23696-1 The Nightfly
Produced by Gary Katz
Released on October 1982
US CHART POSITION #11 . . . PLATINUM RECORD . . . UK CHART POSITION #44
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D onald Fagen released The Nightfly two years after Steely Dan’s last record, Gaucho, quelling for the moment questions of whether there would be life after Dan. While stylistically similar to Gaucho (many of the same session players appear on both), The Nightfly is lighter on its feet; a sense of optimism (!) also pervades the record. The songs are based on Fagen’s own recollections of his youth, at a time when Tin Pan Alley celebrated the past and jazz looked to the future. The Nightfly straddles these two styles remarkably well: “New Frontier” and “I.G.Y. (International Geophysical Year)” take a comic look back at a forward-thinking time, while “Walk Between Raindrops” is a fine re-creation of American optimism. The arrangements are less exotic than Aja, less moody than Gaucho, now minus the extended guitar solos and intoxicating bass lines that Walter Becker brought to the table. Of course, The Nightfly still recalls Steely Dan more than anything. Even the themes are sometimes strikingly familiar, as when jazz fills in the holes left by love on “The Nightfly” (nods to “Deacon Blues”), and the South American politics of “The Goodbye Look” (similar to “Sign In Stranger”). Not everything here is top-shelf stuff; the Leiber-Stoller oldie “Ruby Baby” sounds half-hearted, while “Green Flower Street” is no more memorable than Gaucho’s dry bits. But at its best, as on “I.G.Y.,” “New Frontier” or the tender and languid tale of young love, “Maxine,” The Nightfly soars.

23696-1 back cover 23696-1 lyric sleeve
23696-1 back cover 23696-1 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. I.G.Y.    6:05
  2. GREEN FLOWER STREET    3:40
  3. RUBY BABY    (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller, arr. by Donald Fagen)    5:38
  4. MAXINE    3:50
  5. NEW FRONTIER    6:23
  6. THE NIGHTFLY    5:45
  7. THE GOODBYE LOOK    4:47
  8. WALK BETWEEN RAINDROPS    2:38

    DVD reissue bonus track
  9. NEW FRONTIER (VIDEO)

    Songs composed and arranged by Donald Fagen unless noted

CREDITS

DONALD FAGEN -- vocals, synthesizers, synth blues harp, electric piano, organ, backup vocals, horn arrangements
LARRY CARLTON -- lead guitar
HUGH McCRACKEN -- guitar, harmonica
GREG PHILLINGANES -- electric piano, clavinet, piano solo, piano, synthesizer, synthesizer bass
JEFF PORCARO -- drums
VALERIE SIMPSON -- backup vocals
STARZ VANDERLOCKET -- percussion, backup vocals
Dave Bargeron -- trombone, euphonium
Michael Brecker -- tenor sax
Randy Brecker -- trumpet, flugelhorn
Ronnie Cuber -- baritone sax
Rick Derringer -- guitar
Frank Floyd -- backup vocals
James Gadson -- drums
Ed Green -- drums
Gordon Grody -- backup vocals
Anthony Jackson -- bass
Steve Jordan -- drums
Steve Khan -- acoustic guitar
Abraham Laboriel -- bass
Daniel Lazerus -- backup vocals, overdub engineer
Will Lee -- bass
Leslie Miller -- backup vocals
Marcus Miller -- bass
Rob Mounsey -- synthesizers, horn arrangements
Roger Nichols -- percussion, chief engineer, sequencing, percussion and special effects
Michael Omartian -- piano, electric piano
Dean Parks -- guitar
Chuck Rainey -- bass
Zack Sanders -- backup vocals
Dave Tofani -- alto sax
Elliot Scheiner -- tracking and mixdown
Gale Sasson & Vern Yenor -- set design and construction
George Delmerico -- art direction
James Hamilton -- photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US October 1982 Warner Bros. LP/CS 23696 lyric sleeve
UK/CAN/GER October 1982 Warner Bros. LP/CS 92 3696-1/4 lyric sleeve
ISR 1982 Warner Bros. LP BAN-923696  
JPN 1982 Pioneer/Warner LP P-11264  
US 1984 Mobile Fidelity LP/CS MFSL-1/MFSL-C-120 original master recording
US/EUR   Warner Bros. CD 26396  
JPN March 31, 1999 Warner Bros. CD WPCR-1094  
GER 2002 Warner DVD 78138 DV audio 5.1 w. bonus video
JPN 2009 Warner CD WPCR-13257 SHMCD remaster

 

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