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Steely Dan, aja, where's the good bit?

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I've tried and tried with this album and I still I can't see what people rave about. Is there a backwards subliminal message saying 'mention this at dinner parties and other guests will think you're really good at music'. 

Please tell me. 

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Breaking news.... man doesn't like something other people like.... 😂

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You don’t like it. That’s ok. 
 

There’s loads of “classic” stuff I don’t get, no matter how hard I try. 
 

I’m not sure there’s anything to  “explain”  that will help either. 

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Don't worry. There are many bands constantly being lauded on here that I don't get either. I bought Aja on CD, mainly for Chuck Rainey's playing.

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Traditionally speaking, the 'good bits' are Peg, Josie, and Deacon Blues. Whether or not you like any of those is, of course, another matter.

It's worth bearing in mind that Aja is NOT the best album by Steely Dan, not by a long chalk.

The easy winner is a late-period double album called (IIRC) The Best Of Steely Dan.

 

 

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I like it a lot. Heard it years ago when dad went through a big SD phase.

Rediscovered it after the “Classic Albums” series was repeated on Sky Arts.

Lovely.

But it’s mad cheesy - all Steely Dan is 😋

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There are so many albums that to me are nothing more than the emperor’s invisible clothes. People in the know have suggested that I ‘try’ to like them. My Mum used to say the same about spam, suet pudding and homework.  I rest my case 

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Just now, Happy Jack said:

Traditionally speaking, the 'good bits' are Peg, Josie, and Deacon Blues. Whether or not you like any of those is, of course, another matter.

It's worth bearing in mind that Aja is NOT the best album by Steely Dan, not by a long chalk.

The easy winner is a late-period double album called (IIRC) The Best Of Steely Dan.

 

 

Reminds me of the classic Steve Coogan......

”What’s your favourite Beatles album?”

””The Best of the Beatles”

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If you're an SD fan, then Aja is a great album, if you aren't, then that's always going to be an uphill battle. I like Aja, but my favourite SD album is The Royal Scam (except for the greatest hits of course).

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12 minutes ago, spectoremg said:

I've tried and tried with this album and I still I can't see what people rave about. Is there a backwards subliminal message saying 'mention this at dinner parties and other guests will think you're really good at music'. 

Please tell me. 

Put your headphones on chill out to some superb musicianship.....it's a classic.

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14 minutes ago, spectoremg said:

I've tried and tried with this album and I still I can't see what people rave about

See also: the rest of the Steely Dan back catalogue

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25 minutes ago, spectoremg said:

I've tried and tried with this album and I still I can't see what people rave about. Is there a backwards subliminal message saying 'mention this at dinner parties and other guests will think you're really good at music'. 

Please tell me. 

Nothing to tell. Nothing snotty about it either. I tried and tried with the Beatles. Didnt happen. I moved on.

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Only the early SD stuff for me really (Reeling ITY etc) - when they started getting too clever and 11th chords everywhere then I got bored. Playing so good but oh so sterile IMHO. ( And please don't mention 'The Nightfly' or I'll really lose it....)

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It's all subjective innit.

I really like it, But Gaucho is my favourite SD album by a mile, which a lot of other people don't rate.

 

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1 minute ago, NickD said:

It's all subjective innit.

Absolutely. I generally like stuff that sounds 'live' and prioritises feel over perfection, which is mainly why the more recent SD stuff ain't for me. Realise I'm probably in a minority though, most musicians I know love SD.

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21 minutes ago, thebigyin said:

Put your headphones on chill out to some superb musicianship.....it's a classic.

Superb musicianship is IMO irrelevant if I'm not enjoying the actual music being played.

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8 minutes ago, bubinga5 said:

Nothing to tell. Nothing snotty about it either. I tried and tried with the Beatles. Didnt happen. I moved on.

There isn’t one Beatles track I like, they just leave me cold

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I love Aja.... and all the other original Dan albums.... it's just Gaucho that leaves me cold. So sterile I feel like I've been dipped in an antibacterial bath....

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... and don't get me started on 'funk', or 'disco'. Grateful Dead, on the other hand... :|

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8 minutes ago, Frank Blank said:

There isn’t one Beatles track I like, they just leave me cold

Everyone like Yellow Submarine

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3 minutes ago, Beedster said:

Everyone like Yellow Submarine

I not like Yellow Submarine.

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24 minutes ago, casapete said:

( And please don't mention 'The Nightfly' or I'll really lose it....)

Oh dear.

Oh dear, oh dear.

Oh dearie, dearie me.

:scratch_one-s_head:

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30 minutes ago, casapete said:

( And please don't mention 'The Nightfly' or I'll really lose it....)

Given it a few goes now...

im going to give it another go soon.

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13 minutes ago, Dad3353 said:

... and don't get me started on 'funk', or 'disco'. Grateful Dead, on the other hand... :|

Shakedown Street? The track, not the entire album…that's a funky Dead song (and great fun to play).

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