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July 22, 1986|RICHARD CROMELIN | Terry Atkinson

"A Decade of Steely Dan." MCA. AAD (analog recording). With its rich, luminous sound, Dan (the duo of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen) is an ideal subject for CD-fication, and you discover even more in the music when you program the 14 tracks in various configurations--year-by-year, cynical to warm ("Black Friday" to "Deacon Blues"), wiggy rock to the jazz-pop border ("My Old School" to "Bad Sneakers"). Becker and Fagen helped compile this CD-only collection, and all that's missing is an unreleased song or two and "Show Biz Kids." And maybe "Doctor Wu." And "Any Major Dude." And . . . Volume 2, anyone? 1/2

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