July 30, 2009 – 4:09 pm

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Boston 2009 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Wang Center, Boston, MA, July 22, 2009. Very good audience recording.

Fans who have been following Steely Dan’s current Rent Party tour were in for a treat during their Boston gig on July 22.

While these shows have been dedicated to set lists consisting of individual albums, the July 22 gig not only featured their best-selling Aja album (1977) but also the previous The Royal Scam (1976) which the Dan duo of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker dubbed “the most hideous album cover of the 70s, bar none (excepting perhaps Can’t Buy A Thrill).” It featured a man sleeping on a park bench with skyscrapers behind him morphing into monsters.

What’s interesting is that this gig featured the best of both worlds for Dan fans. Those who love the duo for their jazz roots got it all in Aja while those who never converted from the Dan’s rock beginnings were blasted by The Royal Scam, the Dan album which featured the most prominent guitar work.

Like true perfectionists, each track still maintains their original form (in terms of time). Aja  still runs around eight minutes while Josie clocks in about four-and-half-minutes. There’s more soloing but it never descends into a jam. Which explains why The Royal Scam could be accommodated.

Beside the contrasts in sound, both albums had different characters, Aja being smoother and more mellow while The Royal Scam had scathing darkness with the drug dealer in Kid Charlemagne and the murderer under siege in Don’t Take Me Alive. Yes, even if it’s not Larry Carlton, the guitar solo in Kid Charlemagne, by Jon Herington, still deliciously hooks you in. [Larry Carlton will be joining Steely Dan for six shows starting July 31, 2009.]

Even after The Royal Scam, the band managed five encores with The Boston Rag and My Old School lifting the audience out of their seats. Here is a band who are clearly enjoying playing the music in its pure perfection. This fan recording gives a semblance of stereo separation but the sound isn’t that crisp and being there would probably have reflected the instrumentation’s bite and attack more. - Philip Cheah

Thanks to hobbes4444  for taping and sharing the tracks on the internet and to jaydee for the artwork. [The artwork is for three CDs but the tracks can all fit into two CDs.]

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro instrumental (9.5MB)
Track 102. Black Cow (7.8MB)
Track 103. Aja (11.6MB)
Track 104. Deacon Blues (10.5MB)
Track 105. Peg (5.8MB)
Track 106. Home at Last (9.0MB)
Track 107. I Got the News (7.5MB)
Track 108. Josie (8.2MB)
Track 109. Donald’s chat (1.6MB)
Track 110. Kid Charlemagne (7.5MB)
Track 111. The Caves Of Altamira (4.9MB)
Track 112. Don’t Take Me Alive (6.1MB)
Track 113. Sign In Stranger (6.7MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. The Fez (4.9MB)
Track 202. Green Earrings (9.0MB)
Track 203. Haitian Divorce (7.9MB)
Track 204. Everything You Did (5.7MB)
Track 205. The Royal Scam (11.3MB)
Track 206. Hey Nineteen (9.8MB)
Track 207. Band Introductions (7.1MB)
Track 208. Black Friday (6.7MB)
Track 209. The Boston Rag (9.1MB)
Track 210. Dirty Water (4.5MB)
Track 211. My Old School (9.0MB)
Track 212. Outro instrumental (3.1MB)

Tawatha Agee - backing vocals
Jim Beard - keyboards
Keith Carlock - drums
Jon Herington - guitar
Carolyn Leonhart-Escoffery - backing vocals
Jim Pugh - trombone
Roger Rosenberg - baritone saxophone
Catherine Russell - backing vocals
Marvin Stamm - trumpet
Freddie Washington - bass
Walt Weiskopf - saxophone
Walter Becker - guitar
Donald Fagen - vocals, keyboards

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  1. 18 Responses to “STEELY DAN - BOSTON 2009”

  2. Like the chick telling someone that they are in he seats (3rd track). It’s always good to be on time when the concert starts — LOL

    By Bozo on Jul 31, 2009

  3. Chix + tix don’t mix!

    By heli0tr0pe on Jul 31, 2009

  4. I want “Everything You Did!” Thanks for the other stuff anyway… Big O rules.

    By Larry Here on Jul 31, 2009

  5. Oh, I see, tomorrow for the rest of it. Gotcha. Duh. Thanks!

    By Larry Here on Jul 31, 2009

  6. Track 2 on CD 1 will not download.

    By Phil Brickey on Jul 31, 2009

  7. Big thanks Big O! I was very upset last nights Gaucho show in NYC was postponed…this helped cheer me up! Great show from an amazing band.

