Countdown to Ecstasy

Countdown to Ecstasy
Countdown to Ecstasy
Studio album by Steely Dan
Released July, 1973
Recorded Early 1973, Village Recorder,
Santa Monica, CA,
Caribou Ranch,
Nederland, CO
Genre Jazz rock
Length 41:04
Label ABC
Producer Gary Katz
Steely Dan chronology
Can't Buy a Thrill
Countdown to Ecstasy
Pretzel Logic

Countdown to Ecstasy is the second album by rock group Steely Dan, released in July 1973. The album was written and recorded in rushed sessions between live concerts and produced two Billboard Hot 100 hits[1], "Show Biz Kids" and "My Old School", which have continued to be popular both on radio and in concert[citation needed].



Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (A)[3]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[4]

Countdown to Ecstasy was well regarded as a sophomore effort coming in higher by many reviewers than its high rated predecessor. "[T]he Steelies strike gold and really boogie" is how the reviewer put it in Rolling Stone[5]


The album was originally released in two-channel stereo and also in a special four-channel quadrophonic mix. There are some significant musical differences between the two mixes.

A live version of the song "Bodhisattva" was used as the B-side for both "Hey Nineteen" and "Babylon Sisters", released as singles in the 1980s.

"Bodhisattva" is a playable track in the video game Rock Band 2, while "My Old School" is featured as downloadable content.

The cover art to the album originally included only the three pink figures seated up front, but because there were five musicians who played on the album (they are pictured on the back) the two ghostly figures to the left were added by the record company to "balance" it out.

Track listing

All songs written by Becker and Fagen.

Side one

  1. "Bodhisattva" – 5:19
  2. "Razor Boy" – 3:11
  3. "The Boston Rag" – 5:40
  4. "Your Gold Teeth" – 7:02

Side two

  1. "Show Biz Kids" – 5:25
  2. "My Old School" – 5:47
  3. "Pearl of the Quarter" – 3:50
  4. "King of the World" – 5:04


Steely Dan



  • Producer: Gary Katz
  • Engineer: Roger Nichols
  • Assistant engineer - Miss Natalie
  • Album design: Dotty of Hollywood
  • Photography: Ed Caraeff


  • Reissue Producers: Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
  • Remastering engineer: Roger Nichols
  • Reissue design: Red Herring Design, New York City
  • Consultant: Daniel Levitin



Year Chart Position
1973 Pop Albums 35

Pop Singles[1]

Year Single Label & number Position
1973 "My Old School" (B-side: "Pearl Of The Quarter) ABC 11396 63
1973 "Show Biz Kids" (B-side: "Razor Boy") ABC 11382 61


External links

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