Steely Dan’s first London show since 2009 will be a heavy affair for fans of the great American band. The show – part of 2017’s BluesFest – will mark the first London gig since the death of Walter Becker in September. Becker and Donald Fagen created Steely Dan in 1972 as a way of harnessing their unusual interests. Namely, jazz-influenced session players, Dylan-esque lyrics about shady sons of bitches, studio perfection and smooth grooves. It’s a testament to their incredible, nine-album back catalogue that the show will go on this week. So in tribute to Becker, and as a useful resource for anyone who hasn’t let the Dan into their life yet, here’s some personal Steely faves.
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