|Citizen Steely Dan 1972-1980|
|previously released material|
|Released on December 14, 1993|
|GOLD RECORD (2/8/96)|
|Find it at GEMM|
|MCAD 4-10981 cover
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S teely Dan sucks. This is the worst box set I have ever encountered. I get the irony, they get the money, ha ha ha. I was just reading an excerpt of a Melody Maker review that said “Steely Dan were no more nihilistic than The Stooges,” and I sympathize with the vagaries of being handled by so many frustrated philatelists, but maybe that review is onto something, since Citizen Steely Dan reveals a rare combination of crankiness and commercialism more often associated with The Sex Pistols. The opening letter to MCA vice president Andy McKaie is hilarious and touching, but the rest of the “booklet” features critical quotes (some clever, some not) and the sort of generic info that you could glean from the back of any album cover. In the low tradition of MCA’s bare-bones reissue from the ‘80s, the four CDs feature single-sheet picture sleeves with no additional info, cutting albums in half like some expensive 8-track cassette. The only “new” track to collectors is a demo of “Everyone’s Gone To The Movies” at the end. For collectors, save your money and buy one of the European imports with early material on it (even if Dan doesn’t get a penny for it, and maybe especially so). The sound quality is fine, of course, though the vinyl originals still hold up wonderfully after all these years, so don’t pick Citizen up in the hope of hearing new details revealed (I didn’t hear anything new). So why an orange rating? (As if anyone notices what color I rate these things.) The music. Dan were a brilliant band, and there’s no ignoring it even in such drab packaging. To borrow a line from “Your Gold Teeth:” They don’t have to dance for us, we’ve seen their dance before. But a box set is supposed to be a little monument where the faithful can stop and reflect, and my thoughts inevitably stray to Citizen’s shortcomings.
|MCAD 4-10981 disc one||MCAD 4-10981 disc two||MCAD 4-10981 booklet|
Vartan -- creative direction
Red Herring Design -- art direction
Ed Caraeff, Henry Diltz, Randall Kennedy, Michael Ochs Archives -- photography
Pete Fogul -- memorabilia
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