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The Caves Of Altamira

Features of This Track

basic rock song structures
r & b influences
jazz influences
a subtle use of vocal harmony
a busy horn section
acoustic rhythm piano
a clear focus on recording studio production
mixed minor & major key tonality
a vocal-centric aesthetic
mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation
a dynamic male vocalist
subtle use of fender rhodes
emphasis on instrumental arranging

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Indeed this is an awesome song. Those punchy horns are glorious.
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Cool to hear this on pandora. The Royal Scam is one of the best.
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jcallaebc
Not usually a big fan of percussion, but this is fantastic!
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This song really brings out this great band of brothers!!!! Sounds great .. Especially the horns!!!!!!
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Looking forward to seeing them at presque isle in August :)
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Ahhh......
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Bliss-----
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Agreed. Have heard this song hundreds of times and NEVER tire of it.
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It is sublime, perfection, impossibly cool, lyrical, musical and tight. I have listened to this song so many times I should be sick of it by now, but I never am, and I know I never will be. True genius and talent -- Fagan & Becker and truly great guest musicians for memorable solo work. I regret I have only seen them live once.
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kennedywater p o l o
This song never gets old and tired. As close to perfect as you can get.
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Good Lord! How does one write a song such as this? Or any Dan song? The lyrics, music, singing. Sheesh!
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This is excellent, lyrically and musically, like everything else Steely Dan ever put out.
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cheshirecatb a n
lon time steely fan- new to this song! c========3 (Caves of Altamira)
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this song knocks me OUT! The horns are so sweet.
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A couple of bongs in high school....th i s was how I learned about World History.
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LOVE! The music & lyrics give me chills ~~~~~~~
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WOW!
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hembree_jr
A lot of thier songs are masterpieces to me,have really made my moods, thanks SD.
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Solid Dan - nice sax and brass work as well.
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gmcnabb
THEY HEARD THE CALL AND THEY WROTE IT ON THE WALL --- FOR YOU AND ME...WE UNDERSTOOD.. . . . . . . . . . LONG LIVE SD
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I have never heard this song, but I like it. It has a nice sound, as Steely Dan always does.
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A friggin masterpiece.
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jim3678
Their show at the Tower Theatre outside of Philadelphia on 11/20/09 was great. High energy for both the band and the audience. Fagan - "Philadelphi a always got us". We got them that night!
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You wouldn't think a girl like me would have this song as her life story, but she does... it's me! Oh how I love this song. Before this fall when they wrote it on the wall when there wasn't even any Hollywood

Yep that was me.
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I agree w/Spate. I saw them on two successive tours -- way back i the '90's at the Palace in Detroit. The 1st one left me feeling cheated -- "re-hab tour" to be sure. The next, certainly a whip-saw reaction, was a so much better return to the concert I hoped for the first time. 6 ways to Sunday. Wish it was at Pine Knob, aka DTE.
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sdz.zeff
Sax solo is the only appearance of jazz great John Klemmer on a Steely Dan album
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Everything these guys do is perfection!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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This song is a great example of how nasty Steely Dan can be. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen hold it down!! They are truly some of the best studio musicians of all-time.
These guys are very TIGHT, and keep it real in their live performances !

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