November 21, 2013 – 4:15 pm

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Bent Over Backwards [no label, 1CD]

Studio outtakes 1974 and live tracks. Sourced from vinyl, good to very good audio.

Thanks to Tapeworm (Dave) who shared the tracks at The Traders’ Den.

Dave noted:

So here we have it, a needle-drop lossless transfer of the classic Steely Dan bootleg, Bent Over Backwards, from a record I bought sometime between 1980 and 1984. Lovingly cared for, like all my records, this one has probably only been played four or five times. Seven outtakes from the Katy Lied sessions, and two live tracks, probably from the Midnight Special TV show.

Original vinly LP > Thorens TD318 turntable > Carver C-2 pre-amp line out > Creative SB X-Fi sound card > Adobe Audition CS5 (cut into tracks, no processing) > WAV converted to FLAC via Flac Frontend

In memory of Russell “Skip” Gildersleeve.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Daddy Don’t Live In That NYC No More 3:12 (5.4MB)
Track 02. Chain Lightnin 3:08 (5.3MB)
Track 03. Black Friday 3:18 (5.5MB)
Track 04. Rose Darling 3:13 (5.4MB)
Track 05. Throw Back The Little Ones 3:20 (5.6MB)
Track 06. Dr Wu 3:58 (6.7MB)
Track 07. Your Gold Teeth II 4:13 (7.1MB)
Track 08. Do It Again (Live) 6:00 (10.1MB)
Track 09. Reelin In The Years (Live) 6:16 (10.5MB)
37 mins

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  1. 53 Responses to “STEELY DAN - STUDIO OUTTAKES 1974”

  2. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Nov 21, 2013

  3. Many thanks for sharing this.

    By Lynchie from aberdeen on Nov 21, 2013

  4. for awhile way back it was pretty easy to find boot lps where I live.I remember actual chain music stores in the mall with display stands selling them.
    I was working in a store and went to the music store on my break and holy shit there was a rack with about 40 different boots for sale..I bought jethro tull`s my god right there and then thought I`d died and gone to rock and roll heaven..went back the next day and picked up a dylan and the rest were completely sold out. I never came across a bootleg Steely Dan lp back then and actually didn`t see one until the cd days..great to have this. oh yeah those two lps I bought cost me $4.00 each..

    By sluggo on Nov 21, 2013

  5. Great to see these tracks. I have this as a vinyl bootleg titled The Katy Lied Sessions.

    By ConnellFrench on Nov 21, 2013

  6. Thanks once again Bigo and thanks to tapeworm. Picking up on sluggo’s story I remember searching for this and the only other Steely Dan bootleg at the time, called Rotoscope Down. I never found either of them so it’s great to see this here complete with the front cover in all its glory (ha!). And let’s remember ……….You can never have too much Steely Dan!

    By Big Trev on Nov 22, 2013

  7. Very Cool! Thanks BigO!

    By Tom on Nov 22, 2013

  8. Great post!! Thanks, Big-O dudes!!!

    By DanC on Nov 22, 2013

  9. THANK YOU for sharing this.

    By Eric on Nov 22, 2013

  10. I love this early unadorned Steely Dan and the voice, the way it climbs throughout and it’s earnestness, which is akin to the early Chicago Transit Authority. That sound really comes through in this studio work. Thanks, BigO and Dave for sharing it.

    By Job Hunter on Nov 22, 2013

  11. i had a boot called katy lied outtakes and i had taped it and decided to sell it back in the late 80s when i found out that some old time boots were selling for crazy money. some guy was a huge collector and offered me a ridiculous price for it so i took the train into the city (i was in queens and i was meeting him in manhattan) and i accidentally left the lp on the train. i arrived and didnt even realize it til he showed up and slapped my head and said omg. i dont know if he believed i did it or not. but thankfully just a few short yrs later we can dl these things online. i hope he found this one and the other katy lied outtakes lp. theres also a pretzel logic outtakes boot.

    By darth on Nov 22, 2013

  12. i had a boot called katy lied …. pretzel logic outtakes boot.


