My colleague Jeff Vaca’s splendid review over at his Stuff Running ‘Round My Head blog of a thoroughly underrated Steely Dan album from 1975 is worth a spotlight:
“I didn’t give “Katy Lied” its proper due when the album was released in the spring of 1975, but in my defense, a) it was released on the heels of three consecutive masterpieces; and b) I was only 15 years old. At the time, I lamented the fact that “Steely Dan” no longer seemed to be a band. This was the first of their albums that openly listed all of the session contributors, and while over time it would come to be a given that “Steely Dan” really meant “Fagen and Becker,” that wasn’t the case back then.”
Having reacquired this on vinyl this year, it’s a fine re-appreciation of this stellar transitional album by Jeff. I recommend reading this article, then listening to “Katy Lied”. Be it on vinyl, CD, or just letting the fourth album by “the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies” (Rolling Stone) wash over your ears and head via YouTube, I don’t think you’ll be sorry you did.