Steely Dan – Aja original 1977 first pressing Japan LP with obi


A 1977 Japanese first pressing of Aja by Steely Dan, complete with original obi.

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Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Aja by Steely Dan, complete with original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Aja is a Japanese first pressing on the ABC label, issued in 1977.

The cover is VG++, with a few faint scuffs.  The obi is VG+, with a few wrinkles.

The Japanese insert is M-; the custom inner sleeve is VG+ with a bit of foxing.

The disc is M- and has a couple of very faint sleeve scuffs.  It appears to have only been played a couple of times.

A nice copy of a terrific 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. 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: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: ABC
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1977
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 1 in