Ten Favorite Debut Albums: Can't Buy a Thrill (#6)

@FourWalls (12939)
United States
April 27, 2017 11:18am CST
Happy Thursday! My playing was great last night....for one round, then I fell apart. I still came in third, earning me the last cash spot. (Before you think "wow, she's swimming in dough," I won eight bucks.) From there I move on to the next album on my list of favorite debut albums. #6: Can't Buy a Thrill - Steely Dan When I used "Dirty Work" I told you that you'd be seeing this album some more in the near future. And here it is! Back in the "superstar" days of Steely Dan and the early days of SNL it was common knowledge that the founders of Steely Dan, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, had a band in college, and their drummer was Chevy Chase. He was the drummer, and you're not! (Old folks will get that. ) On my personal chronology of Dan albums, this was the third one I bought (after Aja and The Royal Scam). It's still in the top two of favorite Steely Dan albums for me (alternating with the aforementioned Royal Scam...don't make me do it without the fez on!), although I think the overall body of work Steely Dan released in the 70s stands as one of the finest total discographies in rock and roll. There's simply no weak albums there, anywhere. Whether you got this album when it was released or "look back on it" (as I did) later in Steely Dan's career, it's obvious that this is a start-to-finish, blow-the-boat-out-of-the-water great album. The fact that it's their first album makes it that more impressive. Can't Buy a Thrill Recorded by Steely Dan Produced by Gary Katz Released on ABC Records, 1972 Favorite cuts: "Reelin' in the Years," "Dirty Work," "Midnight Cruiser," "Kings." Such a solid album! Here's a song with a great "Skunk" Baxter (later of the Doobie Brothers) guitar solo:
Track 4 (side two) from the album, "Can't Buy a Thrill" (1972). Full "Can't Buy a Thrill" album playlist - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLG0W27j3Wle...
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@teamfreak16 (40518)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
28 Apr 17
You're right, these guys have never released a bad album. A lot of bands can't say that.
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@JolietJake (50029)
• United States
27 Apr 17
THIS is the one it took me forever to find...luckily Dad had a copy I could spin while I waited to find one. And maybe you can't buy a thrill, but you can rent one...
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@JohnRoberts (52317)
• Los Angeles, California
27 Apr 17
As I recall, wasn't Skunk on the bongos for Reelin' in the Years?
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@amadeo (61828)
• United States
27 Apr 17
SteelyDan I know.It has been awhile for me.Thank you for the short history of this.
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