    By femme fetal on Nov 22, 2013

  13. i had a boot called katy lied …. pretzel logic outtakes boot.


    consider the source, everything he writes is bs

    By lowend bill on Nov 22, 2013

  14. I never knew there were any Steely Dan boot lps back then.
    not until the advent of hot wacks magazine did I realize they were out there. Even the 1996 hot wacks book, the last wacks, they only list three.
    there were also 5 hot wacks supplement books listing new additions to the boot world. supplement #3 list a two cd set called book of lairs.
    supplement #4 lists 7 more and that`s it.

    By sluggo on Nov 22, 2013

  15. Darth according to the Hot Wacks books supplement 4 published in 1996 there was a boot called the”Katy Lied Sessions and more” that had 7 katy tracks one from the royal scam demo and 2 live tracks from 74 which were probably the midnight special tracks.
    There is no other listing for Katy Lied boots .
    Hot wacks calls this a cd {?}
    one of my favourites is the Memphis Blues again boot from a live show in memphis tenn. may 1974.

    By sluggo on Nov 22, 2013

  16. hot wacks is a great resource!

    By barth on Nov 23, 2013

  17. the original of that album in lp form was a white sleeve with a paper insert. i dont recall if it was tmoq or takrl. it may have actually looked exactly like the cover above. it was in the late 80s after all. possibly as early as 86 or as late as 89. i dont recall the year absolutely. i do remember the guy who i was going to sell it to if i hadnt left it on the train.
    u can tell that the cover of the original lp was an lp cuz it says side 1 and side 2 on the picture on top of this page.
    this sure woulda been a nice item with the pretzel logic boot since that was also around the same 40min length. even at 43mins it would fit on one cd.

    By darth on Nov 23, 2013

  18. the original of that album in lp form was a white sleeve with a paper insert. i dont recall if it was tmoq or takrl.

    it was neither according to hot wacks.

    By sluggo on Nov 23, 2013

  19. it was on slipped disc records.
    looked at popsike to see what it has been selling for recently on ebay they show sales of it from 2010 till now with a range of $25 to $69 bucks.

    By sluggo on Nov 23, 2013

  20. well prices go up and they go down and oft times people will pay more for things than theyre worth. it doesnt change the value of the item in question since there are enough of them to go around for the accepted price even when someone out there is willing to pay a higher price to get it right there right now so he doesnt have to keep looking etc.
    i remember an old hippie looking geezer type santa like type guy who sold boots at $80-250 or more during the time period 1988-93 and at quite a number of conventions from ct mass ny nj pa etc. and while the dealers would talk about him he didnt care. he made sales and he had the stock. he maintained it from convention to convention because not that many would sell of course at those prices. he had several 100 of them. at the same conventions i was offering audio tapes of the same items and much more that had never been booted of course. some ppl had to have the record or cds when they came out. they felt they were more real and somehow even tho bootleg more valuable. i still have many many 100s of my boot lps and none of my audio or video tapes. i too used hotwacks and the suppliments and magazines etc. i stopped bothering with all that in nov 95. i moved onto videos more than audios around then in july 02 i gave it all up til late 04 early 05 then started downloading. got my first cd burner in may 06 and then a couple of yrs later a dvd burner. things never turned back since.

    By darth on Nov 23, 2013

  21. consider the source, everything he writes is bs’

    but your posts is far far worse

    By InnocentBystander on Nov 23, 2013

  22. “your posts is”

    Nice grammar, genius.His posts aren’t as bad your stupidity,lol.Case closed

    By joe colostrum on Nov 23, 2013

  23. I was actually surprised by the low prices on popsike for this album however consider the economy and peoples wallets. when ebay first started it was almost a crime how much some of these discs went for..prices have dropped for sure on many items but the quality boots i.e. tmoq , swingin` pig ,takrl, etc still command very good prices.
    The prize in my boot collection is from Ken Douglas` personal collection.
    Ken was co partners with another guy that started trade mark of quality.I met Ken and he gave me an unplayed Dylan boot with colored vinyl from his collection and a signed note to go along with it.To me, it is an outstanding piece of bootleg lp history and I`ll probably include it in my will one day.

    By sluggo on Nov 23, 2013

  24. who knows sluggo maybe vinyl boots arent as desirable now that almost everything can be downloaded. my local stores never had any back in the day. whenever i asked i was told “theyre illegal”. i never bought any at the record conventions the prices were outrageous. i did get three for $10 each from a dealer who advertised in the late great trouser press magazine. they were a neil young acoustic, sex pistols at winterland, and dylan and the band 1966 royal albert hall- the greatest bootleg ever imho.

