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The Nightfly

Donal Fagan - The Nightfly

Donal Fagan - The Nightfly

Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Label: Warner Brothers

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The Nightfly is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Donald Fagen. Produced by Gary Katz, it was released October 1, 1982 by Warner Bros. Records. Fagen was previously best known for his work in the group Steely Dan, with whom he enjoyed a successful career in the 1970s.

Album Overview

Fagen was previously best known for his work in the group Steely Dan, with whom he enjoyed a successful career in the 1970s. The band separated in 1981, leading Fagen to pursue a solo career. Although The Nightfly includes a number of production staff and musicians who had played on Steely Dan records, it was Fagen's first release without longtime collaborator Walter Becker.

The Nightfly was well-received, both critically and commercially. It was certified platinum in both the US and UK, and generated two popular singles with the top 40 hit "I.G.Y." and the MTV favourite "New Frontier". Among critics, The Nightfly gained widespread acclaim, and received seven nominations at the 1983 Grammy Awards. The relatively low-key but long-lived popularity of The Nightfly led Robert J. Toth of The Wall Street Journal in 2008 to dub the album "one of pop music's sneakiest masterpieces.

The Nightfly is considered more jazzy than Fagen's previous work with Steely Dan, and his lyrics are more wistful and nostalgic than biting. Fagen aimed for his lyrics to have "as little irony as possible," and his goal was to make an album that was fun to listen to.

The Nightfly was met with almost universally positive reviews. Billboard labeled it their top album pick in the first month of its release, calling it a "stunning debut" and praising its "typically blue chip crew of crack players and crisp digital production."[49] David Fricke wrote in Rolling Stone that "Donald Fagen conjures a world where all things are possible, even to a kid locked in his bedroom.

The Nightfly was nominated for seven awards at the 25th Annual Grammy Awards in 1983, including Album of the Year and Best Engineered Recording – Non-Classical. "I.G.Y." received the most nominations, included on lists for Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s), while "Ruby Baby" received a nod for Best Vocal Arrangement. In addition, Gary Katz was nominated for Producer of the Year.

Album Features

  • Released on Warner Brothers Records, October 1982. 
  • Produced by Gary Katz, Robin Hurley
  • Engineered by Roger Nichols, Elliot Scheiner, Daniel Lazerus, Cheryl Smith, Wayne Yurgelun, Rogin Lane, Mike Morongell
  • Recorded at Soundworks, NYC, Automated Sound, NYC and Village Recorder, Los Angeles
  • Mixed by Elliot Scheiner
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig
  • Length: 38:46
  • Reached Number 11 on the Billboard Pop Album Chart (1982)
  • Singles I.G.Y. reached #8 (Adult Contemporary) and #17 (Rock) and New Frontier reached #70 (US Singles - 1983) 

Track Selections

  • I.G.Y.
  • Green Flower Street
  • Ruby Baby
  • Maxine
  • New Frontier
  • The Nightfly
  • The Goodbye Look
  • Walk Between Raindrops

Additional Information

Additional Information

Name The Nightfly
Artists Donald Fagen
Music Genre Jazz, Pop & Rock
Record Speed 33.33 RPM
Record Weight Not Stated
Record Type Single LP
Record Label Warner Brothers
Shipping Weight (kg) 0.2500
Price Range $55.00


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