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Steely Dan - Aja mp3
Interprète: Steely Dan
Titre: Aja
Publié sur: 25 Jun 2008
Label: Geffen Records
Pays: Japan
Style: Pop Rock, Fusion
Catalogue #: UICY-93520
Genre: Jazz / Rock / Pop
Classement: 4.9
Votes: 780
Formats: CD, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Paper Sleeve, SHM-CD
Taille du MP3: 2546 mb

Tracklist

1Deacon Blues7:37
2Black Cow5:11
3Aja8:00
4Home At Last5:36
5Josie4:31
6I Got The News5:07
7Peg4:00

Crédits

  • Arranged By [Horns], Conductor [Horns]Tom Scott
  • Arranged By [Rhythm]Dean Parks, Larry Carlton, Michael Omartian, Walter Becker
  • Backing VocalsClydie King (tracks: 1, 3, 6), Donald Fagen (tracks: 2, 5, 7), Michael McDonald (tracks: 4, 6), Rebecca Louis (tracks: 1, 6), Sherlie Matthews (tracks: 1, 3, 6), Timothy B. Schmit (tracks: 2, 5, 7), Venetta Fields (tracks: 1, 3, 6)
  • BassChuck Rainey (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 7)
  • BrassChuck Findley, Lou McCreary, Slyde Hyde
  • DrumsBernard Purdie (tracks: 3, 5)
  • Electric PianoVictor Feldman (tracks: 1, 3, 7)
  • GuitarDean Parks (tracks: 6, 7), Larry Carlton (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 7)
  • Guitar [Solo]Walter Becker (tracks: 5, 7)
  • Lead Vocals, Arranged By [Rhythm]Donald Fagen
  • PercussionVictor Feldman (tracks: 2, 4, 6)
  • Piano, VibraphoneVictor Feldman (tracks: 5, 6)
  • ProducerGary Katz
  • SynthesizerDonald Fagen (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 7)
  • WoodwindBill Perkins, Jackie Kelso, Jim Horn, Pete Christlieb, Plas Johnson, Tom Scott, Wayne Shorter
  • Arranged By [Horns], Conductor [Horns]Tom Scott
  • Arranged By [Rhythm Charts Prepared By, In Collaboration With The Composers]Dean Parks, Larry Carlton, Michael Omartian
  • BrassChuck Findley, Lou McCreary, Slyde Hyde
  • EngineerAl Schmitt, Bill Schnee, Elliot Scheiner, Roger Nichols
  • Engineer [Assistant]Ed Rack, Joe Bellamy, Ken Klinger, Lenise Bent, Linda Tyler, Ron Pangaliman
  • Engineer [Executive]Roger Nichols
  • Mastered ByBernie Grundman
  • ProducerGary Katz
  • Saxophone, FluteBill Perkins, Jackie Kelso, Jim Horn, Pete Christlieb, Plas Johnson, Tom Scott, Wayne Shorter
  • Sleeve NotesMichael Phalen, Steve Diener
  • Words By, Music ByDonald Fagen, Walter Becker
  • Arranged By [Horns]Tom Scott
  • EngineerAl Schmitt, Bill Schnee, Elliot Scheiner, Roger Nichols
  • Engineer [Assistant]Ed Rack, Joe Bellamy, Ken Klinger, Lenise Bent, Linda Tyler, Ron Pangaliman
  • Engineer [Executive]Roger Nichols
  • Mastered ByBernie Grundman
  • ProducerGary Katz
  • Sleeve NotesMichael Phalen, Steve Diener
  • Written-ByDonald Fagen, Walter Becker
  • Arranged By [Horns Arranged By], Conductor [Horns Conducted By]Tom Scott
  • Arranged By [Rhythm Charts Prepared By]Dean Parks, Larry Carlton, Michael Omartian
  • Art DirectionOZ Studios
  • BrassChuck Findley, Lou McCreary, Slyde Hyde
  • Design [Designed By]Geoff Westen, Patricia Mitsui
  • EngineerAl Schmitt, Bill Schnee, Elliot Scheiner, Roger Nichols
  • Engineer [Assistant Engineer]Ed Rack, Joe Bellamy, Ken Klinger, Lenise Bent, Linda Tyler, Ron Pangaliman
  • Engineer [Executive Engineer]Roger Nichols
  • Lead VocalsDonald Fagen
  • Mastered ByBernie Grundman
  • Photography By [Cover Photo]Hideki Fujii
  • Photography By [Inside Photos]Dorothy A. White, Walter Becker
  • Producer [Produced By]Gary Katz
  • Saxophone [Sax], FluteBill Perkins, Jackie Kelso, Jim Horn, Pete Christlieb, Plas Johnson, Tom Scott, Wayne Shorter
  • Sleeve NotesMichael Phalen, Steve Diener
  • Words By, Music ByDonald Fagen, Walter Becker
  • BassChuck Rainey (tracks: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7), Walter Becker (tracks: 3)
  • DrumsBernard Purdie (tracks: 3, 5), Ed Greene (tracks: 6), Jim Keltner (tracks: 7), Paul Humphrey (tracks: 1), Rick Marotta (tracks: 4), Steve Gadd (tracks: 2)
  • Engineer [Executive Engineer]Roger Nichols
  • GuitarLarry Carlton (tracks: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7), Steve Khan (tracks: 4)
  • Lead VocalsDonald Fagen
  • LyriconTom Scott (tracks: 4)
  • Mastered ByBernie Grundman
  • ProducerGary Katz
  • Tenor SaxophonePete Christlieb (tracks: 3), Tom Scott (tracks: 1), Wayne Shorter (tracks: 2)

