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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album
considering that this album is 20 years old it still sounds current. Great remastering. Huge improvement in sound over the original!
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3.0 out of 5 stars not the best steely dan album made
of course three stars for this group is double compared to most bands, but what bothers me most listening to "Aja" is that it does not sound anything like Aja. I spent many time in SouthEast Asia after my divorce, and I saw and heard many things, most of which are not reminded of me when listening to this album. I think that what Steely Dan tried to do here...
Published on Feb. 26 2001 by little willy


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album, April 7 2013
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musiclover (Edmonton, Canada) - See all my reviews
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considering that this album is 20 years old it still sounds current. Great remastering. Huge improvement in sound over the original!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album, Good Price - Remastering is Subtly Better, Feb. 9 2013
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From the Musician's Pen (Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
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By their fourth album, Steely Dan was Fagan and Becker and session musicians. Even Fagan and Becker didn't play on all their own songs anymore. This album is their sixth, and it has elements of R&B and funk, and is very jazzy. It's a classic album, no filler. The song "Aja" is a masterpiece on many levels.

I already own the box set, and wanted to upgrade to the remastered CD's because of good reviews on the "improved" sound. The remastering is subtle - the sound is cleaner, clearer and has more depth, but has retained all the dynamics without being overly loud or bright. However, without a hi-fi stereo system, I doubt most people would notice any improvement over the oringal CD's or the box set - previously released versions already sounded quite good. So, it's an unnecessary purchase for most people(hence, my reason for deducting one star).

The remastered version includes lyrics and extra running commentary, which is continued on each successive CD.

If you like this album, you may want to check out the DVD, "Classic Albums - the Making of Aja".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection, truly, Feb. 7 2007
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Possibly the most perfect album of ANY genre, ever, AJA is superb from its totally original cover to every cut on this disc/CD, or whatever form you get it in. Honestly, there's not one bad piece on this stellar album. It would be almost impossible to pick a favorite in this conorcoupia of aural delights, but my favorite is possibly "Black Cow." This album, somehow, doesn't "date" and is as fresh today as it was many years ago. And the cover is now a classic too, reproduced as a poster. Nothing else Steely Dan ever did will top this. And no other album ever produced will be as perfect as this. Top of the line, from cover to cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Home at Last......, Jan. 1 2013
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Breadmanwalking (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
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What a powerful musical statement! It would be difficult....close
to impossible, to find fault with this. These 1999 remasters are
fantastic. The drumming on the title track "Aja" is superb, amazing!
The whole construction of "Deacon Blues" is majestic. When this was
released in '77 I purchased a vinyl copy immediately. I was a DanFan
from the get go and that's 40 years back. As always, the sidemen put
it out for Becker/Fagen. Bernard Purdie and Larry Carlton. Joe Sample
and Tom Scott. Lee Ritenour and Tim Schmit....I could go on but I'll
spare you. This is an excellent album at a fantastic price. Get a copy
for yourself and a friend! I ordered two, for just that reason.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un Chef-d’œuvre!, Dec 2 2012
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"Le" meilleur album en son genre, comme on ne l'a jamais entendu. Même en stéréo seulement, quel chaleur du son DSD.
Un bijou dans ma collection et un SACD exemplaire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must own for any fan of true music genius., July 11 2004
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Scott "Dr. Music" Itter "Dr. Music" (Naperville, Illinois United States) - See all my reviews
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When you tried to throw this one in a particular section of the record store back in 1977, the year of its' release, you really had a difficult task. To avoid complication, stores were filing the record under Rock. You see, back then you only had 4 or 5 different categories to choose from. Things like Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Rap, Hip Hop, Alternative, Smooth Jazz, and Acid Jazz were all nifty names that came after 1977,...way after. Yes, in 1977 you had Rock, R&B, Jazz, and Classical, that was about it. So, is this a Rock record? Well, kind of. Is it a R&B record? Well, at times it is. Is it a Jazz record? Well, it's not your "traditional" jazz record. So where do we put this one, boss? If you're the boss you reply, "Rock". Why was this filed under Rock? Well, for 2 reasons really; 1 - It rocks very nicely at many points throughout. 2 - Rock radio is playing it, ...this is the important one. Rock radio grabbed this record and abused the airwaves with it, and to this day these songs are in regular rotation on the classic rock stations. I don't know about anybody else but, I have a hard time seeing this as simply a Rock record.

