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500 Greatest Albums of All Time

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Steely Dan, 'Pretzel Logic'


Steely Dan, 'Pretzel Logic'
386/500

ABC, 1974

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker make their love of jazz explicit, covering Duke Ellington and copping the intro of "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" from hard-bop pianist Horace Silver. The guitars on their third LP are dialed back for a sound that's slick and airtight without being cold. The lyrics? As twisted as ever.


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