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Irvine 1994 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre; September 17, 1994. Very good to excellent soundboard.

It’s been a year since our friend Russell “Skip” Gildersleeve has passed away on September 17, 2013. A big Bob Dylan, Stooges, reggae and Rolling Stones fan, Skip was always generous when sharing music. And it’s hard not to think of Skip every time we come across a Steely Dan boot. This one’s for you, Skip.

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When Donald Fagen and Walter Becker re-formed Steely Dan in 1994, they didn’t put out a new album. They undertook a tour of sports arenas, their first tour since the days of Countdown to Ecstasy. The tour resulted in Alive In America (1995). It is Steely Dan’s first live album. Recorded during the 1993 and 1994 tours, the concerts from which the album is constructed marked the first live Steely Dan performances since 1974.

Since Steely Dan became stars after they retired from performing, many of their dedicated fans never got a chance to see the group in concert. Given those circumstances, maybe the uniformly positive reviews of the tour were predictable. But as Alive in America proves, the shows weren’t earth-shaking. Certainly they were fun - there’s no denying it’s a thrill to hear these songs in a live setting, both for fans and for Becker and Fagen themselves - but essentially they were exercises in nostalgia… It’s a gas while it lasts, but it doesn’t leave any lasting memories. - and wikipedia

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Disc 1
Track 101. True Companion 4:47 (8.0MB)
102. Aja - Omitted *
Track 103. Reelin’ In The Years 6:40 (11.2MB)
Track 104. Josie 9:08 (15.3MB)
Track 105. Hey Nineteen 6:10 (10.4MB)
Track 106. Down In The Bottom 4:14 (7.1MB)
Track 107. Sign In Stranger 7:26 (12.5MB)
Track 108. Peg/Band Intros 10:20 (17.4MB)
Track 109. Babylon Sisters 6:15 (10.5MB)
Track 110. Black Friday 4:25 (7.4MB)
Track 111. Royal Scam/Parker’s Band 5:40 (9.5MB)
66 mins

* Track is found on Alive In America.

Disc 2
Track 201. The Fez 2:41 (4.5MB)
Track 202. Green Earrrings 5:33 (9.3MB)
Track 203. Bodhisattva 5:46 (9.7MB)
Track 204. Deacon Blues 7:38 (12.8MB)
Track 205. Tomorrow’s Girls 7:09 (12.0MB)
Track 206. Hard Up Case 5:09 (8.7MB)
Track 207. Chain Lightning 6:33 (11.0MB)
Track 208. Third World Man 7:21 (12.3MB)
Track 209. Kid Charlemagne 8:08 (13.7MB)
Track 210. My Old School 6:41 (11.2MB)
Track 211. FM 7:54 (13.3MB)
71 mins

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  1. 49 Responses to “STEELY DAN - IRVINE 1994”

  2. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Sep 24, 2014

  3. Thanks for another great Steely soundboard!

    By Bill on Sep 24, 2014

  4. Minor quibble with the description: Steely Dan toured extensively off “Pretzel Logic” and included preview material from “Katy Lied”.

    Major quibble with the description: This was no simple “exercise in nostalgia”. “Down In The Bottom”, “Tomorrow’s Girls”, “Hard Up Case” were all NEW songs. A number of old songs were significantly rearranged and they also chose some obscure tunes that many in the crowd probably didn’t know.

    By Just Bill on Sep 25, 2014

  5. at least 9 or 10 of the songs re-arranged or not were old songs from their heyday. all of them are easily recognizable to anyone who ever turned on an fm radio station. even if one wasnt a big sd fan theyd recognize 9 of the songs they did in the 22 song setlist just by title. perhaps more by sound. thats nearly half of the show. definitely an exercise in nostalgia. but then thats what happens when a band disappears from touring for 20 yrs and essentially disappeared in general for what… 14? kinda like the eagles they seemed to have both vanished around the same time and reappeared the same year. but when the eagles returned almost if not all of the songs they did were old.

    By darth on Sep 25, 2014

  6. The end’s missing from True Companion!

    By Todd Hunter on Sep 26, 2014

  7. it was chopped off because it went almost directly into the next song and that song was removed. i think a better job coulda been done but only by 5-10 notes or so. there are a bunch of other high end sounding shows out there including 1-2 from this tour as i recall from the sbd.