    By barth on Nov 23, 2013

  25. wow..3 for 10 bucks is quite a deal barth..I agree with the ease of downloading now the demand for vinyl boots has probably lowered however I still see the real good stuff going at crazy prices, just the customer base is very much smaller.
    Wonder if there will be a renaissance and they will become quite coveted once again.I tend to think so, again, especially the vintage colored vinyl tmoq`s. Ebay pretends they don`t allow the sale of boots but they are constantly selling there. Search “tmoq” and see.

    By sluggo on Nov 23, 2013

  26. youre probably right sluggo the rarer boots will be the most desirable. for me the coloured vinyl would be more valuable than the amaturish “artwork” on most boots. amazing kornyfone is on ebay too $40 for my bob d boot.

    By barth on Nov 24, 2013

  27. barth yeah you can search takrl, tmoq etc..
    your bob and band boot is history man. pure unadulterated rock and roll history …it and “liver than” are pure rock and roll gold

    By sluggo on Nov 24, 2013

  28. Thanks, but they always sounded like lounge music to me, except for their first album.

    By george martini on Nov 25, 2013

  29. Thanks, but they always sounded like lounge music to me, except for their first album.

    By george martini on Nov 25, 2013

    really, what instrument do you play? playing their music takes professional skill .

    By gary lee on Nov 25, 2013

  30. I agree there is a certain lounge type tone to a lot of their songs but I agree they are very difficult to play properly.When was the last time you heard anyone do a good cover or even attempt a cover of a S.Dan tune?
    I think they goet a lot of respect from very capable musicians .

    By sluggo on Nov 26, 2013

  31. Yeah sluggo. Here in NJ we had a record store that had an entire section devoted to bootlegs and they would often display some in the front window. I still have a lot of them. The guy at the store called me Jeff Beck because I was always asking him for Beck stuff….and he would get good Beck boots as well as many others including Steely Dan. I miss the days of albums…..looking at the cover, reading the credits over and over….when first listening to them.

    By JB on Nov 26, 2013

  32. Sluggo…as far as respect for Steely Dan, hell yes. I was at Levon’s Rambles a few times and Fagen would be there sitting in and all musicians would be in awe of him.

    By JB on Nov 26, 2013

  33. Here is a great cover of Do It Again…Waylon Jennings.

    By JB on Nov 26, 2013

  34. kind of surprised that big-o went with the poor sounding multi generation bootleg LP copy of this tape. That record got us in trouble as we were the Slipped Disc record store and had nothing to do with profiteering off of this recording. Vicky vinyl snaked a hissy copy of this tape to make this poor sounding LP. Do yourselves a favor and join TTD to hear what this should sound like

    By FlyingM on Nov 27, 2013

  35. love it when bootleggers and pirateers point fingers at each other

    By pitts top on Nov 27, 2013

  36. I think we prefer being called an archivist or historian collecting rare snap shots of music. Like a sketch of a famous painting that is still worth admiring for what it is and what it would become. Those sketches can be seen by the public. The only way to hear these audio equivalents is to have people that are willing to share them. I prefer not to gyp the artists by charging for this sneak peek behind their masterpieces. Bootleggers and pirateers is strong language for those that share for free. I just think the artist should be the only one that profits from their labors. If that offends you please pardon my opinion being posted here.

    By FlyingM on Nov 27, 2013

  37. okay , mr archive, whatever you want to call yourselves just don`t be so damn stuffy

    By pitts top on Nov 27, 2013

  38. what about you darth what do you think ,you charge for stuff doin`t you . I saw you stiffed the chambers brothers guy,do you consider yourself an archivist as well?

