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Donald Fagen – The Nightfly

Donald Fagen
The Nightfly
Style: Jazz, Pop, Rock
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Catalog Number: 9 23696-1
Released: 1982, 80's
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Dubbed “one of pop music’s sneakiest masterpieces” due to its low-key but lasting popularity, Donald Fagen’s post-Steely Dan solo debut The Nightlfy is a semi-autobiographical concept album looking back to simpler times. A note from Fagen is included in the liner notes: “The songs on this album represent certain fantasies that might have been entertained by a young man growing up in the remote suburbs of a northeastern city during the late fifties and early sixties, i.e., one of my general height, weight, and build…” All the classic Steely Dan-isms are here: countless studio musicians, perfectionist production, complex harmonies, diverse lyrical subjects; the key difference is that the songs are a bit more personal, romantic and less cryptic than typical Steely Dan. The Nightfly was also one of the first albums to be recorded entirely digitally, resulting in a more crisp, contemporary sound that laid the foundation for all digitally recorded pop albums to come.

Recommended – A1 I.G.Y (International Geophysical Year), B1 New Frontier, B2 The Nightfly

Tags: Essential Listening / Fusion / Steely Dan
Tracklist:

A1 I.G.Y (International Geophysical Year)
A2 Green Flower Street
A3 Ruby Baby
A4 Maxine
B1 New Frontier
B2 The Nightfly
B3 The Goodbye Look
B4 Walk Between Raindrops

Credits:

Arranged By [Horns] – Donald Fagen, Rob Mounsey
Art Direction – George Delmerico
Backing Vocals – Daniel Lazerus (tracks: A2), Frank Floyd (tracks: A1, A2, B2), Gordon Grody (tracks: A1), Leslie Miller (tracks: B4), Starz Vanderlocket (tracks: B1), Valerie Simpson (tracks: A1, A2, A3, B2, B3), Zack Sanders* (tracks: A1, A2, B2)
Bass – Abraham Laboriel (tracks: B1), Anthony Jackson (tracks: A1, A3), Chuck Rainey (tracks: A2), Marcus Miller (tracks: A4, B2, B3), Will Lee (tracks: B4)
Drums – Ed Green* (tracks: A4, B1), James Gadson (tracks: A1, A3), Jeff Porcaro (tracks: A1, A2, A3, B2, B3), Steve Jordan (tracks: B4)
Engineer [Assistant] – Cheryl Smith, Mike Morongell*, Robin Lane*, Wayne Yurgelun*
Engineer [Chief] – Roger Nichols
Engineer [Digital Maintenance, 3M] – Bill Roach, Jiri Donovsky
Engineer [Digital Maintenance, Soundworks] – Mike Morongell*, Wayne Yurgelun*
Engineer [Overdub] – Daniel Lazerus
Euphonium – Dave Bargeron (tracks: A4)
Flugelhorn – Randy Brecker (tracks: A3, A4)
Guitar – Dean Parks (tracks: A2, B3), Hugh McCracken (tracks: A1, A3, B2), Larry Carlton (tracks: A2, A3, A4, B1, B2, B3, B4), Rick Derringer (tracks: A2, B2), Steve Khan (tracks: B3)
Harmonica – Hugh McCracken (tracks: B1)
Lacquer Cut By – RL*
Liner Notes – D.F.*
Mastered By [Original Mastering, Masterdisk, N.Y.C.] – Bob Ludwig
Percussion – Roger Nichols (tracks: A1), Starz Vanderlocket (tracks: A1, A2, B1, B3)
Photography By – James Hamilton (5)
Piano – Greg Phillinganes (tracks: A1, A2, A3, A4, B3), Michael Omartian (tracks: A3, B1, B2)
Producer – Gary Katz
Saxophone – Dave Tofani (tracks: A1, A4), Michael Brecker (tracks: A1, A3, A4), Ronnie Cuber (tracks: A1, A4)
Sequenced By, Percussion, Effects [Special Effects] – Roger Nichols, Wendel II
Set Designer [Set Design And Construction] – Gale Sasson, Vern Yenor
Synthesizer – Greg Phillinganes (tracks: B3, B4), Rob Mounsey (tracks: A1, A2, B2)
Synthesizer, Synth [Synth Blues Harp] – Donald Fagen (tracks: A1)
Tracking By, Mixed By [Mixdown] – Elliot Scheiner
Trombone – Dave Bargeron (tracks: A1)
Trumpet – Randy Brecker (tracks: A1, A3)

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