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Steely Dan Live – Northeast Corridor recorded at The Met

The Philadelphia Live Album Returns with this Steely Dan joint, “Northeast Corridor” recorded live at The Met Philadelphia in November of 2019.

Grover Washington Jr.’s Live at the Bjiou. 

David Bowie’s David Live at the Tower.

John Legend’s Live from Philadelphia.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s September 25, 1999 live album.

Dio’s Finding the Sacred Heart: Live from Philly 1986.

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Spectrum Philadelphia 23rd May 1988.

Billy Paul’s Feelin’ Good at the Cadillac Club.    

The Philadelphia-recorded live album is always historic, and hysterical to hear. Especially if you were around for the ride. 

Maybe I can’t exactly hear myself whooping it up at The Boss, the Bowie, the Legend or the Stevie Ray shows I know I attended (of what I can remember), and whose taping vibe I was at one with (too much, I know) while the reels ran, but I am a part of that man-music-machine.

As of today, August 13, I just found out that I was part of another live album’s recording – the first live album from Steely Dan in over a quarter-century, Northeast Corridor – chunks of which were recorded during Donald Fagen and company’s November shows of 2019 at The Met Philadelphia, the site of Steely Dan’s upcoming shows this October.

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The live album’s first single, a playful version of “Hey Nineteen” was dropped today, and is part of The Met’s tapings, as is its cover shot, lensed by a local.

What I recall now about those 2019 shows was that the Dan’s usually squeaky clean R&B-jazz veneer was given some proper scuffing from its then new guitarist Woodstock, New York’s Connor Kennedy on favorites such as “My Old School,” and a frantic “Bodhisattva,” and that Fagen himself sounded chesty and moaning-ly soulful. 

Get that.

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  1. I agree that Donald’s voice on Northeast Corridor is VERY soulful; I listen to a lot of SD live recordings and DF’s voice is not good on many of them. His range is diminishing (not surprising at his age) but in addition he sometimes sounds plain bored at having to sing some of these songs for the three thousandth time or whatever – but on “Corridor” he is wonderful; his phrasing is different, he drops in some amazing blue notes on Black Cow and Kid Charlemagne and the voice is clear and not strained. Best of all, there is a rare, rare live rendition of Any Major Dude: this is one of my all time SD favourites and I wish they would retire the worn out and unsubtle Bodisattva and other really early tracks (when they had not yet developed the full melodic, cool subtlety of their music) in favour of more versions of later 70s absolute copper bottomed classics such as Sign in Stranger and Everything You Did. These comments are of course just my opinions; others may totally disagree, which I acknowledge and respect.

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