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Steely Dan
Countdown To Ecstasy

Label: ABC Records
Format: 33 rpm 12" LP stereo
Country: United Kingdom
Vinyl Condition: VG+
Cover Condition: VG+
Year Released: 1973
LP Quantity: 1

Catalog #: ABCL 5034

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  • Record is in new clean inner sleeve
  • Piano, Electric Piano, Synthesizer, Lead Vocals - Donald Fagen


Inventory Number: 27-M-02

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Bartholome
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
No sophomore slump here
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2015
Most true Steely Dan fans consider this album to be stronger than their first, even though it didn''t sell as well (at least not initially). And who knows why it didn''t. I''m sure part of the reason is that neither of the singles released could really be described as a... See more
Most true Steely Dan fans consider this album to be stronger than their first, even though it didn''t sell as well (at least not initially). And who knows why it didn''t. I''m sure part of the reason is that neither of the singles released could really be described as a "hit", not compared to "Do It Again" or "Reelin'' in the Years." ("Do It Again" reached #6, "Reelin'' #11; "Show Biz Kids" made it only to #61, "My Old School" only to #63.)

But regardless of sales, Steely Dan is finding its sound here. There were a number of very strong songs on "Can''t Buy a Thrill" (and a couple of weak ones), but the songs didn''t hang together, and the band clearly hadn''t yet figured out what it wanted to sound like. On "Countdown to Ecstasy," the band sounds confident, and the album feels more like an album--a set of songs that belong together. And while CBAT sounds dated in places, this album really doesn''t. So if you are even a casual fan of Steely Dan and you haven''t yet checked out this album, you really should do it!
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Spiritual Architect
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Countdown To Excitement
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2013
When `Bodhisattva turned up on FM radio it was not your typical rock song. It was not even your typical Steely Dan song. It had a catchy beat but it was way out in the jazz field. This was music for beatniks. If not for the hits from their first album we may never had heard... See more
When `Bodhisattva turned up on FM radio it was not your typical rock song. It was not even your typical Steely Dan song. It had a catchy beat but it was way out in the jazz field. This was music for beatniks. If not for the hits from their first album we may never had heard it. The same goes for the single `Showbiz Kids''. It is just plain weird. How many bands could have gotten such uncommercial songs on big time radio playlist otherwise? `My Old School'' was okay, but the last thing I wanted to think about was school. No, this definitely was not for me. This was too far away from the Stones, Zeppelin, Yes and Uriah Heep for me to relate too.

It was not until 2006 that I bought "Countdown To Ecstasy". It took me that long to understand what I was missing. This album still seems fresh, like it was written today. It is a rock album but even by that time the Dan were bumping into jazz territory. Piano and horns are prevalent on this album, as are the female backing vocals. These songs are not aimed at the high school buying audience; these are college dorms we are hearing here. These tunes are polished, technical and flawless, played by top notch musicians. `Pearl Of The Quarter'' is probably the only one the Eagles could play, and `Sad Café'' the only tune of theirs the Dan would want to play. It is the most basic song on the album, and being about New Orleans, oddly one of the least jazz influenced. It is the love song and the easiest to identify with. The other tunes take some work to grasp.

The Bodhisattva is an enlightened one and here our hero wants to run off with his. The music shows this, as `Bodhisattva'' starts out with a single repeated drum beat and then goes off into running lines of guitar notes that the keys try to keep up with. This must be a fun song to play because that seems to be the whole point of it.

The next two songs are nicely done music wise. Smooth flow and beat. But what they are about is anyone''s guess. Who is this `Razor Boy'' and the caged woman? Is this a hooker about to meet her pimp? A go-go girl in debt to her cocaine connection? And `The Boston Rag''... are we talking about a defunct newspaper, or is this a long lost ragtime song that he is singing? And what does that have to do with Lonnie, the drug king, overdosing? The lyrics on this album may only make sense to the band, if even that.

"Hey Don, just write something to sing along to, we don''t care if it doesn''t make any sense."

How about if I write something about `Your Gold Teeth''. Here we go again. A well built song musically but with lyrics from out of the minibar. Is this a song about a slick society chick, a professional user, who usually gets her way? "Even Cathy Berberian knows, there''s one roulade she can''t sing." Does this mean that no matter how good our monkey woman here is, there is something she cannot get away with?

The two songs most heard on the radio are polar opposites. One might throw people off, while the pother might attract them. `Show Biz Kids'' is a weird sounding song, one that took me a long time to get into. It is interesting that it advertises the band. If Alice Cooper taught me what incognito meant, Steely Dan taught me that there were flowers called Oleanders. `My Old School'' is the party song here, with an easy going bopping feel; it is easy to relate to.

