“The Nightfly” by Donald Fagen - album review

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TJR says

His nostalgic debut solo album was released in October, 1982, one year on from the break-up of Steely Dan. With the cover depicting himself as a generic early 60s Jazz DJ, the 34-year-old singer-songwriter-keyboardist was setting the scene back to a time when he, as an adolescent, was wide-eyed and all-ears for new experiences. WEVD's Mort Fega was his John Peel. “He was laid-back, knowledgeable, and forthright, the cool uncle you wished you'd had.” It's a semi-autobiographical affair, not that I've paid much attention to the lyrics. I can't get past his sickly brand of safe-beat digital-jazz, clinically precise at every turn. Universally acclaimed as a classic though. Never trust the critics.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [06:05] 2.1.png Donald Fagen - I.G.Y. (International Geophysical Year) (Donald Fagen) Pop
A2 [03:40] 1.1.png Donald Fagen - Green Flower Street (Donald Fagen) Jazz
A3 [05:38] 1.4.png Donald Fagen - Ruby Baby (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) Pop
A4 [03:50] 1.0.png Donald Fagen - Maxine (Donald Fagen) Pop Ballad
B1 [06:23] 1.9.png Donald Fagen - New Frontier (Donald Fagen) Pop
B2 [05:45] 1.0.png Donald Fagen - The Nightfly (Donald Fagen) Jazz
B3 [04:47] 1.7.png Donald Fagen - The Goodbye Look (Donald Fagen) Jazz
B4 [02:38] 2.0.png Donald Fagen - Walk Between Raindrops (Donald Fagen) Jazz

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