Steely Dan’s ‘Aja’

Steely Dan’s ‘Aja’ is their sixth ( and their best-selling) album, released on September 23, 1977 by Abc Records.

Track Listing : 1.Black Cow (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) – 05:10 . 2.Aja (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) – 07:57 . 3.Deacon Blues (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) – 07:37 . 4.Peg (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) – 03:57 . 5.Home At Last (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) – 05:34 . 6.I Got The News (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) – 05:06 . 7.Josie (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) – 04:33

Musicians : Donald Fagen – Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Whistle . Walter Becker – Bass, Guitar . Chuck Rainey – Bass . Timothy B. Schmit – Background Vocals . Paul Griffin – Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals . Don Grolnick – Keyboards, Clavinet . Michael Omartian – Piano, Keyboards . Joe Sample – Keyboards, Electric Piano, Clavinet . Victor Feldman – Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vibraphone . Larry Carlton – Guitar . Denny Dias – Guitar . Jay Graydon – 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 On (5 – 3) . Steve Gadd – Drums On (2) . Ed Greene – Drums On (6) . Paul Humphrey – Drums On (1) . Jim Keltner – Percussion, Drums On (7) . Rick Marotta – Drums On (4) . Gary Coleman – Percussion . Venetta Fields – Background Vocals . Clydie King – Background Vocals . Rebecca Louis – Background Vocals . Sherlie Matthews – Background Vocals . Michael Mcdonald – Background Vocals . Steely Dan

Production : Produced By Elliot Scheiner – Engineer . Al Schmitt – Engineer . Bill Schnee – Engineer . Ron Pangaliman – Assistant Engineer . Ed Rack – Assistant Engineer . Joe Bellamy – Assistant Engineer . Lenise Bent – Assistant Engineer . Ken Klinger – Assistant Engineer . Linda Tyler – Assistant Engineer . Bernie Grundman – Mastering

Package : Geoff Westen – Design

Recorded January–July 1977 At Village Recorders, West La; Producer’S Workshop, Hollywood; Warner Bros. North Hollywood Recording Studios; Abc Recording Studios; Sound Labs, Hollywood; A & R Studios, New York.

Released On September 23, 1977 By Abc Records.

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Rolling Stone
What underlies Steely Dan‘s music — and may, with this album, be showing its limitations — is its extreme intellectual self-consciousness, both in music and lyrics. Given the nature of these times, this may be precisely the quality that makes Walter Becker and Donald Fagen the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies. […]

Classic Rock Review
Aja is a measured and textured album, filled with subtle melodies and lush instrumental backdrops. On this album Steely Dan would reach heights that they could not replicate in the future, as they would release only one album (1980′s Gaucho) over the following two decades. Aja was Donald Fagen and Walter Becker at their finest. […]

Audioholics
Ironically, it took Becker and Fagen over 20 years to finally win a Grammy (for Two Against Nature), having added the duties of producer to their many talents and adapting to the digital world. Nearly every track on this disc features a memorable line or performance that, even years later, represents the “Steely Dan sound”. […]

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