"Aja" is an album that is rich in pure musicianship, tone, and texture. It may sound as if I'm describing a Monet, I know, but this is Rock at its' most artistic. With Walter Becker playing guitar, and Donald Fagen providing the synthesizer and soul for Steely Dan, this is a masterpiece. Donald Fagen has a trademark voice that is soulful and smooth. With this duo getting hired help such as Tom Scott, Larry Carlton, Wayne Shorter, Rick Marotta, Steve Gadd, Venetta Fields, and Dean Parks, it reads like an all-star Jazz Fusion jam, and that's a pretty accurate description of what you get here. These are some of the finest jazz session players in the world coming together to make one of the most artistic records of all time. I would categorize this record as Smooth Jazz if you gave me a choice. It's a record that you take with you when you go down to Montrose Harbor at night to look out at the awesome Chicago skyline. It's a record that makes bathing an entirely new experience. It is a smooth, cool, breezy Jazz record that everyone should experience.
This is an album you hate to see come to an end. With only seven tracks, and a running time of just over 39 minutes, it ends way too early. With 5 out of the 7 tracks still in regular rotations on classic rock radio, it shines like a greatest hits diamond. Kicking off the record is "Black Cow", with its funky bass line intro, its' airy background vocals, and the gentle sway of Tom Scott's tenor sax sliding around, it's nothing short of perfect. The album continues to dazzle as it moves on to the title track, a slow charmer that has an incredibly loose jam toward the middle of its' almost 8 minutes. With Wayne Shorter taking the tenor sax duties this time, and the brilliant Steve Gadd rumbling incessantly with some of the greatest cymbal work ever done, this is another gem. Can it get any better? Sure it can. If you put the stellar "Deacon Blues" as the next track, the record would continue to excel. Well, ...the next track is none other than radio staple "Deacon Blues". Perfect. Can it possibly keep this perfect pace going? Sure it can. With the next track being another radio fave, "Peg" has a jumpy jazz rhythm highlighted by a subtle background vocal provided by Michael McDonald. As the next 2 tracks being the only tracks that haven't seen radio airplay, the luck must be running out, right? Nope. With "Home At Last" you, arguably, get the most Jazz influenced song on the record. With phenomenal vibes played by Victor Feldman, and brilliant guitar parts from Larry Carlton and Walter Becker - it's another winner. "I Got The News" is a great song also, with more amazing musicianship. So, how do they end a classy record such as this? They "break out the hats and hooters", of course! With one of my personal favorites from Steely Dan, "Josie" is a sassy and street smart song. A funky jazz strutter that sizzles with persistent rhythm.

Steely Dan is one of my favorite acts, and this record is their shining triumph. Are all the Steely Dan records good? Yes, absolutely. Are they all this good? Nope. There is a feel to this record that remains unparalleled. It was a special moment in time; when all elements of sound, and talent, and beauty came together to form a genuine masterpiece. Maybe the greatest thing about this record is, simply, that it got recorded. It's now locked in time, and it's ours to draw pleasure from whenever we like. Don't miss your chance, draw yourself a bath and check it out.(...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Albums Of All Time, March 7 2009
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Jason Macleod (Canada) - See all my reviews
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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 MacDonald and Wayne Shorter, it is a landmark in the 20th century music scene. The compositions, performances, production, mixing and editing are superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I run to you..., May 19 2004
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Michael Jones (Charlotte, NC USA) - See all my reviews
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I went searching for the reissue of "Aja" after a conversation with one of my former co-workers. He was a true hip-hop head (a DC-based rapper, actually, who was working in the mail room at my office while looking to get that big break.) Anyway, we were talking about some of our favorite samples in rap songs--instead of working, of course. The topic of Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz's song "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)" came up, a track which infamously sampled the opening break of "Black Cow" without Becker & Fagen's approval (which Becker slyly jokes about in the promotional video for "Everything Must Go"), which led to us talking about how funky Steely Dan's music is and how particularly infectious the entire "Aja" album is.
And, oh my God, is this album tight (as a previous reviewer very aptly put it).
This is B&F at their wittiest, funkiest, and shrewdest. The song craft is impeccable: the lyrics are thrifty, but dagger-sharp. (Example: "Home At Last" condenses Homer's "Odyssey" into two stanzas.) The melodies are full of catchy hooks and soulful grooves that blend jazz and rock together so smoothly that it makes you wonder why so many other supposed "fusion bands" that preceded SD, who tried to combine rock and jazz, mixed that delicate cocktail all wrong. (The key is shaken, not just stirred...)
Also, B&F decided to bring in some of the best jazz session players (like the late Victor Feldman) to get the sound and precision they envisioned, even stepping out of the limelight to let the session players' chops shine. And while SD often took a lot of heat for using session players instead of a set line-up of band members, the end result is musicianship unlike you'll hear on any other "pop" album that stands the test of time. (Insert sound of B&F getting the last laugh.....here.)
Also, the sound on the remaster is perfect--no tape hiss to be found. Plus, there's the added bonus of expanded liner notes, which are funny as hell. (Check out the transcript of the supposed phone conference between B&F and two, former ABC Records' execs who the pair track down to harass after 25 years...)
In all, this is what an album SHOULD be. All seven songs are distinctively different yet blend seamlessly. Like seven chapters in a funky/jazzy novella, "Aja" leaves you craving the sequel, yet you feel completely satisfied with the experience you've just had...
This is an essential album from the 70s. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tight, April 4 2004
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Damian P. Gadal (Santa Barbara, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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Though the band still gets some backlash, this is a ground breaking piece of work that set a new recording standard and is still as tight and fresh today as it was when it was released.
A musical milestone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aja, Jan. 24 2004
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Richard Cunningham (United States) - See all my reviews
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This is one of Donald Fagan & Walter Becker's ultimate masterpieces. Pronounced 'asia' for newcomers. A great mood setter and chill time album. For jazz purists, Steely Dan may be pop jazz, but this is them at their best.
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