Gaucho (album) by Steely Dan

Gaucho by Steely Dan (1980)
Overall rank: 1,065th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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77/100 (from 250 votes)
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STEELY DAN - Gaucho - CD - Hybrid Sacd - Dsd Import - **Mint Condition** - RARE
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Gaucho is ranked 5th best out of 18 albums by Steely Dan on

The best album by Steely Dan is Aja which is ranked number 223 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 8,663.

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From Fischman 01/03/2019 03:45
Not a bad album, but well below what we'd come to expect from the Dan up to this point. A lot less unique brilliance and a lot more going through the motions.
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From Kiwinick 09/16/2016 04:32
This is the SD album that gets played the most and I have most there albums.
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From garycottier 06/06/2016 10:50
Picking up where, aja, left off. Again, it's a super slick jazz pop album which didn't appear for three years after it's predecessor. Gaucho, tends to be overlooked, maybe it is that three year gap, but it's certainly up there with their other records. Hey nineteen, and, Babylon sisters, are obviously standouts, but best track, in my opinion, is the excellent title track. There's no doubting that the first half of this LP is stronger than the second half. Steely Dan were one of the best bands(you know what I mean)of the seventies, and although Donald Fagen released the sublime, the nightfly, i do think Fagen and Becker called it a day at the right time. Gaucho, is a great swan song(you know what I mean).
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From ThomasM 10/15/2015 03:35
Gaucho is my favorite Steely Dan Album. Some other commenter have listed their favorite songs from the album and strangely enough, the ones that the listed as being the weaker songs might actually be my favorites. "Time Out of Mind" is just perfection. Michael McDonald singing harmony with Fagan is just plain gorgeous. The subtle guitar licks on the fade out are memorable.

The title track is captivating with its weirdness. "Who is the gaucho amigo? Why is he standing in you spangled leather poncho?"

"Glamour Profession" is another that I found myself listening to repeatedly from the beginning .

Just a great album.
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From KGB 06/05/2015 16:47
A wonderful (false) denoument to Steely Dan's recording career. At first blush it sounds like a subdued rehash of Aja, but stick with it and you'll unlock the beauty within. Yes, the cast of characters that populate the lyrics range from the pathetic to the bizarre, but you still find yourself wishing you knew these people. "Turn that jungle music down. Just until we're out of town."

Musically, Becker and Fagen surrounded themselves with the same high-octane session players as on Aja and the results are the same. All the players shine when given a chance. "Hey Nineteen" has always been my favorite tune by Steely Dan but each track has its worth and together they create a true album experience.
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From Rovers 06/09/2013 09:58
"Gaucho" is not really like any of the other Steely Dan albums. There is obviously no doubt that it's Steely Dan is playing, but the album has a unique sound and sentiment and it is very homogeneous. This does not mean that all songs are equally good. There are clearly tracks you remember better than others; actually there is a couple of songs which are not very memorable on their own; but in the context of "Gaucho" they work fine.

The title-track "Gaucho" probably won't be the first song your attention is drawn towards, on the other hand, it could easily turn out to be the song you'll want to re-hear most often with its Incredibly beautiful horn-theme, and of course the song itself is actually very catchy and classic Steely Dan.

"Third World Man", was my first favourite, and it is a song of durability too.

"Hey Nineteen" is probably the most commercial and catchy number. Nice funky rhythm with some nice blues guitar.

"Babylon Sisters" is both funky and dramatic, while "My Rival" is both catchy and has a good funky riff.

"Glamor Profession" and "Time Out of Mind " are fine well-produced tracks, which probably do not quite have special qualities of the rest of the album.

After "Gaucho" the group took a break for nearly twenty years until "Two Against Nature" in 2000. So for many years "Gaucho" was thought of as a farewell work - and a very commendable one of its kind.

Fortunately, Becker and Fagen are together again, and they have so far recorded two more fine albums.
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From an_outlaw 04/04/2013 21:56
Plays good. Can't deny the noise it makes. They were always a good bunch of songsmen. No Kid Charlemagne here... still enjoyable.
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