Donald Jay Fagen (born January 10, 1948) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and co-founder of the band Steely Dan.
Artist: Donald Fagen
Title: The Nightfly
Label: Warner Bros. Records
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.
1. I.G.Y. (6:03)
2. Green Flower Street (3:42)
3. Ruby Baby (5:39)
4. Maxine (3:49)
1. New Frontier (6:21)
2. The Nightfly (5:47)
3. The Goodbye Look (4:50)
4. Walk Between Raindrops (2:38)