You can't have a discussion about Steely Dan's Katy Lied without also touching on the infamous dbx debacle, obliquely referred to in Becker and Fagen's 1999 liner notes, but explained with some gory details by Dias. The mysterious dulling of the sound during the mixing process so frustrated everyone -- even reducing the `immortal' engineer Roger Nichols to a mere, dumbfounded mortal -- that the task of remixing and mastering fell to Dias by default, because no one else wanted to do it. To the great credit of Dias and Becker (who stepped in late into the process), the album was salvaged sufficiently enough for release.
I never noticed ;-)
Contains Gold Teeth II, the piano/guitar solo gives me goosebumps.
Fagen/Becker/Nichols were always going for the best sound quality of their albums.
On mixing “Katy Lied”, they used high-end audiophile Audio Research tube amplifiers to drive Magnepan loudspeakers - a design that looks like a large screen.
A friend of mine remastered “Katy Lied” but due to contractual limits, the project was stopped and his mastering was destroyed. There are a few “out there” and, reportedly, have THE best sound quality of all the commercial versions of “Katy Lied”.
It’s a shame the dbx screwed what could have been an even better album project.
IIRC, someone stole masters of “Aja” and it’s why that album has never been remixed into surround. Fagen & Becker even offered a reward for those masters...but no one came forward.