Editors’ Notes Between 1972 and 1980 Donald Fagen and Walter Becker had one of the most spectacularly unusual winning streaks in modern pop history, and Citizen Steely Dan collects the entire run. Steely Dan started the ‘70s as long-haired stoners and ended the decade as jazz-pop ironists, but through it all their music retained its essential qualities. Above all, these songs are exemplars of the art of studio recording. No other pop band has paid such attention to the details of its sound design, and “Do It Again,” “Hey Nineteen” and “Black Cow” are still the standard by which hi-fi systems are tested. Then there’s Fagen and Becker’s impeccable taste in collaborators, and their unerring determination to seamlessly blend elements of jazz, rock and pure pop music. Ultimately, what really sets Dan apart from dozens of ‘70s soundalikes is the lyrical content. These songs are peculiar snapshots of modern life, filled with strange characters, bizarre food and drink, and exotic, often seedy, locales. They can be dark and cerebral but because the music is so warm and well crafted, it goes down like Scotch spiked with maple syrup. Sixty-six pieces and not a dud in sight — few have ever had a better run.

SONG
Do It Again
1
5:55
 
Dirty Work
2
3:07
 
Kings
3
3:44
 
Midnight Cruiser
4
4:05
 
Only a Fool Would Say That
5
2:54
 
Reelin' in the Years
6
4:35
 
Fire in the Hole
7
3:25
 
Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me)
8
4:19
 
Change of the Guard
9
3:37
 
Turn That Heartbeat over Again
10
4:58
 
Bodhisattva
11
5:16
 
Razor Boy
12
3:09
 
The Boston Rag
13
5:38
 
Your Gold Teeth
14
6:58
 
Show Biz Kids
15
5:23
 
My Old School
16
5:45
 
King of the World
1
5:04
 
Pearl of the Quarter
2
3:49
 
Rikki Don't Lose That Number
3
4:32
 
Night by Night
4
3:40
 
Any Major Dude Will Tell You
5
3:08
 
Barrytown
6
3:22
 
East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
7
2:49
 
Parker's Band
8
2:45
 
Through With Buzz
9
1:34
 
Pretzel Logic
10
4:32
 
With a Gun
11
2:18
 
Charlie Freak
12
2:45
 
Monkey in Your Soul
13
2:36
 
Bodhisattva (Live)
14
7:44
 
Black Friday
15
3:41
 
Bad Sneakers
16
3:19
 
Rose Darling
17
3:05
 
Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More
18
3:15
 
Doctor Wu
19
3:57
 
Everyone's Gone to the Movies
20
3:44
 
Chain Lightning
21
3:01
 
Your Gold Teeth 2
1
4:12
 
Any World (That I'm Welcome To)
2
3:53
 
Throw Back the Little Ones
3
3:13
 
Kid Charlemagne
4
4:37
 
The Caves of Altamira
5
3:32
 
Don't Take Me Alive
6
4:14
 
Sign in Stranger
7
4:22
 
The Fez
8
3:58
 
Green Earrings
9
4:04
 
Haitian Divorce
10
5:48
 
Everything You Did
11
3:54
 
The Royal Scam
12
6:30
 
Here at the Western World
13
4:00
 
Black Cow
14
5:07
 
Aja
15
7:56
 
Peg
16
3:56
 
Deacon Blues
1
7:33
 
Home at Last
2
5:31
 
I Got the News
3
5:03
 
Josie
4
4:30
 
FM
5
5:04
 
Babylon Sisters
6
5:47
 
Hey Nineteen
7
5:06
 
Glamour Profession
8
7:28
 
Gaucho
9
5:29
 
Time Out of Mind
10
4:12
 
My Rival
11
4:29
 
Third World Man
12
5:13
 
Everyone's Gone to the Movies (Demo Version)
13
3:58