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I've had Aja for years and still not sure about it.
What are the best of their other albums?
Or I made an introductory playlist for my friend a while ago which gives you two tracks off each of the essential albums - you could just listen to that and go with your favourite song to explore the album further. http://open.spotify.com/user/darthcrunk/playlist/46vsY1GUzr3b9U1xXBAJAL
then you're not sure about life
But Pretzel Logic is my favourite. Fucking good band.
Where's the love for Gaucho? Great album
as he's about 40 and american, i feel that his opinion counts more than you guys.
He says Countdown To Ecstacy and Pretzel Logic are the best
just put it all on shuffle.
once you get past the opening track. Then it's Pretzel Logic. Can't Buy a Thrill is next, then Aja.
Katy Lied is pretty flat, and The Royal Scam is a real dud.
the rock band on the road recording songs between gigs. Followed by the tour-phobic band, living in the studio 24/7 searching for the mu chord, recording with the best LA jazz & rock session musicians money could buy.
The first era is covered by "Can't Buy a Cheap Thrill", "Countdown to Ecstasy" and parts of "Pretzel Logic". The 2nd era starts with the 3rd album and you can follow their progression into jazz rock with "Katy Lied" and "The Royal Scam" peaking with "Aja" and finally "Gaucho" (a fine album, but overlooked - see "Tusk following Rumours")
If you want a less jazzy, more rocky Steey Dan - go for the first three albums in order.
If you want to hear cool tributes to the Steely Dan sound - try "Money Don't Matter 2 Night" from Prince and "Fragments of Time" by Daft Punk.
Actually the Daft Punk one shamelessly riffs off "Time Out of Mind" from the Gaucho album. Not surprising since Daft Punk wanted to make a 21st century analogue dance record with 70s West Coast rock session musicians playing East Coast disco.
Pretzel Logic and Countdown To Ecstasy - these will set you up for the rest.
is my clear favourite