Found on Big-O, this set was originally posted on AD back in 2005. There have been numerous requests for a re-post, over the years, but until just recently I had misplaced the CD-R it was stored on. If you’re into the Dan, this proves an interesting snapshot in time.
“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. “ (via)
Elsewhere: Straight out of the gate, Eric (Marathon Packs) Harvey, in his new Pitchfork column, waxes on the Dan.
Steely Dan :: Kind Spirit
MP3: Steely Dan :: Were You Blind That Day [early version of Third World Man]
MP3: Steely Dan :: The Bear
MP3: Steely Dan :: The Second Arrangement
MP3: Steely Dan :: Talkin’ About My Home
MP3: Steely Dan :: Time Out of Mind
MP3: Steely Dan :: Kulee Baba
MP3: Steely Dan :: Gaucho (instrumental)