Classic Albums: Steely Dan - Aja

Classic Albums: Steely Dan - Aja

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Cast: Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, Larry Carlton, Wayne Shorter

     
 

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Old and new fans of Steely Dan will enjoy this DVD that documents the making of their classic 1977 album Aja. The disc contains a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in PCM Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this disc. There are no special features on the disc, but fans will appreciate the archival footage

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Old and new fans of Steely Dan will enjoy this DVD that documents the making of their classic 1977 album Aja. The disc contains a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in PCM Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this disc. There are no special features on the disc, but fans will appreciate the archival footage and the interviews with Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's colleagues, making this a DVD worth looking at and listening to.

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Barnes & Noble - Ken Micallef
Steely Dan, the sardonic professors of rock, were never better than on their Grammy-winning 1977 masterwork, Aja. A '70s watershed, Aja still sounds fresh, and the pair's current resurfacing with Two Against Nature invites rediscovery of this earlier FM-radio staple. Becker and Fagen play hosts on this making-of video, isolating each song track-by-track with original master tapes and in performance with an ace studio band. The ingenious Becker/Fagen mindset is probed to interesting effect in interviews with the session musicians behind the recording. Guitarist Denny Dias, for instance, obliquely describes the pair as "one body, two heads, no fart jokes." Archival footage and photos of the group in their youth are too brief, but they help the pair to expose their R&B and jazz roots. Becker and Fagen's deep musical knowledge and potent wit elevate this video. They describe "Josie" as "good R&B like Junior Parker," while the weary antihero of "Deacon Blues" is characterized as "aspiring to mythic forms of loserdom." Two against nature, indeed.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/2000
UPC:
0014381907322
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:00:00

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start: The Early Years [1:22]
2. Breaking Down Josie [6:56]
3. East Meets West [3:21]
4. The Peg Mix [8:38]
5. Dissecting Deacon Blues [10:27]
6. Black Cow [5:11]
7. Home at Last & the Purdie Shuffle [5:56]
8. Aja [6:52]
9. Peg (Instrumental) [3:53]
10. Their Generation [2:01]
11. Josie (Instrumental) [4:07]
12. End Credits [1:17]

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Classic Albums: Steely Dan - Aja 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Steely Dan and are interested in the creative process that they employed this DVD is a must. The opportunity to observe Becker & Fagan at the mixing counsole analyzing their songs track by track is priceless. I've been a 'Dan Fan' for decades and this is the first chance I've ever had to become aquainted with the artists behind the music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Aja video is totally awsome. The first half of the tape features Becker and Fagan at a large mixing console with the original Aja multitrack tape at their finger tips! They solo the bass part or the drum part, talk about how it came about and interview the studio musician who layed it down. They even show you some of the gutar solos that were rejected! At the end of the tape, they assembled some of the musicians and play a few songs off the album. I really think that the Aja album was some of the best music to come out of the '70's.