Good vinyl pressing of Steely Dan's album, "Aja"

Lots of choices out there for Aja in vinyl form - probably one of the most 'produced' albums ever done. I've tried a couple different pressings in good condition, but I've always thought there must be a better version out there.

Anyone have a solid recommendation?
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 27,280
    edited December 2020
    Neolith that I am -- I still like the original MoFi half-speed mastered morph of Aja (SR/2 -- Stan Riker, EQd on the fly, by his ear). :|

    The original ABC I have (purchased new way back when) still sounds pretty good to me.

    Oh, short answer to your actual question:
    jdjohn wrote: »
    ...
    Anyone have a solid recommendation?
    No, at least I don't. Sorry. :/

  • tratlifftratliff Posts: 1,150
    I would look for the Mofi.

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 27,280
    Whoa -- sounds like a mandate! ;)
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 45,579
    The Cisco is the best as the man in the video says.
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  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 2,485
    While I would love to have the Cisco, for about the $20 that I spent on the crossed out B in the deadwax sounds pretty good to me.
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  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 821
    Same here, happy with the crossed out AB.
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,879
    Very informative, thanks all. Turns out my current version is none of the above. Mine is apparently the RCA Record Club pressing. The album cover has AA-1006, the vinyl label has AB-1006, and the dead wax has R-123475.
    "This may not matter to you, but it does to me for various reasons, many of them illogical or irrational, but the vinyl hobby is not really logical or rational..." - member on Vinyl Engine
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 18,212
    Prolly worth a mint Jody :D
  • TroyDTroyD Posts: 12,367
    I have the Mofi and the Cisco versions. Get the Cisco version.
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  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,879
    Do they take Amazon gift cards?
    "This may not matter to you, but it does to me for various reasons, many of them illogical or irrational, but the vinyl hobby is not really logical or rational..." - member on Vinyl Engine
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon
  • gp4jesusgp4jesus Posts: 1,601
    edited January 16
    The “Cisco” version - that’s a label or brand name like MoFi or Nautilus*?
    *Allman Brothers Band “Live at the Fillmore” to name one (shhh sounds awesome!)
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  • agfrostagfrost Posts: 2,341
    Interesting topic/video.

    When I went to buy my turntable locally, the guy didn't want to let me leave until I bought his records, too. Wasn't sure I wanted 7 crates of random vinyl, so I made an offer I thought he'd refuse. Much to my wife's chagrin, he accepted. I believe there were 3 copies of Aja in there--Just checked two I found easily and the first was AA-1006, but the second was AAb-1006. Just popped that one on and it's very nice!
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  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,879
    gp4jesus wrote: »
    The “Cisco” version - that’s a label or brand name like MoFi or Nautilus*?
    *Allman Brothers Band “Live at the Fillmore” to name one (shhh sounds awesome!)
    Correct
    "This may not matter to you, but it does to me for various reasons, many of them illogical or irrational, but the vinyl hobby is not really logical or rational..." - member on Vinyl Engine
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon
  • gp4jesusgp4jesus Posts: 1,601
    jdjohn wrote: »
    gp4jesus wrote: »
    The “Cisco” version - that’s a label or brand name like MoFi or Nautilus*?
    *Allman Brothers Band “Live at the Fillmore” to name one (shhh sounds awesome!)
    Correct
    How does one search for “Cisco” w/out getting a thousand links to network stuff?

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    *soldered

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