    By Kevin on Jul 31, 2009

  8. My bad. Now it is working.

    By Phil Brickey on Jul 31, 2009

  9. Funny — Fagen is almost a dead ringer for Ray Charles on the CD cover. Thanks BigO, this looks awesome!!

    By Ross on Jul 31, 2009

  10. hey bigo, i just got disc 2. thanks! much like bruce springsteen i’m not a huge fan, but it’s nice to have one thing by steely dan. i played disc 1 walking this morning.

    i’ll probably get that rem show tomorrow. just from looking at it, it’s split funny. i added all 20 tracks, and it’s less than 80 min long. again, not a huge fan, but i did see them once live here cause tickets were buy 1 get 1 free. they were good, and played all the songs i wanted to hear.

    need to fix tags.


    By Ed Saad on Jul 31, 2009

  11. Thanks for the tracks bigo
    I’m going to see SD tonight at the Beacon in NYC. They are playing the Royal Scam which is an album I have not been that familar with, except for Kid Charlamange and The Fez and don’t take me alive!! I say someone such of bitched slapped the “Hey guys these are our seats” slag
    Thanks for the tunes

    By John Davis on Jul 31, 2009

  12. Thank-you for the show and your stealth efforts!

    By bill on Aug 1, 2009

  13. I was at this show. Shows can’t get any better ever. Thankyou for all the music you have for us here. I also do a radio show in Lowell,Ma. At: WUML 91.5 fm, 3-6 pm on saturdays eastern time. Tune us in at the show is called “Blues Deluxe” with no comercials as it’s college radio at U-MASS-Lowell. I do promote this site as often as I can. Again , thankyou!!!!!!

    By Bootleg - Steve Yeaton on Aug 1, 2009

  14. As ever, thank you for the sharing of such good music

    By Mal on Aug 1, 2009

  15. Hello Steve
    Glad you enjoy the music and thanks for thinking of us. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Aug 1, 2009

  16. Hello,

    Thank you very much for this extraordinary show

    One question : What is this song Dirty Water that everyone seem to know in Boston ?

    Keeo the good work


    By Alexfripou on Aug 5, 2009

  17. “Dirty Water” is a 12-bar blues song composed by Ed Cobb and first recorded by the California rock and roll band The Standells in 1966. It is considered a classic of garage rock.

    The song debuted April 30, 1966, on the Cash Box charts and peaked at #8. It reached #11 on the Billboard singles charts on June 11. It was the band’s first major hit single; their earlier charting record, “The Boy Next Door,” had only reached #102 on Billboard’s “Bubbling Under” chart in February 1965.

    The song is a paean to the city of Boston and its then-famously polluted Boston Harbor and Charles River:

    Down by the River…
    Down by the banks of the River Charles
    (Oh, that’s what’s happenin’ baby)
    That’s where you’ll find me
    Along with lovers, muggers, and thieves.
    (Ahh, but they’re cool people)
    I love that dirty water
    ‘Oh oh, Boston, you’re my home
    In addition to the river, other local interest items in the song include the Boston University co-ed curfew — “Frustrated women . . . have to be in by twelve o’clock” — and a passing mention of the Boston Strangler — “have you heard about the Strangler? (I’m the man I’m the man)”.

    By Dennis on Aug 5, 2009

  18. “Dirty Water” is a 12-bar blues song composed by Ed Cobb and first recorded by the California rock and roll band The Standells in 1966.

    …Which is I suppose about as close to “local” as Peter Wolf proclaiming JGB’s ownership of the Detroit Demolition on the original “Full House” live album…

    Great Steely Dan, as always…too bad there are no available soundboards on this one.

    By O.B. Dan on Aug 7, 2009

  19. Thanks so much for this great show!! Wish we could find one with Larry Carlton, too!

    By Dr. Wu on Jan 11, 2011

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