Steely Dan's Aja

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Aja was the album that made Steely Dan a commercial force on the order of contemporaries like Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and Chicago. A double-platinum, Grammy-winning bestseller, it lingered on the Billboard charts for more than a year and spawned three hit singles. Odd, then, that its creators saw it as an "ambitious, extended" work, the apotheosis of their anti-rock, anti-band, anti-glamour aesthetic. Populated by thirty-fi ve mostly jazz session players, Aja served up prewar song forms, mixed meters and ...

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Overview

Aja was the album that made Steely Dan a commercial force on the order of contemporaries like Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and Chicago. A double-platinum, Grammy-winning bestseller, it lingered on the Billboard charts for more than a year and spawned three hit singles. Odd, then, that its creators saw it as an "ambitious, extended" work, the apotheosis of their anti-rock, anti-band, anti-glamour aesthetic. Populated by thirty-fi ve mostly jazz session players, Aja served up prewar song forms, mixed meters and extended solos to a generation whose idea of pop daring was Paul letting Linda sing lead once in a while. And, impossibly, it sold. Including an in-depth interview with Donald Fagen, this book paints a detailed picture of the making of a masterpiece.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826427830
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/15/2007
  • Series: 33 1/3 Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 681,239
  • Product dimensions: 4.78 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Breithaupt is a studio musician and songwriter based in Toronto. He is the co-author of Precious and Few: Pop Music in the Early '70s and Night Moves: Pop Music in the Late '70s. A Berklee College of Music alumnus and three-time Juno Award nominee, he has written extensively on music and film for the National Post.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     1
This One's for Real: Introduction     3
Blueprint Blue: Context     8
Heard This One Before: Influences     15
This is the Day: Seventies     23
Throw Out the Hardware: Production     28
Like a Roman: Words     32
Get to Bendin' My Ear: Harmony     42
Book of Numbers: Sidemen     49
Angular Banjoes: Guitar     59
Talk It Out Till Daylight: Process     65
Somebody Else's Favorite Song: FM (No Static at All)     69
You Know How to Hustle: Fallout     74
Those of My Kind: Historical Moment     82
Lay Down the Law and Break It: Conclusion     90
Album Credits     100
Release Information / Chart History     105
Selected Covers     107
Glossary     109
Recommended Listening     122
Bibliography     129
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