    By darth on Sep 26, 2014

  8. Some of the comments seem to damn the ‘94 shows for being “exercises in nostalgia”. I find this humorous, because many critics and fans at the time criticized the radically different new arrangements of many, if not most, of the familiar Dan chestnuts. Personally, when I see an artist in concert, I do not want to hear a note-perfect recreation of the originals, ala The Eagles or late-period Pink Floyd. There is nothing wrong with a nostalgia concert tour per se, but Becker and Fagen clearly put a lot of thought and time into the new arrangements, and they did play previously unheard material. To me, these shows transcend mere nostalgia, and show Steely Dan continuing where they left off, as witty, literate, skilled performers, finally having a good time touring. Their three studio LPs released since re-forming attest to their continued creativity, perfectionism, and brilliant, biting songcraft.

    By Lightnin' Popkins on Sep 26, 2014

  9. Some of the comments seem to damn the ‘94 shows for being “exercises in nostalgia”.

    don`t rely on darth as knowing anything about music.He knows about downloading and hoarding thats it.

    By jazzier than cream on Sep 26, 2014

  10. comparing the dan to the eagles?
    come now darth even you don`t have that much of a tin ear do you?
    or did listening to all those cream -jazz shows ruin your hearing.

    By jazzier than cream on Sep 26, 2014

  11. the guitar solo in third world man is anything but a nostalgia act. damn impressive, note for note one of the most interesting , concise and pleasing guitar solos ever. Ever.

    By sluggo on Sep 27, 2014

  12. i didnt say that they sounded alike. how the hell did u read that into anything i said??? thats unbefuckinglievable!!! holy crap. seriously???
    and when i said that i agreed that it was an exercise in nostalgia as it said way up top.. i didnt mean the arrangments. yes thats a way to change it up. to make things fresh and different. but the songs themselves. thats how they attract and please the audiences that come to hear the songs they know and love. i love sd. im not that big on the eagles altho i was in the 70s for a while. i preferred them live but then that was me. now when they reunited 20 yrs ago they essentially are doing things note for note. and yes i hate that. if i wanna hear songs note for note ill put on the album. i dont get a thrill out of just being there anymore. im not a kid and tickets are not $3.50 to $10 like they were pre 1983.
    but when songs are stretched out and altered and changed dramatically from their official versions thats what i love and live for.
    i think what the guy way up top meant when he said exercise in nostalgia.. at least the way i took it.. was that nearly half of the songs were old songs played for the benefit of the memories of their aging fans.
    for those who didnt understand what i said. try a reading comprehension class.

    as for all i know about being downloading and hoarding.. what??? where do u get this crap from? first of all.. what are u doing here if not downloading? what do u mean hoarding? how am i hoarding? i collect. i share what i have and spend 1000s upon 1000s of hours every year sharing what i have. i help people obtain things and i put more energy and effort into making sure other people build up their collections than worrying about my own. i pretty much have all i need and will never listen to all i have. u dont know anything about me and any thoughts u have created about me are based on pure ignorance.
    i dont understand why u cant grasp the idea of cream being jazz rock. i explained where that thought process comes from. i didnt create it. i merely passed it along. im very surprised u never hard it before. havent u ever read any bios of them where it discussed that about them and how they came to be?
    do u not understand what i said about how they were jazz rock? the improvization thing? they were the first band to incorporate extended solos and jams the way jazz artists had been doing for 30 or more years. 2/3rds of the band were jazz musicians and jack had also been classically trained as well. it isnt a far stretch to comprehend what i was saying and i dont know why u cant grasp the concept. i didnt originate it. i think u should look around and see if u could find some biographical information about the band and perhaps u will find someone else who referred to them this way so u dont have to have your head(s) so far up my ass every time i say something.
    what the fuck is wrong with u????

    and finally… picking a single solo out of one song from a 22 song / 137 minute set.. and claiming thats not nostalgia?? seriously?? is that what u think the writer meant way up top?? u think this proves the case against the original comment that he made?

    By darth on Sep 27, 2014

  13. yes glen the best damn jazz trio of all time….


    By Jerry's Finger on Sep 27, 2014

  14. love it when darth gets owned and he starts swearing at everyone.

    By jazzier than cream on Sep 27, 2014

  15. i didnt say they were a jazz trio.
    i certainly wasnt owned.
    god both of u are such idiots.

    By darth on Sep 28, 2014

  16. now now glenny….

    hhhmmmm….cream isn’t a trio dipshit???

    & you did say jazz (rock)….

    sort of like Jeff Becks Chinese sounding music you stated as well numnut….

    so chop chop chop you semantic clown…

    c’mon glenny quit squeezing the red nose bozo…!!!!

