Steely Dan Aja on Japanese Import SHM-SACD
Long argued as one of the (if not THE) best rock recording ever and a permanent fixture on many a demo system in the late 70’s and 80’s, Aja was the culmination of everything Donald Fagen and Walter Becker aspired to accomplish in their storied careers. It was the first album certified platinum (eventually selling more than 5 million copies in the U.S.) by the then-new RIAA sales tracking system.
Aja contained three ubiquitous U.S. top 40 singles with “Peg”, “Josie” and “Deacon Blues,” though each of the seven tracks are extraordinary. The tight arrangements, inspired playing by the West Coast’s best session players, and countless lyrical and musical hooks were immediately accessible and unforgettably cool.
And then there’s the “sound.” Deservedly winning the 1978 Grammy Award for non-classical engineering, Roger “The Immortal” Nichols was helped by a who’s-who of the top audio guys in the industry: Bill Schnee, Al Schmitt and Elliot Scheiner. The meticulous recording is almost fetishistic in its attention to detail. Every note of even the densest track can be clearly heard, with every instrument perfectly placed. This is a record where the studio becomes not only part of the process, but an instrument in and of itself!
SHM-SACD (Super High Material SACD) is the ultimate Super Audio CD that utilizes the materials and technologies that were developed for the SHM-CD to further enhance the audio-resolution. These discs are made with polycarbonate developed for the screen of the liquid crystal display. As it has a higher transparency, players can read the signal more faithfully. Also, it excels in fluidity, which enables you to cast a more accurate pit. What works wonders for a low resolution format such as CD should offer even greater sonic improvements in a real high resolution format such as SACD.
• 2-channel Single Layer SACD
• Two-channel SACD layer only, to secure enough reflectance and not to compress DSD file
• Label of the disc is printed with a special green ink called 'Onsho Shiyou,' which minimizes diffuse reflection
• Carefully selected master audio is used, from existing DSD files to newly converted from analog tapes
• This disc will ONLY work on a Super Audio Disc Player