Aja was the album that made Steely Dan a commercial force on the order of contemporaries like Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and Chicago. A double-platinum, Grammy-winning best seller, it lingered on the Billboard charts for more than a year and spawned three hit singles. Odd, then, that its creators saw it as an "ambitious, extended" work, the apotheosis of their anti-rock, anti-band, anti-glamour aesthetic. Populated by 35 mostly jazz session players, Aja served up prewar song forms, mixed meters and extended solos to a generation whose idea of pop daring was Paul letting Linda sing lead once in a while. And, impossibly, it sold. Including an in-depth interview with Donald Fagen, this audiobook paints a detailed picture of the making of a masterpiece.
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I have 3 degrees in music and all I can say is that this book has taken a great album and made it boring through the overuse of music theory terms that most users will not understand. I was hoping that it would approach the story from a point of how the songs came about rather than saying "This song is based upon a chord progression of the IV-I chords essentially using a plagal cadence." Better save the money and just buy the CD.
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