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Donald Fagen - The Nightfly Click here to see this CD at!

By Sam Sutherland

Donald Fagen's 1982 solo debut extends the sleek, smart pop craft of his work with Steely Dan into the realm of the concept album, taking the Dan's penchant for intricate plotting, evocative narrative voices, and allusive imagery to the logical next step. Fagen's connective thread is futurist nostalgia for the "New Frontier" as anticipated from the prosperous vantage point of late-'50s America. He romanticizes a brave new world of technology in the sultry diorama of "I.G.Y.," celebrating the coming glories of the Atomic Age. He then filters that view through his own suburban adolescence--a would-be seduction in a fallout shelter, the siren song of a graveyard-shift jazz DJ, a not-quite-hard-boiled noir adventure ("The Goodbye Look") that borrows its title from an early '60s Ross MacDonald mystery. Song for song, the set's a stunner and stands apart from Steely Dan thanks to a unique, poignant romanticism embodied in Fagen's yearning "Maxine" and a creamy update of Dion & the Belmonts' "Ruby Baby."

1. I.G.y. (International Geophysical Year)6. Nightfly
2. Green Flower Street7. Goodbye Look
3. Ruby Baby8. Walk Between Raindrops
4. Maxine9. New Frontier [Bonus Video] -
5. New Frontier


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"I can not believe this album is twenty years old already. I tell people that this is a must for there top 100 discs in inventory. I think that Will Lee did an awesome job on bass, on "Walk between the raindrops". This is simply one of the best all-around albums money can buy."

--Ronny the Nightly

""Walk Between the Raindrops" is the perfect bouncy jazzy pop ditty on a trip along the coastal highway. Makes you wanna leave the top down even as the clouds threaten to burst."


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Artist: Donald Fagen

Released: October 13, 1982

Availability: CD, Vinyl


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