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Charted: Oct. 30, 1982

Rating: 4.377 (average of 9 ratings)

Genre: studio rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. I.G.Y.
  2. Green Flower Street
  3. Ruby Baby
  4. Maxine
  5. New Frontier
  6. The Nightfly
  7. The Goodbye Look
  8. Walk Between Raindrops

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 1.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.3
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1.3


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 11
peak on U.K. album chart 44

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • I.G.Y. (10/9/82) #26 US, #8 AC, #17 AR
  • New Frontier (1/29/83) #70 US, #34 AC


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Mojo Magazine’s 100 Greatest Albums

The Nightfly
Donald Fagen
“A portrait of the artist as a young man, The Nightfly is a wonderfully evocative reminiscence of Kennedy-era American life; in the liner notes, Donald Fagen describes the songs as representative of the kinds of fantasies he entertained as an adolescent during the late ‘50s/early ‘60s, and he conveys the tenor of the times with some of his most personal and least obtuse material to date.” JA

“Continuing in the smooth pop-jazz mode favored on the final Steely Dan records, The Nightfly is lush and shimmering, produced with cinematic flair by Gary Katz; romanticized but never sentimental, the songs are slices of suburbanite soap opera, tales of space-age hopes (the hit I.G.Y.) and Cold War fears (the wonderful The New Frontier, a memoir of fallout-shelter love) crafted with impeccable style and sophistication.” JA

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Last updated November 16, 2010.