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Jan Akkerman - From The Basement (1984)

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Jan Akkerman - From The Basement (1984)

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01. Headbanger
02. All Along The Watchtower
03. Dark Rose
04. Wallenberg
05. From The Basement
06. P.C.B. Chicken
07. Status Quo				play
08. She Let Me Do What I Want
09. Blues From The Tews
10. Cherubim & Sepharim
11. She Can't Say Don't
12. Took Her To Locronan
13. Then Rollright Stones (The Tewes)
14. No More Parking				play
15. When I Was A Cocktail In A Waitress Bar
16. Ellington's Way

- 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'


Jan Akkerman is known for his work with Dutch prog-rock band Focus in the '70s. He has released a string of musically very different solo albums since the late-'70s, and it's easy to understand why 1984's "From the basement" is one of Jan's few U.S. releases. It features a synth-heavy blues rock that sounds very similar to that of ZZ Top's commercial breakthrough "Eliminator". With drum machines, sequencers, and a guitar synthesizer, but since ZZ Top have done this kind of music with more fun and passion, "From the basement" is hardly more than an inferior duplication. "Headbanger", "Dark rose", and "P.C.B. Chicken" are energetic, danceable 'space boogie' tracks, but they suffer from a too streamlined and clean sound, a problem that plagues most of the songs. The 14-minute cover version of Dylan's "All along the watchtower" (of course, popularized by Jimi Hendrix) is mostly tedious, just as "Wallenberg" and the moody title track. The CD's second half contains some previously unavailable demo recordings, but apart from "Ellington's way", there's nothing particularly interesting to discover there. With a flawless sound quality and extensive liner notes about the equipment Jan used for this album, "From the basement" will automatically appeal to other musicians. It's not an original and innovative album, though. --- loteq (Regensburg/Germany), amazon.com

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