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2.60 | 30 ratings | 3 reviews | 7% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Fool In The Mirror (8:20) :
- a) Sham Fight
- b) Stars End
2. Central Station Hustle (4:59)
3. L.A. Rendez-vous (4:39)
4. High Rockin' (5:27)
5. One More Night (8:59) :
- a) Bootleg Ballet
- b) Laserlight
- c) Back To The Losing End
6. Amy (4:19)
7. Take any road (5:48)

Total Time: 42:31

Line-up / Musicians

- Michel van Dijk / lead vocals
- Ferdinand Bakker / guitars, piano, electric violin, backing vocals, composer
- Dick Franssen / organ, piano, Wurlitzer
- Ronald Ottenhoff / saxophones, flute
- Jan Visser / bass, congas, backing vocals
- Job Tarenskeen / percussion, drums, backing vocals

- Steve Gregory / sax (1)
- Bud Beadle / sax (1)
- Martin Droner / horn (1)
- Geoff Wright / horn (1)
- The Deadcenter Boys / performer (5)

Releases information

Artwork: Norman Moore

LP Polydor ‎- 2925 045 (1976, Netherlands)

CD Polydor ‎- 273 813-5 (2010, Belgium) Remastered by QS Sound Lab

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ALQUIN Best Kept Secret ratings distribution

(30 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(7%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(27%)
Good, but non-essential (33%)
Collectors/fans only (30%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

ALQUIN Best Kept Secret reviews

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Review by Sean Trane
2 stars This fourth album is the logical follower of Nobody but that also means that it out of the scope of this site as this is rather poor in Prog contents : I would diagnose less than 5% which means that you will never overdose of it but will likely get bored before reaching the fatal level. Don't get me wrong , this is correct FM rock along the lines of Foreigner (actually, they spring to mind quite often when I hear Alquin) . Even the longer tracks divided into subsection are relatively uninteresting for the proghead. Another comparison would be their great fellow Dutchmen Golden Earring (not any proggier but one hell of more adventure and inspiration , though). In another site , i might have given this a third star.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Only about half of this album could be considered "prog", but the whole album has a high degree of musicianship. The centrepiece of this album is "One More Night", which is most certainly "prog". The jazz influences, enhanced by their use of brass, are very obvious. They had also been listening ... (read more)

Report this review (#219846) | Posted by mictester | Thursday, June 4, 2009 | Review Permanlink

2 stars The last studio album from Alquin (until their reformation almost 30 years later of course). On Best Kept Secret the band chose to go mainstream, removing almost all the proggresive elements from their previous offerings and their sound becoming very American, not unlike The Eagles. This is a ... (read more)

Report this review (#160143) | Posted by Prosciutto | Tuesday, January 29, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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