Steely Dan: Everything Must Go
Analogue Productions CAPP 142 SA
Everything Must Go — Steely Dan's last studio album with founding member Walter Becker!
The brilliance of Steely Dan on Hybrid SACD from Analogue Productions!
Newly remastered from the original analog tape by Bernie Grundman direct to DSD
Housed in a super jewel case box
Everything Must Go was Steely Dan's second album after their 20-year studio hiatus spanning 1980 through 2000, when they released Two Against Nature. Everything Must Go is the last studio album with founding member Walter Becker before his death in 2017 and their most recent album to date.
Acoustic Sounds is honored to reissue the Steely Dan album catalog in a way that best shares the group's unmistakable sound with decades of devoted fans. Each Hybrid SACD reissue in the Analogue Productions Steely Dan Series is newly remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original master tape direct to DSD. The result is more sonic punch and more expression captured from the tape.
Founded by core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan's popularity rose throughout the late 1970s on, and their seven albums over that period of time blended elements of jazz, rock, funk, R&B, and pop. Steely Dan created a sophisticated, distinctive sound with accessible melodic hooks, complex harmonies and time signatures, and a devotion to the recording studio. Becker and Fagen, with producer Gary Katz, gradually changed Steely Dan from a performing band to a studio project, hiring session musicians to record their compositions. The duo didn't perform live between 1974 and 1993. But their popularity nevertheless grew throughout the '70s as their albums became critical favorites and their singles became staples of Adult Oriented Radio and pop radio stations.
Becker (bass) and Fagen (vocals, keyboards) were the core members of Steely Dan throughout its incarnations. Since reuniting in 1993, Steely Dan has toured steadily and released two albums of new material, the first of which, Two Against Nature (2000) earned a Grammy Award for Album of the Year
They followed up with Everything Must Go (2003). The album drew a 71 favorable review score on the review compilation site Metacritic.com, with Launch.com summing up their findings: "'Everything Must Go' is another great Steely Dan album, a hardy inclusion to their splendid canon." Blender said: "Though their restraint can be alienating, Steely Dan sound hungry, relevant and full of ideas."
After a brief battle with esophageal cancer, Walter Becker died on September 3, 2017 at the age of 67. Steely Dan has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2001. VH1 ranked Steely Dan at No. 82 on their list of the 100 Greatest Musical Artists of All Time. Rolling Stone ranked them No. 15 on its list of the 20 Greatest Duos of All Time.
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