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Jan Akkerman - Live in Concert, The Hague 2007 CD (album) cover


Jan Akkerman


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.36 | 7 ratings

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Rolf Bos
4 stars In the period 2005/ 2006 Jan was doing the theater program Fromage a trois. As usual he played no more than one or two Focus songs. In 2007 he finally did some concessions to the audience by playing more Focus. Suddenly the show started with Answers? Questions in a short version. Followed by Anonymus, a new version of House of the king and Focus II.(Not on this disc.) Tranquilizer is not my favorite part of the show, a little bit simple blues thing with a long playing time. My attention slips away before the end is reached. Anyway, most of the time the audience likes it because they know it from the bestseller Eli. There is a beautiful choice of C.U. songs, Jan's last studio recording. Dance the blues away, I'm in the mood and my favorite Slow man belong to the finest songs Jan ever wrote. His own favorite track is Urbanstring, a song with a more funky sound. In 2006 the Paul Weller cover You do something to me came in the set and they still play it. The traditional Focus songs Sylvia and Hocus pocus are the favorites of the audience. In the past there were moments Jan refused to play it. He came with a new song or finished the concert without encore. But the last years there are not many changes in the set. Some songs of C.U. are gone and replaced by songs he also did in the past. Even Tommy entered the show. However, this Live in concert is just like the first one a real fine DVD. There is a good example of typical Akkerman humor with a title as Bluesjam with Jan for all ages. From the members of his band i like especially the bass of Wilbrand Meischke. Jan himself is playing excellent, as usual. I'm thinking about four stars.
Rolf Bos | 4/5 |


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