Versions

CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
AA 1006Steely Dan Aja ‎(LP, Album, Gat)ABC RecordsAA 1006US1977
088 112 056-2Steely Dan Aja ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM)MCA Records088 112 056-2US1999
CAB 5225Steely Dan Aja ‎(Cass, Album)ABC RecordsCAB 5225UKUnknown
5020-1006Steely Dan Aja ‎(Cass, Album, Club)ABC Records5020-1006US1977
UICY-75768Steely Dan Aja ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Pap)Geffen RecordsUICY-75768Japan2013
CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
088 112 056-2Steely Dan Aja ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM)MCA Records088 112 056-2US1999
CAB 5225Steely Dan Aja ‎(Cass, Album)ABC RecordsCAB 5225UKUnknown
5020-1006Steely Dan Aja ‎(Cass, Album, Club)ABC Records5020-1006US1977
UICY-75768Steely Dan Aja ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Pap)Geffen RecordsUICY-75768Japan2013
AA 1006Steely Dan Aja ‎(LP, Album, RE)MCA RecordsAA 1006Scandinavia1980

Remarques

Different Labels and Matrix.Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman pressing, identified by a very, very faint P stamped in run-outs, easily missed.

Recorded at Village Recorders, West L.A.; Producer's Workshop, Hollywood; Warner Bros. North Hollywood Recording Studios; ABC Recording Studios; Sound Labs Hollywood; A&R Studios, N.Y.C.Code MGatefold cover Issued with obi and two inserts. Full lyrics printed in English. Barcode is printed on the obi. Forever young LP series.SHM (Super High Material) CD edition

Comes in a CD-sized papersleeve album replica, with obi-strip and inserts of notes.

Mastered By: Bernie Grundman at A&M Studios, Hollywood

Originally released in 1977.1st pressings have the AB-1006 matrix and came in a glossy gatefold sleeve with a glossy card lyric inner sleeve.

The AB was an ABC label price-code, and approximately two weeks after the release of the album the price was raised $1.00 and subsequent pressings were AA-1006.

Runout var. 4: 'B' in AAB is scratched out, the last '1A' in runout B is scratched out.LP originally released 1977.

Codes-barres

  • Barcode: 4 988014 520553
  • Rights Society: JASRAC
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): AA-1006-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): AA-1006-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched (P is stamped), variant 1): AA B̷ 1006 (RE-3)-A P
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched (P is stamped), variant 1): AA A̷B̷ 1006 (RE-3)-BX P
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched (P is stamped), variant 2): P AAB̷ -1006-(RE-3)A-P4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched (P is stamped), variant 2): P AAA̷B̷ 1006(RE-3)-B P4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched (P is stamped), variant 3): P AAB̷ -1006-(RE-3)A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched (P is stamped), variant 3): P AAA̷B̷ 1006(RE-3)-B P4
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Price Code: M
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Label): AB-1006-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Label): AB-1006-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A): I S AB 1006(RE-3)-A 1C A1 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B): I S AB 1006(RE-3)-B 1A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A: Variant 2): 2 S AB 1006(RE-3)-A 1A A4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B: Variant 2): I S AB 1006(RE-3)-B-1A C8
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A: Variant 3): I S AAB 1006(RE-3)-A XX 1D A5
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B: Variant 3): 2 S AAB 1006(RE-3)-B-1A B12
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A: Variant 4): I S AAB 1006(RE-3)-A 1A B11
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B: Variant 4): I S AAB 1006(RE-3)-B-1B 1A B6
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Varation 1: Runout Side A): AB-1006-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Varation 1: Runout Side B): AB-1006-B
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Barcode: 4988005518347
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L244
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 4011
  • Matrix / Runout: MVCZ-10077-1 5W V
  • Rights Society: JASRAC

