Countdown to Ecstasy is the second studio album by the American rock band Steely Dan, released in July 1973 by ABC Records. It was recorded at Caribou Ranch in Nederland, Colorado and at The Village Recorder in West Los Angeles, California. After the departure of vocalist David Palmer, the group recorded the album with Donald Fagen singing lead on all the songsLike their 1972 debut album Can’t Buy a Thrill, Countdown to Ecstasy has a rock sound that exhibits a strong influence from jazz. It comprises uptempo, four-to-five-minute rock songs,which, apart from the bluesyvamps of “Bodhisattva” and “Show Biz Kids”, are subtly textured and feature jazz-inspired interludes.Countdown to Ecstasy was the only album written by Steely Dan for a live band. “My Old School“, a song about a drug bust involving Walter Becker and Donald Fagen at Bard College, features reverent horns and aggressive piano riffs and guitar solos. “The Boston Rag” develops from a jazzy song to unrefined playing by the band, including a distorted guitar solo by Jeff “Skunk” Baxter.Jim Hodder‘s drumming eschews rock music for pop and jazz grooves.Bop-style jazz soloing is set in the context of a pop song on “Bodhisattva”
Come out and join us for an extended evening of incredible music centered around the anthology of this great band, and performed by some of our favorites from the BadAsh AllStars!
ONE SHOW ONLY: 7:30pm Admission: $49.