Never so much a band as the slyly crafted specter of one, Steely Dan's mid-1990s "return" to live performance was as surprising as it was perverse. They'd previously toured only once, round about the era of Watergate, pet rocks, andShaft. A half-decade … see full wiki
Without a doubt the first highlight of the Year 2000. These sounds have very delightful jazz flavorings and some catch hooks which sink in after a few listens. This recording rocks a little more than Gaucho, which seems more appropriate as background as background music. Two Against Nature and Cousin Dupree display some high energy while maintaining some slick jazz colorings. The fade out solo on West Of Hollywood is quite ellaborate as well. Even slower tunes like Janie's Runaway work well with some stedy bass playing. Overall, this recording shows that the stylings of Steely Dan still fit in quite nicely in the new millenium.