MCA-1594 Katy Lied
Produced by Gary Katz
Released on April 1975
US CHART POSITION #13 . . . GOLD RECORD (5/12/75), PLATINUM (9/7/93) . . . UK CHART POSITION #13
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MCA-1594 cover
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N o Steely Dan album had flowed this effortlessly since Countdown To Ecstasy, and like that album there isn’t a weak patch to be found on Katy Lied. In fact, a completely reworked version of “Your Gold Teeth” slides along so gracefully that I feel comfortable giving this the nod as the better record. Unlike Pretzel Logic, which sometimes showed the strains of a band stretching its pop credibility, Katy Lied plays to the band’s strengths: cold logic and warm melodies, clever wordplay and incisive guitar solos. The opening pair of “Black Friday” and “Bad Sneakers” gives the record a strong jump out of the gate, a lead it never loses, mixing the tempo and the scenery like a power pitcher with a nasty curveball (okay, I’m blending sports analogies here). Rolling Stone suggested that with this album, Steely Dan became entangled in its own jazz/rock aspirations, but I just don’t hear it. I will concede that the lyrics are obscure, but it’s a glossing over of dark subjects on “Rose Darling,” “Doctor Wu” and “Everyone’s Gone To The Movies” that allows them to retain a certain optimism in spite of themselves. By contrast, The Royal Scam didn’t beat around the bush, so the sting of defeat went unsalved. Or maybe it’s just that Katy Lied regains a sense of humor in a catalog fraught with seriousness. Whatever the reason, this is as light and lithesome a collection of songs as you’ll find in the Steely Dan gallery. It may not contain their biggest hits, but a better album they didn’t make.

MCA-1594 back cover
MCA-1594 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. BLACK FRIDAY    3:33
  2. BAD SNEAKERS    3:16
  3. ROSE DARLING    2:59
  4. DADDY DON'T LIVE IN THAT NEW YORK CITY NO MORE    3:12
  5. DOCTOR WU    3:59
  6. EVERYONE'S GONE TO THE MOVIES    3:41
  7. YOUR GOLD TEETH II    4:12
  8. CHAIN LIGHTNING    2:57
  9. ANY WORLD (THAT I'M WELCOME TO)    3:56
  10. THROW BACK THE LITTLE ONES    3:11

    Music composed and arranged by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen

CREDITS

WALTER BECKER -- bass, guitars, back photos
LARRY CARLTON -- guitars
RICK DERRINGER -- guitars
DENNY DIAS -- guitars
DONALD FAGEN -- vocals, piano and various keyboards
WILTON FELDER -- bass
VICTOR FELDMAN -- percussion and vibes
MYRNA MATTHEWS -- backup vocals
SHERLIE MATTHEWS -- backup vocals
HUGH McCRACKEN -- guitars
MICHAEL OMARTIAN -- piano and various keyboards
DAVID PAICH -- piano and various keyboards
DEAN PARKS -- guitars
JEFF PORCARO -- drums and dorophone
CHUCK RAINEY -- bass
ELLIOT RANDALL -- guitars
CAROLYN WILLIS -- backup vocals
Hal Blaine -- drums (9)
Jimmie Haskel -- horn arrangement (10)
Mike McDonald -- backup vocals (6)
Phil Woods -- alto saxophone solo (5)
Roger "The Immortal" Nichols -- engineer, back photos
Dorothy White -- cover photo

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US April 1975 ABC LP ABCD-846 inner sleeve
UK April 1975 ABC LP/CS ABCL/CAB-5094 inner sleeve
JPN 1975 ABC LP YW-8052-AB lyric insert
NET 1975? ABC LP ABC5C 062-96277  
US 1978 Mobile Fidelity LP MFS-1-007 original master recording
US 1984 MCA LP/CS MCA/MCAC-1594  
UK   MCA LP/CD MCL/DMCL-1800  
WW 1999 MCA CD MCAD-11916 digital remaster
JPN 2000 MCA CD UICY-3024 digital remaster
RUS 2000 Matrix CDX KLSD-4929 repackaged w. THE ROYAL SCAM

 

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