Entreprises

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Geffen Records
  • Copyright (c) – Geffen Records
  • Marketed By – Universal Music K.K.
  • Distributed By – Universal Music K.K.
  • Mastered At – A&M Studios
  • Record Company – Universal International
  • Record Company – BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. – D132436
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – ABC Records, Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – ABC Records, Inc.
  • Published By – ABC/Dunhill Music, Inc.
  • Recorded At – The Village Recorder
  • Recorded At – Producers Workshop
  • Recorded At – Warner Bros. Recording Studios
  • Recorded At – ABC Recording Studios
  • Recorded At – Sound Labs, Hollywood
  • Recorded At – A&R Studios
  • Mastered At – A&M Studios
  • Manufactured By – GRT Of Canada Ltd.
  • Distributed By – GRT Of Canada Ltd.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – ABC Records, Inc.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – MCA Records, Inc.
  • Made By – Warner-Pioneer Corporation
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – ABC Records, Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – ABC Records, Inc.
  • Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria
  • Published By – ABC/Dunhill Music, Inc.
  • Recorded At – The Village Recorder
  • Recorded At – Producers Workshop
  • Recorded At – Warner Bros. Recording Studios
  • Recorded At – ABC Recording Studios
  • Recorded At – Sound Labs, Hollywood
  • Recorded At – A&R Studios
  • Mastered At – A&M Studios
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – ABC Records, Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – ABC Records, Inc.
  • Published By – ABC/Dunhill Music, Inc.
  • Recorded At – The Village Recorder
  • Recorded At – Producers Workshop
  • Recorded At – Warner Bros. Recording Studios
  • Recorded At – ABC Recording Studios
  • Recorded At – Sound Labs, Hollywood
  • Recorded At – A&R Studios
  • Mastered At – A&M Studios
  • Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman

