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- a quick guide to the versions available -
Nothing new here. A budget compilation prized for and aimed at the casual buyer who might feel like picking up some Steely Dan after hearing a song on the radio.
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This is what the new 2006 one looks like. The brand new collection of Steely Dan music. Another Greatest Hits. This one's titled The Ultimate Collection. But is it?
It depends on who you are. A casual fan, a curious newbie or a veteran fan from yesterday.
fan will of course go for the 4 CD collection Citizen Steely Dan.
It includes the first seven albums up to Gaucho plus a rarity unavailable
elsewhere; a demo version of Everyone's Gone To The Movies.
All in all 12 Greatest Hits compilations have been released. Seven of those worldwide and the remaining five in just one country/region.
* * For the newbie who's curious about Steely Dan
I recommend the brand new The Definitive Collection (2006).
The listing of musicians track-by-track is not 100% correct, but on the plus side you get a few rare/never before seen pics of Donald and Walter from in 70's.
* * For the person who wants a bit more than the above
16 track-compilation I suggest the 2-CD 33 track Showbiz Kids: The
Steely Dan Story 1972-1980 (2000).
This 2-CD collection is also the one I'd pick as a gift to introcduce someone to Steely Dan.
more step back among the Hits collections and we find The Best Of Steely
Dan: Then And Now (1993).
A Decade Of Steely Dan (1985) is the one that The Ultimate Collection supposedly will make obsolete. 14 tracks with East St. Louis Toodle-Oo the only track not on the new one. So let's skip this one.
Gold (Expaned Edition) (1985) is a bit of an odd one as far as Steely Dan collections go. First of all it's the expanded version of the vinyl-only Gold released in 1982. Eight tracks on that one becomes 12 on the expanded version. And seven out of those are not on The Ultimate Collection. Four of those aren't on the Showbiz Kids double either, so this could be a complement to any of those.
On Gold (Expanded Edition) but not on Showbiz Kids: Black Cow, Green Earrings, King Of The World and True Companion *.
On Gold (Expanded Edition) but not on The Ultimate Collection: The above four + Century's End *, Chain Lightning and Here At The Western World.
* = Donald Fagen tracks that aren't on any of his solo albums. Recorded for the soundtracks to the movies Heavy Metal and Bright Lights, Big City.
Greatest Hits (1978). The very first compilation. 18 tracks that these days are easily available on one of the newer Hits compilations.
Two Japanese vinyl collections with strange track choices. The first one is titled simply Steely Dan, was released in 1978 and has seven tracks; Aja, Black Friday, Dallas *, Do It Again, Kid Charlemagne, Rikki Don't Lose That Number and Sail The Waterway *. Collector's item as it has the two vinyl single-only tracks ( * ) as well as a nice Aja-inspired cover.
The other is titled Greatest Hits (1978) has 19 tracks on a double LP and should not be confused with the Greatest Hits from the same year released in the rest of the world.
Gold (1982). Vinyl only and mentioned earlier in this article. (The cover is identical to the Gold - Expanded Edition cover sans the "Expanded Edition"-blurb.)
Two Europe-only releases round up the listing:
The Very Best Of Steely Dan: Reelin' In The Years (1985). 18 tracks.
The Very Best Of Steely Dan: Do It Again (1987). 15 tracks. 11 identical with the above. (The only one I couldn't find a cover pic of. I searched the Internet in vain. Anyone got a scan?)
/Neb - August 2006