Thursday, 3 September 2009

Donald Fagen ”The Nightfly”

Donald Fagen

The Nightfly
( LP WEA/Warner Bros. Records, 1982 )
Catalog # 9 23696-1

Tracklisting:
A1 I.G.Y (International Geophysical Year) (6:05)
A2 Green Flower Street (3:40)
A3 Ruby Baby (5:38)
Composed By – Jerry Leiber , Mike Stoller
A4 Maxine (3:50)
B1 New Frontier (6:23)
B2 The Nightfly (5:50)
B3 The Goodbye Look (4:47)
B4 Walk Between Raindrops (2:38)

Personnel & Credits:
Backing Vocals – Daniel Lazerus (tracks: A2) , Frank Floyd (tracks: A1, A2, B2) , Gordon Grody (tracks: A1) , Leslie Miller (tracks: B4),
Starz Vanderlocket (tracks: B1) , Valerie Simpson (tracks: A1, A2, A3, B2, B3) , Zack Sanders (tracks: A1, A2, B2)
Bass – Abraham Laboriel (tracks: B1) , Anthony Jackson (tracks: A1, A3) , Chuck Rainey (tracks: A2),
Marcus Miller (tracks: A4, B2, B3) , Will Lee (tracks: B4)
Drums – Ed Green (tracks: A4, B1) , James Gadson (tracks: A1, A3) , Jeff Porcaro (tracks: A1, A2, A3, B2, B3) , Steve Jordan (tracks: B4)
Euphonium – Dave Bargeron (tracks: A4)
Flugelhorn – Randy Brecker (tracks: A3, A4)
Guitar – Dean Parks (tracks: A2, B3) , Hugh McCracken (tracks: A1, A3, B2) , Larry Carlton (tracks: A2, A3, A4, B1, B2, B3, B4),
Rick Derringer (tracks: A2, B2) , Steve Kahn (tracks: B3)
Harmonica – Hugh McCracken (tracks: B1)
Percussion – Roger Nichols (tracks: A1) , Starz Vanderlocket (tracks: A1, A2, B1, B3)
Piano – Greg Phillinganes (tracks: A1, A2, A3, A4, B3) , Michael Omartian (tracks: A3, B1, B2)
Producer – Gary Katz
Saxophone – Dave Tofani (tracks: A1, A4) , Michael Brecker (tracks: A1, A3, A4) , Ronnie Cuber (tracks: A1, A4)
Synthesizer – Greg Phillinganes (tracks: B3, B4) , Rob Mounsey (tracks: A1, A2, b2)
Trombone – Dave Bargeron (tracks: A1)
Trumpet – Randy Brecker (tracks: A1, A3)

Notes:
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1982

Review:
A portrait of the artist as a young man, The Nightfly is a wonderfully evocative reminiscence of Kennedy-era American life; in the liner notes, Donald Fagen describes the songs as representative of the kinds of fantasies he entertained as an adolescent during the late ’50s/early ’60s, and he conveys the tenor of the times with some of his most personal and least obtuse material to date. Continuing in the smooth pop-jazz mode favored on the final Steely Dan records, The Nightfly is lush and shimmering, produced with cinematic flair by Gary Katz; romanticized but never sentimental, the songs are slices of suburbanite soap opera, tales of space-age hopes (the hit “I.G.Y.”) and Cold War fears (the wonderful “The New Frontier,” a memoir of fallout-shelter love) crafted with impeccable style and sophistication.
By Jason Ankeny (AMG)

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