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Winawel
This is without a doubt one of the best sounding albums ever made. I have heard this played through all sorts of different systems - and it always sounds incredible.
Ucantia
Black Cow sampled by Mf Doom for Gas Drawls word
Angana
I usually go MFSL if available but the Cisco copy seems to have high praise - any idea which vinyl version is indeed the best sounding?
Ttyr
We've heard 'em all - and nothing comes remotely close to a decent USA AB1006 Kendun pressing - finding a clean player is the challenge though, it can take multiple buys until you nail one down - also, the tracks mastered by Robert Ludwig from Aja on the Greatest Hits double LP are stunning as well.
Brakora
mrmittens I usually go MFSL if available but the Cisco copy seems to have high praise - any idea which vinyl version is indeed the best sounding? The AB and Cisco pressings are the two fighting for the number 1 spot usually. The rest are worse.
Unirtay
I can tell you that, in my opinion, the MFSL copy is really overly bright. Unpleasantly so. I have both the AA and AB ABC pressings and they sound great and are pretty easy to find. I have not heard the Cisco pressing.
Elastic Skunk
The cover was designed by Phil Hartman, yes graphic artist turned comedy actor Phil Hartman.
Sorryyy
TheAgeOfAnalog The cover was designed by Phil Hartman, yes graphic artist turned comedy actor Phil Hartman. Fun fact: he also did the artwork for several albums by country-rock pioneers Poco! Phil Hartman was more prolific as an artist than you'd think.
Hugighma
This is the Dan laying down some super-slick shit!People: shit don’t get slicker than this!
Saintrius
I have just noticed that my re-mastered cd of Steely Dan's Aja has a total misprint on the cd itself that says Stelly Dan! Yes, please reread, STELLY DAN and not STEELY DAN! Is this rare as I cannot find anything about it on Google, eBay or anywhere. Please, if anyone knows anything about this can you let me know, thanks in advance.
Marilore
probably bootleg/counterfeit? whats the # on it did you look it up at all?
inform
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I was the only person standing at the door waiting for Sam Goody’s to open the day Aja was scheduled to hit the racks. I stood there thinking about all the time that had passed since their last release, I thought about all the games of Backgammon I’d played as we flipped one record after another, endlessly rolling just one more joint to keep our heads in that obscure, tilted, Becker & Fagen zone, while swapping Dan stories and half-truths from bits and pieces we’d gathered and strung together from late night radio, and an assortment of music rags that seemed to cover my living room. I stood there in the checkout line, though perhaps that’s not quite true either ... as I was the only customer in the store, and was instantly relieved of my cash. Truth is, it was as if time had slowed to a crawl since the manager opened the box and handed me this slick minimalist album jacket, stark black and white and red, reminding me of that old joke, ”What’s black and white and red [read] all over?” I was taking it all in as I walked from the back of the store to the front, scanning the liner notes, searching the cover for something to clue me in, searching for anything I might recognize and hold dear. And by the time I laid the album on the seat of my MGB, I had the odd sensation that something was amiss ... a million facts were running through my head. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were no longer venturing out of their studio. This was the third album since they’d abandoned the concept of a fixed band, favoring an endless network of session musicians. 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However, if taken in context of the times, where even my days and nights were filled with an endless array of Quaaludes, Tunials, Secinols along with other undefined barbiturates, Aja was a true representation of those days; and 30 years out, though still not liking the album, I must give these two masterminds their due. They captured the late 70’s to perfection, they captured the fake slickness, the shallow beauty and the endless parade of self-aggrandizing to the point where even blue-jeans were sold by the brand on our butts, and not the quality of the material. Steely Dan captured the mood perfectly, not just in song and verse, but in the perfection of those session musicians [Wayne Shorter and Victor Feldman], musicians who replaced real rockers [Skunk Baxter, Jim Hodder, Rick Derringer and Denny Dias], and truth be told, Fagen & Becker had no other direction to go.As for me, I didn’t want a comment on L.A. and its melodramatic eccentricities, I wanted music that would fill my soul. So as “art,” I’ll give Aja a 10 out of 10, as a rock n’ roll record following in the footsteps of undisputed masterpieces, I’d take it back to the store for a refund ... but then Sam Goody’s closed many years ago.*** I should note that the cynical nature of Steely Dan is ever-present in the lyrics, and to those who think this is one of the most beautiful albums they have ever heard, please consider: "Josie," hints ominously about a friendly welcome-home gang-bang. "Black Cow" is about love replaced by repulsion for a woman who starts getting too strung out on downers and sleeping around with other men. "Deacon Blues" is a saga to the L.A. musician's lifestyle, in which one must "crawl like a viper through these suburban streets" yet "make it my home sweet home."*** The Fun Facts: Donald Fagen is quoted as saying that the album was named for a Korean woman who married the brother of one of his high school friends. The cover photo by Hideki Fujii features Japanese model and actress Sayoko Yamaguchi, and was designed by Phil Hartman.Best Editions:The hands down best quality records of Aja, in my opinion run in this order …Vinyl is the way to go, there is so much buried in the grooves that you will be amazed:-Known as the Cisco version pressed by Cisco Music CLP-1006 on black vinyl, a limited numbered edition remastered for the 39th Anniversary as and Analog Hight Quality 180 gram album is touted as being the very best, and can be yours for around $175US pre owned.