Steely Dan – The Royal Scam Canada yellow vinyl LP


A limited edition yellow vinyl pressing of The Royal Scam by Steely Dan, released in Canada in 1978.

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Offered for sale is a limited edition yellow vinyl pressing of Steely Dan’s The Royal Scam, issued in Canada in 1978.

About this copy: This copy of The Royal Scam is a limited edition Canadian pressing on the ABC label.

The cover is VG++, with a tiny tear at the upper right hand corner and a couple of minor corner dents.

Unlike most copies, this cover does not have a punch hole.

The inner sleeve is M-.

The yellow vinyl disc is M- and looks unplayed.

A nice copy of a terrific album and the first copy we’ve had for sale in a couple of years.

Background:  The Royal Scam, issued in 1976, was Steely Dan’s fifth studio album, and peaked at #15 on the Billboard album charts. The two singles, “Kid Charlemagne” and “The Fez,” reached #82 and #59 on the U.S. charts, respectively. gave The Royal Scam a 4 1/2 star review:

The Royal Scam is the first Steely Dan record that doesn’t exhibit significant musical progress from its predecessor, but that doesn’t mean the album is any less interesting. The cynicism that was suppressed on Katy Lied comes roaring to the surface on The Royal Scam — not only are the lyrics bitter and snide, but the music is terse, broken, and weary. …the best songs on The Royal Scam, like the sneering “Kid Charlemagne” and “Sign in Stranger,” rank as genuine Steely Dan classics.

In the late 1970s, collectors were showing a lot of interest in colored vinyl records, so record companies around the world issued limited edition colored vinyl pressings of both older and then-new titles. In Canada, ABC Records released four different Steely Dan titles on colored vinyl – Can’t Buy a Thrill, Greatest Hits, Aja, and The Royal Scam.

The Royal Scam may be the hardest of the four titles to find.

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Country of origin: Canada
Size: 12″
Record Label: ABC
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in