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Charted: July 21, 1973

Rating: 4.385 (average of 14 ratings)

Genre: jazz rock

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Album Tracks:

  1. Bodhisattva
  2. Razor Boy
  3. The Boston Rag
  4. Your Gold Teeth
  5. Show Biz Kids
  6. My Old School
  7. Pearl of the Quarter
  8. King of the World


sales in U.S. only ½ million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated ½ million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 35
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Show Biz Kids (7/28/73) #61 US
  • My Old School (11/3/73) #63 US


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Countdown to Ecstasy
Steely Dan
Can’t Buy a Thrill became an unexpected hit, and as a response, Donald Fagen became the group’s full-time lead vocalist, and he and Walter Becker acted like Steely Dan was a rock & roll band for the group’s second album, Countdown to Ecstasy. The loud guitars and pronounced backbeat of Bodhisattva, Show Biz Kids, and My Old School camouflage the fact that Countdown is a riskier album, musically speaking, than its predecessor. Each of its eight songs have sophisticated, jazz-inflected interludes, and apart from the bluesy vamps ‘Bodhisattva’ and ‘Show Biz Kids,’ which sound like they were written for the stage, the songs are subtly textured. Razor Boy, with its murmuring marimbas, and the hard bop tribute Your Gold Teeth reveal Becker and Fagen’s jazz roots, while the country-flavored Pearl of the Quarter and the ominous, skittering King of the World are both overlooked gems. Countdown to Ecstasy is the only time Steely Dan played it relatively straight, and its eight songs are rich with either musical or lyrical detail that their album rock or art rock contemporaries couldn't hope to match” (Erlewine).

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previous album: Can’t Buy a Thrill (1972) next album: Pretzel Logic (1974)

Last updated April 3, 2008.