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The Nightfly (1982)

Donald Fagen
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Jazz, Rock music, Pop music

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The Nightfly is the first solo album by Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen, released in 1982. It was one of the first fully digital recordings of popular music. Although The Nightfly includes a number of production staff and musicians who had played on Steely Dan records, it is notably Fagen's first release without longtime collaborator Walter Becker.
Unlike the majority of Fagen's work before this point, The Nightfly is almost blatantly autobiographical. Many of the songs relate to the cautiously optimistic mood of his suburban childhood in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and include such lyrical topics as late night jazz deejays, bomb shelters, and tropical vacations.
The Nightfly was certified Platinum in both the US and UK, and produced two popular hits with "I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World)" and "New Frontier". It also received several 1983 Grammy Award nominations. This relatively low-key but long-lived popularity led the Wall Street Journal in 2007 to dub the album, "one of pop music's sneakiest masterpieces."
The Nightfly was recorded shortly after Steely Dan's final album before their extended hiatus, 1980's Gaucho. It was Donald Fagen's debut solo album, and also the first

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Tracks

3:42 Green Flower Street
5:39 Ruby Baby
6:21 New Frontier
5:46 The Nightfly
4:50 The Goodbye Look
2:38 Walk Between Raindrops
3:49 Maxine
6:04 IGY
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