Donald Fagen: The Goodbye Look
The Goodbye Look
Donald Fagen (vocals)
The Nightfly (Warner Brothers 2-23696)
Dean Parks (guitar), Starz Vanderlocket (percussion), Jeff Porcaro (drums), Greg Phillinganes (electric piano, synthesizer), Valerie Simpson (background vocals).
Composed by Donald Fagen.
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Very few people were able to mix jazz, rock, and pop sensibilities like Donald Fagen, one of the co-founders of 1970s super group Steely Dan. His 1982 debut captures a light pop-rock sound with some of L.A.'s finest session and jazz musicians on the recording. On "The Goodbye Look," Fagen sings about arriving on a beach with steel bands in the distance and displays his master ability at painting vivid, but abstract imagery over funky backdrops.
This song. like many of the others on the album re-create the familiar sounds of Steely Dan but this record has a lighter feel to it and is aided in large part by the funky, pocket bass playing of Marcus Miller. I find it interesting that Fagen didn't play keyboards on this track at all but his voice is still very strong and he hits all of the vocal nuances that you would expect him to hit. In my opinion, this is the best song from The Nightfly album and is highly recommended to anyone that's not too familiar with the music of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley