Steely Dan - Countdown To Ecstasy (2LP, Box set, 45RPM, UHQR, 200g, Clear vinyl)

Steely Dan - Countdown To Ecstasy (2LP, Box set, 45RPM, UHQR, 200g, Clear vinyl)

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Piano, Electric Piano, Synthesizer, Vocals – Donald Fagen [click here to see more vinyl featuring Donald Fagen]

Backing Vocals – David Palmer (4), James Rolleston, Michael Fenelly*, Myrna Matthews, Patricia Hall, Royce Jones, Sherlie Matthews

Vibraphone, Marimba, Percussion – Victor Feldman

Bass Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals – Walter Becker

Acoustic Guitar – Ben Benay

Drums, Percussion, Vocals – Jim Hodder

Guitar – Denny Dias

Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar – Jeff "Skunk" Baxter

All songs written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen 


2 LPs, box set, gatefold on heavy cardboard stock, premium slipcase with a wooden dowel spine

Limited to 15,000 numbered copies

Original analog Master tape : YES


Heavy Press : 200g

Record color : Clear vinyl

Speed : 45RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press : Quality Record Pressings

Label : Analogue Productions

Original Label : ABC

Recorded at Caribou Ranch in The Nederlands and The Village Recorder in West Los Angeles

Engineered by Roger Nichols

Mixed by Denny Dias

Produced by Gary Katz

Mastered by Bernie Grundman

Originally released in July 1973

Reissued in December 2022



Side A:

  1. Bodhisattva
  2. Razor Boy

Side B:

  1. The Boston Rag
  2. Your Gold Teeth

Side C:

  1. Show Biz Kids
  2. My Old School

Side D:

  1. Pearl Of The Quarter
  2. King Of The World



                  Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums - Ranked 307

                  Included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die


                  Reviews :

                  “Can't Buy a Thrill became an unexpected hit, and as a response, Donald Fagen became the group's full-time lead vocalist, and he and Walter Becker acted like Steely Dan was a rock & roll band for the group's second album, Countdown to Ecstasy. The loud guitars and pronounced backbeat of "Bodhisattva," "Show Biz Kids," and "My Old School" camouflage the fact that Countdown is a riskier album, musically speaking, than its predecessor. Each of its eight songs have sophisticated, jazz-inflected interludes, and apart from the bluesy vamps "Bodhisattva" and "Show Biz Kids," which sound like they were written for the stage, the songs are subtly textured. "Razor Boy," with its murmuring vibes, and the hard bop tribute "Your Gold Teeth" reveal Becker and Fagen's jazz roots, while the country-flavored "Pearl of the Quarter" and the ominous, skittering "King of the World" are both overlooked gems. Countdown to Ecstasy is the only time Steely Dan played it relatively straight, and its eight songs are rich with either musical or lyrical detail that their album rock or art rock contemporaries couldn't hope to match.” Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine


                  UHQR :

                  UHQR pressing is inspired from JVC Japan, which 30 years ago was the pinnacle of high-quality vinyl. Each UHQR vinyl is pressed, using hand-selected vinyl, on a manual Finebilt press with attention paid to every single detail of every single record. The 200-gram records feature the same flat profile that helped to make the original UHQR so desirable. From the lead-in groove to the run-out groove, there is no pitch to the profile, allowing your stylus to play truly perpendicular to the grooves from edge to center. Every UHQR is hand-inspected upon pressing completion, and only the truly flawless are allowed to go to market.

                  Ratings :

                  AllMusic : 5 / 5 , Discogs : 4.28 / 5

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