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On May 25, 1993.


On May 25, 1993, “Reprise” label released “Kamakiriad”, the second Donald Fagen solo album. It was recorded 1990 – 1993, and was produced by Walter Becker.


  • Donald Fagen- keyboards, vocals
  • Walter Becker- bass, lead guitar
  • Randy Brecker- trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Cornelius Bumpus- tenor saxophone
  • Frank “Harmonica Frank” Floyd – background vocals
  • Diane Garisto – background vocals
  • Paul Griffin- Hammond organ
  • Amy Helm – background vocals
  • Bashiri Johnson – percussion
  • Birch Johnson – trombone
  • Mindy Jostyn – background vocals
  • Brenda King – background vocals
  • Curtis King – background vocals
  • Angela Clemmons-Patrick – background vocals
  • Leroy Clouden – percussion, drums
  • Ronnie Cuber- baritone saxophone
  • Lawrence Feldman – flute, tenor saxophone
  • Lou Marini- clarinet, flute, alto saxophone
  • Dennis McDermott – drums
  • Jenni Muldaur – background vocals
  • Christopher Parker – drums
  • Jim Pugh – trombone
  • Tim Ries – tenor saxophone
  • Roger Rosenberg – baritone saxophone
  • Alan Rubin – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Catherine Russell- background vocals
  • Dian Sorel – background vocals
  • Fonzi Thornton- background vocals
  • David Tofani- flute, tenor saxophone
  • Georg Wadenius– guitar
  • Engineers: Phil Burnett, David Michael Dill, Tom Fritze, Andy Grassi, Troy Halderson, Bob Mitchel, John Neff, Roger Nichols, Dave Russell, Jay A. Ryan, Tony Volante, Wayne Yurgelun
  • Mastering: Scott Hull, Glenn Meadows
  • Sample editing: Craig Siegal
  • Digital technician: Phil Burnett
  • Digital delay: Craig Siegal
  • Horn arrangements, rhythm arrangements: Donald Fagen
  • Design: Carol Bobolts
  • Photography: James Hamilton
  • Liner notes: Donald Fagen, Tim White

Track listing:

  1. Trans-Island Skyway – Donald Fagen
  2. Countermoon – Donald Fagen
  3. Springtime – Donald Fagen
  4. Snowbound – Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
  5. Tomorrow’s Girls – Donald Fagen
  6. Florida Room – Donald Fagen, Libby Titus
  7. On the Dunes – Donald Fagen
  8. Teahouse on the Tracks – Donald Fagen



On February 29, 2000.

Steely Dan- Two against nature

On February 29, 2000, “Giant Records/Warner Bros” label released “Two Against Nature” the eighth Steely Dan album. “Two Against nature” was recorded 1977 to 1999, and was produced by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. The album won Steely Dan four “Grammy Awards”, including “Album of the Year”.


  • Walter Becker– bass, lead guitar
  • Donald Fagen– organ, piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, vocals
  • Tom Barney – bass
  • Ted Baker – piano, Fender Rhodes
  • Jon Herington– acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar
  • Paul Jackson Jr. – guitar
  • Hugh McCracken– guitar
  • Dean Parks– guitar
  • Lawrence Feldman – clarinet, tenor saxophone
  • Amy Helm – whistle
  • Michael Hitchcock – trumpet
  • Michael Leonhart– trumpet, conductor, wurlitzer
  • Lou Marini– alto saxophone
  • Chris Potter– alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
  • Jim Pugh– trombone
  • Roger Rosenberg – bass clarinet, baritone saxophone
  • David Tofani– saxophone
  • Keith Carlock– drums
  • Leroy Clouden – drums
  • Vinnie Colaiuta– drums
  • Sonny Emory– drums
  • Ricky Lawson– drums
  • Michael White – drums
  • Gordon Gottlieb – percussion
  • Will Lee– percussion
  • Daniel Sadownick – percussion, timbales
  • David Shank – vibraphone
  • Steve Shapiro– vibraphone
  • Cynthia Calhoun– background vocals
  • Mike Harvey – background vocals
  • Carolyn Leonhart– background vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.

  1. Gaslighting Abbie
  2. What a Shame About Me
  3. Two Against Nature
  4. Janie Runaway
  5. Almost Gothic
  6. Jack of Speed
  7. Cousin Dupree
  8. Negative Girl
  9. West of Hollywood

On February 20, 1974.


On February 20, 1974, “ABC” label released “Pretzel Logic”, the third Steely Dan studio album. It was recorded October 1973 – January 1974 at the “Village Recorder” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Gary Katz.  The cover photo of the New York pretzel seller was by Raeanne Rubenstein. On September 7, 1993, “Pretzel Logic” was certified Platinum in US by the “RIAA”. Magazine “NME” named “Pretzel Logic” best album of 1974. Magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked “Pretzel Logic” at number 385 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.


  • Donald Fagen- keyboards, saxophone, lead vocals
  • Walter Becker- bass, guitar, background vocals
  • Jeff “Skunk” Baxter- lead guitar
  • Denny Dias- guitar
  • Jim Hodder- backing vocals
  • Jim Gordon- drums
  • Michael Omartian- keyboards
  • David Paich- keyboards
  • Timothy B. Schmit- bass, background vocals
  • Wilton Felder- bass
  • Chuck Rainey- bass
  • Ben Benay – guitar
  • Dean Parks- guitar, banjo
  • Plas Johnson- saxophone
  • Jerome Richardson- saxophone
  • Ernie Watts- saxophone
  • Lew McCreary – horn
  • Ollie Mitchell- trumpet
  • Jeff Porcaro– drums
  • Victor Feldman– percussion
  • Jimmie Haskell – orchestration
  • David Larkham – design
  • Ed Caraeff – art direction, photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, except where noted.

