Limited edition Japanese only SACD and SHM pressing. Features 2003 DSD mastering. Universal. 2010.
History gives Steely Dan's Walter Becker and Donald Fagen the last, hearty laugh on this, the crown jewel in their remarkable canon of '70s Mensa pop. Sneaking onto the charts a half-decade earlier with sinuous, jazz-inflected "rock," the dysfunctional duo's acerbic, anti-heroic visions had been critically lauded for their band identity and killer guitar riffs, then promptly challenged when the two songwriters retired from the road, dissolved any formal band lineup, and used the studio as laboratory. Aja carried the added indignity of its increased focus on sophisticated jazz models and musicianship, which carried the Dan's ambitions even further in terms of suave harmonies, intricate song structures, and brilliant playing. Time has proven them wiser than their rock crit detractors: These seven songs abound in knotty plots, sneaky imagery, and drop-dead brilliant performances from a blue chip studio repertory studded with first-call jazz players epitomized by Wayne Shorter's towering solo on the title song. From the hard-boiled jazz romance of "Deacon Blues" to the twisted Homeric vamp of "Home at Last," the veiled but ominous swing of "Peg" to the sci-fi eroticism of "Josie," Aja is a modern pop classic and the coolest fusion record no one ever thought to lump in that category. --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
I have several copies of this in vinyl and all are better than this particular CD. Not sure why but as noted, the music is great - a must have standard for any Steely Dan fan.Published 14 months ago by Randy Hayward
considering that this album is 20 years old it still sounds current. Great remastering. Huge improvement in sound over the original!Published on April 7 2013 by musiclover
What a powerful musical statement! It would be difficult....close
to impossible, to find fault with this. These 1999 remasters are
fantastic. Read more
"Le" meilleur album en son genre, comme on ne l'a jamais entendu. Même en stéréo seulement, quel chaleur du son DSD. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2012 by Pierre Léger
Having just hooked up my new Yamaha 3010 I was pretty eager to hear what this SACD would sound like. Holy Smokes!! Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2012 by Terrance Humphries
This is one of the best albums of all time in any genre - a true masterpiece. With heavy-weight players like Steve Gadd, Larry Carlton, Tom Scott, Lee Ritenour, Steve Kahn, Michael... Read morePublished on March 7 2009 by Nostalgia BC