Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic original Japan LP with obi


A 1974 Japanese pressing of Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is a Japanese first pressing of Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Pretzel Logic is an original 1974 pressing on the Probe label.

The gatefold cover is M- with trace corner wear.  The obi is VG++, with a couple of minor wrinkles, but no tears.

The 12 page photo/lyric booklet is VG++

The disc is M- and appears to have only been played once or twice, though like many pressings from 1973-1974, it’s not dead-quiet.  Clean disc!

A gorgeous copy of a rare Steely Dan LP and the only original pressing we’ve ever seen.

Background: Released in 1974, Pretzel Logic was the third album by Steely Dan.

The album reached #8 on the U.S. album chart, helped by the #4 single, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.” gave Pretzel Logic a 5 star review:

Countdown to Ecstasy wasn’t half the hit that Can’t Buy a Thrill was, and Steely Dan responded by trimming the lengthy instrumental jams that were scattered across Countdown and concentrating on concise songs for Pretzel Logic. While the shorter songs usually indicate a tendency toward pop conventions, that’s not the case with Pretzel Logic. Instead of relying on easy hooks, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen assembled their most complex and cynical set of songs to date. Dense with harmonics, countermelodies, and bop phrasing, Pretzel Logic is vibrant with unpredictable musical juxtapositions and snide, but very funny, wordplay. … Steely Dan made more accomplished albums than Pretzel Logic, but they never made a better one.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Probe
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1974
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in