I could write a lengthy essay on the seemingly parallel rise of linear funk grooves and cryptic condom-usage lyrics in the mid-seventies. Watch for the Kickstarter.
Steely Dan sessions were quite stressful for the musicians. Many of the drummers mention the absurd level of perfection Fagan and Becker expected1. However, years later, we are left with some timeless, classy performances.
Purdie says he overdubbed the drum parts on this album. He was brought in for his sound, so he gave them his sound.
Nailing this snare part will really help with other Purdie grooves. Also, invite a friend to play shaker.