I think, and this is a think, that you rely on Kevin Gray. He does a lot of work with Steve Hoffman, a fellow highly recognized for remastering. His surfaces are quiet, too.
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Yup, the original ABC. They're everywhere cheap. In the dollar bins at used record stores (or certainly very reasonably priced), record shows or the thrifts. Chances are you can buy 10 of them for the price of the re-issue and out of the 10 you'll be bound to get a couple of decent copies that probably sound better than the re-issue.
I can see buying re-issues if there is difficulty in obtaining a clean copy of the original. That's not the case with AJA.
My father in law recently gave me a box of 15-20 LPs that had been in his garage. Most were my wife's from the 70s and 80s.
The gem in the box was a pristine original ABC yellow label copy of "Aja"!
Wow, what a great sounding LP, and it shows little evidence of play, unlike most of the other LPs that were all pretty scratchy.
I looked up any posts on the re-mastering of Aja and found this thread. I have to agree with all here...I just got the re re-mastered Aja and am very unimpressed compared to the ABC 1977 orig. mastered by Bernie G.
If you have the orig. kids..that's the real deal! The dynamics and vocals on this is way better than the new remaster. Oh well..had to try it.
Try the original. Tom Port of www.dccblowout.com has been featuring "shoot-outs" over the past two months of various Steely Dan albums. The originals are hard to find in sonically correct master tape quality (many lack bass). Interesting to see what he has picked and the prices he is fetching--$600 to 800 for a pristine copy.
I just purchased a small record collection which included a copy of Aja with catalog number ABC AB1006. The copy I purchased on release in 1977 is catalog number ABC AA1006.
Normally second, third, etc. releases share the original catalog number and the release information is shown in the deadwax.
Anybody know the story behind these different catalog numbers?
Thanks in advance.