Steely Dan’s 1977 classic Aja has been remastered for a new vinyl reissue overseen by Donald Fagen. It is the latest in a series of Steely Dan reissues, all remastered by Bernie Grundman. The new version of Aja, which comes without add-on accoutrements, is out September 29 via Geffen/UMe.
While the new versions are remastered from analog tape copies that had not been EQed, the original tapes of Aja and Gaucho are believed lost. The main reissue will be pressed to at 33 1/3 RPM. Analogue Productions, the in-house reissue label of Acoustic Sounds, is also putting out a 45 RPM version in the Ultra High-Quality Vinyl format, as well as a Super Audio CD version.
Read “8 Songs That Show Walter Becker’s Brilliance” on the Pitch, and revisit Pitchfork’s Steely Dan Day reviews of Can’t Buy a Thrill, Katy Lied, The Royal Scam, and Gaucho.