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Big Album Bake Off #5: Gaucho Vs The Nightfly

Discussion in 'music' started by windhoek, Apr 22, 2019.


Which is the better album?

Poll closed Apr 22, 2019.
  1. Gaucho

  2. The Nightfly

  1. windhoek

    windhoek The Phoolosopher

    Okay, shit's about to get real: Gaucho by Steely Dan Vs The Nightfly by Donald Fagen - good luck!
  2. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    Oooh, I actually know both of these! I was starting to feel really inadequate.
    myles likes this.
  3. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    The Nightfly. Vs Aja it would have been different.
  4. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs hearing problems

    christray likes this.
  5. billo

    billo pfm Member

    Too close to call, a score draw after extra time and may have to go to penalties which would be a pity to have to criticise one for not being the other.
    windhoek likes this.
  6. Tarzan

    Tarzan pfm Member

    Great post-too close to call- BOTH!:)
    irons1965 likes this.
  7. manicatel

    manicatel pfm Member

    On sound quality alone, Gaucho.
    However the slightly more uptempo feel of Nightfly means that sometimes I’m in the mood for Gaucho, sometimes Nightfly.
    Or Aja, or Countdown, or Pretzel, or.........................
    Tarzan likes this.
  8. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Nightfly for me. The bass playing/sound just knocked me out when I first heard it. It was my entry-point into Steely Dan, though when I got to Aja shortly after I realised I’d heard a lot of it already.

    I’ve no idea why given it was such an early digital recording, but Nightfly on vinyl sounds astonishingly good. I have a promo-stamped UK 1st press and it regularly comes out for a spin.
    DAVEDWACK likes this.
  9. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    Like most of the other polls, I've heard neither so haven't voted. I must say it's been a strange selection of albums on the whole.
    Tarzan likes this.
  10. windhoek

    windhoek The Phoolosopher

    If you haven't heard many of the albums in the polls that probably explains why my choices seem strange. I'm happy to hand over the selections to anyone else who wants to see how it fares in a poll against another album so please feel free to do so - it could become a regular feature of the music forum :)
  11. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    ie one has Mark Knopfler on it but the other doesn’t?
  12. windhoek

    windhoek The Phoolosopher

    Oh, that's harsh lol
  13. Andrew C!

    Andrew C! Been around a while....

    I like Knopfler. There, said it.
  14. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    Indeed. I've always been very disappointed in the CD version which is pretty meh...
  15. irons1965

    irons1965 pfm Member

    Definitely feel the same - Mind you Gaucho has got 'Third World Man' on it.
  16. Tarzan

    Tarzan pfm Member

    Sort yourself man.:D
    Pedro83 likes this.
  17. MichaelC

    MichaelC pfm Member

    It’s a nigh on impossible call, Gaucho -v- Nightfly.

    Nightfly as a whole is damn fine, but side one of Gaucho is sublime.

    Give me Aja though!
  18. Pedro83

    Pedro83 pfm Member

    Which version do you own? There are some very good sounding NF CDs. I had a German target Nightfly CD many years ago which was great on the ear, vinyl has proven to be better but the CD isn't totally shamed.
  19. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    The Nightfly CD is cut very low compared to modern CDs and for my taste lacking a little if the bass warmth/weight of the vinyl, but I’d still rate it as very decent.

    I don’t think this one has been remastered aside from the DVD Audio and SACD versions. There is some suggestion that the Japanese and WG ‘targets’ are subtly different, though as I understand it all other copies are the WG ‘target’ minus the label paint job.

    I recently ordered the hybrid SACD out of curiosity as a Japanese Amazon seller was doing it at a half-way reasonable price, so I’ll be curious to hear that when it lands. It allegedly sounds more like the vinyl, i.e. warmer/weightier.
  20. Pedro83

    Pedro83 pfm Member

    The DVD-A sounds much better IMO (bags more presence/weight) compared to the WG Target. The DVD-A is the best digital version I have heard. The difference is quite remarkable and evident from the off.

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