Steely DanAja

Label:ABC Records – AB-1006
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Santa Maria Pressing, Gatefold
Genre:Jazz, Rock


A1Black Cow
BassChuck Rainey
ClavinetJoe Sample
DrumsPaul Humphrey
Electric PianoVictor Feldman
GuitarLarry Carlton
SynthesizerDonald Fagen
Tenor Saxophone [Tenor Sax]Tom Scott
Backing VocalsDonald Fagen, Tim Schmit*
BassChuck Rainey
DrumsSteve Gadd
Electric PianoJoe Sample
PercussionVictor Feldman
Synthesizer, Whistle [Police Whistle]Donald Fagen
Tenor Saxophone [Tenor Sax]Wayne Shorter
A3Deacon Blues
BassWalter Becker
DrumsBernard Purdie
Electric PianoVictor Feldman
SynthesizerDonald Fagen
Tenor Saxophone [Tenor Sax]Pete Christlieb
Backing VocalsMichael McDonald, Paul Griffin
BassChuck Rainey
ClavinetDon Grolnick
DrumsRick Marotta
Electric PianoPaul Griffin
GuitarSteve Khan
Guitar, Soloist [Solo Guitar]Jay Graydon
LyriconTom Scott
B2Home At Last
Backing VocalsDonald Fagen, Tim Schmit*
BassChuck Rainey
DrumsBernard Purdie
GuitarLarry Carlton
Guitar, Soloist [Solo Guitar]Walter Becker
Piano, Vibraphone [Vibes]Victor Feldman
SynthesizerDonald Fagen
B3I Got The News
BassChuck Rainey
DrumsEd Greene (2)
GuitarDean Parks
Guitar, Soloist [Solo Guitar]Larry Carlton, Walter Becker
Piano, Vibraphone [Vibes], PercussionVictor Feldman
SynthesizerDonald Fagen
Backing VocalsDonald Fagen, Tim Schmit*
BassChuck Rainey
Drums, PercussionJim Keltner
Electric PianoVictor Feldman
Guitar, Soloist [Solo Guitar]Walter Becker
SynthesizerDonald Fagen

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"S" etched in runouts denotes Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria, pressing.

First pressings have catalog # AB-1006. "AB" prefix in catalog # was an ABC label price code, and approximately two weeks after the release of the album, the price was raised $1.00 and subsequent pressings were catalog # AA-1006.

Issued in a glossy cardstock gatefold jacket, with printed card stock inner sleeve with lyrics and credits.

℗ 1977 ABC Records, Inc. © 1977 ABC Records, Inc.

Published by ABC/Dunhill Music, Inc. (BMI)
All selections © 1977 ABC/Dunhill Music, Inc. (BMI)

Recorded at:
Village Recorders, West L.A.
Producer's Workshop, Hollywood
Warner Bros. North Hollywood Recording Studios
ABC Recording Studios
Sound Labs, Hollywood
A&R Studios, N.Y.C.
Mastered at A&M Studios, Hollywood.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): AB-1006-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): AB-1006-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 1): I S AB 1006(RE-3)-A 1C A1 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 1): I S AB 1006(RE-3)-B 1A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 2): 2 S AB 1006(RE-3)-A 1A A4
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 2): I S AB 1006(RE-3)-B-1A C8
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 3): I S AAB 1006(RE-3)-A XX 1D A5
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 3): 2 S AAB 1006(RE-3)-B-1A B12
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 4): I S AAB 1006(RE-3)-A 1A B11
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 4): I S AAB 1006(RE-3)-B-1B 1A B6
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 5): 1S AA B̶ 1006(RE-3)-A 1C A8
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 5): 1S AA B̶ 1006(RE-3)-B-1B 1̶A̶ A8
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 6): 1S AA B̶ 1006(RE-3)-A 1A B11
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 6): 1S AA B̶ 1006(RE-3)-B 1A C16
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 7): 1S AA B̶ 1006(RE-3)-A 1A 11B A22
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 7): 1S AA 1006-B (RE-4) 1B A9
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 8): S AB 1006 (RE-3)-A 1̶A̶ 1B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 8): S AB 1006 (RE-3)-B-1B 1̶A̶
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 9): I S AB 1006(RE-3)-A 1C A I
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 9): S I AB 1006(RE-3)-B 1A B I

Other Versions (5 of 293)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Aja (LP, Album, Repress, Stereo, Terre Haute Pressing)ABC RecordsAA-1006US1977
Aja (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)ABC Records25 046 XOTGermany1977
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Aja (Cassette, Album, Blue Shell)ABC Records, ABC Records5020-1006, AB1006 HUS1977
Recently Edited
Aja (LP, Album)ABC Records9022-1006Canada1977
Recently Edited
Aja (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Stereo, Red Translucent)ABC Records9022-1006Canada1977
  • jaysDaze's avatar
    It's Aja, what else do you need to know? it's awesome
    • jloper's avatar
      outstanding pressing sound is incredible very good instrument separation and wide soundstage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • jfwoodman's avatar
        Lovely pressing for this classic album. Very enjoyable listen, recommended.
        • funkynial's avatar
          It's time for an audiophile pressing of this one! Mofi, Acoustic Sounds, Impex or Speakers Corner. Please!!
          • 2112adrian's avatar
            I sought this copy out and managed to get a copy shipped in from the US. I went down the ' What's the best sounding copy of AJA rathole' and decided it was worth the risk.

            A good friend and I have compared this issue to several UK pressing 1st and represses , various issues of CD's and even a Japanese SHM variant, this is the best we have heard.

            It is more dynamic , greater range on the bass and treble, is more 3 dimensional too. I haven't compared to some of the super expensive pressings CISCO etc, and doubt if I will ever get the chance.

            This is worth trying to get hold off if you can.

            • Anthon40's avatar
              Edited 8 months ago

              So many AB 1006 pressings.

              I have a S AB-1006 (RE-3) A 1A
              The “S” is etched really faint and squiggly
              Is that what the S is supposed to look like?

              • oneflashoflight's avatar
                I've had this copy since I was a kid and fortunately it was well taken care.
                I bought a Cisco 30th when it first came out and yes, it is FCKNG amazing BUT...when the prices broke through the ceiling I sold it and absolutely do NOT regret that since I have this copy and a few extra Benjamin's to spend on other slabs.
                It's all about how you like to spend money but at a tiny fraction of the Cisco price, this version is it!
                • woenowdobby's avatar
                  Anyone know which copy mine is? Deadwax on side 1 looks like this:
                  S Z AB 1006(RE-3) - A KA 1B
                  • tesbenoit's avatar
                    i Just get AA cross-out B version. I did an a-b quick listening test with my mofi version. I can't believe how good this original version is compared to the half speed master. I have buy this version because i want to hear by myself what other are saying. It worth the investment.
                    • atyson95's avatar
                      Has anyone compared the US AB-1006 / AA-1006 to the UK first pressing with the Lacquer cut by ALLEN?




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