Everything Must Go (Steely Dan album)

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Everything Must Go
Studio album by Steely Dan
Released June 10, 2003
Recorded 2001 - 2003; at Sear Sound (NYC), Skyline Studios (NYC), River Sound (NYC), Hyperbolic Sound (Maui), Bearsville Studios (Bearsville); mixed at Presence Studios (Weston, CT);[1] mastered at Sony Music[2]
Genre Jazz rock
Length 42:24
Label Reprise
Producer Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
Steely Dan chronology
Two Against Nature
Everything Must Go
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 71/100 [3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
BBC Music (positive)[5]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[6]
Entertainment Weekly B+[7]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[8]
Mojo 4/5 stars[9]
New York Times (positive)[10]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[11]
Q 3/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[13]
Slate (positive)[14]
Sputnikmusic 2/5 stars[15]
Uncut 8/10 stars[16]

Everything Must Go is the ninth and most recent album by Steely Dan, originally released June 10, 2003. It was Steely Dan's second album following their 20-year studio hiatus, which spanned from 1980 through 2000. Everything Must Go was released three years after their Grammy-winning and certified double-platinum release Two Against Nature. It was a departure from their previous release in that the arrangements were scaled back, the solos were kept tighter, and the album had a more overall live feel. It is also the first time Walter Becker was featured on lead vocals on an official Steely Dan release ("Slang of Ages"). It also featured Becker and Fagen as instrumentalists much more than some of their previous releases, especially their late 1970s work. Becker played bass on every song as well as contributing several of the guitar solos, and Fagen provided most of the keyboard work as well as the synthesizer solos. Received to mixed reviews and lackluster sales, it is the only Steely Dan studio album not to have been certified at least gold.


Everything Must Go received mixed reviews upon release. During a concert at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre on July 8, 2011, Donald Fagen said that he felt the album was "underrated".[17]


Everything Must Go was also released as a DVD-audio disc with a multichannel mix.

A special 2-disc edition of Everything Must Go (one CD, one DVD) was released. The DVD, 'Steely Dan Confessions', follows Becker and Fagen touring Las Vegas after hours in a taxi promoting the album in a special version of the cult HBO cable show Taxicab Confessions, hosted by cabbie Rita.[18][19]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.

  1. "The Last Mall" – 3:36
  2. "Things I Miss the Most" – 3:59
  3. "Blues Beach" – 4:29
  4. "Godwhacker" – 4:57
  5. "Slang of Ages" – 4:15
  6. "Green Book" – 5:55
  7. "Pixeleen" – 4:01
  8. "Lunch with Gina" – 4:27
  9. "Everything Must Go" – 6:45


Steely Dan[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]


  • Producers: Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
  • Engineers: Tom Doherty, Roger Nichols, Dave Russell, Elliot Scheiner
  • Assistant engineers: Suzy Barrows, Tom Doherty, Steve Mazur, Keith Nelson, Todd Parker, Matt Scheiner
  • Mixing: Elliot Scheiner
  • Mixing assistant: Joe Peccerillo
  • Mastering: Darcy Proper
  • Editing: Larry Alexander
  • Arrangers: Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
  • Horn arrangements: Donald Fagen
  • Technician: Sam Berd
  • Drum technician: Art Smith
  • Piano tuner: Sam Berd



Year Chart Position
2003 Billboard 200 9
2003 Top Internet Albums 7
2003 UK Album Chart 21


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