A limited edition yellow vinyl pressing of Can't Buy a Thrill by Steely Dan.
Offered for sale is a limited yellow vinyl pressing of Can’t Buy a Thrill by Steely Dan, issued in Canada in 1978.
In the late 1970s, collectors were showing a lot of interest in colored vinyl records, so record companies around the world began pressing limited edition colored vinyl versions of both older and then-new titles. Many of these titles were widely exported to the United States, where they sold for a substantial premium over the price of their regular black vinyl counterparts.
In Canada, ABC records pressed colored vinyl versions of albums by the Alan Parsons Project, Styx, and Steely Dan, with at least four different Steely Dan titles being pressed on yellow vinyl and one (Aja) being pressed on both yellow and red vinyl. These titles were available for only a short time in 1978 and 1979, by which time the colored vinyl fad had largely passed. In fact, many of these pressings are found today with cutout holes, as the record companies weren’t able to sell all of them at full retail.
Among the Steely Dan titles pressed on yellow vinyl was their 1972 debut, Can’t Buy a Thrill.
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were remarkable craftsmen from the start, as Steely Dan’s debut, Can’t Buy a Thrill, illustrates. Each song is tightly constructed, with interlocking chords and gracefully interwoven melodies, buoyed by clever, cryptic lyrics. Becker and Fagen tempered their wildest impulses with mainstream pop techniques. Consequently, there are very few of the jazz flourishes that came to distinguish their albums — the breakthrough single, “Do It Again,” does work an impressively tight Latin jazz beat, and “Reelin’ in the Years” has jazzy guitar solos and harmonies — and the production is overly polished, conforming to all the conventions of early-’70s radio. Of course, that gives these decidedly twisted songs a subversive edge, but compositionally, these aren’t as innovative as their later work. Even so, the best moments (“Dirty Work,” “Kings,” “Midnight Cruiser,” “Turn That Heartbeat Over Again”) are wonderful pop songs that subvert traditional conventions and more than foreshadow the paths Steely Dan would later take.
About this copy: The copy of Can’t Buy a Thrill offered for sale is a yellow vinyl pressing from Canada, issued in 1978. The cover is VG++, with just the faintest traces of wear at the corners and edges. The record is M- and appears to have had very little play. There is a hype sticker on the cover that says “Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl” in both English and French.
A beautiful copy of a terrific record.
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