Donald FagenThe Nightfly

Label:Warner Bros. Records – 9 23696-1, Warner Bros. Records – 1-23696
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, SRC Pressing
Genre:Jazz, Rock, Pop
Style:Fusion, Pop Rock, Classic Rock, AOR


A1I.G.Y. (International Geophysical Year)
Composed By, Arranged ByDonald Fagen
A2Green Flower Street
Composed By, Arranged ByDonald Fagen
A3Ruby Baby
Arranged ByDonald Fagen
Composed By, Arranged ByDonald Fagen
B1New Frontier
Composed By, Arranged ByDonald Fagen
B2The Nightfly
Composed By, Arranged ByDonald Fagen
B3The Goodbye Look
Composed By, Arranged ByDonald Fagen
B4Walk Between Raindrops
Composed By, Arranged ByDonald Fagen

Companies, etc.



Pressed by Specialty Records Corporation, sourced from metal parts made at Sheffield Lab Matrix for Allied Record Company.

Issued with custom printed inner sleeve with lyrics + credits.

'MASTERDISK' and Allied Record Company logo stamped in runouts, the rest etched.

First cat. # (9 23696-1) on jacket spine, inner sleeve
Second cat. # (1-23696) on labels

Track publishers:
All songs © 1982 Freejunket Music ASCAP. Ruby Baby © 1955, 1963 Chappell & Co. Inc./Quintet Music, Inc./Bienstock Pub. Co. ASCAP All Rights adm. by Chappell & Co., Inc. (Intersong Music, Publishers).

©℗ 1982 Warner Bros. Records Inc. for the U.S. & WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S.

Track A1 title appears as "I.G.Y." on jacket and label.

Recorded and mixed entirely on 3M digital 32 track and 4 track machines at Soundworks Digital Audio/Video Recording Studios, N.Y., Village Recorders, L.A. and Automated Sound, N.Y.
Original Mastering: at Masterdisk, N.Y.C.
Jeff Porcaro courtesy of Columbia Records
Valerie Simpson courtesy of Capitol Records
Greg Phillinganes courtesy of Planet Records

"Note: The songs on this album represent certain fantasies that might have been entertained by a young man growing up in the remote suburbs of a northeastern city during the late fifties and early sixties, i.e., one of my general height, weight and build."

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 7599-23696-1
  • Barcode (Scanned): 075992369619
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Pressing Plant ID (Side A, embossed around center hole): E A S T
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 1): 1-23696-A-SH-2 MASTERDISK [Allied "ɑ" logo] RL + + SLM SP 0-1 △2607 B-17196-SH-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 1): 1-23696-B-SH-1 MASTERDISK [Allied "ɑ" logo] INT.SP 0-1 + SLM △ 2607-X
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 2): 1-23696-A-SH 4 MASTERDISK [Allied "ɑ" logo] RL + SLM △2607 0-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 2): 1-23696-B-SH-2 MASTERDISK [Allied "ɑ" logo] 0-2 + + SLM △ 2607-X B-17197 - SH2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 4): 1- 23696-A-SH-2 MASTERDISK RL SP .+: :+: 0-2 SLM △2607 [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-17196-SH2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 4): 1-23696-B- INT-SH2 MASTERDISK SP 0-1 + SLM △ 2607-X
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 5): 1-23696-A-SH-2 MASTERDISK RL + + SLM SP 0-1 △2607 [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-17196-SH-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 5): 1-23696-B- INT-SH2 MASTERDISK SP 0-1 + SLM △ 2607-X

Other Versions (5 of 191)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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The Nightfly (LP, Album)Warner Bros. Records92 3696-1Spain1982
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The Nightfly (LP, Album, Stereo)Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records92. 3696-1, 92.3696-1Germany1982
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The Nightfly (Cassette, Album)Warner Bros. Records92.3696-4Europe1982
The Nightfly (LP, Album)Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records923696-1, W3696UK1982
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The Nightfly (LP, Album, Stereo)Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records92.3696-1, 92. 3696- 1, 9236961Netherlands1982



  • sekander's avatar
    I was doing an all night jazz show on KKGO FM in Los Angeles in the late 80s.
    My name is Leslie, not Lester. And I was the Night Owl, not the Nightfly.
    Too many similarities. And I hadn't even heard this track until I was a year into
    my tenure. Eerie.
    • AndrewBWhite's avatar
      Indeed this is a really good sounding record - great mastering, loud, punchy, dynamic.
      Got mine for $2.
      However, the music is pretty monotonous apart from I.G.Y. which is certainly a classic.
      I know this is meant to be a really great album and no office to the fans.
      I've tried to listen to this right through number of times but I just can't get it.
      • chazmatz's avatar
        Wow, this version is amazing-sounding. It's like I'm in the studio. Better than the Quiex II..and it cost one dollar at the used record store.
        • 21jlb21's avatar
          Just picked up a NM copy of this at a flea market today for $1. Major major score IMHO!
          • matnoll's avatar
            Where is the Rhino Germany version, scan code 603497844876 ? Anyone have it.
            • Anthon40's avatar
              Edited 2 years ago
              If the metal parts are sourced from Allied shouldn’t Allied be the top listing? I always see SRC pressings at the top and Allied down in the middle somewhere. Is it an East coast vs West coast thing?
              • LeftBrainMusic's avatar
                If anyone happens to have a copy of the MFSL digital VHS or Betamax (which aren't listed above), please contact me!
                • ryan.rairigh's avatar
                  A great, great pressing and tremendous value! The dynamics are excellent and RL did a masterful job with his mastering. This should be in everyone's collection.
                  • swl6684's avatar
                    This album is without a doubt the single best sounding LP that I own. Robert Ludwig's mastering job is simply perfection and I have not heard another LP match it's quality.
                    • jefotonav's avatar
                      Edited 4 years ago
                      My copy sounds fabulous though I can't find or match its Matrix / Runout. But I do think it belongs to the variations of the first U.S. Pressings. The way everything was printed does match to Donald Fagen - The Nightfly - r1178973 except for the Matrix / Runout. My copy Barcode (Text): 0 7599-23696-1 has these etched
                      Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched): 1-23696-A-SH3 MASTERDISK RL + SLM △2607 B-17196-SH3
                      Matrix / Runout (Side b, etched): 1-23696-A-SH2 MASTERDISK + SLM △2607-X Q B-17197-SH2


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