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R.I.P. Walter Becker

Discussion in 'The VIP Lounge' started by DYohn, Sep 3, 2017.

  1. DYohn

    DYohn Well-Known Member Donor

  2. Phil A

    Phil A Active Member Top Poster

    RIP - was just listening to Steely Dan a couple of days ago.
  3. Denton

    Denton Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    I am a huge Dan fan. I'm also particularly fond of Becker's "11 Tracks of Whack". One great memory is seeing the Dan in the early 90's after they re-united. Sad to see another classic pass.
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  4. jasn

    jasn Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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  5. Denton

    Denton Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

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  6. Carl V

    Carl V Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    much to young
  7. Carl V

    Carl V Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    Saw this earlier today. So sad. One of my favorite bands. Warren Haynes
    from the Allman Brothers Band made the following Facebook post today:

    RIP Walter Becker- tough year. The music world has suffered a lot of loss and today yet another. Walter was a great guitarist, songwriter, and producer. Steely Dan was a one-of-a-kind group and I dare to say there will never be another. The music he and Donald Fagen wrote together was masterful. The bar they set for songwriting, both musically and lyrically, was astounding. It’s hard to imagine that there was a time when their music was in heavy rotation on the radio alongside the commercial rock and pop acts of the day, none of which they resembled in any way.
    Although in the beginning they were a little more of a “rock” band, from the start they relied heavily on the jazz influences that separated their melodies and chord changes from any music before or since. That combined with the brilliantly witty lyrics, often actual stories, created timeless songs that defied categorization. Although I definitely have my favorites, I acknowledged to myself recently that there’s not one Steely Dan song that’s not masterfully constructed. When you add to that the amazing musicianship they brought and surrounded themselves with, what follows is a catalogue of music that raised the bar for anyone who was paying attention. I’ve mentioned in interviews that The Royal Scam is one of my all-time favorite albums but in actuality they all are. I still have a near-visual recollection of hearing Aja for the first time. A friend who had just bought the album had an amazing high fidelity stereo system and provided some “herbal ambience” and the perfect environment and opportunity to listen to, uninterrupted, what I consider to be one of the greatest recorded albums of all time.
    I never got to play with Walter but we had several meaningful conversations, mostly at Studio Instrument Rentals in NYC where we would often run in to each other during rehearsals. One story in particular he told me that stands out is about him seeing the original Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East for the first time and how much it blew his mind. I never realized until that moment that the ABB’s music had made an impact on him- as it had me- as had Steely Dan’s.
    I’m doing a lot of thinking these days, about a lot of things- but one thing that weighs heavy on my mind is how much a part of my life music has been. I really can’t imagine life without it. The music created by the bands and artists that moved me so much, many who are now gone, really set the bar at an awesomely high level that many of us feel is getting lower and lower. I know that times change and technology sets the path for the future. Nostalgia is normal and change is sometimes falsely perceived as the deterioration of culture. I know that some things are inevitable. I can only hope that losing the “magic” of music is not one of them.
    Let us all hope that a new wave of artists/bands will come along that reminds newer generations how important the “magic” of music is and that the bar hasn’t been lowered to the point that what is perceived as “magic” gets less and less inspired to the point that music itself isn’t important.
    The world is forever grateful for the music that Steely Dan bestowed upon us. Thank you, Walter.
    - WH
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  8. Denton

    Denton Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    Thank you, Carl. I read the passion in Haynes' words. And he is right.
  9. Pete Mazz

    Pete Mazz Active Member War Zone Member

    One of my all time favs. RIP
  10. Carl V

    Carl V Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    Gaucho Or AJA

    never saw them. wish I had.

    Got a long Bike ride today...playlist will be modified.
    after the ride we'll be at a friends house, with big Magnepans 20.1
    Two big subs...BIG ARC amps.... and two of the guys are into Cuervo
    And Fine Colombian.:rolleyes: I'll settle into Anchor Steam. I still need my
    drivers Lic and Prof. Lic & the least amount of drama as possible.
  11. GHilinski

    GHilinski Active Member War Zone Member

    Too bad. Great musical influence. I kind of knew something was up when Donald was touring as the Donald Fagan band with only Walter missing.
  12. GHilinski

    GHilinski Active Member War Zone Member

    Sorry the bands name is the Dukes of September.
  13. Dan Driscoll

    Dan Driscoll HTT Refugee Donor War Zone Member

    Not only a tragic loss, but another great taken far too young. :(
  14. GHilinski

    GHilinski Active Member War Zone Member

    What is really sad about this is that they were the ultimate studio band who did not tour for fear that they could not reproduce the sound in a live environment. Over the years, they have protected the live sound and have been the perennial road dogs.
  15. Dan Driscoll

    Dan Driscoll HTT Refugee Donor War Zone Member

  16. Mike

    Mike Bon Vivant Top Poster

    I wanted to listen to Steely Dan as soon as i heard this news. But my pre-amp is in the shop.

    I will play the entirety of Aja and Two Against Nature as soon as I get it back.

    Very, very sad.
  17. DYohn

    DYohn Well-Known Member Donor

    I posted this on Head-Fi as people were sharing their memories of when Aja was released. Thought I'd share here:

    In 1977 I was still in the Navy keeping the world safe for democracy and defeating the Soviet Union. I was listening to King Crimson, Weather Report, Black Sabbath and this new sound out of the clubs by bands like 999, The Damned, Sex Pistols and The Clash. I thought Steely Dan were a manufactured pop band engineered for FM radio play and I sniffed my snobbish sniff at Aja when my shipmates told me how great it was. But I listened. And I bought the record. And then everything else they had released. Hooks are hooks and good music is good music and the Dan became part of my regular rotation.
  18. Carl V

    Carl V Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    yes, they were a Manufactured POP band.
    Studio wunderkinds, with great backing studio
    talent. But as you said Hooks are hooks, nice riffs
    & all.

    Sorry to hear of your Pre-amp woes mike
    Cary Pre-amp?
  19. Mike

    Mike Bon Vivant Top Poster

    Yes, after 10+ years of service it has a slight hum in it. Power supply issues I believe.

    Hopefully cheap....he said knowing full well it wont be. :)
  20. John Celardo

    John Celardo Well-Known Member Donor

    The NY Times has a tribute to Walter Becker in today's Arts section. The piece has a link to 13 songs they call the Essential Walter Becker, and the background description of the songs. You can play all 13 if you have a Spotify subscription.
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