Steely Dan Aja vinyl shootout

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Sam, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. motionoftheocean

    motionoftheocean Forum Resident

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    this thread begs a question I've been meaning to ask here for a while:

    are there any very recent pressings of Aja that are worth owning?
     
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  2. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Seen a UK Probe CBAT ( no gatefold ), but trashed ..natural pass
    Must have been a party album.
     
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  3. richbdd01

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    The recent Back to Black wasn't bad by any means. However, it has an inner groove distortion issue regardless of setup. It's obviously the way it was cut. If it wasn't for that issue, it would be a pretty good reissue. It's not comparable to the Cisco or an AB pressing but is decent up until the distortion starts kicking in. Shame.
     
  4. Psychedelic Good Trip

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    Ya think? Hahahahahaha!!:laugh:
     
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  5. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Well played ..Do it again.:laugh:
     
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  6. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    Chris here's a quote from forum member W.B.
    "I.I.N.M., the stamped "Union Jack" symbol indicates a pressing by Keel Mfg. (then the custom-pressing division of Pickwick International; later rebranded as Happauge Record Mfg. - the plant, that is) of Hauppauge, NY. Pressings from that plant of Aja may've come from the period when Columbia Records' Pitman, NJ plant (which usually handled ABC product at the time) was on strike, during the spring of 1978."
     
  7. AnalogJ

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    My AB 1006 is still my favorite pressing of this, and that includes the MoFi and the Cisco.
     
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  8. Psychedelic Good Trip

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    WOW!! Same here. Guess it was pressed right the first time 1977.
     
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  9. James Glennon

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    Strange, I don't see Aja in the secondhand bins that often anymore, used to be a time they were 10 a penny!

    JG
     
  10. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    Quite a few still floating around my neck of the woods James. Mostly AA runs. A co-worker gave me a Canadian cut last year I've still yet to spin.
     
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  11. AnalogJ

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    But not all originals were created equal. Apparently it's the AB1006 that is the one.
     
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  12. James Glennon

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    Not even UK/German pressings are turning up. Thankfully I got my AB version years ago when I was in the US!

    JG
     
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  13. Psychedelic Good Trip

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    Exactly
     
  14. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    Excellent! Feels good to be done (on the wallet) with a favorite... :laugh:
     
  15. Psychedelic Good Trip

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    So the Cisco back to vinyl reissue is good except for the inner groove distortion?
     
  16. AnalogJ

    AnalogJ Forum Resident

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    Not in my book. Initially, it sounds like it is more extended in the bass. But the midrange is thick and a bit muddy. The top end lacks air.

    In contrast, my AB1006, while perhaps is not as extended in the bass as the Cisco, is wide open in the midband, and quite airy on top. Unlike the Cisco, this one sounds fast and breezy. I can vouch for the copies I have. As you may know, there are variables in the pressing of each copy which can make each copy sound different.
     
  17. Psychedelic Good Trip

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    Thanks
     
  18. DangerousKitchen

    DangerousKitchen Forum Resident

    You seem to be confusing your AJA variations here. The Cisco has zero groove noise and has nothing to do with the ad copy stating/approximating "back to vinyl". That would be an entirely different reissue.
     
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  19. Orthogonian Blues

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    Yes. I used to have this one. It made the last two minutes of Deacon Blues unlistenable.
     
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  20. Classicrock

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    There is a Jap 200 gram pressing from a few years ago likely from a DSD source. Sounds pretty good from memory. I think my US copy bought sealed is the AA version. These and the Cisco all have their merits. Later UK MCA copy from the 80s I had sounded poor in comparison.
     
  21. James Glennon

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    Last edited: Sep 11, 2017
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  22. Psychedelic Good Trip

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  23. GentleSenator

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    they're on to us!!

    can't remember if anyone's blamed them yet, but by "they're" i'm clearly referring to hipsters
     
  24. James Glennon

    James Glennon Forum Resident

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    I think this forum should 'go underground'!:cop:

    JG
     
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  25. Cliff

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    That's good to know! I hear so many high praises for the Cisco and they fetch a small fortune. I have a pretty clean AB1006 and an even cleaner AA1006 but the AB smokes it on dynamics.
     

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