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Posted: 23 March 2006 at 11:02am | IP Logged Quote sriv94

Here's another one for the class. Can someone pinpoint for me the correct running times of both the single and LP versions of "My Old School" by Steely Dan?

My only CD copy runs (5:48), even though the time listed on the jacket is (4:46)--this is the Decade of Steely Dan CD version. The (4:46) running time is listed on the Countdown To Ecstasy LP per allmusic.com, but I don't have the LP or CD to check whether that time is accurate.

So what is the true LP time, what is the true 45 time and can the 45 be made from any of the LP versions? Ed does not have the vinyl 45 (the song peaked at #63 Billboard), so I'm throwing it open for the class. Thanks.

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Posted: 26 May 2006 at 9:52am | IP Logged Quote sriv94

Just bumping this up--I have subsequently found that the label lists the running time of the single of "My Old School" as (4:15). If anyone knows if this single can be created from the Decade of Steely Dan CD version (which runs (5:48)), please feel free to share.

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Posted: 03 January 2008 at 9:06pm | IP Logged Quote sriv94

Thanks to John (eriejwg) providing me his 45, I now have some findings to report:

Using the Decade of Steely Dan version as my source ((5:48) run time), first, I had to speed it up 2%.

There's one edit at around the (2:57.6) mark of the LP (shaves about 31.5 seconds off to around (3:29.23) of the LP), but the tricky part was that the sequence from roughly (3:57.61) to (4:01.33) had to be repeated several times and the song faded out from there (these times are from the edit). Actual single time should be around (4:21).

Not the easiest edit to replicate, but it is doable. With a little patience.

Edited by sriv94 on 03 January 2008 at 9:09pm


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Posted: 03 January 2008 at 10:31pm | IP Logged Quote satchdr

sriv94, I checked my CD of "Countdown To Ecstasy" and the actual time of My Old School is 5:46 although the listed time is 4:46.
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Posted: 04 January 2008 at 9:35am | IP Logged Quote sriv94

Thanks, Satch. Now all I need to figure out is if it was that way on the vinyl LP.

And call me Doug--almost everyone else does. :)

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Posted: 04 January 2008 at 10:05pm | IP Logged Quote satchdr

Glad to, Doug. I have to retrieve about 400 of my albums and "Countdown to Ecstasy" is one of them. When I get it back, I'll time it and post the result. My recollection is that I did not hear any difference between the LP and the CD.

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Posted: 05 January 2008 at 3:23pm | IP Logged Quote vanmeter

It's about 5:48 on my black-label ABC LP. I just checked.
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Posted: 05 January 2008 at 6:30pm | IP Logged Quote sriv94

Thank you, Van.

Never really understood why LPs would mislabel their times--it's not like singles that were labeled for radio play (any station playing off of vinyl LP usually wouldn't have cared what the time was). And people at home probably wouldn't have cared either.

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Posted: 05 January 2008 at 9:29pm | IP Logged Quote aaronk

Could've been an honest mistake, or it could've been the record label trying to save a few pennies. Royalties are paid partially based on song length.
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