-Geffen Records of Japan did a great re-issue on black vinyl weighing in at 200 grams in 2007, and will set you back about $100US.-In 1977 ABC Records in Canada release a super sounding edition on yellow vinyl, that totally outshines the red vinyl edition they released the same year, both are limited editions, so plan on shelling out about $60 for either of these.-And finally, there is the original ABC issue that for my money holds up wonderfully, will only set you back about $25 for a mint copy.*** Do not expect any used copy of Aja to have a mint jacket, and if you can get the gatefold, that’s the way to go. The jacket was printed on glossy black stock and did not hold up well to constant touching and shelving.WARNING: Please avoid the current 180 reissue from the UK known as Back To Black that came out in 2008, and is still available as a new copy. There is surface noise inherent to the production, especially in all of the between song grooves, meaning that while you may not notice it while the songs are playing, you are hearing faults nonetheless.CD’s: My suggestion is to find one of the SACD’s, they are far better than even the MOFI (Mobile High Fidelity), with MOFI not sounding as warm.Review by Jenell Kesler
Trash Obsession
My AA-1006 (with a scratched out B in the runout) is one of the best versions I've heard on any format, even if it's a little rough around the edges. I still long for a Cisco copy though. Also, I'll back you up on your claims regarding the "Back to Black" pressing. It's not worth anyone's money. You can spend a lot less on an old copy that will sound much, much better.As for CDs, I have a US copy with catalog number MCAD-37214 and the code DIDX 55 that says "Manufactured in Japan for MCA" on the disc that sounds absolutely fantastic. It should be easy to find too, as far as I'm aware.
Doukasa
alas... i bought the LP long before i saw your warning. But I do agree with your warning.
Uyehuguita
just got Canadian pressing 9022-1006 (1977) really nice shape cover like new (gatefold) vinyl is very good no noise or skips.Got it for $2 at value village. good find !
Gavinranadar
Does anyone have an AB-1006 copy on vinyl that actually has KENDUN in the deadwax?
Dangerous
My copy fits the above description but the number is AA-1006. Could the above AB-1006 be a misprint? Or what?
Trash
No, they're both actual cat #'s. AB-1006 being the first pressing, AA-1006 being the third pressing. (The second pressing, when you look at the deadwax matrix, has AB scratched out and replaced with AA)
Landarn
Just picked up a copy AA 1006 US. $3.00 - This copy sounds very good to my ears. I should say I'm not by any means an audiophile listener (YET). As I have a great system but need to upgrade my player and cartridge/needle. Planning on upgraded from stock LP120 to the highly recommended AT 440MLa.
Ckelond
One of the handful of albums I can listen to over and over again. 38 years and it's still a treasure. A REAL Desert Island Disc.
Ausstan
Indeed! Timeless. There were only two groups that you could put on the stereo, that everyone could listen to regardless of tastes--they seemed universal--one was Steely Dan, in particular "Aja", and the other was Enigma.
Qwert
Question for Steely Dan fans:I have in my collection the following verion of Aja as best I can describe it. I would love it if anyone could confirm this is a first pressing and whether this version is known for having top sound quality. It differs from the AB-1006 version listed above by Discogs and I can't find a version like this in any Discog Aja listing.Smooth, high gloss, gatefoldABC Records logo on the bottom of the back, no reference to AB-1006 Underneath ABC Records logo in small print is P1977 ABC Records, Inc., T1977 ABC Records, Inc. Los Angeles, CA...AB-1006 is printed on gatefold spineAB-1006 is printed on bottom left of the album's front inner sleeve, which includes lyrics for each song on front and backAlbum labels are the multi-color target labels with concentric rings of different colors starting with yellow on the outer ring and working to purple on the inner ring.On album label, ABC Records logo at top, with "Aja" and Steely Dan printed on consecutive lines directly below logo.On left side of spindle hole is AB-1006-A with Side A underneath. On right side of spindle hole is 33 1/3 RPM with STEREO printed underneath. All songs are listed below the spindle hole with the time of song printed to the right. Underneath the songs is "All songs composed by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen" "Published by ABC/Dunhill Music, Inc. (BMI)" "Produced by GARY KATZ" "R 1977 ABC Records, INC."Can anyone help me identify as a first press and comment on sound quality of this press?
BoberMod
Hello three years later,The Union Jack is a mark of the Keel pressing plant, somewhere in the north east.Multiple plants handled the pressing of "first pressings" as your country is so damn big and has so many people spread out. It couldn't feasibly be done in one place, along with costs of moving them all.Santa Maria, Pitman, Keel, Specialty Records, possibly others, all made first AB pressings.
Nalmergas
Just came across your question as I was listing my own copy of AJA. Go to better records.com for an in-depth discussion of which pressings sound the best and why they're not always the earliest ones. Have fun!
Keath
I also have the same label you describe and noticed that in the runout there is a stamp of the British flag (Union Jack), though it definitely arrears to be a US release. It came in the glossy gatefold with the separate lyrics sheet. Runout Side A): 1 D [FLAG] AB 1006 (RE-3) - A K2
