Steely Dan

Steely Dan BOB

Matrix: SD 7000-A / B

California, ca. 1977

I believe originals have Slipped Disk labels. It was later reissued with Unmitigated Audacity and Modern Jazz Records labels.

Steely Dan
Katy Lied Outtakes
Rehearsal Session
S.I.R. Studios, West Hollywood, California

01. Daddy Don’t Live In That New York City No More
02. Chain Lightning
03. Black Friday
04. Rose Darling
05. Throw Back the Little Ones
06. Doctor Wu
07. Gold Teeth # 2

[The final two songs on the B-side, “Do It Again” and “Reeling In The Years” are live recordings.]

A customer brought this tape into the record store where I worked back in 1976 (the Slipped Disc [in the Panorama City district of Los Angeles]). Copied this with my Teac 4070G 1/4 track R2R @ 7 1/2 ips using a new TDK Audua L-1800 tape. I think our friend had a Teac deck also.

The one technical flaw is that this seems to have been recorded over previously recorded tape that had not been properly degaussed. Something can be heard in the background at the beginning and end of the last 2 songs. It is way down in the noise floor but can be heard in the headphones.


By the way, the bootleg LP version is also from this tape. Here is the story behind that one.
Used to have a “live tape day” on Thursdays at the Slipped Disc.
A record store where I worked from 1976 to 1987. Anyone was welcomed to bring a deck and patch in. It was a big party with beers and whatnot every week.
A certain person I knew showed up the day I shared these outtakes and got a copy.
He made a copy for a friend who then sold a copy to the bootlegger ‘cause I wouldn’t.
All those copies were done on cheaper cassette decks but it still sounded nice.
Released as “Bent Over Backwards” by a friend of ours (Vicky Vinyl) and would you believe they used our Record Store name for the label! Damn!

Slipped Disc lbl
Yes, our record store did get busted but we had nothing to do with manufacturing these things. I was adamant and wouldn’t sell these recordings to the bootleggers who I actually knew pretty well. Didn’t matter after our store name became an underground “label”. We got off with a minor scare but the FBI is nobody you want to deal with. Bummer was we couldn’t stock bootlegs anymore after that.

I scanned the LP and cover for that “Bent Over Backwards” LP which of course I got right away. Got copies of every bootleg we would carry as I was the one designated to screen them and order the good ones.
Story over.

For historical reference only and not intended for resale or any commercial use.

-M- (June 2016)

Dedicated to Kevin Webber, my best friend and somewhat of a boss for over ten years at the Slipped Disc Records in Panorama City.
It was one of Kevin’s friends that brought me this tape.

Steely Dan Rotoscope D

TAKRL says:

“First Steely Dan underground.”

From a review: “Were it not for the lousy sound quality, 1974’s “Rotoscope Down (Pleasantly Retired Behind the Curtain)” would be the classic live Dan set …  Unfortunately the sound is simply hideous, suffering from severe distortion and post-production efforts to clean it up that seemingly made it even worse.  Even with those technical limitations for anyone who thinks of these guys as nothing but a perfectionist studio entity, these nine tracks should come as a revelation in terms of what a great live band the Dan were (at least back in the mid-1970s when the line up featured Becker, Fagen, Jeff Skunk Baxer, Denny Dias, Jim Hodder, and Royce Jones (replacing David Palmer)).  Recorded before what sounded like a small crowd at L.A.’s Record Plant, the band rolled through a mixture of tracks from their first two albums and a couple of selections from the forthcoming “Katy Lied”.  Elsewhere the album included two rarities – ‘untitled instrumental’ which was later reworked into ‘Your Gold Teeth II’ and the surprisingly good ‘Mobile Heart’ (which I’ve also seen listed as ‘Home’ and ‘This All Too Mobile Heart’).

– The album started out on a high note with a toughened-up version of ‘The Boston Rag’.  Kudos to Baxter and Dias for the biting guitars and Hodder’s frantic drums.  Literally kicks the studio version in the teeth.
– ‘Do It Again’ lacked the studio version’s polish and Fagan’s vocals were a bit rushed, but the song benefited from a harder rock edge – notably another extended killer guitar solo from Baxter.
– I’m guessing that Royce Jones was handling the vocals on this breezy version of ‘Any Major Dude Will Tell You’ – technically he certainly had a better voice than Fagan, but then you’re not a Dan fan because of Fagan’s voice.
– ‘King of the World’ was another track that benefited from having the live arrangement kick the tempo up a notch over the studio version.  Love the cheesy synthesizer and Baxter’s jazzy licks towards the end.
– It took a minute to come around to the instantly recognizable melody, but once there they played this one pretty close to the studio version.  Why mess with top-40 success?
– Overlooking about 30 seconds of needless noodling, side 2 started with a nice ‘Pretzel Logic’.  Again, the live version was very close to the studio version with Jones turning in his best Michael McDonald impression.
– ‘Untitled Instrumental’ was a decent enough jazz-rock effort, serving as a platform for Baxter and Dias to showcase their chops.
– Unlike most of these tracks, ‘Reelin’ In the Years’ didn’t benefit from the live setting.  Speeding it up was a mistake (Jones sounding like a chipmunk) and the harmony vocals were pretty weak with the additional guitar work coming off as frivilous.
– For some reason ‘Mobile Heart’ never appeared anywhere else, which was unfortunate given it had a pounding beat and first-rate melody.  Would have sounded good on any one of the first three studio sets.
– And finally ‘Bodhisattva’ was another effort that improved with a tougher rock sound.

“Rotoscope Down (Pleasantly Retired Behind the Curtain)” track listing:
(side 1)
1.) The Boston Rag   (Donald Fagan – Walter Becker) – 6:20
2.) Do It Again   (Donald Fagan – Walter Becker) – 7:40
3.) Any Major Dude Will Tell You   (Donald Fagan – Walter Becker) – 5:06
4.) King of the World   (Donald Fagan – Walter Becker) – 5:06
5.) Rikki Don’t Lose That Number   (Donald Fagan – Walter Becker) – 4:03

(side 2)
1.) Pretzel Logic   (Donald Fagan – Walter Becker) – 6:45
2.) untitled instrumental   (Donald Fagan – Walter Becker) – 5:33
3.) Reelin’ In the Years   (Donald Fagan – Walter Becker) – 4:15
4.) Mobile Heart   (Donald Fagan – Walter Becker) – 4:35
5.) Bodhisattva   (Donald Fagan – Walter Becker) – 4:20