7 Most Expensive Grammy-Winning Albums Ever

7 Most Expensive Grammy-Winning Albums Ever

The production of Steely Dan’s seventh studio album was a difficult one. Prior to heading into the studio, the band suffered from some personal setbacks. The girlfriend of co-founder Walter Becker died from a drug overdose at his home. Shortly after, Becker was hit by a car in New York. Eventually, the band made it to the studio to record “Gaucho,” where they worked hard to perfect their music. For example, the band did forty or more takes of the same song, which most likely racked up recording expenses. 

Also, 42 other musicians were called upon to help complete the album’s production, and the band was sued for $1 million by jazz pianist Keith Jarrett for copyright infringement for one of the album’s songs, according to Mental Floss. In addition, engineer Roger Nichols used $150,000 to create a drum machine for the rock duo — that’s equal to almost $480,000 today, easily qualifying it as one of the most expensive albums to make.

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