> Back in 1987, I bought my first CD player. I think the first CD I played was A Decade > of Steely Dan. First track "FM". Man did that sound good, and still does.
This has nothing to do with Becker (RIP) or Steely Dan, whose music I've always liked though I've never purchased an album of theirs; back in 1986, it may even have been early '87, I bought my first... cassette player. At home we'd had record and 8-track players until then, and the first cassette--indeed the first album of any sort--I'd purchased myself was Hot Space by Queen.
I don't know when I'll be able to play Steely Dan that I actually own.
Steely Dan is one of the top three groups I listen to, so this comes as sad news. I've spent over 20 years trying to write songs of that kind and record them, only to find that even if I come close, nobody can play them.
For all the bashing they took for not being a performance group, they demonstrated what you can achieve when the recorded sound is the prime consideration.
I asked my cat what the meaning of life was... he noserized me and stuck his butt in my face.