Monday, April 14, 2008

TVD's Daily Wax | Steely Dan "Aja"

I read once that, in general, a child's first sense of inebriation happens on the playground in the form of the merry-go-round, the swings, the slide, etc. And that we, as adults, attempt to recreate 'baby's first buzz' via all sorts of intoxicants. It's the singular pursuit of 'that buzz' in it first and finest form that seems to become the prime motivator. Well, today there are flowers in the courtyard. The trees have turned from merely budding to a noticeable green. It's warming. And somewhere in some sleepy town, a yellow bus pulls up to the bus stop with a crackly FM radio tuned into the crusty classic rock station and 'Aja' comes sputtering out. And nostrils flair to the soundtrack of baby's first Springtime buzz. Exactly the way it happened for me.

Steely Dan - Aja (Mp3)
Steely Dan - Black Cow (Mp3)
Steely Dan - Deacon Blues (Mp3)
Steely Dan - Home At Last (Mp3)
Steely Dan - Peg (Mp3)


epota said...

Another gem. Steely's best album, in my humble opinion. Stellar production, sweet arrangements, and brilliant Steve Gadd drumming in the title song. Track-for-track, a perfect pop/jazz/rock release.

Are you familiar with FLAUNT THE IMPERFECTION by China Crisis? A Walter Becker-produced album that nearly captures this magic, only with newer pop sensibilities. Well, new to the mid-80s.

The Vinyl District said...

"Flaunt the Imperfection" is probably my favorite CC LP! Good call...

Dumbek said...

I'm pretty sure that "Aja" was the very first LP I ever bought with my own money (as opposed to begging my mother to buy me records, or stealing them from my sister).