So, yes, Steely Dan's a polarizing ensemble. I fully acknowledge that... though I love their early work (through Aja) I see all the problems. By the end, they were Jazz-Lite. But their smart-aleck, sardonic style, oh-so-Seventies, worked for me then and still does now (at least to some extent). And their stuff always sounded good.
I remember reading, on some forum or another, that their "Greatest Hits" album (on LP) is a fine-sounding couple of hunks of polyvinyl chloride. A few weeks back, rummaging through the boxes of records on the basement (looking for fodder to sell at the annual Westford, MA antique radio fleamarket), I found my copy.
I am sitting and listening to it tonight. Holy mother of Jehoshaphat, does it, indeed, sound fine in every respect. Deep, clear and smooth and detailed, all at once. Like 1970s buttah.
"Never gonna do it without The Fez on...