The Steely Dan Songbook #1 Green Earrings

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The Steely Dan Songbook #1 Green Earrings

Postby clive gash » 12 Sep 2017, 12:25



(Try and listen to the studio version, my shitepad wont let me link it)

The first in a series that is bound to run and run.

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Re: The Steely Dan Songbook #1 Green Earrings

Postby harvey k-tel » 12 Sep 2017, 16:57

Probably the funkiest thing they ever did, but it still reeks of whiteness. I love the instrumental solo - I can't remember if it's a hammered-on guitar or a keyboard, but it's a great sound.

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I just listened to the tune again and it's quite obviously a guitar at around the 3:20 mark of the studio version which dissolves into some weird envelope-filter mess. Love it.
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Re: The Steely Dan Songbook #1 Green Earrings

Postby The Modernist » 12 Sep 2017, 17:11

Rather too strident with that stop/start construction. I don't find it very funky or a particularly attractive tune. I like them generally, but not everything they did was great as this proves.

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Re: The Steely Dan Songbook #1 Green Earrings

Postby Darkness_Fish » 12 Sep 2017, 17:13

It sounds like something an American talk show host would walk on stage to. And gets worse.
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Re: The Steely Dan Songbook #1 Green Earrings

Postby clive gash » 12 Sep 2017, 17:13

Ya gotta listen to the studio version G, funky enough for Gilles Peterson.

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Re: The Steely Dan Songbook #1 Green Earrings

Postby clive gash » 12 Sep 2017, 17:18

Plenty of denizens from Barrytown eh?
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Postby The Modernist » 12 Sep 2017, 17:19

neville from norwich wrote:Ya gotta listen to the studio version G, funky enough for Gilles Peterson.

Purdie/Rainey 8-)


Pretty funky, but hamstrung by quite an ugly melody.

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Re: The Steely Dan Songbook #1 Green Earrings

Postby jimboo » 12 Sep 2017, 20:39

It's all shit boring boring fucking vacant trash . It's like chrome highlights on an sfs sofa , ugly stupid and pointless. The single most pointless act in the history of music.
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Re: The Steely Dan Songbook #1 Green Earrings

Postby clive gash » 12 Sep 2017, 20:40

Get back to your German Prog!
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Re: The Steely Dan Songbook #1 Green Earrings

Postby jimboo » 12 Sep 2017, 20:45

neville from norwich wrote:Get back to your German Prog!


Funny enough, i'm listening to Can as I write .
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Re: The Steely Dan Songbook #1 Green Earrings

Postby Sneelock » 13 Sep 2017, 00:17

I seldom spin it unless I'm listening to "The Royal Scam" which I think is a very good record. I never skip the track but I rarely seek it out on it's own merits.

I forget what Steely Dan I was listening to but my wife said "this is the whitest music you listen to" :lol: So, I can see why so many find it so bloodless but I like that sort of thing. critics called it "ennui". just call me in time for dinner.

I think this track has a tight little groove and I'm a straight up sucker for Fagen's vocals. I love the guy's voice. what the hell is this song about? Is he going to steal her earrings or is it some sex metaphor?

I'm cool either way. I'd give it a 5 out of 10 possible rings of rare design.
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Re: The Steely Dan Songbook #1 Green Earrings

Postby Sneelock » 30 Mar 2019, 17:31

I’ve heard this a few times lately. The guitar work is outstanding. I’ll bump my 5 to an 8.
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Re: The Steely Dan Songbook #1 Green Earrings

Postby The Fish » 30 Mar 2019, 19:01

A fair way down my ranking of Dan albums. and not at the top of Royal Scam tracks even. That said I like it of course although there are a ton of Dan songs I like better, but listening now it's better than I remembered. The guitar really lifts it up a notch or three, and the solo is majestic.

This kind of track is where I can grudgingly see where the Dan deniers are coming from, even if I think they are wrong (if not certifably mad).

Great thread idea. Looking forward to future instalments.
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Re: The Steely Dan Songbook #1 Green Earrings

Postby Scally Mcgrew » 04 Apr 2019, 14:45

Great track, from a great album. Parts of the song remind me of Zappa at his best.
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