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Aja, Steely Dan

Aja – Steely Dan

December 3rd, 1977

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iTunes Price: $6.99

Genre: Rock

Released: 1977

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(355 Ratings)

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Steely Dan
Steely Dan

FM Gold
FM Gold

1973
1973






Aja – Steely Dan

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PegSteely Dan4:00$0.99
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Home at LastSteely Dan5:35$1.29
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I Got the NewsSteely Dan5:07$0.99
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JosieSteely Dan4:30$1.29

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Our Review

A work of immaculate craft and insinuating wit, 1977's Aja is perhaps the most fully-realized album in Steely Dan's catalog. Leaders Donald Fagan and Walter Becker enlisted an all-star crew of jazz/rock players - drummer Steve Gadd and saxophonist Wayne Shorter among them - to lend this album an urbane finesse and dark-tinged sparkle. Steely Dan pays tribute to old-school jazz in "Deacon Blues" and brings a sophisticated R&B groove to "Peg" and "Home At Last." "Black Cow" has a sardonic sting, while "Josie" radiates warmth with a minimum of irony. The arrangements are gorgeously expansive -- the title tune is a jazz mini-suite. Fagan's vocals (embellished with high-gloss harmonies) are bitingly dry with a twist of venom. Behind the album's cool exterior is a burning passion for fine musicianship. Undeniably excellent, this album's hipster Žlan has made it an enduring favorite among rock and jazz aficionados alike.

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Customer Reviews

The Dan's best (5 stars)
It's hard to put into words exactly how genius and amazing this album is. From the opening three notes of Black Cow, you know you're in for one of the greatest albums of the '70s. Every song on here is a jem: Black Cow is cool, Aja is beautiful, Peg is fun, Josie's a blast. Steely Dan was known for their absolute perfection and attention to detail, and it's on full display here. The strongest work of their incredible career.

Widely considered their best (5 stars)
Most would conisder 1977's Aja to be Steely Dan's best album and I wouldn't argue (though i personally like Royal Scam better). By this time, Becker and Fagen have resorted to using almost only studio musicians (Becker does play bass and guitar occasionaly and Fagen throws in a synth track or two), but the main parts are covered by the industries best session people including Wayne Shorter of Miles Davis Band/Weather Report on sax. There is

Steely Dan's Best CD (5 stars)
This is not a new recording, it was released in 1977, but is was definitely one of the most influential records of my teeth cutting days. I’ve owned it since the day it was released, listened to it most of my life, memorized it, can sing most every note of every part and solo played, but why review it now? Well, a friend of mine (yeah, you guessed it… Jorge) loaned me a DVD of “Classic Albums – Steely Dan: Aja.” This triggered my g

Biography

Formed: 1972 in Los Angeles, CA
Genre: Rock
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Most rock & roll bands are a tightly wound unit that developed their music through years of playing in garages and clubs around their hometown. Steely Dan never subscribed to that aesthetic. As the vehicle for the songwriting of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan defied all rock & roll conventions. Becker and Fagen never truly enjoyed rock — with their ironic humor and cryptic lyrics, their eclectic body of work shows some debt to Bob Dylan — preferring jazz, traditional...

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