The Nightfly

The Nightfly

by Donald Fagen


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A portrait of the artist as a young man, The Nightfly is a wonderfully evocative reminiscence of Kennedy-era American life; in the liner notes, Donald Fagen describes the songs as representative of the kinds of fantasies he entertained as an adolescent during the late '50s/early '60s, and he conveys the tenor of the times with some of his most personal and least obtuse material to date. Continuing in the smooth pop-jazz mode favored on the final Steely Dan records, The Nightfly is lush and shimmering, produced with cinematic flair by Gary Katz; romanticized but never sentimental, the songs are slices of suburbanite soap opera, tales of space-age hopes (the hit "I.G.Y.") and Cold War fears (the wonderful "The New Frontier," a memoir of fallout-shelter love) crafted with impeccable style and sophistication.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992369626
catalogNumber: 23696
Rank: 1607

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Donald Fagen   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Harmonica,Horn,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Harp
Rick Derringer   Guitar
Michael Brecker   Horn,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Ronnie Cuber   Horn,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Steve Khan   Acoustic Guitar
Rob Mounsey   Synthesizer,Horn,Keyboards
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Gordon Grody   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dave Bargeron   Trombone,Euphonium,Horn,Background Vocals
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
James Gadson   Drums
Ed Greene   Drums
Anthony Jackson   Bass
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Daniel Lazerus   Background Vocals
Will Lee   Bass
Hugh McCracken   Guitar,Harmonica
Leslie Miller   Vocals,Background Vocals
Marcus Miller   Bass
Roger Nichols   Percussion
Michael Omartian   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Dean Parks   Guitar
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Clavinet,Synthesizer Bass,Soloist
Zachary Sanders   Vocals,Background Vocals
Valerie Simpson   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Tofani   Horn,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Starz Vander Lockett   Percussion,Background Vocals
Daniel Bazerus   Background Vocals
Frank Floyd   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Jordan   Drums

Technical Credits

Donald Fagen   Arranger,Liner Notes,Horn Arrangements
Rob Mounsey   Horn Arrangements
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Gary Katz   Producer
Daniel Lazerus   Engineer,overdub engineer
Roger Nichols   Special Effects,Engineer
Elliot Scheiner   Producer,Engineer
Andrew Thomas   Screen Design
George Delmerico   Art Direction
David Dieckmann   Authoring
George Lydecker   Authoring
Robin Hurley   Producer
Spencer Christu   Authoring

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The Nightfly 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
mosaic_heart More than 1 year ago
Thankfully when Steely Dan took a hiatus Donald Fagen presented his fans "The Nightfly." The masses were treated to the bouncy tunes of "I.G.Y" and "New Frontier" on the radio airways. "Green Flower Street" might be where Steely Dan's "Josie" frequents when she is not in her hometown. "Maxine" sets the stage for a romantic slow dance with a special someone... Speaking of "The Nightfly" the dj coos to his listeners inbetween the promos, jazz, and personal reminiscing. Donald on the cover posing as "The Nightfly is a fantastic touch. "The Nightfly" cover has been reproduced in many styles including Japanese comics art. Spoil yourself and get this cd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While Donald Fagen's hit song "I.G.Y." is the most famous one on this album, I was pleasantly surprised that every single track on the album was catchy to listen to. I simply could not stop listening to it over and over again! Not one of the songs on this album could be considered a "filler" song. Fagen has created an album that contains a great variety of sound, like the smooth, mellow sound of songs like "Maxine" to the very danceable songs like "The Goodbye Look" and "Walk Between Raindrops". He also includes a fresh remake of "Ruby Baby". His most famous song, "I.G.Y." has a feel of optimism and at the same time a touch of sentimentality to it, as I remember the song from when it was new and I was a young child. "Green Flower Street" and "New Frontier" are all excellent songs that received airplay when the album was released in 1982 and are also among my favorites. As a whole, this solo debut album by Donald Fagen is one of the best I have ever listened to. I highly recommend it to anyone. I have never been into the jazz sound too much, but this album has a freshness to it that is highly addictive and never gets old! A++
Guest More than 1 year ago
After the 1980 Gaucho album and tour have been completed, Steely Dan had broken up, and this is how Donald Fagen's debut solo album, The Nightfly came to place, and it's a excellent album from start to finish, and this album also features the hit single "New Frontier", which was a music video on MTV and VH1, but this album features an arrangement by Donald Fagen on "Ruby Baby" which was wriiten by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Not only fans of Steely Dan will enjoy this album, but fans of Donald Fagen as well.
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