1980 Steely Dan – Gaucho

Gaucho is the seventh studio album by the American jazz rock band Steely Dan, released in 1980. The sessions for Gaucho represent the band’s typical penchant for studio perfectionism and obsessive recording technique. To record the album, the band used at least 42 different musicians, spent over a year in the studio, and far exceeded the original monetary advance given by the record label.

During the two-year span in which the album was recorded, the band was plagued by a number of creative, personal and professional problems. MCA, Warner Bros. and Steely Dan had a three-way legal battle over the rights to release the album. After it was released, jazz musician Keith Jarrett threatened the band with legal action for writing credit on the title song “Gaucho”.

Gaucho marked a significant stylistic change for Steely Dan, introducing a more minimal, groove and atmosphere-based format. The harmonically complex chord changes that were a distinctive mark of earlier Steely Dan songs are less prominent on Gaucho, with the record’s songs tending to revolve around a single rhythm or mood. Gaucho proved to be Steely Dan’s final studio album before a 20-year absence from the recording industry.

Tracks

1  Babylon Sisters (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) 5:55
2  Hey Nineteen (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) 5:10
3  Glamour Profession (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) 7:30
4  Gaucho (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen, Keith Jarrett) 5:33
5  Time Out Of Mind (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) 4:15
6  My Rival (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) 4:35
7  Third World Man (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) 5:16

Media

Musicians

1 Babylon Sisters

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsBernard Purdie
GuitarSteve Khan
ClavinetDon Grolnick
PianoDon Grolnick
ClarinetTom Scott
ClarinetGeorge Marge
ClarinetWalter Kane
FlugelhornRandy Brecker
SaxTom Scott
TrumpetRandy Brecker
PercussionErrol Bennett
Background VocalsDiva Gray
Background VocalsGordon Grody
Background VocalsLani Groves
Background VocalsLeslie Miller
Background VocalsPatti Austin
Background VocalsToni Wine


2 Hey Nineteen

BassWalter Becker
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarHugh McCracken
GuitarWalter Becker
PianoDonald Fagen
SynthesizerDonald Fagen
PercussionSteve Gadd
PercussionVictor Feldman
Background VocalsFrank Floyd
Background VocalsZack Sanders


3 Glamour Profession

BassAnthony Jackson
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarSteve Khan
PianoDonald Fagen
PianoRob Mounsey
SynthesizerDonald Fagen
LyriconTom Scott
SaxTom Scott
SaxMichael Brecker
Background VocalsFrank Floyd
Background VocalsLeslie Miller
Background VocalsValerie Simpson
Background VocalsZack Sanders


4 Gaucho

BassWalter Becker
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarWalter Becker
GuitarSteve Khan
PianoDonald Fagen
PianoRob Mounsey
SynthesizerDonald Fagen
SaxTom Scott
TrumpetRandy Brecker
PercussionErrol Bennett
Background VocalsLeslie Miller
Background VocalsPatti Austin
Background VocalsValerie Simpson


5 Time Out Of Mind

BassWalter Becker
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarMark Knopfler
GuitarHugh McCracken
GuitarWalter Becker
PianoRob Mounsey
PianoDonald Fagen
SynthesizerDonald Fagen
SaxDave Tofani
SaxMichael Brecker
TrumpetRandy Brecker
Background VocalsLeslie Miller
Background VocalsMichael McDonald
Background VocalsPatti Austin
Background VocalsValerie Simpson


6 My Rival

BassAnthony Jackson
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarSteve Khan
GuitarHiram Bullock
GuitarRick Derringer
OrganDonald Fagen
PianoPatrick Rebillot
SynthesizerDonald Fagen
SaxMichael Brecker
SaxTom Scott
TromboneWayne Andre
PercussionNicholas Marrero
PercussionRalph McDonald
Background VocalsFrank Floyd
Background VocalsValerie Simpson
Background VocalsZack Sanders


7 Third World Man

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarLarry Carlton
GuitarSteve Khan
Acoustic GuitarSteve Khan
PianoJoe Sample
SynthesizerRob Mounsey

Liner Notes

Producer – Gary Katz
Arranged By (Horns) – Rob Mounsey (Tracks 1, 5)
Arranged By (Horns) – Tom Scott (Tracks 3, 4, 6)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Don Grolnick, Paul Griffin, Rob Mounsey, Steely Dan
Engineer (Assistant) – Barbara Issak, Carla Bandini, Craig Goetsch, Georgie Offrell, Gerry Gabinelli, John Dougherty, John Potoker, Linda Randazzo, Marti Jane Robertson, Rosa Howell, Tom Greto
Engineer (Executive) – Roger Nichols
Mastered By – Bob Ludwig
Mixed By – Elliot Scheiner
Sequenced By (Wendal), Effects (Wendal) – Roger Nichols
Technician (Piano Technician) – Don Farrar
Tracking By – Bill Schnee, Elliot Scheiner
Tracking By (Overdub) – Jerry Garszva, Roger Nichols

Design (Assistant) – John Tom Cohoe
Design, Art Direction – Susanne Walsh
Photography By – René Burri

Phonographic Copyright (p) – MCA Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – MCA Records, Inc.
Published By – Zeon Music
Pressed By – Europadisk
Published By – Freejunket Music
Lacquer Cut At – Masterdisk