The liner notes on Dan's sophmore trip states that if you are in fact a fan of this album, you won't be too popular at parties with alcohol and your friends should rethink they're relationship with you in so many words. I love this album so make of they're warning what you will. Steely Dan's second album had some changes over the first. First off, the second lead singer David Palmer was gone. Secondly the rock themes were amped up over … more
Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more
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The only element of sophomore slump in Steely Dan's second album was the disappointing sales response upon its initial release in 1974. Musically,Countdown to Ecstasyis even stronger than the Dan's terrific debut, pushing the musical envelope with more complex jazz harmonies and intricate time signatures, and carrying their lyrics into even more shadowy realms peppered with sci-fi imagery and street-level slang. The songs are stunning, from the opening blast of "Boddhisattva," a Zen boogie fueled by Denny Dias's and Jeff Baxter's angular, bopping guitars, to the postnuclear apocalypse of "King of the World." In between, they deliver the one-two punch of "Show Biz Kids," with its perfect snapshot of affluent decadence, and "My Old School," in which college daze is remembered through a collision of staccato guitar and blazing horns.--Sam Sutherland