Gaucho (album)

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Gaucho is the seventh studio album by the American rock band Steely Dan, released on November 21, 1980, by MCA Records. The sessions for Gaucho represent the band's typical penchant for studio perfectionism and obsessive recording technique.[2][3] To record the album, the band used at least 42 different musicians, spent over a year in the studio, and far exceeded the original monetary advance given by the record label.[4] In 1981, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Non-Classical Recording and received Grammy nominations for Album of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 21, 1980
StudioSigma Sound;
Soundworks, Automated Sound;
A&R, New York City;
Village Recorders, West Los Angeles, California;
Producer's Workshop, Hollywood
ProducerGary Katz
Steely Dan chronology
Alive in America
Singles from Gaucho
  1. "Hey Nineteen"
    Released: November 21, 1980
  2. "Time Out of Mind"
    Released: March 1981 (US)
  3. "Babylon Sisters"
    Released: March 1981 (UK)[1]

During the two-year span in which the album was recorded, the band was plagued by a number of creative, personal and professional problems.[5] MCA, Warner Bros. and Steely Dan had a three-way legal battle over the rights to release the album. After it was released, jazz musician Keith Jarrett was given a co-writing credit on the title track after threatening legal action over plagiarism of Jarrett's song "'Long As You Know You're Living Yours". Gaucho marked a significant stylistic change for the band, introducing a more minimal, groove and atmosphere-based format. The harmonically complex chord changes that were a distinctive mark of earlier Steely Dan songs are less prominent on Gaucho, with the record's songs tending to revolve around a single rhythm or mood, although complex chord progressions were still present particularly in "Babylon Sisters" and "Glamour Profession". Gaucho proved to be Steely Dan's final studio album before a 20-year hiatus from the recording industry.