Geffen/UMe has introduced the Could 26 return to vinyl of Steely Dan’s memorable sophomore LP of 1973, Countdown To Ecstasy. It’s the most recent within the reissue collection that started final November with the band’s debut album Can’t Purchase A Thrill.
The collection, which is being personally overseen by Donald Fagen, will convey every of the massively influential band’s first seven albums again to vinyl, normally for the primary time since their unique launch.
Countdown To Ecstasy was the report on which Fagen grew to become lead vocalist for Steely Dan, on an album that included such standouts as “Bodhisattva,” “Present Biz Children,” and “My Previous Faculty.” It’s been meticulously remastered by Bernie Grundman from the unique analog tapes and is to be pressed on 180 gram black vinyl at 33 1/3 RPM.
The album has additionally simply been launched in a restricted version premium 45 RPM version on Extremely Excessive-High quality Vinyl (UHQR) from Analogue Productions, which is the audiophile in-house reissue label of Acoustic Sounds. Analogue Productions can also be releasing this collection of titles on Tremendous Audio CD (SACD).
Plans name for the periodic reissue over the subsequent yr of 1974’s Pretzel Logic, their first US High 10 album which included the signature hit “Rikki Don’t Lose That Quantity;” 1975’s swing-pop oriented Katy Lied (with such highlights as “Black Friday,” “Unhealthy Sneakers,” and “Physician Wu”; the 1976 set The Royal Rip-off (“Child Charlemagne,” “The Fez,” “Haitian Divorce”): the platinum-selling jazz-rock set of 1977 Aja, which included the unforgettable hits “Deacon Blues,” Peg,” and “Josie”; and their ultimate MCA album Gaucho, which was first launched in 1980 and contained “Hey Nineteen,” and “Time Out Of Thoughts,” that includes Mark Knopfler on guitar.
The one albums within the collection to not be remastered by Grundman is Aja, which shall be mastered from an analog, non-EQ’d, tape copy, and Gaucho, which shall be sourced from a 1980 analog tape copy that was initially EQ’d by Bob Ludwig. Lacquers for UMe’s normal 33 1/3 RPM 180-gram model shall be reduce by Alex Abrash at his revered AA Mastering studio from high-resolution digital recordsdata of Grundman’s new masters and pressed at Precision. They are going to be housed in reproductions of the unique art work.
The 45 RPM UHQR variations shall be pressed at Analogue Productions’ High quality File Pressings on 200 gram Readability Vinyl. Packaged in deluxe bins, every will embody a booklet detailing your entire course of of constructing a UHQR in addition to a certificates of inspection. Every UHQR is pressed, utilizing hand-selected vinyl, with consideration paid to each element of every report.
Pre-order the vinyl reissue of Countdown To Ecstasy, which is launched on Could 26.