Tuesday, March 3, 2015

In the land of milk and honey (Steely Dan) #383

Steely Dan Do It Again/ Fire In The Hole (Probe, PROBE 51, 1972)

Isn't that a great record label. I loved the Probe label with those arrows in the O and the beautiful pastel pinky purple. The small print under the Probe is spot on too: A great name from ABC/Dunhill records, USA.

Cool! We're great - we've thought of a great name and we'll tell you it's great in case you missed it.

So Steely Dan!!

Do It Again was my introduction to the Dan. What a great loping beat and the enigmatic lyrics:

In the mornin' you go gunnin' for the man who stole your water
And you fire 'til he is done in but they catch you at the border
And the mourners are all signin' as they drag you by your feet
But the hangman isn't hangin' and they put you on the street.

Whaaat? That leaves a lot to the imagination - exactly as I like it!
Donald Fagen's laconic delivery also makes the song special. In 1972 no one was doing stuff like Steely Dan. An electric sitar solo? Only SD.

Hidden gems: Is there actually a bad Steely Dan song out there? Anywhere? The B side, a track off Can't Buy A Thrill is as superb as the A side. Class, pure class! 

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