Onath
I have an AB-1006 with the center label as you describe. If you view the first image in the discogs list (AB-1006), you find an alternate label. I also have an AA-1006 with this label version. Both AA and AB are found with either style. As the AB pressing was the first pressing the label difference may be due to which pressing plant produced your copy. As to your question of sound quality, I am fortunate, as my copies are in excellent condition, comparison reveals crisper drums, deeper bass and the delicate cymbal work is more pronounced on the AB version. Remember sound quality may be effected by where in the run a copy was produced. If you can obtain other good copies (either version) try the comparison yourself, keep the one you prefer and gift a friend with the other.
ᵀᴴᴱ ᴼᴿᴵᴳᴵᴻᴬᴸ
I was waiting in line, though perhaps that’s incorrect ... I was the only person standing at the door waiting for Sam Goody’s to open the day Aja was scheduled to hit the racks. I stood there thinking about all the time that had passed since their last release, I thought about all the games of Backgammon I’d played as we flipped one record after another, endlessly rolling just one more joint to keep our heads in that obscure, tilted, Becker & Fagen zone, while swapping Dan stories and half-truths from bits and pieces we’d gathered and strung together from late night radio, and an assortment of music rags that seemed to cover my living room. I stood there in the checkout line, though perhaps that’s not quite true either ... as I was the only customer in the store, and was instantly relieved of my cash. Truth is, it was as if time had slowed to a crawl since the manager opened the box and handed me this slick minimalist album jacket, stark black and white and red, reminding me of that old joke, ”What’s black and white and red [read] all over?” I was taking it all in as I walked from the back of the store to the front, scanning the backside liner notes, searching the cover for something to clue me in, searching for anything I might recognize and hold dear. And by the time I laid the album on the seat of my MGB, I had the odd sensation that something wasn’t right ... a million facts were running through my head. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were no longer venturing out of their studio. This was the third album since they’d abandoned the concept of a fixed band, favoring an endless network of session musicians. And while that certainly isn’t a million thoughts, they were enough to give some weight to my current perplexity.The discovery: Aja was not rock n’ roll, it was smooth, stylish, tight, un-calculated-ly clean, and a straight line to what would soon be called adult contemporary music. I could see my parents liking this record, liking this album art ... after all, this happened to me once before, when my parents actually purchased Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and I was coming to realize that no matter how many joints I rolled, Aja as never going to sit well with me. Thankfully I wasn’t alone, Frank Zappa called it, “ ... downer surrealism.” The tracks were filled with hyper-intelligent phrases and imagery that were beyond stoned-out, and the more I tried to read and understand, the less sense it made. Aja was an opus to L.A., it lacked energy, it lacked purpose, it lacked a response ... but taken in context of the times, where even my days and nights were filled with an endless array of Quaaludes, Tunials, Secinols, and other undefined barbiturates, Aja was a true representation of those days; and 30 years out, though still not liking the album, I must give these two masterminds their due. They captured the late 70’s to perfection, they captured the fake slickness, the shallow beauty, and the endless parade of self-aggrandizing to the point where even blue-jeans were sold by the brand on our butts, and not the quality of the material. Steely Dan captured the mood perfectly, not just in song and verser, but in the slickness of those session musicians [Wayne Shorter and Victor Feldman], musicians who replaced real rockers [Skunk Baxter, Jim Hodder, Rick Derringer and Denny Dias], and truth be told, Fagen & Becker had no other direction to go.As for me, I didn’t want a comment on L.A. and its melodramatic eccentricities, I wanted music that would fill my soul. So as “art,” I’ll give Aja a 10 out of 10, as a rock n’ roll record following in the footsteps of undisputed masterpieces, I’d take it back to the store for a refund ... but then Sam Goody’s closed many years ago.
Lemana
Nice little essay. Enjoyed it, even if I like the record more than you did.
olgasmile
It was ABC's standard procedure to use the album's prefix and stock # (plus other info) in the deadwax of their records. Therefore all original LP issues of AB 1006 will have AB 1006 in the deadwax. All later LP issues of AA 1006 will have AA 1006 in the deadwax. However, in order to avoid throwing out a bunch of perfectly good metalwork with AB 1006 already etched in it, some of the earliest pressings of stock # AA 1006 have the prefix changed in the deadwax. The B was crossed out, and an A was added in front to change AB to AA. Eventually all the metal parts made from the original AB 1006 lacquers were replaced with parts made from later cuttings with AA 1006 etched in them from the start.To recap...First...Stock # AB 1006...AB 1006 in deadwaxSecond...Stock # AA 1006...AAB 1006 in deadwax (note, the "B" is scratched out on this release)Third...Stock # AA 1006...AA 1006 in deadwaxSo, if your ABC copy of this album has AA in the deadwax, there are at least two other easily identifiable earlier pressings
Scoreboard Bleeding
I bought this record used (Good + very cheap), and although it has A LOT of surface noise, once the music starts, it's just 'music to my ears' (pun intended).
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