Steely Dan’s ‘Katy Lied’ is their fourth album (and the first to feature Michael McDonald) released in March 1975 by ABC.
Track Listing : 1.Black Friday (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) – 03:33 . 2.Bad Sneakers (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) – 03:16 . 3.Rose Darling (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) – 02:59 . 4.Daddy Don’T Live In That New York City No More (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) – 03:12 . 5.Doctor Wu (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) – 03:59 . 6.Everyone’S Gone To The Movies (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) – 03:41 . 7.Your Gold Teeth Ii (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) – 04:12 . 8.Chain Lightning (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) – 02:57 . 9.Any World (That I’M Welcome To) (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) – 03:56 . 10.Throw Back The Little Ones (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) – 03:11
Musicians : Donald Fagen – Vocals, Piano, Keyboards . Walter Becker – Bass, Guitar . Jeff Porcaro – Drums Except (9) . Michael Omartian – Pianos, Keyboards . David Paich – Pianos, Keyboards . Wilton Felder – Bass . Chuck Rainey – Bass . Victor Feldman – Percussion . Hugh Mccracken – Guitar . Denny Dias – Guitar Solo On (7) . Rick Derringer – Guitar Solo On (8) . Dean Parks – Guitar Solo On (3) . Elliott Randall – Guitar Solo On (10) . Larry Carlton – Guitar On (4) . Jimmie Haskell – Horn On (10) . Bill Perkins – Horn On (10) . Phil Woods – Alto Saxophone Solo On (5) . Hal Blaine – Drums On (9) . Michael Mcdonald – Background Vocals . Myrna Matthews – Background Vocals On (6) . Sherlie Matthews – Background Vocals On (6) . Carolyn Willis – Background Vocals On (6)
Production : Produced By Gary Katz . Rick Collins – Mastering . Roger Nichols – Engineer
Package : Kenta Hagiwara – Liner Notes . Dorothy White – Cover Photo
Recorded In November 1974; January 1975 At Abc Recording Studios Inc., Los Angeles.
Released In March 1975 By Abc.
The lead singing of Donald Fagen, which sounds to these old ears like a strange hybrid of the Mike Love of “California Girls” and pre-motorcycle-wreck Dylan, is engagingly distinctive. […]
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But while Katy Lied did not have the chart hits that the more commercially (and critically) popular Cant Buy A Thrill and Pretzel Logic had, it featured more quality compositions than either album. And listened to as a whole it is a far more cohesive album than any of their three previous albums. […]
Of special note is its seeming lack of the snark-filled lyrical irony of many Dan tracks; it–with surprising honesty–seems to urge the listener towards a philosophy of carpe diem–“If you’re feelin’ lucky/ You’d best not refuse / It’s your game / The rules are your own, win or lose.” […]