We end with `King Of The World'', which might be the most rock like song of all those present, with its fret fast underlying guitar runs. The pace of the keyboard solo hides just how fast the undercurrent is running down the Rio Grande. This album ends with the end of the world, but "Countdown to Ecstasy" seems to be about whatever you want it to be. It has no definitive rhyme or reason that I can find. Looking at the cover with its aliens in armchairs waiting for their ride, it could be about the countdown to liftoff. Maybe the music here is the build up to the most normal thing that gets one excited, the build up to sex?

Either way this is very hard to rate. Lyrically not as good as Aja or Katy, I give it 4.5 stars. You should buy it and start your own countdown.
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5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
STEELY DAN''S BEST ALBUM (Donald Fagen & I agree)
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2000
COUNTDOWN TO ECSTASY is a masterpiece. It''s Steely Dan''s best album, I''ve always thought, (Donald Fagen agrees with me!) and one of the best pop/rock albums of all time. "Bodhisattva" -- what needs to be said? It leads off like a rocket, and you''re in another... See more
COUNTDOWN TO ECSTASY is a masterpiece. It''s Steely Dan''s best album, I''ve always thought, (Donald Fagen agrees with me!) and one of the best pop/rock albums of all time. "Bodhisattva" -- what needs to be said? It leads off like a rocket, and you''re in another world, faster, shinier, smarter. "Razor Boy" -- a supernaturally clever arrangement, samba with castanets and xylophone, and a dreamy bridge between each of three sets of verse and the chorus:

"Will you still have a song to sing when the Razor Boy comes and takes all your fancy things away? Will you still be singin'' it on that cold and windy day?"

A steel guitar kicks in on the second verse (steel guitar?), and then takes a solo for the first half of the third verse. Absolutely brilliant. In the middle of "Your Gold Teeth" is an amazing instrumental passage with stop-start fusion jazz and an incredible guitar solo. Then, the kicker -- "King of the World"... A three-note ascending bass pattern, then manic snare drum, (foreshadowing the jungle/drum&bass of 20 years later), and an insane guitar trill. The perfect sound of a society hurtling into the abyss, cruising in chrome-plated comfort, going nowhere fast. The chorus still knocks me flat:

"No marigolds in the promised land, there''s a hole in the ground where they used to grow... [western guitar figure] ...Any man left on the Rio Grande is the King of the World as far as I know..."

The synth figure just DRIVES the song into the terminal sunset, accompanied by a deranged, jazzy guitar. The apocalypse, what could they ever do to top it?

Steely Dan''s four best albums were COUNTDOWN TO ECSTASY, THE ROYAL SCAM, PRETZEL LOGIC and KATY LIED. But of the four, ECSTASY is the El Supremo! Don''t miss it, or the others.
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Charles Peterson
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
The Best of The Best
Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2010
Unlike later albums, this one really cooks, emphasizing the Rock side of Steely Dan''s Rock/Jazz concept. But it has far more depth than the first album. So altogether it is the most complete, the best of the best. It is the last album to feature the complete original... See more
Unlike later albums, this one really cooks, emphasizing the Rock side of Steely Dan''s Rock/Jazz concept. But it has far more depth than the first album. So altogether it is the most complete, the best of the best. It is the last album to feature the complete original Steely Dan lineup. Denny Dias and Jeff Baxter have some of the hottest rock guitar riffs ever on this album. Denny still appeared in the Dan albums through Aja, but with less intensity there. Katy Lied might have been comparable except the audio got messed up. I sure wish I had been at the last pre-breakup live concert in 1974 from which a later live version of Bodhisattva was recorded. Dumb album cover, but smokin'' album. The flip side band picture is better, an immortal portrait of the all night mixdown of an immortal album.
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Dana C. Drake
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Really cool rock and soul
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2013
The Countdown To Ecstasy album was the most quoted album during 2013''s "Mood Swings: Eight Miles To Pancake Day" tour. I like Bodhisattva very much with its high energy. In "Showbiz Kids", they seem to repeat "lost wages" quite often, but I wonder... See more
The Countdown To Ecstasy album was the most quoted album during 2013''s "Mood Swings: Eight Miles To Pancake Day" tour. I like Bodhisattva very much with its high energy. In "Showbiz Kids", they seem to repeat "lost wages" quite often, but I wonder if that happens to many showbiz kids who perform in Las Vegas? "Your Gold Teeth" was cool, and Part II of that song, in "Katy Lied", is also quite cool. Steely Dan is capable of really soulful chord changes.
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JazzLover7
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Excellent vintage Steely Dan
Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2015
This is Steely Dan''s second work, originally released on vinyl. The cuts are conceptually, lyrically and musically unique, vintage Steely Dan and excellent. Many have a jazz/rock sensibility, which I love. Some of you may be interested to know that this CD was... See more
This is Steely Dan''s second work, originally released on vinyl. The cuts are conceptually, lyrically and musically unique, vintage Steely Dan and excellent. Many have a jazz/rock sensibility, which I love.

