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Andy Volk


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Post Posted 3 Sep 2017 7:47 am     Reply with quote

Hugely influential musician and producer. Too young.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/walter-becker-steely-dan-co-founder-dead-at-67-w500956
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Barry Blackwood


Post Posted 3 Sep 2017 8:13 am     Reply with quote

Way too young. RIP Mr. Becker..

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/read-donald-fagens-tribute-to-steely-dans-walter-becker-w500968
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Joachim Kettner


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Post Posted 3 Sep 2017 8:57 am     Reply with quote

Back in '85 there was a song that stood out for me. It was a song by English band China Crisis and it was called "Black Man Ray". I bought their album and found out that it was produced by him.
Sad news.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4Xo3sWd294
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Chris Boyd


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Post Posted 3 Sep 2017 9:59 am     Reply with quote

Such a loss...Walter was been a part of my musical fabric since "Can't Buy a Thrill" in '72...RIP and thank you so much Walter....
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John Brock


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Post Posted 3 Sep 2017 10:20 am     Walter Becker Reply with quote

Wow..musical genius...what a loss RIP
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Godfrey Arthur


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Post Posted 3 Sep 2017 1:47 pm     Reply with quote

Godspeed Walter.

All the classic Dan tunes that defined the planet and the mindset of many...

Do it Again
Reelin in the Years
Dirty Work
Bodhisattva
My Old School
Rikki
Pretzel Logic
Black Friday
Daddy Don't Live in that New York City No More
Don't Take Me Alive
Kid Charlemagne
Black Cow
Aja
Josie
Peg
Deacon Blues (my fave)
FM
Hey Nineteen


What a prolific AND BRIGHT pen!


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steve takacs


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Post Posted 4 Sep 2017 4:43 am     Reply with quote

One of my all time favorite groups. RIP Walter. Steve t
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Craig Stock


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Westfield, NJ USA
Post Posted 4 Sep 2017 5:35 am     Reply with quote

RIP Walter,

He started out with Fagan as backup singers for Jay and the Americans.
Have all ways loved his guitar on 'FM'
Also liked the China Crisis album that Joachim mentioned as well as his solo album from years ago.
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Jason Stillwell


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Soper, OK, USA
Post Posted 5 Sep 2017 6:39 pm     Reply with quote

Very prominent steel in this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Euf716oQx-w
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Godfrey Arthur


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Post Posted 5 Sep 2017 6:47 pm     Reply with quote

Jason Stillwell wrote:
Very prominent steel in this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Euf716oQx-w


That's Skunk Baxter on steel. He's played on other tunes as well.



Jeff Skunk Baxter



Here he is on Pearl of the Quarter of the album Can't Buy a Thrill.

Roger Nichols engineered.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GM8vnIZFw0



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Andy Volk


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Post Posted 8 Sep 2017 5:26 am     Reply with quote

I interviewed Elliot Randall for my Guitar Dreams book. Here's what he said about recording Reelin' in the Years:

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On the evening that I came in to overdub the leads on Reelin’, they simply said, “do your thing” – not another word, really. It was 100 percent ‘off the cuff’. When it comes to soloing, I find it much more enjoyable to be given the opportunity to go wherever the spirit takes me but on the other hand, I’ve had to learn and play certain written solos for orchestral pieces in the past; also an enjoyable experience.

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What guitar, amp, effects, etc did you use?

ER
Oh, if I had ten bucks for every time I’ve been asked that question, I could probably put triplets through college! The ingredients were: my ’63 Fender Stratocaster, using the neck pickup, which was a ’69 Gibson PAF and the only amp that was in the studio that night - an Ampeg SVT – a beast of an amp that I certainly wouldn’t have picked, if I’d had a choice. But we cranked it up to 11, Roger Nichols hunted around for the ‘sweet spot’ to place his mic, found it, and voilla!

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Godfrey Arthur


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Post Posted 8 Sep 2017 5:45 am     Reply with quote

Andy Volk wrote:
I interviewed Elliot Randall for my Guitar Dreams book. -

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On the evening that I came in to overdub the leads on Reelin’,'63 Stratocaster, using the neck pickup, which was a ’69 Gibson PAF... an Ampeg SVT – Roger Nichols hunted around for the ‘sweet spot’ to place his mic, found it, and voilla!


Amazing they got that sound using that amp and a surprise it was a bucker at the neck.

Total serendipity.



Still reelin' and a rockin' years later...
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