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love the music but what exactly is the vid content??

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Initial post: Dec 17, 2006 10:04:59 AM PST
me says:
ok so all the tunes rock, as do the men involved. but what exactly is the video content I'm going to end up with if I buy this item?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2007 7:16:49 AM PST
it's been a while so I don't know if you've already purchased this DVD but the video is a collection of anecdotes from the studio musicians who originally performed on the AJA sessions, Walter & Donald in the studio bringing mixes up from the original master and talking about how they did the tracks and a live jam with many of the original players performing a couple of tunes "present day". A must have for any Dan fan.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2009 6:29:27 PM PDT
T. S. Negron says:
Thanks Gary, you pretty much took the words right out of my mouth.

If you are a fan, this is an amazing insight into the absolute GENUIS that went into this project. If you are not a fan, and have little musical exposure or knowledge, then there should be some kind of "briefing" so you understand where the video is coming from. Maybe some listening to their music will help as well. Other than the wise-d up fan, what would posses someone to buy this plainly labeled & obviously NON "entertainment" (The making of the album Aja) film?

The film is a Great piece of work!

Straight forward, tongue in cheek, relaxed and informative and it doesn't take itself too seriously.

If you are a musician, it's a set of CLUES on how to think outside the dialectic box when endeavoring to transfer your musically creative visions into any sort of tangible reality. I credit this documentary among other experiences in the past thirty years with the progress of my own various musical projects currently.

Look at this roster:

[edit] Personnel
Donald Fagen - synthesizer, keyboards, vocals, background vocals, whistle
Walter Becker - bass, guitar, electric guitar, vocals
Chuck Rainey - bass
Timothy B. Schmit - vocals
Paul Griffin - keyboards, electric piano, vocals, background vocals
Don Grolnick - keyboards, clavinet
Michael Omartian - piano, keyboards
Joe Sample - keyboards, electric piano, clavinet
Larry Carlton - guitar, electric guitar
Denny Dias - guitar
Jay Graydon - guitar, electric guitar
Steve Khan - guitar
Dean Parks - guitar
Lee Ritenour - guitar
Pete Christlieb - flute, tenor saxophone
Chuck Findley - horn, brass
Jim Horn - flute, saxophone
Richard "Slyde" Hyde - trombone
Plas Johnson - flute, saxophone
Jackie Kelso - flute, horn, saxophone
Lou McCreary - brass
Bill Perkins - flute, horn, saxophone
Tom Scott - conductor, flute, tenor saxophone, lyricon
Wayne Shorter - flute, tenor saxophone
Bernard Purdie - drums ("Home at Last", "Deacon Blues")
Steve Gadd - drums ("Aja")
Ed Greene - drums ("I Got the News")
Paul Humphrey - drums ("Black Cow")
Jim Keltner - percussion, drums ("Josie")
Rick Marotta - drums ("Peg")
Gary Coleman - percussion
Victor Feldman - percussion, piano, keyboards, electric piano, vibraphone
Venetta Fields - vocals, background vocals
Clydie King - vocals, background vocals
Rebecca Louis - vocals, background vocals
Sherlie Matthews - vocals, background vocals
Michael McDonald - vocals, background vocals

This is the musical "New York Yankees" my friend. The video is a brief history of the band, as told by Wally & Donny as well as an admittedly spotty documentary about how the project was constructed. This is a "musicians debriefing" if you will. As others have said, "its a must for Steely Dan fans and musicians as well.
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