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Charted: Oct. 15, 1977

Rating: 4.611 (average of 14 ratings)

Genre: jazz rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Black Cow
  2. Aja
  3. Deacon Blues
  4. Peg
  5. Home at Last
  6. I Got the News
  7. Josie


sales in U.S. only 2 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 2 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 3
peak on U.K. album chart 5

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Peg (11/19/77) #11 US, #30 AC
  • Deacon Blues (4/1/78) #19 US, #40 AC
  • Josie (8/26/78) #26 US, #44 AC


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Steely Dan
“Steely Dan hadn’t been a real working band since Pretzel Logic, but with Aja, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen’s obsession with sonic detail and fascination with composition reached new heights. A coolly textured and immaculately produced collection of sophisticated jazz-rock, Aja has none of the overt cynicism or self-consciously challenging music that distinguished previous Steely Dan records. Instead, it’s a measured and textured album, filled with subtle melodies and accomplished, jazzy solos that blend easily into the lush instrumental backdrops” (Erlewine).

“But Aja isn’t just about texture, since Becker and Fagen’s songs are their most complex and musically rich set of songs – even the simplest song, the sunny pop of Peg, has layers of jazzy vocal harmonies. In fact, Steely Dan ignores rock on Aja, preferring to fuse cool jazz, blues, and pop together in a seamless, seductive fashion. It’s complex music delivered with ease, and although the duo’s preoccupation with clean sound and self-consciously sophisticated arrangements would eventually lead to a dead end, Aja is a shining example of jazz-rock at its finest” (Erlewine).

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previous album: The Royal Scam (1976) next album: Gaucho (1980)

Last updated April 3, 2008.