Steely Dan – Live At The Record Plant 20/3/74

30 Apr

Steely Dan - Live At The Record Plant  DS238f front

Recorded at the Record Plant, and broadcast in QS live by KMET-Los Angeles on the 20th March  1974.

Corrected rear artwork

Release: DS238f

Source: QS

Process: QS/II



14 Responses to “Steely Dan – Live At The Record Plant 20/3/74”

  1. John February 28, 2016 at 23:10 #

    What a great concert – with ridiculously aggressive rock guitar – always off-kilter but brilliant soloing. The energy is so palpable throughout. I loved it. Perhaps not a quad demonstration recording – but still some nice moments in the rear. I had a great hour or so with this one – and am very happy to be hearing this version today. Thanks for the share!

  2. rayshackleford June 16, 2014 at 01:55 #

    Can’t believe it took me sooooooooo long to comment on this, but this is one where we all have to bow down to OD and the rest of the community for their work in sourcing this and bringing it to the people. It been out there in varying quality, but this is the best sound you could possibly hope for. A little top end heavy compared to their studio output, but SO nice to have this to slot in next to their quad studio output.

  3. prefabfan January 28, 2014 at 19:02 #

    This All Too Mobile Home, you had to see it to understand. Fagen finishes his vocal, LEAVES the stage!!! Band jams, he comes back in bathrobe says “Good Night” leaves again. Then one by one the band members leave, Michael McDonald first, Royce second, Denny, Jeff, Walter next to last, leaving only Hodder and porcaro to do a drum battle royale. Guess who wins? And as the drummers, only two players left on stage, rise to a crescendo, Hodder counts\yells ‘1, 2, 3, 4!” And they stop, dead. End of concert.

  4. Owen Smith June 8, 2013 at 13:41 #

    This is a good listen, though I only know a couple of the more famous tracks. I thought the vocals were a bit quiet in the mix in places and as others have said the use of quad is limited due to the live nature of the mix. The 60Hz mains hum was a bit disconcerting, UK ears are accustomed to a bit of 50Hz so we’re good at ignoring that but 60Hz (you actually hear 120Hz) sticks out like a sore thumb at the very start until the music got going on track 1. After that it didn’t seem to be much of a problem, maybe I got used to it or maybe someone found the source and fixed it.

    There’s some great playing on this, it’s good to hear the band really could play live. As someone who never heard them in their era you never know for sure. It depresses me how many modern artists can’t deliver live.

  5. birdycat19 May 6, 2013 at 17:37 #

    Really enjoyed this one! Classic 70’s Steely Dan live in decent sound is harder than a hen’s tooth to find so this is quite the artifact. Really shows how important Michael McDonald was to that early SD sound. Yeah, there’s only guitar and synth runs in the rears but it’s fun to listen to it isolated and sing along 🙂

  6. quadro2013 April 30, 2013 at 19:52 #

    I have a CD in stereo of the concert and didn’t knew, that there is an quad-version. I didn’t expect this. I’m a really lucky guy!

    Thank You so much!!!!!!!!!

    • philbiker May 6, 2013 at 02:02 #

      Thanks this is an interesting mix. Strange Quad – there’s hardly anything in the back. Just some guitars here and there and maybe a synth or two. With so much going on, and with SD having such a great multichannel pedigree even then (the first three albums are great in Quad – the later stuff is fabulous in 5.1) I expected more. Nice to hear this performance.

      • oxforddickie May 6, 2013 at 10:47 #

        You have to remember that the mix was not done by the band themselves, Sansui had someone there probably to over see the broadcast, and probably to check the mix was stereo/mono compatible

  7. capt2muchclutter April 30, 2013 at 19:48 #

    There have been a several versions of this. Some leave off the “This song scares me….” spoken part before King of the World. So is this a previously unreleased decode? Thanks.

  8. joeerand April 30, 2013 at 18:01 #

    I had an office at the Record Plant briefly. One of their most infamous facilities was a hot tub that the recording artists took advantage of in their late-night partying. The list of great recordings made in those studios was amazing (and probably included a lot of quad), but it was knocked down in the 1980’s to build a typical shopping complex. They moved a lot of equipment to a new location and continued under the same name, but I never thought it was the same.

  9. mickjerome April 30, 2013 at 14:43 #

    I’ve got it already but thanks for your work.I know something exists about “AJA”,have you got it?Merci.

    • oxforddickie April 30, 2013 at 14:58 #

      This is not the same as you have. Anyway, enjoy.

  10. jaypfunk April 30, 2013 at 14:39 #

    Very very cool. I’ve had this for years on a bootleg CD. The dual drumming on this is SICK!

    Thanks again OD.

    PS – Any luck with Satnana Welcome yet? Also… any plans for doing the 1st Santana album? I hear that the mix is fantastic on that one.

    • oxforddickie April 30, 2013 at 14:58 #

      Welcome in due course, and am still looking for a good copy of the first album

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