Countdown to Ecstasy - Steely Dan

Countdown to Ecstasy

Steely Dan

  • Genre: Rock
  • Release Date: 1973-01-01
  • Explicitness: notExplicit
  • Country: USA
  • Track Count: 8

  • ℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.


Title Artist Time
Bodhisattva Steely Dan 5:18 USD Album Only
Razor Boy Steely Dan 3:11 USD 1.29
The Boston Rag Steely Dan 5:40 USD 1.29
Your Gold Teeth Steely Dan 6:59 USD 1.29
Show Biz Kids Steely Dan 5:26 USD 1.29
My Old School Steely Dan 5:46 USD 1.29
Pearl of the Quarter Steely Dan 3:51 USD 1.29
King of the World Steely Dan 5:00 USD 1.29


  • ralphie

    By Ralphie the Buffalo
  • Their best

    By droidles
    I know I'm in a minority here but this is my FAVORITE Dan album with Royal Scam a close second. I admit this is partly due to the fact that it brings back so many memories of the fun I was having in college at the time, but also, as a professional musician myself, this album showed me that the Dan was already producing music that was in a class by itself, no one else even close. .
  • Pearl of the Quarter is a gem

    By solohans
    'Pearl of the Quarter' is a hidden gem in Steely Dan prolific career. I heard it for the 1st time a few days ago after downloading 'Countdown to Ecstacy'. More recognized are 'Bodhisattva' and 'My Old School' This album and their debut are similiar and hint at the crytpic songwriting that's to follow in recordings like 'Pretzel Logic' and 'The Royal Scam.' The jazz influence is beginning to appear here, but pop sensibility is foremost. I enjoyed this early Steely Dan album and plan to buy 'Katy Lied' next, which like this recording are often, but shouldn't be , overlooked. Recommended.
  • Pearl Of The Quarter

    By JohnK_916
    That song is sooo touching. The lyrics are so moving. I really love this song. I really love this album. I’m 22 but I am a huge Dan fan I bought all their albums because they consistenly have great music changes lyrics I sing along with Fagen
  • I love love love this album

    By Deadbass36
    This is probably my favorite SD album. And Ive had em all. Razor Boy is just beautiful--that pedal steel? Yeah they're rockin a pedal steel over Latin grooves and that makes ME happy. Boston Rag--so chill. Underrated stuff, but a must have for a Steely Dan fan. King of the World is just one of their strangest songs, and thats saying something. But you can sing along which is always fun. Just own it--its not overplayed like all the later stuff.
  • Wonderful Musical Maturation

    By MilesandEvans
    Steely Dan would later become well known for their sleek, polished sound (see 1977's AJA and 1980's GAUCHO), and while those albums are wonderful, the aliveness of this early 'Dan (their second studio album) is refreshing. If debut album CAN'T BUY A THRILL had any fault, it was that it still sounded just slightly uncertain of its path. While COUNTDOWN lacks the crucial "hit single" that would've made it more well-known to the general public, it is a gem of an album, with the group sounding like a cohesive unit (as, at this point in time, it still was a touring band) and Fagen/Becker's lyrical viciousness on full display, without the sometimes-frustrating absurdity of their later lyrics. "My Old School" is perhaps the best-known cut here, but "Bodhisattva" puts to rest the Muzak reputation of the group, and "Razor Boy" and "Your Gold Teeth" are early examples of the 'Dan's love for Caribbean-flavored beats. Don't stay wrapped up in AJA when some truly wonderful and heartfelt music is also here.
  • re-living the good times

    By queen angeline
    Fresh from hearing most of these selections live, this album is like re-living a very good time. Show Biz Kids will have you looking for your Steely Dan T-shirt again.
  • Maybe the best Steely Dan album

    By Daneman
    "Countdown to Ecstasy" is perhaps, with the exception of "The Royal Scam", the greatest Steely Dan album of all time. That is a difficult thing to say because every Steely Dan album every made is great in their own right. This album represents early Steely Dan and does not have the same jazz feel as some of the later stuff. Of course this album has the obvious favorites like "Bodhisattva", "Show Biz Kids" & "My Old School", but I really enjoy "Razor Boy", "The Boston Rag" & "Pearl of the Quarter". Heck, the whole album is just simply great. Hardcore and casual Steely Dan fans alike should just buy this one outright.
  • An all time favorite. Wow.. it brings back the high school years!

    By GreenT
    I forgot how great this album is. And it brings back such great memories.
  • Steely Dan Becomes Steely Dan

    By Mattbluhalofan
    Though not as commercially successful as its predecessor "Can't Buy A Thrill", their sophomore effort "Countdown To Ecstasy" was a fitting successor, and showed the Dan in a much more blues-jazz form than before, foreshadowing what would come in following years. The songs are less catchy, and don't appeal to airplay as much as the first album's. Tunes like the opener, Bodhisattva, and Your Gold Teeth feature extended instrumental sections and solos. The semi-reggae influenced Razor Boy and the album's closer King Of The World both show the Dan in a more eclectic light, while The Boston Rag and the signature hit My Old School retain the styles of the first album. Though "Countdown" may not be quite as memorable as "Can't Buy A Thrill", that doesn't make it inferior in any way. Truthfully, the only song I could go without is the sort of folk/country influenced Pearl Of The Quarter. On the whole, "Countdown" isn't nearly as strong as the debut, but it's still one of Steely Dan's best. 8/10, 5/5.