Best of GTA: Steely Dan @ the Record Plant

[Originally Published August 9, 2007]

Steely Dan 03/20/1974 FM (MP3):

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After listening to one of Steely Dan’s rare live gigs from the ’70s, I’m just confused as to why these guys didn’t tour behind any of their legendary albums. The Dan absolutely tore it up in the live setting with a band that included Michael McDonald, Denny Dias and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter. To see what I’m talking about, download this crispy as fuck radio show Steely Dan recorded on March 20th, 1974.

I’ve had a copy of this show for years, but the analog tape hiss made it unlistenable. Last week a pristine copy of the set made its way to the torrent sites. My old copy has now become my new coaster. The show begins with a high energy romp through Bodhisattva that features Baxter and Walter Becker trading mind-blowing licks. Do It Again is a little more groovin’ than the album version thanks to McDonald’s work on the Rhodes. Other nuggets on this recording include the nasty solos in Rikki Don’t Lose That Number and a soulful version of Any Major Dude. We can only hope that more crispy recordings from the Dan’s epic 1974 tour surface soon.

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  1. The TooleMan Remaster of “Metal Leg” is the heat as well. This lineup kills and Pretzel Logic is my fav album. All the record plant I’ve heard had speed problems, looking forward to this.

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