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Simply the Best,
By A Customer
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This review is from: Aja (Audio CD)
I can remember sitting a car in 1977 when the song 'Deacon Blues' came on the radio. I was instantly mesmerised. Having never heard Steely Dan before I was amazed by the quality and feel of both the song and the recording. I immediately went out and bought the 'LP'. It was this that started my love of the music of Messers Becker and Fagen.
If you are considering your first SD purchase... THIS IS THE ONE TO GET. Don't muck around with those compilations that. Steely Dan albums must be listened to in their original context.
It is solid testament to Aja that it hit the streets slap bang in the middle of the 'Punk' era, a musical movement that was championed by the 'New Musical Expresss', yet, in their review the NME hailed Aja as one of the all time great albums with possibly the greatest 'side 1' of any album ever released. (Remember 'side ones'?)
Side one actually comprised of three musical masterpieces; Black Cow, Aja and Deacon Blues and even now, 25 odd years later I am hearing new things in these songs, especially on the newly remastered release. Side 2 isn't bad either. Peg, Home at Last, I've got the News and Josie are all fantastic offerings.
As well as the superb songwriting and mind blowing lyrics watch out for virtuoso performances from the likes of Wayne Shorter, Steve Gadd, Chuck Rainey and Larry Carlton as well as the amazing vocals of Fagen and the backing vocals (including Mike McDonald). The slick production of Gary Katz tops it all off.
"This is the day of the expanding man, that shape is my shade, there where I used to stand"...classic!
An absolute masterpiece.
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2011 17:22:20 BDT
Graeme Alderson says:
That's absolutely bang on. There are very few albums that I would call bona fide classics (and I am sitting in a room full of about 7000 CDs and several yards of vinyl) but this is one of them. Like you said, something new every time. Magnificent.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2012 20:20:28 GMT
D. Chambers says:
It IS brilliant, and the track AJA itself is on a different level. Never tire of it.
In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2013 11:54:53 BDT
B. J. du Cille says:
I have had this album since it's original release and it still blows me away. The title track has the best drum track I have ever heard and it gives me goosebumps every time I hear it (and I play it a lot!!)
Posted on 11 Nov 2013 10:12:11 GMT
Mr. K. Webster says:
Great review 'A Customer'....one of the most sublime and coolest albums EVER ! Good point about listening to the album in context as well, as opposed to compilations, although maybe this applies to lots of artists output but especially to a band as relevant as Steely Dan. Cheers.
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