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November 23, 1999

  Song Title
Black Cow
Deacon Blues
Home At Last
I Got The News

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  • Original Release Date: November 23, 1999
  • Release Date: November 23, 1999
  • Label: Geffen
  • Copyright: (C) 1999 MCA Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 39:58
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  • ASIN: B000V63CYO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,354 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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119 of 126 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Not many albums have influenced me as much as Steely Dan's Aja. Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have created a most unique flavour of Jazz meets Rock where beatiful melodies, genius production and perfect performance blend to produce a timeless masterpiece. This album should be on the A-List of everyone who appreciates the beauty of music. The album is full of complex musical concepts which immediately remind the progressive rock fan some of the common manoeuvres in classic progressive rock albums. Take the title song "Aja" for example. This piece takes you on a eight minutes ride to diverse musical patterns that vary between rock and jazz moods, amplified by rich orchestration. Other songs such as "Decon Blues" and "Home At Last" constantly prove to be intriguing while "Black Cow" is captivating. The presence of saxophonist Wayne Shorter on "Aja" is blessed - as a serious Shorter's fan I was delighted to see his inclusion on the album and I regard this decision as a wise one - the solo part he plays is terrific, bringing his genius and gifts to combine perfectly with the different environment he plays in. I would also like to add it is worthwhile for Steely Dan fans to get the remastered version of the album, just for the sound quality. Usually I cannot tell the difference, but since I had the original CD release and heard it so much, I could compare. The difference is amazing, the quality is much better - you can actually hear new sounds and appreciate the separation of the different instruments. The liner notes are quite disappointing, so I ordered the DVD to learn more about making of this unusual album. Read more ›
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate jazzy funky rock album. So outrageous! September 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
5.5 stars

I've lived my life with Aja as a chief soundtrack since it came out. I got it as a kid for Peg, and it has matured like excellent wine since.

The older I get, the better this album gets. On the walkman throughout my travels in various continents, in my car as I went coast to coast many times a year, on the turntable for many sweet evenings watching sunsets fade into the gloaming....Aja never fails. Perfect background music that opens up like a 100-year lotus to reveal, upon serious listening, many layers of harmonic and melodic and rhythmic sophistication.

Plus you can play it over and over back to back, and it just never seems to get boring. I can't think of many other recordings of any sort of music that hold up this well after a thousand or so listenings; maybe Kind of Blue, certain Bach pieces, Segovia's finest moments, and that's all that comes immediately to mind. Whatever mood you're in, Aja will heighten its highs and temper its lows. It's magic!

Don and Wally hit it way out of the park with this one. Seven perfect songs, not one second of fluff, some insanely great guitar solos, one of the best drum solos on record (Steve Gadd on the title track), a great Wayne Shorter alto solo on the same cut, Larry Carlton's inimitable snappy edge on Josie, lyrics that never grow old in their elliptical irony ("I cried when I wrote this song, sue me if I play too long"), and simply gorgeous production make this a gem beyond gems.

This may have been the peak of analog production; the ride cymbals breathe and shimmer, the Strat tones are snappy and fat, Chuck Rainey's bass on Peg pumps and pops, and on and on. Some of the greatest studio players ever are here, and at their best.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be cautious if you buy this album.... February 10, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to this album (started with the LP in 1977, wore that out until the CD came out) for a long, long time. Each listen still brings a previously unheard riff. Be careful if you are not a jazz fan. Prior to getting into Steely Dan in 1977, I was listening mostly to Top 40 pop. Having listened to Aja and absolutely being engrossed by it, I read the liner notes, noted the talented musicians who played and next thing I know, I'm buying albums by Lee Ritenour, Victor Feldman, Larry Carlton, etc. For me, Steely Dan's Aja suddenly became a one way bridge from pop to the wonderful world of jazz, it changed my musical tastes. This is the album for me to take "If you would be sent to a deserted island with only one CD..."
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76 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album August 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ask yourself this, if you have a decent "classic rock" station in your hometown: when you look at the track list to Aja what songs do you see that you might have heard played?
Chances are you will have said "Deacon Blues," "Peg," "Josie." Dig a little deeper and you might have heard "Home At Last," "Aja" and "Black Cow." Heck, I know I have heard "I Got The News" on a deep cuts show or two. That's every durn cut on the album. That's how classic this set is.
Yes, it is the height of the California sound- smoothed out jazz flavored mellow weed influenced yuppie music, but damn if there has ever been any record that goes down smoother. This is math music, every note laid down precisely. No room here for the wonderful noise of punk that was bubbling up at the time.
And unlike say, Gaucho or Everything Must Go, Aja manages to inject some real soul into the music. Simply put Aja is Donald and Wally at their best of best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, You Only NOW Finding This Classic?
It's an elemental album. Its a natural buy. You buy it, you play it, you are doing the right thing. Its like renewing your drivers license: you will have to do it sometime. Read more
Published 16 days ago by evanlopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah - the memories!
Excellent music, excellent talent - will cause excessive foot tapping and body movement! This collection should be a staple of Sirius radio.
Published 19 days ago by Rusty
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
One of the Top 10 Greatest Albums ever recorded - has not diminished in impact since its release in 1977 - 'nuff said!
Published 1 month ago by Brendan P. Delany
5.0 out of 5 stars steely at their best
A. true. classic. Sounds as great today as it did in '79. I'll say the same thing 20 years from now
Published 1 month ago by Becky
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent remaster of a classic album
I bought this with the idea of finding a better recording over the Aja related tracks on the box set. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John D
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is an amazing story that made me appreciate this amazing album at a whole new level. I highly recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another old Classic
Great Album. Another old classic that was a must for my collection. Probably one for older folks that like to reminisce. Great music though for anyone, I think.
Published 1 month ago by G. Shirk
5.0 out of 5 stars My ears cry with joy
Simply one of the best produced albums of all time. Spotless. Timeless. Studio musicians at their best...let's hear it for the Jewish boys!!!
Published 2 months ago by Sheri N. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cd.
This was one of the first 10 albums that i had purchased as a kid. Unfortunately the album was stolen by the wicked witch of the south or one of her family of vultures in a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest!
My kids introduced me to Steely Dan on a Ski Trip to Colorado. They put the old 8 track into my car's stereo and I fell in love with them immediately. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert L. Miller
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