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Steely DanGaucho

Label:MCA Records – MCA-6102
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Jazz, Rock
Style:Pop Rock, Jazz-Rock

Tracklist

A1Babylon Sisters
Arranged By [Horns]Rob Mounsey
BassChuck Rainey
Bass ClarinetGeorge Marge, Walter Kane*
DrumsBernard Purdie
Electric Piano, ClavinetDon Grolnick
GuitarSteve Khan
PercussionCrusher Bennett*
Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, ClarinetTom Scott
Trumpet, FlugelhornRandy Brecker
5:51
A2Hey Nineteen
Backing Vocals [Backup]Frank Floyd, Zack Sanders*
BassWalter Becker
DrumsRick Marotta
Electric Piano, SynthesizerDonald Fagen
PercussionSteve Gadd, Victor Feldman
5:04
A3Glamour Profession
Arranged By [Horns]Tom Scott
Backing Vocals [Backup]Frank Floyd, Leslie Miller, Valerie Simpson, Zack Sanders*
DrumsSteve Gadd
Electric Piano, SynthesizerDonald Fagen
GuitarSteve Khan
PercussionRalph McDonald*
PianoRob Mounsey
Tenor SaxophoneMichael Brecker
Tenor Saxophone, LyriconTom Scott
7:28
B1Gaucho
Arranged By [Horns]Tom Scott
Backing Vocals [Backup]Leslie Miller, Patti Austin, Valerie Simpson
BassWalter Becker
DrumsJeff Porcaro
Electric Piano, SynthesizerDonald Fagen
GuitarSteve Khan
Lead GuitarWalter Becker
PercussionCrusher Bennett*
PianoRob Mounsey
Tenor SaxophoneTom Scott
TrumpetRandy Brecker
5:32
B2Time Out Of Mind
Alto SaxophoneDavid Sanborn
Arranged By [Horns]Rob Mounsey
Baritone SaxophoneRonny Cuber*
BassWalter Becker
DrumsRick Marotta
Electric Piano, SynthesizerDonald Fagen
Lead GuitarMark Knopfler
PianoRob Mounsey
Tenor SaxophoneDave Tofani, Michael Brecker
TrumpetRandy Brecker
4:10
B3My Rival
Arranged By [Horns]Tom Scott
Backing Vocals [Backup]Frank Floyd, Valerie Simpson, Zack Sanders*
DrumsSteve Gadd
Electric PianoPatrick Rebillot*
FlugelhornRandy Brecker
Lead GuitarSteve Khan
Organ, SynthesizerDonald Fagen
PercussionRalph McDonald*
Tenor SaxophoneMichael Brecker
Tenor Saxophone, LyriconTom Scott
TimbalesNicholas Marrero*
TromboneWayne Andre
4:30
B4Third World Man
BassChuck Rainey
DrumsSteve Gadd
Electric Guitar, Acoustic GuitarSteve Khan
Electric PianoJoe Sample
Lead GuitarLarry Carlton
SynthesizerRob Mounsey
5:14
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Notes

This MCA pressing has small Side designations ("a", "b") on labels.
Issued with cardstock lyric inner sleeve.

Special thanks to: Scott Luther and Fred Hull c/o Compal Computers
Fabulous vintage electric guitars courtesy of Richard, Steven and Lawrence Friedman.
Photographed for Magnum.

Over years, MCA overstamped many copies with gold stamps and altered catalog numbers as price tiers changed. These are post-manufacture and are considered same as original for cataloging purposes.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, Side A): MCA 2469
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, Side B): MCA 2470
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 1, Side A): MCA-2469-MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) 05
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 1, Side B): MCA-2470-MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) SM14 05
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 2, Side A): MCA-2469-MD-2 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) SF1 SM6 06
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 2, Side B): MCA-2470-MD-2 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) SF1 SM10 06
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 3, Side A): MCA-2469- MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) M2 SF 1 SM2 05 12
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 3, Side B): MCA-2470- MD 1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) 05 12
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 4, Side A): MCA-2469-MD-2 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) SF1 SM*5 06
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 4, Side B): MCA-2470-MD 2 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) SF1 SM11 06
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 5, Side A): MCA-2470-MD 2 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) SF1 SM11 06
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 5, Side A): MCA-2470-MD 2 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) P11
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 6, Side A): MCA-2469-MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) M2 05
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 6, Side B): MCA-2470-MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) 05
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 7, Side A): MCA-2169-MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) M2 SF 1 SM10 05 20
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 7, Side B): MCA-2170-MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) 05
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 8, Side A): MCA-2469-MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) M2 SF 1 SM9 05 19
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 8, Side B): MCA-2470-MD1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) 05 14
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 9, Side A): MCA-2469-MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) M2 SF 1 SM3 05 14
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 9, Side B): MCA-2470-MD1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 10, Side A): MCA-2469-MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) 05 15
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 10, Side B): MCA-2470-MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) 05
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 11, Side A): MCA-2469-MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) M2 SF1 SM1 9
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 11, Side B): MCA-2470-MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) 05
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 12, Side A): MCA-2469-MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) M2 05 15
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 12, Side B): MCA-2470-MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) 05
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 13, Side A): MCA-2170-MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) 05
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 13, Side B): MCA-2170-MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) 8
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 14, Side A): MCA-2469- MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) M2 SF 1 SM11 05 21
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 14, Side B): MCA-2470-MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) 05
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 15, Side A): MCA-2469-MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) M2 SF 1 SM1 9
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 15, Side B): MCA-2470-MD 1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) SM14 05 15
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 16, Side A): MCA-2469- MD-1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) M2 SF1 SM5 10
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Variant 16, Side B): MCA-2470-MD 1 MASTERDISK RL (EDP) 1D

