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2.36 | 16 ratings | 3 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1987

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. My Pleasure (8:55)
2. Just Because, So! (5:01)
3. Lost & Found (7:01)
4. Heartware (6:51)
5. Winterborn, Lyric (5:07)
6. Lonely Street Of Dreams (5:50)
7. Firenze (2:56)

Total time 41:41

Bonus tracks on 1998 remaster - demos recorded in 1998, previously unreleased:
8. Apollo's Mask (0:50)
9. Dancing In Chains (It's Not An S.M. Act But An Old Greek Proverb About) (4:48)
10. Dompteuse Du Serpent (French For Hooker) (0:33)
11. Fire From Heaven (3:00)
12. Almost Dawn (5:13)
13. Agony And Ecstasy (6:02)
14. Akkermani (1:40)
15. Luxemburger (4:20)

Line-up / Musicians

- Jan Akkerman / electric (1,5) & acoustic guitars, Roland guitar synth, 6-string bass (4), drum programming (2,6), composer

- Michael Peet / bass (1,3,6)
- Manuel Hugas / bass (9,11,13,15)
- Ton Dijkman / drums, Yamaha e-drums (1), timbales (1,3)

Releases information

LP Skydancer Records ‎- JA LP 007 (1987, Netherlands)

CD Skydancer Records ‎- JA CD 007 (1987, Germany)
CD Hux Records ‎- HUX 016 (1998, UK) Remastered by J.A. with 8 bonus tracks
CD Pseudonym ‎- CDP-1057-DD (1998, Europe) As above but better SQ

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JAN AKKERMAN Heartware ratings distribution

(16 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(6%)
Good, but non-essential (38%)
Collectors/fans only (25%)
Poor. Only for completionists (19%)

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Review by hdfisch
1 stars I guess my co-reviewer mixed this album up with its follow-up since the track "Prima Donna" he mentioned is on that one and not here. This one here in fact is like most of Akkerman's later releases absolutely unrelevant for Prog. It's rather quite boring jazz fusion typical for 80's and to call it Muzak wouldn't be a description too far off. Don't get me wrong, not that Jan Akkerman wouldn't present some excellent guitar work (acoustic and electric) here but these compositions aren't anything beyond nice easy-listening music. Thus to be rated "only for completionists" = 1 star!!

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2 stars There's a limited edition of the album which features the song Prima Donna. It was sold during the 1988 German-tour and has a limit of only 1000 copies. I don't own that special version, but it exists. No record company was willing to release Heartware, so he had to release it by himself. The alb ... (read more)

Report this review (#295283) | Posted by Rolf Bos | Thursday, August 19, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I don't know why this hasn't been rated before, maybe because no ones heard it, I certainly hadn't until recently (2006). I'd heard some of his solo stuff before, notably Profile and must admit I found it a bit take it or leave it. Not so with this album all I can say is that it's absolutely supe ... (read more)

Report this review (#72490) | Posted by | Tuesday, March 21, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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