    By Jerry's Finger on Sep 28, 2014

  17. I always thought Cream were a duo - Eric Clapton and his ego boom-tish. Thank you.. thank you.. I’ll be here all week…

    By Disraeli's Fears on Sep 28, 2014

  18. i didnt say they werent a trio. seriously whats wrong with u?
    i didnt say jazz (rock). i said jazz rock. why do u change what i said and act like youre doing nothing wrong?
    when i said becks music had a chinese feel to it i explained that a lot of what he had been doing was very choppy and mechanical difficult to enjoy. abrasive and hard and more of a striking the guitar strings rather than playing them as gracefully the way he had in the 70s and early 80s when he was fluid and melodic. since 89 and the 90s a lot of what he has done.. not all of it but a lot of it.. was very difficult to grasp because he changed the style that he plays with.
    now not all chinese music is the same and the music i wanted to compare it to was a sort of whiney angry hard on the ears sort of sounding striking sound and it really shouldnt have been that hard for u to grasp what i was saying. again i dont know what is wrong with u. frankly i dont care. try to get a life already.

    the reasons cream broke up wasnt claptons ego. it was the problems between jack and ginger. the band was gingers creation. eric was the last to join. anyone who knows eric at all knows he isnt an egotist. it took many years for him to accept that he is who people wanted to see. he often hid in the background and he didnt even wish to be in the spotlight. he agreed to be in the delaney and bonnie tour as a friend if they didnt shine the spot light on him and he could hide in the shadows for most of the performances. he didnt want his name on the cover of the album either. the label execs are responsible for that. he was pushed against his will to sing at all in cream and look how rarely that happens. he had a horrible time of playing the riff to layla while singing and preferred to have a 2nd guitarist to do that for him cuz for over 40 yrs he had a hard time with it. his ego isnt so big that he couldnt bring on 2nd guitarists is it?

    By darth on Sep 28, 2014

  19. darth, if we can’t even count on you to tell us what’s on TV anymore, how are we supposed to believe you about Cream and jazz-rock?

    By Mikey on Sep 28, 2014

  20. great another exciting 10,000 word chapter of darth’s opus “do not ever believe what i say because I don’t even know remember what I say”

    yeah give me that jazzy cream & chop chop chop Becks Chinese music…!!!

    the best music in the whole damn world without a doubt…

    instead of Bowies pop pop pop music….

    chop chop chop music…!!!

    yeah sing it glenny…sing it…!!!

    By Jerry's Finger on Sep 28, 2014

  21. sluggo, that guitarist on Third World Man has quite a resume (from Wikipedia):

    Georg “Jojje” Wadenius (born May 4, 1945) is a guitarist, bassist, singer and composer who made a name for himself during the 1970s and 80s as a studio and session guitarist/bassist, as well as releasing a popular series of albums of children’s songs in Sweden.

    Wadenius was born in Stockholm, Sweden, where he attended Adolf Fredrik’s Music School. After appearing on a number of Swedish hit records and being founder-member of two Swedish supergroups of the early 70s, Made in Sweden (1966–1972 and 1976) and Solar Plexus (1971–1972), he relocated to the United States to become lead guitarist of the US supergroup Blood, Sweat & Tears from 1972 to 1975. In 1979 he joined The Saturday Night Live Band on television. He stayed on until 1985 and has since worked for many important artists as a session player and/or touring musician, among them Steely Dan…

    This guy deserves more name recognition!

    By Job Hunter on Sep 28, 2014

  22. “again i dont know what is wrong with u. frankly i dont care.”

    Of course you don’t care, Darth, that’s why you wrote that little essay.

    “Why I Am Right All The Time - An Exercise In Denial”
    by Darth Frohman
    Age 10

    By Annie Harbour on Sep 28, 2014

  23. i reckon its just a matter of time before bigo posts another beatles download and darth tells us he saw them even though he was only 3 or 4 at the time. quite the little man about town at such an early age he was.

    By jazzier than cream on Sep 28, 2014

  24. Will you children please quiet down?

    By Dan Clark on Sep 29, 2014

  25. oh dan clark you`re such a grownup.

