Donald Fagen ‎– Sunken Condos

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Reprise Records ‎– 532287-1
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2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Clear Vinyl Gatefold 180g
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Tracklist

A1 Slinky Thing
A2 I'm Not The Same Without You
A3 Memorabilia
B1 Weather In My Head
B2 The New Breed
B3 Out Of The Ghetto
C1 Miss Marlene
C2 Good Stuff
C3 Planet D'Rhonda

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Notes

Includes insert with lyrics and credits
No music on Side D
Manufactured in The Netherlands (stated on LP labels)
Printed in Canada (stated on rear jacket near barcode)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 093624947844
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1): 93788 1A 1-532287 A MASTERDISK S4 AD
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2): 93788 1B 1-532287 B MASTERDISK S4 AD
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 3): 93788 1C 1-532287 C MASTERDISK S4 AD

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
532287-2 Donald Fagen Sunken Condos(CD, Album) Reprise Records 532287-2 US 2012 Sell This Version
9362-49478-7, 9362494787 Donald Fagen Sunken Condos(CD, Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records 9362-49478-7, 9362494787 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
9362-49478-4 Donald Fagen Sunken Condos(2xLP, Album, Cle) Reprise Records 9362-49478-4 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
532287-2 Donald Fagen Sunken Condos(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Reprise Records (2) 532287-2 Russia 2012 Sell This Version
532287-2, 9362-49478-7 Donald Fagen Sunken Condos(CD, Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records 532287-2, 9362-49478-7 Argentina 2012 Sell This Version

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speedingdeacon

speedingdeacon

December 14, 2018

I am very happy with the quality of this pressing all around. I see that other people have had issues with their copies, so I might have just gotten lucky. But, mine sounds fantastic and looks great too. I always love some good crystal clear vinyl.
gleebi

gleebi

May 13, 2018

Just picked mine up at Amoeba music in Los Angeles...all good - sweet sounding and smoothly playing...lovely artwork - a revisited love affair from the glorious days of Aja...
streetmouse

streetmouse

January 6, 2018
edited about 1 year ago

The essence of my initial review still stands, with the underlying fabric of that review being that I had expected, or hoped for much more … though now with the vinyl spinning on my turntable I find that I’m eating my own words, or more aptly, feeling that the vinyl delivers and reveals so much more, woven with an unexpected warmth of character, proving once again, that on a good turntable, vinyl sonically delivers outstanding quality.

Instantly I was struck by the album’s artwork, illustrated by Jeff Wack, and how much it benefits from being presented in this larger format, along with a simply beautiful gatefold that will nearly rapture you. I was fortunate enough to secure the double disc on clear vinyl, though oddly enough, only three sides of the wax were used, with the music sincerely sounding more rich and full with the wider grooves (less vinyl compression), though it still spins at 33 rpm, making me wonder why with all this effort, the album had not been allowed to take the obvious next step and been pressed at 45 rpm, where the aforementioned benefits would have shown ever more brightly. With that in mind, I highly suggest that you don’t go tinkering about, turning knobs and making adjustments until you’ve listened to this outing several times, allowing the new production to be embraced, as the delivery is perfect just as it is. You will also find that the release benefits form a true stereo playback, avoiding the surround sound and center channel speaker, because with all music that dances along the edges of jazz, it’s designed to come at you rather than to engulf you.

On the compact disc, as fine as it was, the one thing that stood out for me was a repetitive nature with many of the notes and instrumentation, though here, that repetitive nature reveals itself, blossoming into something larger than the sum of its parts, floating out an extremely handsome album delivered without pretense, where that statement I made about the album coming off as if Donal Fagen had spent too much time polishing the polish, was so far from the truth … where with another listen to the compact disc, I found that that element to be characteristic of the digital format.

Sunken Condos is a superb release, and must be heard on vinyl before passing judgement. None of the tracks stand out from any of the others, but that I believe is part of the jazz rock principles Fagen has always strived for, and with that in mind, has achieved here in spades.

*** The Fun Facts: Fagen claims that he didn’t think any of the individual songs had a title that worked for an album title, so he went searching for something suitably apocalyptic. If you remember your musical history, there’s a piece by Claude Debussy entitled “The Submerged Cathedral” published in 1910 revolving around harmony and content, so in a sense he updated that concept and came face to face with “Sunken Condos” (with condos being the cathedrals of our time), which could be appreciated on different levels. You can associate it with the economic problems in the world now, the sociological problems in the world, and also Fagen’s own personal situation. In other words, it’s really about getting older and maybe facing some of the realities of life, while musically structuring all of those things … at the time, Fagen was sixty-four.

Review by Jenell Kesler
myrjan695

myrjan695

March 22, 2017

Indeed manufactured in the Netherlands on the Lp label,but on rear jacket near barcode manufacturen in E.U.
Jack_Wagon

Jack_Wagon

October 15, 2015

Love the material (music) but the pressing leaves much to be desired. Mine was warped (playable but annoying compared to the RTI pressing of Morph The Cat purchased at the same time).
GalaxyExplorer

GalaxyExplorer

June 17, 2015
edited over 3 years ago

Great music, but as Jack_Wagon said, this is a suspect pressing. The sticker on the front advertises "High Performance 180g vinyl" or something. But it took me three copies to get a good one. Among the issues I had were warped records, very (audibly) off-center, and one of them had vinyl or plastic residue stuck to it.