Steely Dan – Do It Again To test de­tail

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Steely Dan’s de­but al­bum be­came hard hi-fi cur­rency al­most im­me­di­ately upon its Novem­ber 1972 re­lease – and its ca­chet wasn’t harmed at all by a quadro­phonic mix re­leased along­side the stereo ver­sion. In the in­ter­ven­ing decades, the band has be­come a by­word for grown-up, painstak­ing and re­fined sound. Which makes them a per­fect can­di­date for show­cas­ing your sys­tem’s strengths, no mat­ter what they are.

Com­pe­ti­tion at the top end

Here, though, we’re con­cerned with tre­ble – and the first minute of the first song on that first al­bum is enough to sep­a­rate the high-fre­quency mas­ters from the mere work­men. Con­gas, ride cym­bal, elec­tric piano and guiro all com­pete for space in more-or-less the same sec­tion of the fre­quency range, and all pro­duce en­tirely dif­fer­ent sounds and tex­tures. A quick burst of elec­tric gui­tar and fin­ger-cym­bal fur­ther mud­dies the wa­ters – and the vo­cal hasn’t even started yet. If your sys­tem can dif­fer­en­ti­ate these ri­val sounds ef­fec­tively, the high-gloss Steely Dan sound is all the more wel­com­ing.

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