As a longtime bona fide Steely Dan freak, I was thrilled to see this unreleased, alternate version of the Gaucho album appear online (and up for download.) And free at that. This is Fagan and Becker in all their coke-rock sicko glory.
“As to why so many songs were dropped from the final lineup of Gaucho, a case can be made that this early version was too close in style to 1977’s Aja – shorter songs, sweeter melodies and more accessible lyrics. The finally released Gaucho seemed purposely obscure, deep and complex. Was it to spite their record company MCA? Is it possible that The Second Arrangement was never erased but that Becker and Fagen concocted the story to avoid releasing what they thought was the better version of Gaucho? Listen and decide for yourself. “
To download the lost Gaucho album go HERE…