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The Nightfly by Donald Fagen
Released: Jan 1982
Label: Reprise
The ex-Steely Dan perfectionist builds on a great concept, with an album that chronicles Fagen's teenage fantasies about his sci-fi life as a Manhattan sophisticate. The retro-futurism includes the globe hopping "I.G.Y.," the bomb-shelter romance of "New Frontier," and the Cuban intrigue of "The Goodbye Look." The existential jazz D.J. of the title tune almost serves as a guide to the album's narratives.
Nick Dedina


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