Author:Jez Rowden/ Andrew Wild
Two more titles in this excellent, fascinating series, covering Steely Dan, and the solo output of the ex-members of The Beatles up to 1980.
There aren’t, as far as I’m aware, too many books about the Dan, so this one is very welcome. As usual, it starts with a brief history of the very early pre-fame years, before moving on to give a track by track breakdown of each album. Personally, I’m a Pretzel Logic to Gaucho era fan, with an honourable mention for Two Against Nature, and the book gives some interesting insights into the songs and the often torturous recording process. It also rounds up rarities and unreleased tracks, although these are for the most part early songs, other than The Bear from the Aja sessions and The Second Arrangement from the Gaucho era. Also covered are the solo albums by Becker and Fagen – for me The Nightfly is by the best of the bunch, a superb album that Fagen never managed to consistently match with his subsequent releases. A very engaging if all too brief read.
Unlike Steely Dan, there are already a plethora of books on The Beatles and their post break up releases, the latter era being most notably represented by the excellent and very comprehensive Eight Arms To Hold You published around twenty years ago. This new book covers the period from the release of Give Peace A Chance in 1969 to the murder of John Lennon in 1980. There were some great albums in this period, all four band members achieving US number one singles in the early seventies, but there are many releases that are now largely forgotten and neglected, some deservedly so – when was the last time you played Sometime In New York City, Thirty Three and a Third, London Town and Goodnight Vienna for example? Again, there is a song by song analysis of each album, the good the bad and the ugly! The committed fan probably knows most of the stories already, but for the more casual listener of the big hit records such as Imagine, All Things Must Pass and Band On The Run, there’s lots to enjoy and learn – and if it inspires the reader to listen to some of these albums again, as it did me, then that’s all to the good – it’s a intriguing little game to put together an imaginary album containing the cream of each members releases
Length of Read:Short
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Other books in this series.
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