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November 6, 2016

Donald Fagen – The Nightfly (1982) – Lp

by Record Facts

Donald Jay Fagen (born January 10, 1948) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and co-founder of the band Steely Dan.

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Artist:  Donald Fagen
Title:  The Nightfly
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog# 923696-1

The Nightfly is the first solo album by Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen, released in 1982. It is an early example of a fully digital recording in popular music. Although The Nightfly includes a number of production staff and musicians who had played on Steely Dan records, it is Fagen’s first release without longtime collaborator Walter Becker.
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, and incorporate such topics as late-night jazz disc jockeys, fallout shelters, and tropical vacations.
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.

 

Side one
1.  I.G.Y.  (6:03)
2.  Green Flower Street  (3:42)
3.  Ruby Baby  (5:39)
4.  Maxine  (3:49)

Side two
1.  New Frontier  (6:21)
2.  The Nightfly  (5:47)
3.  The Goodbye Look  (4:50)
4.  Walk Between Raindrops  (2:38)

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