December 12, 2012 – 4:10 pm

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What I Do
New York 2006 [untitled, 2CD]

Live at the Beacon Theatre, New York, NY; March 7, 2006. Excellent soundboard.

This is what Kevin O’Donnell wrote at Rolling Stone:

The last time Steely Dan frontman Donald Fagen performed at New York’s Beacon Theater was in 1991 with the “New York Rock and Soul Revue,” an informal collective of musicians that included Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald. Tuesday night, some 15 years later, the singer and keyboardist came home.

While Fagen is promoting his third solo album, Morph the Cat, out March 14, the crowd - fans armed with briefcases, binoculars and Blackberry handhelds - was eager for their Steely Dan favorites. And Fagen did not disappoint, performing a varied set list of what he announced would be “three bold [solo] albums and stuff from the Steely Dan files.”

Backed by a nine-piece group of ace session musicians, Fagen opened with the obscure Steely Dan tune “Here at the Western World,” made livelier thanks to drummer Keith Karlock’s lock-step groove. But with Steely Dan cohort Walter Becker absent, Fagan stuck mostly to solo tunes for the first part of the show. Among the highlights were the relaxed cocktail-jazz of “The Nightfly,” the futuristic jazz-funk of “New Frontier,” and the new numbers “H-Gang” and “Brite Nightgown.”

When, midway through, Fagen announced a special guest, Walter Becker would’ve been a likely guess. But surprisingly, Canadian singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright (sister of Rufus, daughter of Loudon) strolled out onto the stage to perform what Fagen jokingly called a “scary song,” her own sultry slow-burner “Year of the Dragon,” with Fagen on melodica.

Thanks to “Ports”, who procured the silvers, and to buttmanos, who shared the tracks at The Traders’ Den.

“Ports” noted:

Many thanks to Buttmanos, Lurker Ray, and others in helping to find and liberate all the new Steely Dan related material the last few months. I am very happy to be able to help out with the first of two shows I was able to obtain. The Donald Fagen Band - Live at the Beacon is a great soundboard recording. The show does have a short set list (nothing from Kamakiriad?) and it has one song done by Donald’s special guest, Martha Wainwright, which takes away another “Dan” related song. It does however have great cuts of IGY, FM, Pretzel Logic and another killer Goodbye Look ending with Donald saying “We be masterjamming!” Hope you like this one. Special thanks to Buttmanos for his time to rip, scan and get this out to all of you.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Opening (4.3MB)
Track 102. Here at the Western World (11.4MB)
Track 103. The Nightfly (12.4MB)
Track 104. Green Flower Street (6.6MB)
Track 105. New Frontier (9.2MB)
Track 106. Third World Man (11.1MB)
Track 107. Band Introductions (2.8MB)
Track 108. Home At Last (10.5MB)
Track 109. Brite Nitegown (13.4MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Year of the Dragon (featuring Martha Wainwright) (10.7MB)
Track 202. FM (8.3MB)
Track 203. H Gang (8.2MB)
Track 204. What I Do (10.2MB)
Track 205. The Goodbye Look (13.3MB)
Track 206. I.G.Y. (15.7MB)
Track 207. Pretzel Logic (9.9MB)
Track 208. Viva Rock N Roll (6.9MB)

The Donald Fagen Band:
Donald Fagen: vocals, keyboards
Jon Herrington: guitar
Wayne Krantz: guitar
Walt Weiskopf: Sax
Micheal Leonhart: Trumpet
Keith Carlock: drums
Freddie Washington: bass
Jeff Young: keys
Carolyn Leonhart: backing vocals
Cindy Mizelle: backing vocals

Click here to order Donald Fagen/The New York Rock and Soul Revue: Live at the Beacon, recorded on March 1 and 2, 1991.

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  1. 10 Responses to “DONALD FAGEN - NEW YORK 2006”

  2. as always , thanks Big o.
    Can`t wait to hear Third World man, I compare the guitar solo in every live version I hear to the studio one [which I personally feel is one of the most concise and thoughtful modern guitar solos ever]

    By sluggo on Dec 12, 2012

  3. ..the solo does not disappoint! wow…

    By sluggo on Dec 12, 2012

  4. Yay!! Thanks so much for Donald Fagen. Love his music. The new cd is awesome btw…

    By Dave on Dec 13, 2012

  5. Great show. The quality is excellent. Like that he pulls out some Steely Dan chestnuts. Thanks.

    By Danny B on Dec 13, 2012

  6. the word awesome gets kicked around a lot but…

    By tman on Dec 13, 2012

  7. Thank you, thank you very much!

    By Elvislives on Dec 13, 2012


    By DROPKICKSARGE on Dec 14, 2012

  9. Thanks once again BigO. Can never have too much Donald Fagen!

    By Big Trev on Dec 14, 2012

  10. Love Krantz over the Dan tunes. AWESOME recording. :)

    By Skip on Dec 14, 2012

  11. thank you!!

    By Paul on Mar 22, 2014

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