ALBUM OF THE MONTH
Album # 50 is Steely Dan - Katy Lied
The fourth album from the group was released in 1975. They had quit touring the year before and could now concentrate on studio work full time. This also meant that Steely Dan changed from a band to a duo; Donald Fagen and Walter Becker plus whatever musicians they thought fit a song.
Donald and Walter wasn't too happy about the album once it was finished. They tried a new recording studio and ran into trouble with the then new new noise-reduction system DBX.
In a 1979 interview Fagen said that "We had a problem with Katy Lied from a technical standpoint. We went through a noise-reduction system which had just come out on the market and it ruined our record; it broke our record and as Walter says, the moral is don't be so hasty to use the latest and the greatest piece of equipment."
The Liner notes to the album tell the story. Sort of.
Lied saw Michael McDonald join the Steely Dan ranks. But he
soon left to join the Doobie Brothers.
Trivia: Dr Wu is a nod of the hat to one Jing Nuan Wu (1933-2002). An acupuncturist and artist that helped one of the band to overcome drug addiction in the mid-70s. Or so the story goes according to The Steely Dan Dictionary.
The cover features a photo by Fagen's then-girlfirend Dorothy White of a grasshopper part of a family of grasshoppers called katydid.