Steely DanAja

Label:MCA Records – MCL 1745, MCA Records – MAPS 11221
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Single-slip
Genre:Jazz, Rock, Pop
Style:Jazz-Funk, Pop Rock, AOR


A1Black Cow5:07
A3Deacon Blues7:26
B2Home At Last5:31
B3I Got The News5:03



Blue sky ridged labels. Made In England. Runoff area also has an 'ABCL XXXX' cat nr struck out.

Glossy single-slip sleeve. 2nd cat nr appears on rear sleeve only, in box below main cat nr. All rights reserved. Reproduction prohibited. Available on cassette.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout area A-side, stamped, variant 1): MCL 1745 A4
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout area B-side, stamped, variant 1): MCL 1745 B5 timtom cbs
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout area A-side, stamped, variant 2): MCL 1745 A5
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout area B-side, stamped, variant 2): MCL 1745 B6

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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
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Aja (LP, Album)ABC Records9022-1006Canada1977
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Aja (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Stereo, Red Translucent)ABC Records9022-1006Canada1977



  • DotChannel's avatar
    Imagine you're painting a blade of grass. You work on all the fine lines in that blade of grass. Not a single vein in that blade of grass is left out. You have finally finished your picture. You walk away from the picture to see it from a bigger perspective. You look at all the other blades of grass you did surrounding it. You walk backwards a little bit more to see even more blades of grass. As you walk out more you see that it is a field. You walk out more and see many trees in the middle of the grass. You admire this work of art that took you so long to master.

    That is how you describe Aja by Steely Dan. When I first put the needle down on Aja I thought of it as just another Jazz album. One day I decided to play it again and again until it started to grow on me. I kept on listening to it and started to realize that it is no ordinary Jazz album. Aja is one of those albums where the more you listen to it--the more you realize what a masterpiece it is.

    When you see Aja at your local record shop, you're just looking at a single vein of that one blade of grass. The more you listen to it, the more you are walking out from that one vein. Then you start to see the whole blade of grass. And then, the more you walk out from that vein, you start to see the whole picture--the whole genius of Aja.

    Every song and every musical note was poured with every once of detail into this album. If you step out of the box and listen to a single beat in the background of one song in Aja--it is the equivalent of a whole song by another musician. The lyrics flow perfectly with the instruments while at the same time you hear the incredible lyrics, "I can't cry anymore / While you run around / Break away / Just when it / Seems so clear / That it's / Over now / Drink your big black cow / And get out of here..."

    So all I'm trying to tell you is to get up out of your seat and buy this amazing album. When you finally get your hands on this work of art, lay the needle down and feel the nightlife. This album is truly the epitome of music; because nothing compares to Aja by Steely Dan.
    • Jazzual's avatar
      How do you describe Steely Dan? The fact is that no other band sounds like them. Are they are a Jazz band? Rock? Soul? Certainly they are a studio band, known for their unstinting quest to produce perfect records even if that meant repeating a musical arrangement countless times in the studio until they were happy. While in most cases this almost neurotic quest for perfection would render the music passionless and sterile somehow Fagen and Becker's toil resulted in some of the most exhaulted popular music ever produced and Aja is where they reached their apex.

      This is an incredibly textured and multi-dimentional record yet is also completely accessible. Some of the arrangements and playing are up there with the Jazz greats yet they were able to bring such music to a mainstream audience. Aja was actually one the the first records to go Platinum. Perhaps this was thanks to Fagen's remarkable song writing ability and his often sardonic sense of wit. It also helped that they worked with some of the best session musicians in the business.

      For me Aja rates as the best album of all time. Perhaps only equalled by Marvin Gaye's What's Going On.


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