Other Versions (5 of 185)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Gaucho (LP, Album, Stereo)MCA Records, MCA Records203 192, 203 192-320Germany1980
Recently Edited
Gaucho (LP, Album)MCA RecordsMCF 3090UK1980
New Submission
Gaucho (LP, Album)MCA Records, MCA RecordsI-203.192, I·203 192Spain1980
Recently Edited
Gaucho (LP, Album)MCA RecordsMCA-6102Canada1980
New Submission
Gaucho (LP, Album)MCA RecordsMCA 4114Italy1980

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Reviews

  • harrym3's avatar
    harrym3
    I just received a copy of this edition and I have to say that it sounds perfect.I have several copies and this is the best by far.
    I am waiting to receive the UHQR and I have doubts that it will surpass this edition.
    • EbiKatsu's avatar
      EbiKatsu
      Steely Dan's "Gaucho" falls short of the band's previous standards, delivering an album that feels overproduced and lacks the spontaneity that characterized their earlier works. The excessive studio perfectionism seems to stifle the natural flow of the music, resulting in a somewhat sterile sound. While there are moments of musical brilliance, the overall album lacks the cohesiveness and memorable hooks that defined their earlier classics. "Gaucho" may appeal to die-hard Steely Dan fans, but for many, it pales in comparison to the band's more iconic releases.
      • latheofheaven's avatar
        latheofheaven
        Yep, sounds amazing! You can keep your $175 UHQR, thank you! 😁 Not that I have anything against UHQR's themselves, I have 2 of them (Kind of Blue, Are You Experienced) But, don't need this one...
        • Nick8712's avatar
          Nick8712
          Edited one month ago
          One of the best sounding records in my collection. Great mastering from RL!

          EDIT: The 2023 UMe is a tad bit better but the new 2024 UHQR is miles ahead of this one. The best Gaucho is the UHQR!
          • waifuvevo's avatar
            waifuvevo
            Can’t go wrong with an RL MASTERDISK.
            One of my favorite records in the best sound quality I’ve heard it in. Such a large and open soundstage I love it
            • greencoatrecordshop's avatar
              This particular first pressing does NOT sound good to me. I have reissues of other Steely Dan albums that smoke this in terms of balance and dynamic. The vocals on this LP are HARSH.
              • mrcurley's avatar
                mrcurley
                Ludwig would have approved. The complex arrangements and production qualities are unworldly. Tom
                • buecherfreund's avatar
                  buecherfreund
                  Edited 5 months ago
                  Sonically a very good version. Good dynamics, solid pressing. Almost audiophile. Highly recommended.
                  • UniversityofVinyl's avatar
                    I keep coming back to this one. Fantastic dynamics and imaging.
                    • mhnien's avatar
                      mhnien
                      Edited one year ago
                      How many compete Steely Dan collections have I gone through in the past 33 years?

                      1990: the cassettes from the 3 dollar bin.
                      1992- 93: the CDs, most high jacked from Columbia House.
                      2001: the Brooklyn LP stash, followed 8 years later by
                      2009: the LA LP stash. One stop shopping at a thrift store on Hollywood Blvd. Probably one dude's collection.
                      2017: all sold off. Made a go of mp3s. Meh.
                      2023: another some dude's Steely Dan collection. Smelling like smoke and cologne, at the local record shop. Lotta first US and UK presses. Nice.

                      I'll probably go for used copies of the direct cerebral interface too.

                      Gaucho sounds clean and clear, every sound defined and mastered to within an inch of its/our life. For all that, it has the fewest SD songs I love. Except for 'Glamour Profession', a modulating, world-hopping absolute wonder of coke dealing intrigue.

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