Steely Dan – Aja 1978 limited edition Canada red vinyl LP

$125.00

Free U.S. shipping!  A 1978 Canadian limited edition red vinyl pressing of Aja by Steely Dan.

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Description

Offered for sale is a  limited edition red vinyl pressing of Steely Dan’s Aja, released in Canada in 1978.

This LP was pressed on both red and yellow vinyl; the red vinyl pressings are the rarer of the two.

About this pressing: This copy of Aja is a 1978 Canadian pressing on the ABC label of an album that was originally released in 1977.

The cover is VG++ and close to M- with slight foxing on the inside of the gatefold cover.  The custom inner sleeve is VG++ with some minor creases, but no splits.

The red vinyl disc is M- and looks unplayed.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a classic LP.

Background: All seven of Steely Dan’s original albums that were released between 1972 and 1980 have been highly regarded by audiophiles for years, but perhaps none quite as much as 1977’s Aja.

This album, which combined the work of founders Walter Becker and Donald Fagen with studio musicians, combined rock and jazz while keeping the album radio-friendly.

AllMusic.com gave Aja 4 1/2 stars:

Steely Dan hadn’t been a real working band since Pretzel Logic, but with Aja, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen’s obsession with sonic detail and fascination with composition reached new heights. A coolly textured and immaculately produced collection of sophisticated jazz-rock, Aja has none of the overt cynicism or self-consciously challenging music that distinguished previous Steely Dan records. It’s complex music delivered with ease, and although the duo’s preoccupation with clean sound and self-consciously sophisticated arrangements would eventually lead to a dead end, Aja is a shining example of jazz-rock at its finest.

Finding clean, quiet copies of Steely Dan’s original albums is difficult, and the master tapes for those albums were reportedly either mislaid or destroyed in the mid-1980s. While there have been several attempts by audiophile labels to give Aja a proper treatment, all were produced from lower-generation tapes and many audiophiles believe that the best sounding pressing of the album is the original 1977 ABC Records issue.

 

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Country of origin: Canada
Size: 12″
Record Label: ABC
Catalog Number:
9022-1006
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in