Can’t Buy A Thrill, the debut album by the cryptically sarcastically sneering yet jazzy rock/pop group Steely Dan, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.
Released in 1972 and starting off right out of the gate with the now-oft played, loved, and remembered musical paean to Las Vegas gambling over-indulgences, “Do It Again,” the sound and style of what made Steely Dan one of the benchmark groups of the 1970s is already evident. Coming to the fray with a more musical literary, erudite approach in their arrangements and lyrics and spearheaded by the duo of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, Can’t Buy A Thrill is much more than an embryonic version of the later Dan. It’s also a smart, sharp record, with tight ensemble playing; hard rockers blended with soft yet still punchy ballads and radio friendly and Billboard charters like the aforementioned “Do It Again,” “Reeling in the Years,” “Midnight Cruiser,” and fan favorites, “Dirty Work,” “Kings,” and “Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me).” A worthy debut by a very worthy hall-of-fame caliber group.
Browse all 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each.
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