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“We overdubbed a lot of the overdubs over,” - Walter

 

“You can get studio musicians to sound exactly like a rock and roll band,” Fagen said. It’s obvious what he meant. They’d pulled one over on us, again.

 

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"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." - Victor Hugo
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I absolutely love this album. The guy who lived in the room next door to mine in my college dorm came to hate it by the end of my freshman year.

 

I made transcriptions of the horn parts for Deacon Blues and Home At Last during 2014 when my son played in a "School of Rock" that played all Steely Dan songs. For Deacon Blues I transcribed it for 5 horns because that is how many horn players were available in that School of Rock group of musicians, and the 5 horn parts was a reduction. It amazed me how many layers were in the Steely Dan recording.

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That vid above is great.  I actually referred to it a bit when my band decided to learn Peg, specifically the part where they solo up the background vocals :)  Needless to say our version live is a tad simplified in that dept.

It's been a hard tune for me...not a single one of the chords is "hard to play" in a vacuum, but not a single one of them is a "regular old rock chord" either, so it really forces my brain to concentrate super hard every second or I lose what I'm doing.   Normally on songs I'm free and loose with inversions and parts but I can't do that with this song, because I just have never explored these types of chords that much.   A few of them, sure, but there are so many jazzy partial chords  that I'm way, way out of my comfort zone.  And it's great!   I realize this probably sound silly to all you jazz players but I've just never done it.


 

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