Sunday, January 3, 2016

Jan Akkerman - 1984 - From The Basement

Jan Akkerman
1984
From The Basement



01. Headbanger
02. All along the watchtower
03. Dark Rose
04. Wallenberg
05. From the Basement
06. PCB Chicken
07. Status Quo

- Jan Akkerman / Guitars
- Dino Walcott / Bass, Vocals
- Hans Waterman / Drums
- Thijs van Leer / 2o synthesiser on 'Headbanger'
- Piet Eisma / Percussion
- Sergio Costillo / Simmons on 'Headbanger'


Showcasing Akkerman`s heavier side, From The Basement is full of suprises from a Reggae version of Bob Dylan`s All Along The Watchtower with Dino Walcott on vocals to an extended jam at the end of the CD which will blow you completely away. Jan just let`s her rip for 15 minutes. A heavier updated version of an oldie but a goldie appears in the form of of Dark Rose from the Brainbox days, with Kaz Lux dropping in to provide the vocal power. In a more thoughtful track Jan pays a mesmerizing musical tribute to Raoul Wallenberg using the Roland synth axe to great advantage. The remaining tracks signal a return to the old- style electric guitar wizadry Akkerman was known for while playing in Focus in the seventies ( sorry no lutes here folks ).
Fans of Akkerman`s unique approach to the electric guitar will not be dis-appointed with this one. Additions on the HUX CD offerring includes outakes from the " Basement " sessions as well as other subsequently recorded material along with liner notes from the Dutch Master himself. Put the headphones on and crank this one up to eleven!

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