    By pitts top on Nov 27, 2013

  39. i didnt stiff anyone. i owned a copy of a video tape of many many artists appearing at the bitter end in a documentary. the chambers bros were one band doing one or two songs in that documentary that was 4 hours long. lester wanted a copy of my 2 vhs tapes. i offered him a copy of them at cost. thats $10. $4 for shipping them priority mail at the time $2 for the tapes and the remaining $2 for packaging and gas. i wasnt the one doing the driving to the post office so i depended on someone else and i lived in the mountains of upstate ny. asking him for $10 for 240 mins of video footage that i had to make using my vcr’s when he came to me and expecting that i would put out this money when i didnt have it is wrong. i didnt stiff him. i just didnt put it out for him. i didnt have the option even if i had wanted to. i had no money whatsoever to my name. literally.

    now.. onto this subject. i disagree about only the artist making money off of his product if he uses a label to distribute promote press print package produce and all the other things that are involved with releasing product. if they want to do all that themselves then thats fine. look how well those recordings do when they are done that way. they rarely sell more than several 1000 copies. and im not talking about established bands like pearl jam etc. sure they can do that when many many millions of fans already are on the bus about them. but even they have problems selling their product when they try to do it without paying suits to do the work. yes i think the people who actually PUT OUT THE PRODUCT should be paid if they actually release the recordings. they dont need to be paid if the material leaks out on its own and is out there in the form of bootlegs etc.

    this isnt to say that pirates and counterfeits are acceptable. i dont feel that those are right. in the years when i sold anything it was never official product. i dont and never would do that. i also havent sold anything since the end of june 2002. i havent sold any audio tapes since nov 95 and have never sold a cd. i have never sold a dvd and most of my transactions involved trading not selling. the majority of my selling was to afford more blanks and buy more vcrs.

    and yes i do consider myself an archivist. how could i not be with the amount of material i have accumulated?
    i know its been explained here ad nauseum about the differences between counterfeiters bootleggers piraters etc.

    By darth on Nov 27, 2013

  40. darth’s “archives”:

    By Dingus on Nov 27, 2013

  41. darth take it elsewhere no one gives a shit what you think you know

    By pitts top on Nov 27, 2013

  42. i refer u to your question before my response.

    By darth on Nov 27, 2013

  43. i didnt have the option even if i had wanted to. i had no money whatsoever to my name. literally.

    there is an option its called getting a job and working.

    By pitts top on Nov 27, 2013

  44. that wasnt an option at that time and point. i was in a place and situation where that wasnt possible. i wouldnt have had a way to get to and from a job. i had no means to work at that time.
    but even if i had one.. it isnt my job to pay for someone else to have something. he was in a better position to pay to own something that he wanted and didnt need to survive. i was working on my survival at the time. it isnt up to u to determine if someone should get a job. besides.. if no one gives a shit what i think i know.. why do u think they give a shit what u think u know? fucking idiot.

    By darth on Nov 27, 2013

  45. quit crying like a little girl and go to work you slacker and quit freeloading off eveyone elses talents

    By pitts top on Nov 27, 2013

  46. that wasnt an option at that time and point. i was in a place and situation where that wasnt possible

    jail ?

    By pitts top on Nov 27, 2013

  47. i refer u to your question before my response.

    i refer you to a shrink you snivelling piece of bird shit

    By pitts top on Nov 27, 2013

  48. if no one gives a shit what i think i know.. why do u think they give a shit what u think u know?

    because i havent bragged to everyone here for years about my superior intellect

    By pitts top on Nov 27, 2013

  49. another goody, bigo!


    By I-) on Nov 27, 2013

  50. lester wanted a copy of my 2 vhs tapes. i offered him a copy of them at cost. thats $10. $4 for shipping them priority mail at the time $2 for the tapes and the remaining $2 for packaging and gas.

    do the math because it must be that new darth math I can`t come up with ten bucks here no how

    By pitts top on Nov 28, 2013


    By Paul on Dec 1, 2013

  52. live reelin old grey whistle with jeff skunk baxter on lead blowmathung.

    By burroughs bill on Dec 8, 2013

  53. I don’t know what made me Google “bent over backwards steely dan” but I can’t believe my search led me here! I had this on vinyl back in the day and despite the middling quality it was a favorite of mine. My favorite moment is midway thru Denny Dias’ guitar solo on “Your Gold Teeth II” when somebody shouts out “Holy fuck!” Thanks for putting this here, never thought I’d hear it again!

    By TFHackett on May 23, 2014

  54. Pretty clearly Donald.

    By Ken on Jul 25, 2016

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