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Charted: March 30, 1974

Rating: 4.561 (average of 14 ratings)

Genre: jazz rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Rikki Donít Lose That Number
  2. Night by Night
  3. Any Major Dude Will Tell You
  4. Barrytown
  5. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
  6. Parkerís Band
  7. Through with Buzz
  8. Pretzel Logic
  9. With a Gun
  10. Charlie Freak
  11. Monkey in Your Soul


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI Ė click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 8
peak on U.K. album chart 37

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Rikki Donít Lose That Number (5/11/74) #4 US, #58 UK, #15 AC
  • Pretzel Logic (10/12/74) #57 US


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

Pretzel Logic
Steely Dan
ďCountdown to Ecstasy wasnít half the hit that Canít Buy a Thrill was, and Steely Dan responded by trimming the lengthy instrumental jams that were scattered across Countdown and concentrating on concise songs for Pretzel Logic. While the shorter songs usually indicate a tendency toward pop conventions, thatís not the case with Pretzel Logic. Instead of relying on easy hooks, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen assembled their most complex and cynical set of songs to date. Dense with harmonics, countermelodies, and bop phrasing, Pretzel Logic is vibrant with unpredictable musical juxtapositions and snide, but very funny, wordplay. Listen to how the albumís hit single, Rikki Donít Lose That Number, opens with a syncopated piano line that evolves into a graceful pop melody, or how the title track winds from a blues to a jazzy chorus Ė Becker and Fagenís craft has become seamless while remaining idiosyncratic and thrillingly accessible. Since the songs are now paramount, it makes sense that Pretzel Logic is less of a band-oriented album than Countdown to Ecstasy, yet it is the richest album in their catalog, one where the backhanded Dylan tribute Barrytown can sit comfortably next to the gorgeous Any Major Dude Will Tell You. Steely Dan made more accomplished albums than Pretzel Logic, but they never made a better oneĒ (Erlewine).

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previous album: Countdown to Ecstasy (1973) next album: Katy Lied (1975)

Last updated April 3, 2008.