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11 Tracks of Whack album for sale by Walter Becker was released Sep 27, 1994 on the Giant label. It's not surprising that Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker's debut solo album sounds like a Steely Dan record. 11 Tracks of Whack buy CD music What is a little surprising, though, is that, in his lead singing debut, he sounds so much like his erstwhile partner, Donald Fagen. Not that you'd mistake the two (Fagen projects more and is slightly grittier), but they sing in the same register with the same sly phrasing and the same accent. 11 Tracks of Whack CD music contains a single disc with 12 songs.   ...See Full Description

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1Down In the Bottom See All 24:16 $0.69(Available)
2Junkie Girl See All 24:08 $0.69(Available)
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3Surf and/Or Die See All 26:15 $0.99(Available)
4Book Of Liars See All 24:10 $0.99(Available)
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5Lucky Henry See All 24:39 $0.69(Available)
6Hard Up Case See All 24:57 $0.69(Available)
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7Cringemaker See All 25:12 $0.69(Available)
8Girlfriend See All 2 Walter Becker GIRLFRIEND Lyrics5:43 $0.69(Available)
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9My Waterloo See All 24:03 $0.69(Available)
10This Moody Bastard See All 25:19 $0.99(Available)
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11Hat Too Flat See All 25:26 $0.69(Available)
12Little Kawai See All 22:45 $0.69(Available)
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Average Rating:4.5 stars
5 stars
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11 Tracks is not Whack
This album is definitely worth every penny. Its not Steely Dan, but it is and excellent album, and does feature some of the Dan alumni such as Dean Parks and of course Donald Fagan. The excellent guitar solos and grungy singing of Walter make this album a classic, and a definite must have for all of the Steely Dan fans out there.
By JerseyJ85 (Mullica, NJ, USA)
5 stars
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Walter has put together a GREAT album here. Surf and or Die is a unique tune with very cool guitar chords and the typical Walter Becker intelligent lyrics.
By Mark Evans (Montgomery, Al, USA) Verified Buyer
5 stars
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An honest, moody piece of work that grows on you.
This is a most interesting CD if you're a Steely Dan fan. Just what was Walter Becker's contribution to the sound and writing of Steely Dan's music ? Well, I think this superb CD answers a lot of that question. First off, Becker is the funkier of the two writers (the other being of course - Donald Fagen) and secondly the laid back feel behind Becker's singing and tasty guitar playing is nothing short of genius. You can't buy it. You either have or you don't. He seems to have provided the bottom glue and feel to all those great Steely Dan tunes not mention the odd musical breaks here and there that clearly match his absurd sense of humor. One can check this out by comparing this CD with Fagen's excellent Nitefly CD and Kamakiriad collection. Though most of these tunes are not as harmoically rich or as melodic as Fagen's outings or for that matter Steely Dan (most probably because Becker's singing range is limited and he is composing with a guitar which in most cases lends to a much more rhythmic approach to song writing) it doesn't matter. The cutting edge phrasing hugging the biting personal lyrics (something Fagen seems more apt to shy away from) make up for it. Not to say there isn't a good melody here. The hook to "Hat is Too Flat" and "Girlfriend" are excellent as well as "Junkie Girl" and the guitar/vocal riff in 'Lucky Henry.' The production is a little loser and more atmospherieric than your average Steely Dan masterpiece (check out the monks chanting in 'Surf or Die') and some very odd keyboard and guitar solos abound. The engineering is pristine as usual but a bit too sterile for my taste and I would have preferred a real drum kit on the opening cut "Down At The Bottom" (The snare drum will rip your head right off - probably what WB intended knowing his twisted mind.) To my ears this collection of tunes is kind of a song cycle depicting the craziness that Becker has been going through since the 80s. It's very personal. He writes about his son, the death of a close friend, his ex-wife and of course his own short comings (This Moody Bastard). He seems to have grown a lot and shed some skin with this CD and working again with Fagen who produced it, is an extra bonus. Listening to this collection makes it so clear how perfect a team Becker and Fagen really are. Rich harmonic structure - intellectual sarcasm and perfection (Fagen) blended with lose street smart funk and wacky cynicism (Becker). Amazing. We're lucky they found each other or so much great music may not have been written by these two geniuses. 11 Tracks of Whack is a wonderful piece of honest work that really grows on you. Buy it and live it. And ya get 12 songs not 11. Which song is not the whack? Not sure. My guess it's the last one about his son but with WB ya never know.
By JT (Stony Brook, NY,USA)
5 stars
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underlooked classic of the year
This album is spotless pure subcultural pop at its best. If you know Steely Dan you know the production is perfect, the musicians are the best, and its just worth it. Now if you really pay attention to Becker you know the voice. He is great when he sings, but its different. Irrreverant. But still just catchy perfect pop with undertones of jazz and funky soul to keep you thinking, hey where did this come from? Just buy it if you appreciate this kind of stuff.
By Gregg (Helena, AR, USA)
3 stars
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close, but not as many cigars as the Dan or Fagen
In many ways what you'd expect: very good production, top drawer musicianship and good songs often with sly lyrics. The downside is that you learn why Walt never sang lead for the Dan (he hasn't got a *bad* voice, but it's nothing special and doesn't gel with the songs as well as Donald Fagen's). As you might expect from the title, the songs on offer have a harder edge than Fagen's solo work, and indeed than the last Dan album. But good stuff, not *quite* managing that 4th star but not far off.
By a reviewer (Dundee, Scotland, UK) Verified Buyer
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CD Universe Part number1099854
Orig Year1994
Release DateSep 27, 1994
ProducerDonald Fagen; Walter Becker
EngineerDavid Russell; Tom Hardisty; Earl Martin; David Russell; John Neff; Roger Nichols
Recording Time56 minutes
PersonnelPaulinho Da Costa - percussion
Dean Parks - acoustic & electric guitars
Walter Becker - vocals, guitar, ukelele, bass
Brenda White-King - background vocals
Adam Rogers - electric guitar
John Beasley - keyboards
Ben Perowsky - drums
Bruce Paulson - trombone
Katherine Russell - background vocals
Jon Papenbrook - horns
Fima Ephron - bass

Also: Donald Fagen, Bob Sheppard

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