Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ in the (New!) Years” Featuring Mr. Elliott Randall (SoloDallas cover, SVDS)

31 Dec Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ in the (New!) Years” Featuring Mr. Elliott Randall (SoloDallas cover, SVDS)

It was one quick email exchange with Mr. Ken Schaffer (his personal site here) that suggested me (well, he did) a possible title to end this year and bring on the next one.

Given my recent meeting with Mr. Elliott Randall (and my past as a listener to Steely Dan since I was oh 17 years old) I just had to try and wear much larger shoes than mine: Mr. Randall’s, in fact.

So it is another sweet pleasure to introduce you to “Reelin’ In The Years”.

To those of you who haven’t listened to Steely Dan yet – please do so. There is world to learn about music into Steely Dan.

But my passion was sincerely about doing this piece because of Mr. Randall and his playing.

Also meeting him in person – as I had briefly mentioned in the Air posting – was striking for me. His persona was just magical to me. He really is a man who has completely and genuinely dedicated his life to Music.

He has such a long curriculum (i.e., list of people he played/worked with, sessions, shows he did, things he did) that as you read it (please read some about Mr. Randall here and here) you literally wander with your head into Music. But I don’t want to risk and sound over-speaking about Mr. Randall. I’ll let you do your research (please do!).

And before you begin, please watch me try and cover this. It was 1972.

As a side note, it is reported that Mr. Randall’s solo on this song is Jimmy Page’s most favorite solo of all times.

More tech info and a LOT more to say later (very late here, grabbing a plane for the US of A tomorrow morning at 5 am).

 

Happy, Happy New Year You All. 

Love,

Fil :)

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Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri
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20 Comments
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    wheelman
    Posted at 21:56h, 10 January

    Great cover! I would really like the run down on equipment that was used. That strat looks great.

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    Ant
    Posted at 23:25h, 04 January

    playing catch up since new yean n all that 😛

    super nice, great dedication :), enjoyed every second, funky glass too! 😀

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    Johnny
    Posted at 00:27h, 02 January

    What do u guys think is a good recording software for pc that is really easy to understand??

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      frankjoss
      Posted at 00:44h, 02 January

      No plug but Mixcraft is simple to get your head round.
      I’ve tried Cubase, Abelton, Audacity, Reaper, Crystal, and FL Studio (all as demos for trial) and for my simple needs (record, add bass and drum loops plus some VST) Mixcraft was the easiest for my budget. Bought it some months ago and have no problems (Can even overdub video on it and export as new video)
      Well in fact this has turned out a plug, Sorry no offence meant

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        Johnny
        Posted at 00:59h, 02 January

        haha its cool dude, thanks for the help, have u tried acid studio??

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    frankjoss
    Posted at 22:29h, 01 January

    Bliadhna mhath ur
    Happy Hogmany to ya Fil et all

    (SGs, Les Pauls, Strats, Dammit Fil seems like anything looks good on you 😉 )

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    rjofig
    Posted at 21:35h, 01 January

    Nice, afil – happy new year to you too, sir! reel in lots more :)

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    rpatzelt
    Posted at 16:25h, 01 January

    Sweet cover Fil! Love the jacket :)
    I wish you all a Happy New Year!

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    LedSabbath
    Posted at 20:03h, 31 December

    Get a P.A.F. in the neck position of that Strat and an Ampeg SVT Bass Amp Head and you will get the most accurate recording of Reelin’ In the Years.

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    06AngusSG
    Posted at 19:39h, 31 December

    Love the Glasses, Love The Fringed Suede, Love the Strat!!!!!

    I’ve liked this song for a long time. As with most the music I like it was written well before I was born. (1981)

    Nailed it Fil!!!!

    You look just as “at home” on the Strat as your SG’s. 😉

    Happy New Year. (your spending it in the States???)

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    banane
    Posted at 18:38h, 31 December

    Happy new year everyone! :)

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    Dave4433
    Posted at 15:12h, 31 December

    Those tone and volume controls are just working magic on strats. Gotta love ’em!
    Outstanding performance and a great tune to start the new year.

    Happy New Year y’all !!

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    Nick
    Posted at 04:17h, 31 December

    Is that a new Firebird I see behind you? Or did you strip the paint off the red one?

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      Dave4433
      Posted at 12:42h, 31 December

      Looks like a Malcolm Young signature to me.

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        Dries
        Posted at 13:27h, 31 December

        Oh yes that’s him!
        Great you’ve got one. Great guitars

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    Ryley
    Posted at 04:10h, 31 December

    this is great Fil! is that the same start u’ve had for all these years or a new addition?

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    Andrea Sg
    Posted at 03:11h, 31 December

    lots of magical licks I never heard……
    is exhausting as a steve vai’s song, so technical!!
    love the sound!

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    banane
    Posted at 02:55h, 31 December

    Watched it two times, was really worth it to stay up that late bro. Fantastic :)

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