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Donald Fagen - The Nightfly (1982) - Lp

















Release:  1982
Genre:  Jazz Pop, Fusion
Format:  LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#  923696-1
Prijs:   €10,00


The Nightfly is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Donald Fagen.
Produced by Gary Katz, it was released October 1, 1982 by Warner Bros. Records. Fagen was previously best known for his work in the group Steely Dan, with whom he enjoyed a successful career in the 1970s. The band separated in 1981, leading Fagen to pursue a solo career.
Although The Nightfly includes a number of production staff and musicians who had played on Steely Dan records, it was Fagen's first release without longtime collaborator Walter Becker.

Unlike most of Fagen's previous work, The Nightfly is almost blatantly autobiographical. Many of the songs relate to the cautiously optimistic mood of his suburban childhood in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and incorporate such topics as late-night jazz disc jockeys, fallout shelters, and tropical vacations.

A portrait of the artist as a young man, The Nightfly is a wonderfully evocative reminiscence of Kennedy-era American life; in the liner notes, Donald Fagen describes the songs as representative of the kinds of fantasies he entertained as an adolescent during the late '50s/early '60s, and he conveys the tenor of the times with some of his most personal and least obtuse material to date.

Continuing in the smooth pop-jazz mode favored on the final Steely Dan records, The Nightfly is lush and shimmering, produced with cinematic flair by Gary Katz; romanticized but never sentimental, the songs are slices of suburbanite soap opera, tales of space-age hopes (the hit "I.G.Y.") and Cold War fears (the wonderful "The New Frontier," a memoir of fallout-shelter love) crafted with impeccable style and sophistication.

Recorded over eight months at various studios between New York City and Los Angeles, the album is an early example of a fully digital recording in popular music. The nascent technology, as well as the perfectionist nature of its engineers and musicians, made the album difficult to record.


Side A
A1. I.G.Y. – 6:03
A2. Green Flower Street – 3:42
A3. Ruby Baby  – 5:39
A4. Maxine – 3:49

Side B
B1. New Frontier – 6:21
B2. The Nightfly – 5:47
B3. The Goodbye Look – 4:50
B4. Walk Between Raindrops – 2:38

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed
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