    By jazzier than cream on Sep 29, 2014

  26. i did see the beatles twice forest hills and shea stadium. i wasnt 3 or 4 tho. i was 6. i also saw jimi at forest hills with the monkees. i was 7. i went there for the monkees of course. i lived very close to these things. a matter of only a few blocks from shea and maybe a mile or two from forest hills.

    i did announce what was on tv.. if u are referring to the harrison week on conan. i announced it ahead of time in fact. not my fault if u missed it. u can still find these clips online.. try youtube.
    and u dont have to believe me about cream being jazz rock. what i explained is something u can just read and understand without believing it but realizing it on your own. its common sense. and as i said u can read up on them and find what i said having been said by others. i didnt originate the thought. if the first time u heard this was from me im shocked but i am not the creator of the label.

    btw.. my previous posting isnt anywhere close to 10000 words. its closer to 400 words. even if u rounded it up to 500.. your 10000 multiplies it by 20. why?

    By darth on Sep 29, 2014

  27. “its common sense”

    glenny something you don’t possess obviously…along with hundreds of other things as well…

    so who took you at age 6 & 7 to see the Beatles & Jimi…?

    By Jerry's Finger on Sep 29, 2014

  28. Nobody took him, he rode his tricycle. He later rode it to Woodstock, should be in his book. His tricycle broke down on the way to Woodstock and he ended up walking the rest of the way. While he was walking, Joni Mitchell thought he was a “child of god” and wrote a song about him.

    By dubious on Sep 29, 2014

  29. when u ask a stupid question like who took me.. are u expecting an answer like the peoples names as if u would know them? i dont understand why u would ask this. i had neighbors in the apt building that i lived in who would often take me with them to things. sometimes my parents took me to things like the famous be-in in central park and various things that happened in flushing meadow park like the doors. joni didnt make it to woodstock and u should know this. she was on the dick cavett show on monday a few hours after jimi got off stage with stills etc and they sang a few songs on his show and talked about the event. the history of her song about the event is pretty infamous.
    i have no idea how far i walked from where we left the van but id guess it was 10 or so miles. my mom has a couple of pics of me at woodstock including one with jimi in the background and one with joe cocker but its hard to make him out. u can tell its him tho.
    i promised someone i would never offer my lennon pics for sale or allow them to be copied and i dont have one of me and him together but i do have pics of paul and george and pete best. i dont have any of ringo. i was terribly unlucky with him.
    over 156000 pics of film tv and music stars and not one of ringo. figures.
    the earliest shows i saw btw… were phil ochs and barry mcguire and the young rascals. i saw quite a few things from age 5-6 but each year that went by i saw more. at age 9-10 i saw over 25 concerts. in 1973-4 i saw 50-70 concerts. some were clubs and some were arenas or theaters. 75 thru 78 i prob saw 40-50 or so each year. 78-80 i didnt see as many cuz i was very busy with school. 80-87 i saw over 150 each year sometimes as many as one or two a day. and on some occasions 20 or so in a weekend at a festival. but by 87 i was 27. from 88-95 i slowed down but still saw 25-50 per year. i stopped seeing shows and only saw 3 in 96. nothing again at all til about 12 yrs later. now ive seen 2 more. im guessing im done unless something comes up somehow. i had hoped to go to 2 things this year but it didnt happen. all told i believe its 2225 shows i have seen. but i count things like woodstock as 31 shows. i see no reason not to. each set was 45mins to 2 hours. those are full sets. not like live aid where they were 2-5 songs each. altho the event was 17.5 hours. so i could break that down and think of it as 16 shows at an hour each altho the breaks between sets were long.

    By darth on Sep 29, 2014

  30. Darth, please publish your memoirs, people need toilet paper.

    By Annie Harbour on Sep 29, 2014

  31. then offer your tongue for their needs and get your head out of my ass.

    By darth on Sep 29, 2014

  32. glenny boy you need to wash your mouth out with soap…

    a simple question I ask & you turn it into a 10,099 word essay…I don’t care about anything else whatever you included in your blowfest diatribe…

    questions are never stupid you child…but YOUR answers/responses always are….

    you will always be the con man glenny…

    By Jerry's Finger on Sep 29, 2014

  33. …i also saw jimi at forest hills with the monkees. i was 7….

    then 2 years later.
    …i have no idea how far i walked from where we left the van but id guess it was 10 or so miles…..
    so at 9 years of age you walked 10 or more miles to a concert?

    By jazzier than cream on Sep 29, 2014

  34. i saw charlie parker before i was born.

    By jazzier than cream on Sep 29, 2014

  35. Now darth’s saying he took pics of the Beatles when Pete Best was still with them? Let me guess, his parents took him to the clubs in Hamburg when he was two and let him use their camera?

