Debut albums usually get the most attention. Many groups have debuted with great albums. Fewer have followed it up with a work of pure genius.
My top pick goes to Steely Dan- Countdown To Ectasy.
On the heels of Can't Buy A Thrill which shot Steely Dan into Pop Culture, your home, your car and your transistor radio with Do It Again, the debut single so good , it refuses to die. The FM favorite, Reelin' In The Years....with that cool guitar riff. Along comes the 2nd album and no hit single!!! Weren't these guys a "singles" band? No Rikki Don't Lose That Number, that would be on the next LP.
8 well structured songs. 8 GEMS.
Bodhisattva- mostly instrumental , sparse lyrics....a real toe tapper....I dare you to sit still.
Razor Boy- forget the lyrics , which are cool, the music is insanely awesome.
The Boston Rag- great song with great guitar licks.....thanks to Skunk Baxter
Your Gold Teeth - love this song.....again disregard the lyrics, just terrific music.
Show Biz Kids- yes, they use the f-word, is it appropriate?....this song is the lyrical gem of the LP....but as with Steely Dan songs , perfect musically.
My Old School- the one everybody knows best, great song....great guitar.
Pearl Of The Quarter- the "soft" gem of the LP.
King Of The World- wraps up the LP with perfection....cool song, cool lyrics.
I love this LP , which turned 40 last year. I believe it is the standout Steely Dan LP , the best overall. Just pure genius.