1980's "Gaucho" was Steely Dan's final album before embarking on their
20-year sabbatical from recording together again.
The recording of "Gaucho" was long & laborious, and one particularly treasured
song, "The Second Arrangement," was tragically lost, having been accidentally
erased by a careless engineer. That Becker & Fagen finally finished the album
despite all of the behind-the-scenes problems must be considered a great
miracle. Just seven tracks long, "Gaucho" is easily the lightest, most laid-back
album in Steely Dan's catalog, but that certainly doesn't make it bad. It's a
wonderful, handsome disc, filled with the fine quality jazz/pop & production
skills that the Dan are famous for.
"Babylon Sisters" is a fine, slow & steady shuffler. "Hey Nineteen," the big hit
from the album, is a bouncy, sparkly tune, and "Glamour Profession" is very
groovy. The title song is more laid-back, but has marvelous melody to it. "Time
Out Of Mind," the closest Steely Dan get to "rocking out" on this album, is a
terrific toe-tapper, and arguably the best tune from the album. "My Rival" is a
cool smooth-groover, and the finale, "Third World Man," with it's feeling of
calm, is a tranquil, peaceful gem for Walt & Don to exit with. Thankfully,
"Gaucho" was NOT the last we'd ever see from Steely Dan.
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1. Babylon Sisters
2. Hey Nineteen
3. Glamour Profession
5. Time Out Of Mind
6. My Rival
7. Third World Man