Album artwork for Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan
Album artwork for Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan

Steely Dan holds the title as one of the most quietly subversive pop bands of the 20th century. They managed - on their first two albums and, especially, on Pretzel Logic - to combine breezy, ear-pleasing accessibility with an immensely sophisticated sensibility that upended most pop conventions. On Pretzel Logic that combination is perfected, even as band masterminds Donald Fagen and Walter Becker moved deeper into jazz-influenced territory. "Rikki Don't Lose That Number", the album's lead off track, is a case in point. A sinuous slice of jazz-pop that merges piano balladry with a samba-esque groove, the song became a Top Ten hit.

Though Fagen and Becker write the material and handle vocals/keyboards and bass, respectively, their recording process increasingly involved a rotating cast of session musicians, honing their studio-cobbled sound to a flawless perfection. The bar is raised in terms of musicianship here, as evidenced by the sassy cover of Duke Ellington's "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo and the bop atheleticism of "Parker's Band", a tribute to Charlie Parker. Yet Steely Dan blend their colours ever more effectively here, writing shorter, sharper compositions packed with harmonies, instrumental interplay, witty wordplay, and satisfying hooks. Pretzel Logic ranks alongside AJA as one of the band's finest achievements.

Steely Dan

Pretzel Logic

Polydor
Album artwork for Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan
LP

£34.99£14.99

sale

Housed in Gatefold Sleeve.

Black
Released 28/07/2023Catalogue Number

B3498601

Album artwork for Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan
CD

£6.99

Released 27/10/2013Catalogue Number

MCD11917

Album artwork for Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan
LPx2 +

£229.99

UHQR (Ultra High Quality Record) 45rpm Vinyl Deluxe Numbered Limited Edition Box from Analogue Productions. Mastered directly from the original master tape by Bernie Grundman. Pressed at Quality Record Pressings using 200-gram Clarity Vinyl®. Purest possible pressing and most visually stunning presentation and packaging. Tip-on old style gatefold double pocket jackets with film lamination by Stoughton Printing

Black
Limited to 20000 copies
Released 25/08/2023Catalogue Number

AUHQR0011-45

Steely Dan

Pretzel Logic

Polydor
Album artwork for Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan
LP

£34.99£14.99

sale

Housed in Gatefold Sleeve.

Black
Released 28/07/2023Catalogue Number

B3498601

Album artwork for Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan
CD

£6.99

Released 27/10/2013Catalogue Number

MCD11917

Album artwork for Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan
LPx2 +

£229.99

UHQR (Ultra High Quality Record) 45rpm Vinyl Deluxe Numbered Limited Edition Box from Analogue Productions. Mastered directly from the original master tape by Bernie Grundman. Pressed at Quality Record Pressings using 200-gram Clarity Vinyl®. Purest possible pressing and most visually stunning presentation and packaging. Tip-on old style gatefold double pocket jackets with film lamination by Stoughton Printing

Black
Limited to 20000 copies
Released 25/08/2023Catalogue Number

AUHQR0011-45

Steely Dan holds the title as one of the most quietly subversive pop bands of the 20th century. They managed - on their first two albums and, especially, on Pretzel Logic - to combine breezy, ear-pleasing accessibility with an immensely sophisticated sensibility that upended most pop conventions. On Pretzel Logic that combination is perfected, even as band masterminds Donald Fagen and Walter Becker moved deeper into jazz-influenced territory. "Rikki Don't Lose That Number", the album's lead off track, is a case in point. A sinuous slice of jazz-pop that merges piano balladry with a samba-esque groove, the song became a Top Ten hit.

Though Fagen and Becker write the material and handle vocals/keyboards and bass, respectively, their recording process increasingly involved a rotating cast of session musicians, honing their studio-cobbled sound to a flawless perfection. The bar is raised in terms of musicianship here, as evidenced by the sassy cover of Duke Ellington's "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo and the bop atheleticism of "Parker's Band", a tribute to Charlie Parker. Yet Steely Dan blend their colours ever more effectively here, writing shorter, sharper compositions packed with harmonies, instrumental interplay, witty wordplay, and satisfying hooks. Pretzel Logic ranks alongside AJA as one of the band's finest achievements.