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Gaucho (1980)
Steely Dan

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User Rating: 4 / 5 [ Add Your Rating ]

Name:  Juergen Martens <>
Rating:  3 / 5
Comments:  The Dan's swan song. Tastefully executed west coast decadence. Some nice Rhodes on it, but low and behold no comparison to its predecessor, SD's timeless masterpiece Aja.

Name:  James <>
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  5+++... A fabulous foray into the world of the seedy, glitzy 1970s. (Babylon Sisters is the ultimate picture of decadent, burned-out L.A. noir.) Get the DVD-A surround sound version - you'll hear the rubber hammers striking the tines like the Rhodes is right there in the room with you. Cozy, warm, lush music; haunting, bell-like Rhodes playing, legendary crisp SD perfection. LOVE IT!!

Name:  Dan Belcher <>
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  Steely Dan's "Gaucho" was released very late into 1980, but this album was recorded in the late 1970s, and definately feels every bit of it. Aside from the Wendel drum loop machine engineer Roger Nichols introduced on a handful of songs here, this album is rich and full of atmosphere. The catchy "Hey Nineteen" showcases some aggressive but perfect Rhodes piano over a medium tempo mechanical groove and darkly funny lyrics. Thanks to some spectacular Rhodes, the title track shimmers and flows with "perfection and grace," to quote the next song on the album, "Time Out Of Mind." However, the opening track, "Babylon Sisters," is the absolute best cut on this album, and one of Steely Dan's finest moments. Based around drummer Bernard Purdie's famous laid-back shuffle, this song is smooth, lush, and yet crisp and sharp with some incredible horns. But most of all, the spaced out Rhodes chords echo and decay in a sexy, haunting fashion, swimming around your head and the room. Incredible.

Name:  Srdjan
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  It doesn't get better than this. Babylon Sisters is so far up there, with the enchanting, intoxicating atmosphere, fueled by that reggae-shuffle and a swirling Rhodes, all you need to do is close your eyes and you'll be there - driving on the Sunset to the sea...
Hey Nineteen, another fantastic song - (the one that got me hooked on Steely Dan in the first place), with incredible sound and magic harmonies...

Name:  Rob Coops
Rating:  4 / 5
Comments:  you got to shake it baby , you got to shake it baby , you got to shake eh eht.