Some of you may be interested to know that this CD was made when Steely Dan was a quintet, not a duo utilizing studio musicians. One friend mentioned that this was the last CD when Donald Fagen was not so cynical and depressed, a trait of future albums. Highly recommended.
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RWE
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A good snapshot of the Dan in 73.
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2020
I see Countdown as an album with several good songs and musicianship that shows the evolution of early SD. Also, brings back memories from that time. Recommended. Not anywhere close to as good as their next album Pretzel Logic.
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Tom
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Best album of music ever made?
Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2021
I am a big Steely Dan fan and although they have written many fine songs and albums, this one contains the quintessential Dan. A must own
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Og Oggilby
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Second Album, second classic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 18, 2015
£2.88 pence. That''s precisely what I paid for Countdown To Ecstasy by Steely Dan when I bought it as an import back in 1973. I''ve still got the old ABC Records vinyl. It sounded great then, and over forty years later, it sounds as fresh, invigorating and innovative as it...See more
£2.88 pence. That''s precisely what I paid for Countdown To Ecstasy by Steely Dan when I bought it as an import back in 1973. I''ve still got the old ABC Records vinyl. It sounded great then, and over forty years later, it sounds as fresh, invigorating and innovative as it did Way Back When. The music is beautifully produced, incisively arranged, and there''s not a note out of place, without the music sounding sterile. I can''t believe that any discerning music fan doesn''t have this already. If not, correct that anomaly right now - music of this value has never been able to obtain as cheaply as it is right now. I bought mine for less than I paid for the original import vinyl...
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Søren Frimodt-Møller
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Cool, fun album for fans of Steely Dan - ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 26, 2018
Cool, fun album for fans of Steely Dan - but perhaps not one for starters. I haven''t heard the first album, Can''t Buy a Thrill, yet, but compared to the following album, Pretzel Logic, Countdown... has a looser feel all around. The songs are, however, great all the same....See more
Cool, fun album for fans of Steely Dan - but perhaps not one for starters. I haven''t heard the first album, Can''t Buy a Thrill, yet, but compared to the following album, Pretzel Logic, Countdown... has a looser feel all around. The songs are, however, great all the same. Opinions may differ on some of the (lyrically) ''goofier'' songs like "My Old School" and "Pearl of the Quarter", but "Boddhisatva" and "Boston Rag" are worth the money in any case.
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A.Adam
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Ecstasy indeed!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 1, 2008
Later Dan has its advocates - Ian MacDonald, for one, argues strongly for the merits of `Gaucho'' in his very fine ''The People''s Music'' - but I belong to the ''first 3 albums are the best'' fraternity. Unlike ''Katy Lied'', which, for me, marks the beginning of the Dan''s...See more
Later Dan has its advocates - Ian MacDonald, for one, argues strongly for the merits of `Gaucho'' in his very fine ''The People''s Music'' - but I belong to the ''first 3 albums are the best'' fraternity. Unlike ''Katy Lied'', which, for me, marks the beginning of the Dan''s decline, there''s not one ounce of filler on this record. A much more cohesive affair than ''Thrill'', the Dan''s second album benefits from having a singular vocalist and, unlike the slick, session-man concoctions of the later years, is greatly enhanced by being the product of a working band (+ illustrious guests). The record is packed with musical incident and variety: the vibes on ''Razor Boy'', the Rhodes workout on ''Your Gold Teeth'', slide guitar on ''Show Biz Kids'', synth on ''King of the World'', etc. The Dan make a virtue out of combining mordant lyrics with a jaunty ''beat'', the superb ''Razor Boy'' being a case in point. But top honours go to ''King of the World''. Easily passed over at the back end of the album, this is surely one of the Dan''s finest creations. Written from the point of view of a post-nuclear survivor, the lyrics are bleak, yet not without the customary wit - ''Watch the sun go brown/Smoking cobalt cigarettes'' - and the upbeat arrangement, oddly enough, works with rather than against the ''story''. I find it all rather moving in an unsentimental kind of way. Anyone thoroughly cheesed off with the Kaiser Chiefs/Arctic Monkeys/Scouting for Girls hegemony and U2/Coldplay-style corporate rock would do well to give this a spin. Not all 70''s stuff involved sticking knives into Hammond organs or writing ''meaningful'' lyrics about goblins and the like.
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Andrew Spong
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Music Mastery
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 16, 2010
The genius of Steely Dan expresses itself in full force with Countdown to Ecstasy. Each song is composed with supreme detail and tightness that you just don''t get from most music these days. For me it just beats Can''t Buy a Thrill into being my favourite SD album, as it is...See more
The genius of Steely Dan expresses itself in full force with Countdown to Ecstasy. Each song is composed with supreme detail and tightness that you just don''t get from most music these days. For me it just beats Can''t Buy a Thrill into being my favourite SD album, as it is consistent throughout and never lessens its pace of pure jazz rock bliss. And essential music purchase. favourite tracks: Bodhisattva Razor Boy Show Biz Kids
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dina
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Great . Simply great.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 6, 2020
Its Fagan & Becker. What''s not to like?
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