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Jan Akkerman

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.78 | 45 ratings

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malcra
4 stars As mentioned by other reviews; yes there is a strong hint of Focus all over side 1 and Clear Air, in particular akin to Eruption from Moving Wales. It's not so well laid out, but it is an awesome demonstration of Akkerman's skill with guitar. I've got some later solo vinyl which I bought back in the day but it all goes a bit jazz funk (Pleasure Point, yikes!) but this album captures Akkerman the way I like him and I guess a lot of prog fans do. "Fresh Air" is a loosely collected 19 minute track, but pretty good.

Side 2 and he get's his lute out. A lot of the reviewers I think have just ignored this and focused on side 1; makes sense and you may only play the medieval stuff once. However, you can see where a lot of stuff segued into later Focus material. "Blue Boy" is a clean and technically proficient track (actually reminded me of Transatlantic for some reason?)

It's a good album and my recently acquired vinyl copy only cost me 7 quid; well worth it for 20 minutes of quality prog.

malcra | 4/5 |

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