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The Nightfly (album) by Donald Fagen

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The Nightfly
The Nightfly by Donald Fagen (1982)
Overall rank: 714th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 255 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 10 albums of 1982 (10th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (110th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (714th)

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The Nightfly is ranked as the best album by Donald Fagen.

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The Nightfly track list

Overall chart history The tracks on this album have an average rating of 83 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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1.Track pickI.G.Y.
 86/100 (57 votes)
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2.Green Flower Street
 82/100 (45 votes)
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3.Ruby Baby
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4.Maxine
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5.New Frontier
 85/100 (48 votes)
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6.The Nightfly
 84/100 (51 votes)
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7.The Goodbye Look
 80/100 (43 votes)
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8.Walk Between Raindrops
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I might like this album more than it deserves to be liked.
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"IL" disco perfetto: come suono, produzione, arrangiamenti, scaletta, scrittura...
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90/100
From Yann
Beautiful Hi Fi sound, nice Beatlesque melodies, clever lyrics (on the theme: the future seen from the 50's).
Arguably better than any Steely Dan album.
Perhaps, the last two songs are not as emotional as the rest. I wish he ended the album with a slower, nostalgic song like the first one.
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From Luigii
A record that looks back at the lifestyles and the dreams of individuals that lived during the late 50's to 1961.
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85/100
Picking up where, gaucho, left off, the nightfly, is another piece of late night super smooth jazz pop. In fact, it almost feels like a sequel. It's a lovely album. Alright, it does sound a little dated in places and the CD could really do with a remastering job, but the LP is the ultimate late night album in a heat wave. Some nice tracks in, I.G.Y., new frontier, and the title track, make, the nightfly, an excellent record.
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From KGB
In some aspects, it's like just another Steely Dan album (and that's meant as a compliment) but in other ways this sounds like something only Fagen could accomplish on his own, mostly because of the lyrical consistency. Steely Dan albums generally strove for a connecting sound but never bothered with an overarching story. Fagen's got a story to tell here and it's a compelling one, harkening back to the mythical era of American expansionism, prior to the assassination of John Kennedy. This isn't to say that the music is a throwback. No, it displays the same sophistication that marked Fagen's time in Steely Dan. Almost in keeping with the notion of a "New Frontier", Fagen eschewed analogue recording and used nascent digital technology. Even today, the album remains a touchstone for sound engineers. But don't let that take away from the music. Every song here is rewarding. This is music everybody should have in their collection.
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The sneakiest masterpiece in pop music. Fagen took a huge risk in clashing with the monopoly of analogue recording when he created what would become the very reference album in terms of production and execution.

Being the ever early bird to be entirely digitally recorded, Fagen showed the courage, the wit and ever-determined will to produce this stellar pop record.

With a legendary personnel including Abraham Laboriel, Larry Carlton, Marcus Miller, Greg Phillinganes and legendary Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro, this record is ruthless in its precision and effortless execution.

The lyrical themes are sophisticated autobiographical, and drawn from Fagen's fantasies from his time in the late 50's when he was fantasizing about his future days, as described in the booklet of the LP.

The liner notes of the record denotes 31 session musicians included in the album, a typical example of Fagen's extreme perfectionist approach to the recording process - this tendency apparently didn't end with Steely Dan's Gaucho in '80 but continued into his debut solo album that truly is fantastic in the daring exploration in perfect sound and sophistication.
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30/100
smooth and laid-back songs with a sophisticated structure. excellent production: completely digital recording and everything seems to be in the right place. the music appears a bit aristocratic and jazzy. good background music for a dinner rsp. the digestif in the salon. you can listen to it easily - but there is little that stays in mind.
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It is interesting to hear Raven with a lighter sound than his Steely Dan days. While I don't usually go for that sort of thing I think he did it well. I loved the title track and I.G.Y.
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