Saturday, September 7, 2013

"Time Out of Mind" by Steely Dan

Song#:  0531
Date:  03/14/1981
Debut:  70
Peak:  22
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Pop, Soft Rock, Jazz-Rock

Pop Bits:  Following the #10 success of "Hey Nineteen," Steely Dan issued this second single from their "Gaucho" album. It was a trouble-plagued recording that brought an end to the partnership of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. They would reunite two decades later to release a studio LP, but "Gaucho" was an end of an era for the duo. This single would also be their last to reach the chart. Fagen would continue on with a successful solo career while Becker withdrew from the music scene for a while and then returned to work on projects including producing Fagen's 1993 album "Kamakiriad."

ReduxReview:  Well, this ain't no "Hey Nineteen," but it is okay. I don't remember it at all and I had to listen to it a few times to kind of get into it. I'm not going to remember this song past this moment in time, so I guess I'll enjoy it a bit now before it drifts right out of memory. Again, Steely Dan not among my faves - I refer to them as the group that makes pop music far more complicated that it needs to be. But I do appreciate their musicianship and their perfectionism in the recording process.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) The guitar solo on the song was done by Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler.  2) Steely Dan's first reunion studio record, 2000's "Two Against Nature," bucked the odds and ended up winning four Grammy's including a surprise win for Album of the Year.


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