    How ’bout Beethoven, Glenn? I’m sure you must’ve gone to the legendary 9th Symphony gig…

    By Mikey on Sep 29, 2014

  36. it just gets weirder and weirder..pix of paul george and pete best..
    Now,if darth was 6 years old when he saw hendrix at forest hills , [that was 1967] ..the beatles played ed sullivan in 1964 with ringo so that means darth would have been 3 and even younger when Best was with them.
    I find it a bit of a stretch darth that you were snapping pics of pete best with george and paul.
    but hey that`s just me , right ?

    By jazzier than cream on Sep 29, 2014

  37. but i count things like woodstock as 31 shows

    of course pumpkin. and ypu were there the whole time right walking twn miles to your ride eating brown rice at 9 years of age.

    By jazzier than cream on Sep 29, 2014

  38. agreed its all b.s. from glen not to surprising from the con man liar…

    By Jerry's Finger on Sep 29, 2014

  39. unbelievable the lies.

    By dropkick sarge on Sep 29, 2014

  40. he weren`t there.

    By maximum yasgur on Sep 30, 2014

  41. no i didnt say i took pics of the beatles with pete best. i met pete when he did letterman in the early 80s. around 81 or 82 or 83.
    i was 7 in 67 at the forest hills show.
    i never saw pete with the beatles. whats wrong with u people?
    most of my pics from 1980-95 were off stage photos. granted a lot were concert shots too but more than 95% were candid off stage. most of my shots are tv stars film stars and music stars on the streets of nyc. some are in la sf and phila. but the vast majority are in nyc. a few were in indianapolis the weekend when the firt spiderman opened. guess thats 02. most phila shots were on stage but not all.

    By darth on Sep 30, 2014

  42. you had your big day yesterday darth and it probably filled you up with glee to get everyone riled, its your game isn`t it. Post and lie and then watch the comments. lame.

    By maximum yasgur on Sep 30, 2014

  43. When I was 7, my parents use to take me to Boston Garden all the time. All I got to see was Snoopy on ice or the Harlem Globetrotters.

    By dubious on Oct 1, 2014

  44. my parents rarely took me to those things altho i did enjoy the circus til the biggest fn elephant took a dump 4 feet in front of me and i was sitting dead center on the floor right at the center ring when it was a 3 ring circus. sure they cleaned it up fast but i have a very strong sense of smell and it got to me fast and powerfully. i dont remember if i threw up or not but i came close if i didnt. it was traumatic.
    here another one u wont believe. i saw the cincinnati pop fest in 1970 with mountain and traffic and alice cooper. 44 yrs ago. incredible shows. i went to shows up in the bronx at a park called gaelic park and saw yes in 71 and ten yrs after and maybe 10-15 or so others. i dont recall seeing anything there after 73. i saw amazing events in prospect park in bklyn including when the stage riggings with the lights fell on major r&b soul singer. he became paralized. but thats only about 30 years ago.
    i saw a lot more important events like the stones going down 5th ave on a flat bed truck announcing their 75 tour playing live. wish i had a camera for that. i did have one at tavern on the green in 81. and the next time when they did a tour announcement at grand cenral train station a few yrs later.
    i can say that i have only been to boston gardens once or twice. both times in the 70s.

    By darth on Oct 1, 2014

  45. wow you can even give circus elephants the shits well done you have have not changed only now its music lovers

    By the duke on Oct 1, 2014

  46. darth, who’s on Fallon tonight? Who’s on the View tomorrow? Try cutting out the lies about the past and get back keeping people up to date so we don’t keep missing Hugh Laurie when he’s on Conan!

    By Mikey on Oct 1, 2014

  47. glenny thanks for chapter 65 a 3.000 word essay on “how your parents wouldn’t take you to events: even they knew at your young age you were a con boy” let the village watch take care of the idiot!

    classic takes from the idiot…!!!

    By Jerry's Finger on Oct 1, 2014

  48. i did enjoy the circus til the biggest fn elephant took a dump 4 feet in front of me

    I have that on video, so you are the kid..well well.

    By maximum yasgur on Oct 1, 2014

  49. I see you gave the person who drew the cover picture credit. I was hoping you could do the same for me since you took my pictures (without permission) to use for the back cover.

    By pete fogel on Mar 22, 2018

  50. Hello Pete

    Thanks for all your efforts. The artwork was found on the net and we re-posted it here. Unfortunately, no other credits was provided.

    By bigozine2 on Mar 22, 2018

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