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Alive in America

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Steely Dan 10/24/1995

Review

When Donald Fagen and Walter Becker re-formed Steely Dan in 1994, they didn't put out a new album. They undertook a tour of sports arenas, their first tour since the days of Countdown to Ecstasy. Since Steely Dan became stars after they retired from performing, many of their dedicated fans never got a chance to see the group in concert. Given those circumstances, maybe the uniformly positive reviews of the tour were predictable. But as Alive in America proves, the shows weren't earth-shaking. Certainly they were fun -- there's no denying it's a thrill to hear these songs in a live setting, both for fans and for Becker and Fagen themselves -- but essentially they were exercises in nostalgia. Alive in America is enjoyable, but it offers no new insight into Steely Dan as performers, or Becker and Fagen as songwriters. It's a gas while it lasts, but it doesn't leave any lasting memories. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Babylon Sisters [Live Classics] Steely Dan 6:47
  3. 2 Green Earrings [Live Classics] Steely Dan 5:20
  4. 3 Bodhisattva Steely Dan 5:46
  5. 4 Reelin' in the Years [Live Classics] Steely Dan 6:24
  6. 5 Josie [Live Classics] Steely Dan 6:11
  7. 6 Book of Liars [Live Classics] Steely Dan 4:18
  8. 7 Peg Steely Dan 4:19
  9. 8 Third World Man [Live Classics] Steely Dan 6:37
  10. 9 Kid Charlemagne [Live Classics] Steely Dan 5:15
  11. 10 Sign in Stranger [Live Classics] Steely Dan 6:33
  12. 11 Aja [Live Classics] Steely Dan 9:1

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