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Don't Take Me Alive

Features of This Track

electric rock instrumentation
mild rhythmic syncopation
demanding instrumental part writing
intricate melodic phrasing
minor key tonality
an electric guitar solo
a distinctive male lead vocal
electric pianos
narrative lyrics
vocal harmonies

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Agents of the law, luckless pedestrians, I know you're out there with rage in your eyes and your megaphones.. . . . . g o t a case o' dynamite, I could hold out here all night!
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The guy on the cover looks like Donald Fagen.
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Bad a** song off a bad a** album. This and Countdown to Ecstacy are my favorites!
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I hate the fact that this level will not be attained in my lifetime.
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Some of my fav tunes came from this era. S.D. One of my favs. Brings me back to the good old days.
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Classic Steely Dan .... So great in Santa Barbara !!!!!
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dlindsey019
No one else like them!
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My favorite album, Royal scam, it just connected me with the electric sensations of my youth, not to mention the teenage angst that went on way too long!
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Lol...Mark!
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I listen to sd almost everyday!
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Sd is the best.......l o v e thier lyrics
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Absolutely wicked Carlton nails it.
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jimboscottjr
These guys and their music will live on forever...
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Got a case of Dynamite.... . . . What a great line to put in a song !
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Yes I crossed my old man back In Oregon don't take me alive....... . . . .
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carpen7
I could hold out here all night....... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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marlasmartwi n d o w s
It doesn't get any better than Steely Dan. Saw them live for the first time last year and was absolutely blown away by their incredible musicianship ! Truly legendary.
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How the hell does every freaking rock critic rank a dozen brit bands ahead of these guys?
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Excellent! No, I don't think there is a bad song by Steely Dan.
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love that Larry Carlton guitar
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Is there any bad song by the Dan? I think not! I totally agree with others here- guitar work extraordinar y . One of Dan's best.
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Only Steely opens with a massive guitar solo right at the beginning. It's anti-rock and roll and I love it!!!!
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Absolutely amazing harmony and instrumental splendor once again. Their music never gets old.
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This is one of the best. Love the guitar. Can picture Fagen holed up in some building armed to the teeth with the SWAT teams outside.
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"Got a case of dynamite". Explosive, like most of their songs.
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Pandora plays this for me at least once a day... are they trying to tell me something??? DONT TAKE ME ALIVE!!!!
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Larry Carlton's guitar lick on "Don't take me alive" is one of the greatest in Classic rock... this song is legendary. love the Dan!
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Amazing band. Wow! Not only the lyrics, but the incredible musicianship of the guys the Dan recruiting to play on their albums. Nobody else like them, then or now.
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Love the Dan
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gmcnabb
"I COULD HOLD OUT HERE ALL NIGHT"...... . . . . . . . . . W / THE DAN
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One of my all time favorites. Love the fusion guitar sound and the lyrics describing the despair and utter hopelessness of a guy who is at the end of his rope and hunkered down with the SWAT team outside.
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This is the definition of a cool song.
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The Dan is freaking awesome.
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This music pontificates the best musical generation of our time....
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gmcnabb
DOES IT GET ANY SMOOTHER____ _ _ _ _ _ U M M M M M M M M - - F O R A JAZZ-ROCK SONG? IT OUGHT TO BE IN A CATEGORY ALL IT'S OWN.
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oui33
This one definitely makes my Steely Dan Top 10 list!
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I gently disagree with those who think Larry Carlton's guitar work on "Kid Charlemagne" (track #1 on "The Royal Scam") is his best.

It is my closely held belief that in fact his work on this song (thank you Pandora), "Don't Take Me Alive" (track #3 on "The Royal Scam"), is his finest guitar performance, and perhaps one of the finest on any album in the last 35 years.
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1 of the best American bands; hands down.
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SUPER-DUPER ARTIST`S!!!! !
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Yes, Hands down ( or up for that matter ) the best guitar intro ever! Great great song....
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Not many artists out there would find a way to rhyme "Oregon". Great tune, and I agree with tr064 about the guitar solo...
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The intro lead is one of my favorite guitar solos of all time!

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