Steely Dan ‎– Gaucho

MCA Records ‎– MCA-6102
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Babylon Sisters
Arranged By [Horns] – Rob MounseyBacking Vocals [Backup] – Diva Grey*, Gordon Grody, Lani Groves, Leslie Miller, Patti Austin, Toni WineBass – Chuck RaineyBass Clarinet – George Marge, Walter Kane*Drums – Bernard PurdieElectric Piano, Clavinet – Don GrolnickGuitar – Steve KhanPercussion – Crusher Bennett*Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet – Tom ScottTrumpet, Flugelhorn – Randy Brecker
A2 Hey Nineteen
Backing Vocals [Backup] – Frank Floyd, Zack Sanders*Bass – Walter BeckerDrums – Rick MarottaElectric Piano, Synthesizer – Donald FagenGuitar – Hugh McCracken, Walter BeckerPercussion – Steve Gadd, Victor Feldman
A3 Glamour Profession
Arranged By [Horns] – Tom ScottBacking Vocals [Backup] – Frank Floyd, Leslie Miller, Valerie Simpson, Zack Sanders*Bass – Anthony JacksonDrums – Steve GaddElectric Piano, Synthesizer – Donald FagenGuitar – Steve KhanPercussion – Ralph McDonald*Piano – Rob MounseyTenor Saxophone – Michael BreckerTenor Saxophone, Lyricon – Tom Scott
B1 Gaucho
Arranged By [Horns] – Tom ScottBacking Vocals [Backup] – Leslie Miller, Patti Austin, Valerie SimpsonBass – Walter BeckerDrums – Jeff PorcaroElectric Piano, Synthesizer – Donald FagenGuitar – Steve KhanLead Guitar – Walter BeckerPercussion – Crusher Bennett*Piano – Rob MounseyTenor Saxophone – Tom ScottTrumpet – Randy Brecker
B2 Time Out Of Mind
Alto Saxophone – David SanbornArranged By [Horns] – Rob MounseyBacking Vocals [Backup] – Leslie Miller, Michael McDonald, Patti Austin, Valerie SimpsonBaritone Saxophone – Ronny Cuber*Bass – Walter BeckerDrums – Rick MarottaElectric Piano, Synthesizer – Donald FagenGuitar – Hugh McCracken, Walter BeckerLead Guitar – Mark KnopflerPiano – Rob MounseyTenor Saxophone – Dave Tofani, Michael BreckerTrumpet – Randy Brecker
B3 My Rival
Arranged By [Horns] – Tom ScottBacking Vocals [Backup] – Frank Floyd, Valerie Simpson, Zack Sanders*Bass – Anthony JacksonDrums – Steve GaddElectric Piano – Patrick Rebillot*Flugelhorn – Randy BreckerGuitar – Hiram Bullock, Rick DerringerLead Guitar – Steve KhanOrgan, Synthesizer – Donald FagenPercussion – Ralph McDonald*Tenor Saxophone – Michael BreckerTenor Saxophone, Lyricon – Tom ScottTimbales – Nicholas Marrero*Trombone – Wayne Andre
B4 Third World Man
Bass – Chuck RaineyDrums – Steve GaddElectric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Steve KhanElectric Piano – Joe SampleLead Guitar – Larry CarltonSynthesizer – Rob Mounsey

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Special thanks to: Scott Luther and Fred Hull c/o Compal Copmuters
Fabulous vintage electric guitars courtesy of Richard, Steven and Lawrence Friedman.
Photographed for Magnum.
Pressed at Europadisk, NYC, New York

Printed inner sleeve, cardboard quality.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): MCA-2469-MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) 05
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): MCA-2470-MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) SM14 05
  • Matrix / Runout ([Variation 1] Side A): MCA-2469-MD-2 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) SF1 SM6 06
  • Matrix / Runout ([Variation 1] Side B): MCA-2470-MD-2 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) SF1 SM10 06

Other Versions (5 of 101) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VDP-26 Steely Dan Gaucho(CD, Album, RE) MCA Records VDP-26 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
MCA-16009 Steely Dan Gaucho(LP, Album, RE, RM) MCA Records MCA-16009 US 1981 Sell This Version
112 055-2 Steely Dan Gaucho(CD, Album, RE, RM) MCA Records 112 055-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
UICY-3094 Steely Dan Gaucho(CD, Album, RE, Pap) MCA Universal UICY-3094 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
MCA-6102 Steely Dan Gaucho(LP, Album, Exp) MCA Records MCA-6102 US 1980 Sell This Version


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June 9, 2015

Steely Dan rocked the 80's with this album, particularly **Babylon Sister


October 29, 2014
Mine says
In the bottom right corner of the back of the sleeve.
Identical otherwise.


August 23, 2011

This was the first Steely Dan album I heard. And for the longest time, I thought aja was their best, but these days I don't know. I played that hundreds of times, so maybe I just wore it out. Gaucho might be better, but it's tough to say. All I know is, Glamour Profession is probably among my top five favourite songs. The rhythm, the mood, the melody, the lyrics -- they're all just perfect. A musical portrait of the drug trade in Los Angeles circa 1980. There's simply no other band that could create such an amazing atmosphere.

It's not hard to see why some critics would be unsatisfied with this album. It is an absolute, clinical, clean production. There isn't a single note out-of-place. Becker and Fagen distilled their sound to one that is too flawless for some. I don't care. They used the studio as another instrument and created a work that sounds totally fresh more than three decades later.


April 16, 2011

"Gaucho" was already challenged by the fact that it was the follow up to "Aja," as perfect a studio album as Steely Dan could ever expect to have. However it's two-year gestation period was further fraught with problems; a track erased accidentally by a second engineer, a lawsuit from Keith Jarrett and Steely Dan's label changing hands -- resulting in further confusion/litigation -- all served to strain this project. But you can't hear that in the final edit; it's all of a piece, with the first side representing perhaps the pinnacle of their achievement, though as a whole it still falls slightly short of "Aja." While there are many sad and poignant moments in "Gaucho," the saddest thing about the album is that the group was not able to survive the process of making it.


July 26, 2007
edited over 9 years ago

Yes. Steely Dan. Babylon Sisters is perhaps their crowning achievement. Followed closely by Hey Nineteen. Yeah, this music is "cheesey" but seriously, you cannot get any better for over-produced jazz rock fusion that has pop hooks a plenty AND Steve Gadd on drums. In addition, aside from their "clean sound", these guys have some pretty dirty ideas of what is fun. This album rocks out.