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Steely Dan – Do It Again (1972)

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Donald Fagen, Walter Becker and friends have never really rung my bell. Like a number of bands from before my time, it has been the musical references of others that have gifted some insight. ‘Peg’ had been sampled by De La Soul on 3 Feet High And Rising. More recently, ‘Kid Charlemagne’ was sampled by Kanye on Graduation. But still, their penchant for jazz rock and disdain for rock gods like Led Zeppelin were never going to endear me. But I’ll give Steely Dan this one, the intro on ‘Do It Again’ is something to behold. It featured on 1972 album Can’t Buy A Thrill. R.I.P. Walter Becker.

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Odyssey – Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love (1972)

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Royce Jones

Before Royce Jones joined Steely Dan, he shared vocal duties with Billy Pierce and Kathleen Warren during his time at 7-piece folk-funksters Odyssey (not to be confused with their namesake, the disco trio from NYC). On ‘Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love’, Warren also plays piano and vibes, Warner Schwebke plays bass, Don Peake and Don Dacus play guitars and Gene Pello plays drums. In 1972, the song featured on their only album on Mowest, the commercially disastrous Californian arm of Motown. But this song is a classic rare groove.

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