Prompted by my title yesterday, 'The Goodbye Look', we have been listening to Donald Fagen's 'The Nightfly'. We have both known this album for years, but as is often the case, you listen to something endlessly for a while, and it can be some months/years before you return.
I'm glad we did I'd forgotten just how great it is.
This was his first solo album after leaving Steely Dan and it was released in 1982.
I can't believe how fresh it still sounds.
Apart from the music being fantastic, and some of the coolest grooves around, the lyrics are also incredible.
Most of the tracks are a retrospective tribute to his youth in the 50's and 60's, with 'I.G.Y' taken from a news report that in the future it would be possible to travel by underground train from New York to Paris.
The whole concept is a wonderful one, and rather than tell you all about it, I suggest you buy it, sit back, and enjoy the journey.
'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman