This weekend, I did a small shootout between 3 vinyl pressings of Aja. I did not include the Mofi pressing, as I have to agree that the EQ on that one is somewhat "hot." I wanted to compare the Cisco 30th anniversary pressing with two early pressings on the original ABC label. The two that I have on original ABC label have a matrix code of AB 1006 with a hand-written RE-3 in the runout groove, and an AA 1006. Both are clear and do not have any letters scratched out. First up was the ABC AA 1006 pressing. To get right to the point, stay away from this pressing. The sound was muffled. Drums sounded like a blanket was thrown over the speakers, and the presentation was quite uninvolving. From what I gather, the AA pressing was not the original Bernie Grundman mastering and I can hear it. So even though it has the original label, CHECK THE MATRIX numbers first. Next up was the AB 1006 matrix pressing, all hand written in the runout groove. AB NOT AA. Wow. What a difference. Clear kick drums and overall clarity to the vocals. The midrange is to die for. A wonderful stereo spread combined with warmth and musical drive. Basically, what people call "master tape" sound, or as close as one can get via vinyl. I didn't want to get up to change the record, and that's always a great sign. Next up was the Cisco pressing on heavy vinyl. Clear presentation with good bass, unlike the first AA pressing I auditioned. (By the way, I played cut 1, BLACK COW, for this shootout). The thing that bothered me about this Cisco pressing was the vocals and midrange. There was something going on that was very difficult to put my finger on. The vocals were not as clear or as well-defined in the mix as the ABC AB pressing. The midrange was not "blooming," for a lack of a better description. The overall presentation was not as full. It's damn good UNTIL you compare it to the original AB 1006 pressing, and then you realize what is missing. And with Steely Dan's Aja, you WANT that mastertape experience. So there you have my experience with 3 different pressings. As I said, I didn't bother to compare my mofi, as I know that it has unnatural boosting in the highs and lows. Sometimes that works, but on this lp, the original AB pressing is the winner.