Peg - Steely Dan - Aja (Vinyl, LP, Album)
The hype may be a little over the top, but I do recommend you get this all the same. This one will be gone soon so get movin'. I returned it and my second copy looked just like the first one. I was told that they weren't scuff mark but stains from the sleeve! I returned that one too. Its ridiculous to have blemished records at this price. I also doubt that this was made from the original tapes. If you listen carefully to Peg on the original recording, after the first verse you can heard someone Becker?
On this pressing you can still hear it but its muffled, Peg - Steely Dan - Aja (Vinyl nearly as clear as on my 30 year old copy. Steely Dan's Aja sparkles! So far, this pressing has the quietest noise floor tracks I own. You know all the songs by heart, and the mix is very dynamic and full. Great sound. However, I did need to use the MoFi deep cleaner to get all the mold release compound out of the grooves.
It was noisy out of the package, but after 2 deep cleanings, sounds fantastic. Just took a little elbow grease, but well worth it. Makes my analogue system sound out of this world. It was always one of the really good records that I owned. After reading the review of Michael LP I was intrigued. Gareth Jones says "It's the most perfect thing I have heard in my Life".
Well I had to see for myself. It IS absolutely stunning. It beats out the MFSL copy. I'm playing it on a Rega P1 with a Ortofon 2m Black and an acrylic platter added on. The amp is tube from Red Rose Music as are the preamp and ribbon speakers. If you like Steely Dan it is a must buy. Even the record cover is beautiful with a high gloss black.
It feels good just to touch it. Why not impress your friends. You won't be disappointed! There is tight bass, incredible clarity of the vocals, and the cymbals are no longer tinny sounding and distorted during the drum break in Aja. This is truly a pleaurable listening experience.
After almost 30 years it is still great! The recordings are timeless and the music comes through as soft and smooth. My wife and I sit down with a nice glass of wine and enjoy these fantistics recordings, very relaxing Album) amazing recording and a pressing that does it justice!
The fact that Fagen and Becker approved it is further proof that this is the way the album was supposed to sound.
I used to have a copy of the MoFi pressing years ago, and got rid of it after several years. As with many of the 70's and 80's era MoFi productions, the high end was too emphasized and brittle. Legend has it that some of the MoFi management who were older and possibly missing some high end hearing asked to have highs and lows beefed up for the recordings.
I remember listening to the title track during the long instrumental part, bracing myself for the hi-hat that just pierced your eardrums with sibilance. On this reissue, the highs are velvety-smooth, present but not overpowering. The bass is full and rich. The vocals, guitars, and horns are so present but not blaring.
Everything is balanced so nicely, and there is absolutely no fatigue in loud, loud listening. Peg - Steely Dan - Aja (Vinyl the heck have I been? Oh sure I heard their music on FM and Satellite,but they never really floated my boat. But I, like other stereo nuts that is what we were called before someone invented the lofty term of Audiophile am always looking for another recording that is capable of showing off the sound machinery. AJA was so highly recomended I thought, why not?
But after listening to side one,I could not decide what surprised me more. How good the music was,or how good my system sounded. It is truly a work of recording art in the Rock genre. It is the album to show off your stereo to your friends. But especially your envious friends. To be continued Kevin Gray did an exemplary job mastering this release and the sound is unmatched by any other release of this title.
Also, RTI did a clean gram pressing that does the mastering justice. Outstanding pressing! Better than the original. Garage House. Other Electro. European Movies. TV Shows. Sound Library. World Music. African Traditional. Indian Ocean. Others South American Traditional. West Indies. Visual Kei. Shibuya Kei. Sound Tracks. Others Countries. Old Music. Ancient Music. Various Items. Accessories for protection and cleaning.
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Factory sealed from new - Fagen and Becker doesn't get much better - highly recommended! Top Greatest Albums of All Time. Sell your Steely Dan records to us. We can collect - click here. Such was the quality of the record that it was often used to demonstrate the audio fidelity for stereo systems, and winning the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Non-Classical Recording.
Diametrically opposed to the burgeoning punk seen of the time, 'Aja' was Steely Dan's most expensive-sounding record with the best session players, the best studio equipment and of course the technical prowess of Fagen and Becker. All the Steely Dan hallmarks are here - the smoothed out jazz rock flights, the muted grooves riding on an almost narcotic bliss, the effervescently tasteful arrangements.
Basically if you dig the Dan this record is headphone heaven! Retrieved April 24, The Mojo Collection 4th ed. Canongate Books. Archived from the original on September 23, Retrieved September 23, Archived from the original on May 5, Retrieved May 13, Retrieved August 14, Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 15, ISBN X. Retrieved March 9, — via robertchristgau. The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5th concise ed.
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