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Tell Don+Walt to get their collective ass over here. Preferably this millenium. Our Queen will sponser the tour. If she doesn't we'll get rid of her.
Dear Iain: Yes oh yes it is our long cherished dream as well for Steely Dan to be appearing in your neighborhood in the not too distant future. We cheerfully accept your gracious offer of royal support. And there can be no doubt that if, for some reason, the current queen won't come across with the readies, any number of replacement queens are available throughout your mighty British Isles, eager to be pressed into service. Probably most are down in London rather than up in your neck of the woods. Toodles
I am very sorry to hear that you were not impressed with "Fall of 92" when you heard it in Saratoga. Maybe you are some kind of right-winger and didn't cotton to the reference to "George Bush and those Nazis down in Washington D.C." Or maybe you don't like slow songs. Maybe you're just picky like your dad, who took a pass on "Pretzel Logic" and "Katy Lied". Anyway it is good to know that you are back in the fold. Is it possible that the club in question was called "Oliver's" at the time? If so I have a tape of the gig your folks saw - assuming we only played one night there. I'll see if it's possible to post an audiofile of one of the tunes somewhere here ...but until I can get that one together, let me say thanks to you and your family for being such devoted fans.
P.S. Since you mentioned Fenway Park - I have always wondered how come there were far fewer black players on the Red Sox and the Celtics than on all the other teams in the same leagues. Is that just a coincidence or what?
I look forward to the completion of this web site. It is too bad the Internet was not available years back when Mr. Fagan and Mr. Becker and company were coming into their own as one of America's (if not the world's) best music groups. The accessibilty of the Internet could have made Steely Dan even that much more popular! But, hey, they haven't done too badly without the 'Net!
Good luck, and keep up the good work.
On behalf of audio enthusiasts and Steely Dan lovers around the world, I urge you to record subsequent Steely Dan works all-analogue (preferably through tube mastering decks) and to issue coincident LP versions of all releases.
Thanks for your time,
Siegfried P. Duray-Bito
Yeah, and maybe we should write the lyrics with a quill pen on parchment?
Thanks for your lavish praise and your no-doubt scholarly appraisal of our recorded ouvre. Think we'll pass on the "all-analogue (preferably through tube mastering decks)" deal. MCA is interested in rereleasing some of our catalog on vinyl, and this may indeed happen soon. I'll hang on to my CD's - just the thought of that flimsy little phono stylus twitching along in that scratchy plastic groove makes my fillings hurt.
By the way Absolute Sound is, IMHO, one nutty mag. Fads, feuds, crackpot tweeks, purple prose-laden gear reviews - it's all there. Although I am not familiar with your work specifically, I salute you for the great work you are doing on behalf of "golden ear" audiophiles and followers of the "high end". If there's any coupons left after you shell out for those x-thousand dollar speaker cables, you might want to consider buying yourself a life.
I can definitely say that you're on to something big here with the Steely Dan site. Hopefully those "under construction" notices will be replaced with something more constructive later. Thanks for "Alive in America," plus Warren Zevon and all those other great Giant artists who escape me at the moment.
And go ahead and post my address. I have nothing to hide!
Dear Warren: You forgot Thomas Dolby, Jim Carroll, and Walter Becker.