SOURCE: Reprise Records

January 19, 2006 10:25 ET

Morph The Cat: Donald Fagen Solo Album Set for Reprise Records Release on March 7; Tour Dates Announced; Panasonic ELS Surround Is Presenting Sponsor

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 19, 2006 -- "Morph The Cat," the eagerly anticipated new solo album from Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen, has been set for release March 7th on Reprise Records.

Featuring nine new songs written and arranged by Fagen, "Morph The Cat" is the multi-Grammy winning artist's first solo album since 1993's "Kamakiriad" and the final installment in a de facto musical trilogy that began with "The Nightfly" in 1982.

"'The Nightfly' is sort of looking from the standpoint of youth," Fagen explains. "'Kamakiriad' would be more about midlife. This new one is about endings, really."

"Morph The Cat" selections include the title track and the debut single "H Gang," which is scheduled for digital release on January 24th. Also featured are "What I Do," "Brite Nightgown," "The Great Pagoda Of Funn," "Security Joan," "The Night Belongs To Mona," "Mary Shut The Garden Door" and a reprise of "Morph The Cat." The album will be made available as both a CD and a CD/DVD in high-resolution audio and 5.1 Surround Sound.

Built around extended, richly textured jazz, soul and rock grooves, the themes of "Morph The Cat" range from impending mortality and assorted apocalyptic scenarios to homeland security and the ghost of Ray Charles. "I don't think you can escape the environment we live in now," Fagen remarks on his songwriting strategy. "If Steely Dan has survived -- and I have survived as a solo artist -- it's partly because we've reflected what's going on around us."

"Morph The Cat" was recorded in New York City and Kauai, Hawaii, with longtime Steely Dan engineer Elliot Scheiner at the boards. The album also features an extraordinary line-up of backing musicians, many of who have previously worked with Fagen and his Steely Dan partner Walter Becker on stage and in the studio. Included are drummer Keith Carlock, bassist Freddie Washington and guitarists Hugh McCracken, Jon Herington and Wayne Krantz. Fagen performs lead and backing vocals and plays keyboards.

Donald Fagen will appear in concert for a select series of North American dates in support of "Morph The Cat" this March. The tour is sponsored by ELS Surround, Panasonic's premium automotive audio system, which was designed in collaboration with Elliot Scheiner. Donald has also teamed up with "I Love All Access" to offer fans VIP ticket packages on the Donald Fagen Band '06 tour (info available on his website at www.donaldfagen.com). The itinerary is as follows:

DATE       CITY                VENUE
-------    -----------         -----------
March 1    New Brunswick, NJ   State Theater
March 3    Westbury, NY        North Fork Music Theater
March 4    Upper Darby, PA     Tower Theater
March 6    Washington, DC      Warner Theatre
March 7    New York, NY        Beacon Theater
March 9    Boston, MA          Opera House
March 10   Atlantic City, NJ   Borgata
March 12   Ottawa, QC          NAC
March 13   Toronto, ON         Massey Hall
March 15   Cleveland, OH       Palace Theatre
March 16   Detroit, MI         Opera House
March 18   Chicago, IL         Chicago Theatre
March 19   Minneapolis, MN     State Theater
March 22   Denver, CO          Paramount Theater
March 24   Las Vegas, NV       The Joint At Hard Rock Hotel
March 25   Temecula, CA        Pechanga Theater
March 27   Los Angeles, CA     Wiltern Theatre
March 28   Oakland, CA         Paramount Theater

About ELS Surround

Drawing upon a rich tradition of leadership in audio technology, Panasonic Automotive has collaborated with celebrated producer/engineer Elliot Scheiner to create and market ELS Surround premium audio systems. ELS Surround, named for Scheiner's industry known moniker, sets the standard for the ultimate automotive listening experience. Scheiner is widely recognized as a leader in surround sound recording/mixing and has won five Grammy Awards, the most recent for album of the year - Steely Dan's Two Against Nature. More information is available at www.elssurround.com.

About Panasonic Automotive Systems

Based in Peachtree City, Georgia, and with Detroit area operations located in Southfield, MI, Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America is a division of Secaucus, New Jersey-based Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC) of Osaka, Japan, one of the world's leading developers and producers of innovative digital and other electronic products for consumer, business and industrial use. Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America also acts as the North American operating company of Panasonic Automotive Systems Company, a division of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., which coordinates global automotive industry systems and components operations. For more information on Panasonic and Matsushita Electric, visit www.panasonic.com .

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