  1. Rikki Don’t Lose That Number
  2. Night by Night
  3. Any Major Dude Will Tell You
  4. Barrytown
  5. East St. Louis Toodle – Duke Ellington, Bubber Miley
  6. Parker’s Band
  7. Through with Buzz
  8. Pretzel Logic
  9. With a Gun
  10. Charlie Freak
  11. Monkey in Your Soul



On November 21, 1980.


On November 21, 1980, “MCA” label released “Gaucho”, the seventh Steely Dan studio album.  It was recorded 1978 -1980, at the “Sigma Sound of Philadelphia” and “Village Records” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Gary Katz.


  • Donald Fagen – lead vocals, synthesizer, electric piano, organ
  • Walter Becker – bass, guitar, guitar solo
  • Rob Mounsey- piano, synthesizer, horn arrangement
  • Don Grolnick- electric piano and clavinet
  • Pat Rebillot,Joe Sample  – electric piano
  • Steve Khan- guitar, lead guitar
  • Mark Knopfler,Larry Carlton – lead guitar
  • Hugh McCracken,Hiram Bullock, Rick Derringer – guitar
  • Chuck Rainey,Anthony Jackson  – bass
  • Bernard Pretty Purdie,  Rick Marotta,Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro – drums
  • Crusher Bennett,Steve Gadd , Victor Feldman, Ralph McDonald, Nicholas Marrero – percussion
  • Tom Scott- alto saxophone and clarinet; tenor saxophone, lyricon, horn arrangement
  • Michael Brecker, Dave Tofani – tenor saxophone
  • David Sanborn- alto saxophone
  • Ronnie Cuber- baritone saxophone
  • Randy Brecker- trumpet, flugelhorn
  • George Marge, Walter Kane – clarinet
  • Wayne Andre- trombone
  • Michael McDonald,Patti Austin, Valerie Simpson, Frank Floyd, Diva Gray, Gordon Grody, Lani Groves, Leslie Miller, *Zachary Sanders, Toni Wine – backing vocals
  • Rhythm arrangements: Paul Griffin, Don Grolnick, Rob Mounsey, Steely Dan
  • Horn arrangements:Rob Mounsey, Tom Scott
  • Art direction: Vartan, Suzanne Walsh
  • Design: Michael Diehl, Suzanne Walsh
  • Design assistant: John Tom Cohoe
  • Photography: Rene Burri
  • Photo research: Ryan Null

Track listing:

All tracks by Michael Becker and Donald Fagen, except where noted

  1. Babylon Sisters
  2. Hey Nineteen
  3. Glamour Profession
  4. Gaucho – Michael Becker, Donald Fagen and Jarrett
  5. Time Out of Mind
  6. My Rival
  7. Third World Man


On September 23, 1977.


On September 23, 1977, “ABC Records” released Steely Dan’s sixth studio album “Aja”. The album was recorded from January to July 1977, at the “Village Recorder” in  West Los Angeles, California, “Producer’s Workshop” in Hollywood, “Warner Bros” studios in Burbank, “ABC” studios in N.Y.C., “Sound Labs” in Hollywood and “A&R” studios in Manhattan, and was produced by Gary Katz.“Aja” became the band’s best-selling album, the first platinum selling over 5 million copies. In July 1978, the album won the “Grammy Award for Best Engineered Non-Classical Recording”. In 2003 “Aja” was ranked number 145 on “Rolling Stone” magazine “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list.

  • Donald Fagen- lead vocals, synthesizer, police whistle, backing vocals
  • Walter Becker- bass, guitar, guitar solos
  • Victor Feldman- electric piano, vibraphone, piano, percussion
  • Joe Sample- electric piano, clavinet
  • Paul Griffin- electric piano, backing vocals
  • Michael Omartian- piano
  • Don Grolnick- clavinet
  • Larry Carlton- guitar, guitar solo
  • Denny Dias- guitar
  • Dean Parks- guitar
  • Steve Khan- guitar
  • Jay Graydon- solo guitar
  • Chuck Rainey- bass
  • Paul Humphrey- drums
  • Steve Gadd- drums
  • Bernard Purdie- drums
  • Rick Marotta- drums
  • Ed Greene – drums
  • Jim Keltner- drums, percussion
  • Gary Coleman – percussion
  • Tom Scott- tenor saxophone, lyricon, horn arrangements
  • Wayne Shorter– tenor saxophone
  • Pete Christlieb- tenor saxophone
  • Michael McDonald, Timothy B. Schmit, Clydie King, Sherlie Matthews, Venetta Fields, Rebecca Louis – backing vocals
  • Jim Horn, Bill Perkins, Plas Johnson, Jackie Kelso- saxes/flutes
  • Chuck Findley, Lou McCreary, Slyde Hyde– brass

Track listing:

All compositions by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.

  1. Black Cow
  2. Aja
  3. Deacon Blues
  4. Peg
  5. Home At Last
  6. I Got The News
  7. Josie