All seven original ABC/MCA Steely Dan albums will be available as standard 33-1/3 RPM 180-gram black vinyl editions via Geffen/UMe, and as limited-edition premium 45 RPM versions on Ultra High-Quality Vinyl [[UHQR) from Analogue Productions. The label arm of audiophile storefront Acoustic Sounds will also release the catalogue in stereo hybrid SACD format [[playable on all CD players).
The campaign, overseen by Donald Fagen, begins on November 4 with a 50th anniversary edition of the Dan's debut, 1972's Can't Buy a Thrill. The album found Becker and Fagen mining a fully-formed sound that was broadly in a soft rock vein but incorporated diverse influences including the jazz sensibility that would define their later records. The top 20 album success yielded two hit singles [[the sly "Do It Again" and buoyant "Reelin' in the Years") and also included the future rock-era standard "Dirty Work," the latter of which was sung by original lead vocalist David Palmer.