Donald Fagen: The Nightfly


The Nightfly


Donald Fagen (piano, vocals)


The Nightfly (Warner Brothers 2-23696)

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Donald Fagen (piano, vocals), Marcus Miller (bass), Larry Carlton (guitar),

Michael Omartian (electric piano), Hugh McCracken, Rick Derringer (guitars), Rob Mounsey (synthesizers), Jeff Porcaro (drums), Valerie Simpson, Zack Sanders, Frank Floyd (background vocals)


Composed by Donald Fagen


Recorded: 1982


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

In 1982, as pop-electro music was taking over the radio with the sounds of the Police and Duran Duran, Steely Dan founder Donald Fagen quietly assembled his first post Steely Dan album. Chalked full of seasoned jazz musicians, which included bassist Marcus Miller and guitarist Larry Carlton, The Nightfly represents a milestone in digital recording. It was one of the first digitally produced albums of the modern era and the sonic quality of it builds on the strong legacy of the previous Steely Dan albums, which consistenly ranked as some of the strongest mixed and mastered albums of the 1970s.

On the title track, Fagen and company orchestrate a nice groove that's further enhanced by wonderful backing vocals. The title track is full of elements that made Steely Dan a hit and Fagen did a great job of carrying on the Dan legacy into the 1980s with this album that went both platinum in the U.K. and the United States. This is a must have for any serious Steely Dan head.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley


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