxophone
Steve Khan   Guitar
John Klemmer   Horn
Bill Perkins   Horn
Jerome Richardson   Saxophone
Joe Sample   Keyboards
Tom Scott   Saxophone
Wayne Shorter   Saxophone
Paul Humphrey   Drums
Lanny Morgan   Saxophone
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Michael Fennelly   Vocals
Clydie King   Vocals
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Elliott Randall   Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums
Jim Gordon   Drums
Walter Becker   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Hal Blaine   Drums
Jeff Baxter   Guitar
Ben Benay   Guitar
Ray Brown   Bass
Vivian Cherry   Vocals
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Wilton Felder   Bass
Venetta Fields   Vocals
Bob Findley   Horn
Chuck Findley   Horn
Steve Gadd   Drums
Jay Graydon   Guitar
Ed Greene   Drums
Paul Griffin   Keyboards,Vocals
Patricia Hall   Vocals
Jimmie Haskell   Horn
Jim Hodder   Drums
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Royce Jones   Vocals
Jackie Kelso   Horn
Rebecca Louis   Vocals
Rick Marotta   Drums
Myrna Matthews   Vocals
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Lew McCreary   Horn
Jeff Mironov   Guitar
Ollie Mitchell   Trumpet
Michael Omartian   Keyboards
David Paich   Keyboards
David Palmer   Keyboards,Vocals
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Dean Parks   Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
James Rolleston   Vocals
John Rotella   Saxophone
Timothy B. Schmit   Bass,Vocals
Florence Warner   Vocals
Ernie Watts   Saxophone
Carolyn Willis   Vocals
Snooky Young   Horn
Denny Dias   Guitar
Dick Hyde   Trombone
Sherlie Matthews   Vocals
Philip Woods   Horn

Technical Credits

Donald Fagen   Composer
Michael McDonald   Contributor
Don Grolnick   Contributor
Steve Khan   Contributor
Paul Humphrey   Contributor
Lanny Morgan   Contributor
Clydie King   Contributor
Walter Becker   Composer
Jay Graydon   Contributor
Ed Greene   Contributor
Patricia Hall   Contributor
Jimmie Haskell   Contributor
Jim Hodder   Contributor
Jim Horn   Contributor
Gary Katz   Producer
Jackie Kelso   Contributor
Rebecca Louis   Contributor
Myrna Matthews   Contributor
Hugh McCracken   Contributor
Jeff Mironov   Contributor
Ollie Mitchell   Contributor
Roger Nichols   Engineer
Barney Perkins   Engineer
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer,Package Development
Schmitt   Engineer
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Garry Sherman   Contributor
Dick Hyde   Contributor
Paul Giffin   Contributor
Alberta Nichols   Engineer
Sherlie Matthews   Contributor
Steven Bernstein   Artwork,Art Direction

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