Steely Dan Gaucho Outtake: “The Bear”

Engineer Jay Marks’ comments: This is a rough mix that was made at Sigma Sound in New York the day Gary (Katz, producer) & Company came to check out our studio. I was the engineer. The tracks were cut by Al Schmidt except for the piano solo which I overdubbed that day.

The reason I know it’s my mix all these years later is because of the fade — Gary kept telling me to fade faster, and I was just too slow, never having heard the whole song before. So that’s why you hear that slight transition at the end — it’s not supposed to be there. (We also cut Kind Spirit that day as well as doing a rough mix on the “original lyrics” version of Third World Man, which at that time was called Were You Blind That Day.)

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