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Disc 9 [CD] – Please Don’t Touch (New Stereo Mix by Steven Wilson)*
01. Narnia
02. Carry On Up The Vicarage
03. Racing In A
04. Kim
05. How Can I?
06. Hoping Love Will Last
07. Land Of A Thousand Autumns
08. Please Don’t Touch
09. Voice Of Necam
10. Icarus Ascending

Disc 10 [CD] – Spectral Mornings (New Stereo Mix by Steven Wilson)*
01. Every Day
02. The Virgin And The Gypsy
03. Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere
04. Clocks – Angel Of Mons
05. Ballad Of The Decomposing Man
06. Lost Time In Cordoba
07. Tigermoth
08. Spectral Mornings

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Disc 5 [CD] – Live In Oxford* (New Theatre, 01/07/1979) (I):
01. Please Don’t Touch
02. Tigermoth
03. Every Day
04. Narnia
05. Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere
06. Ace Of Wands
07. Carry On Up The Vicarage
08. Acoustic Medley: Etude In A Minor / Blood On The Rooftops / Horizons / Kim

Disc 6 [CD] – Live In Oxford* (New Theatre, 01/07/1979) (II):
01. Optigan / Tower Struck Down
02. Spectral Mornings
03. Star Of Sirius
04. Shadow Of The Heirophant
05. Clocks
06. I Know What I Like
07. Racing In A

Disc 7 [CD] – Live In London (Theatre Royal Dury Lane, 11/11/1979):
01. Land Of Thousand Autumns/Please Don’t Touch
02. Tigermoth*
03. Every Day*
04. Ace Of Wands
05. Sentimental Institution
06. Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere*
07. Spectral Mornings*
08. Clocks*
09. Acoustic Medley*: Etude In A Minor / Blood On The Rooftops / Horizons / Kim

Disc 8 [CD] – Live At The Reading Festival (28/08/1981):
01. Air Conditioned Nightmare
02. Every Day*
03. Ace Of Wands*
04. Funny Feeling*
05. Steppes
06. Over Night Sleeper*
07. Slogans
08. Tower Struck Down*
09. Spectral Mornings*
10. Show*
11. Clocks

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Disc 3 [CD] – Defector (II) / Cured:
01. Jacuzzi
02. Hammer In The Sand
03. Toast
04. Show
05. Sentimental Institution
06. Hercules Unchained (Bonus Track)
07. Hope I Don’t Wake
08. Picture Postcard
09. Can’t Let Go
10. Air Conditioned Nightmare
11. Funny Feeling
12. Cradle Of Swans
13. Overnight Sleeper
14. Turn Back Time
15. Tales Of The Riverbank (Bonus Track)
16. Second Chance (Bonus Track)

Disc 4 [CD] – Highly Strung:
01. Camino Royale
02. Cell 151
03. Always Somewhere Else
04. Walk Through Walls
05. Give It Away
06. Weightless
07. Group Therapy
08. India Rubber Man
09. Hackett To Pieces
10. Guitar Boogie (Bonus Track)
11. Time Lapse At Milton Keynes (Bonus Track)
12. Walking Through Walls (12″ Single Version) (Bonus Track)
13. Cell 151 (BBC Session 04/1983)* (Bonus Track)
14. Walking Through Walls (BBC Session 04/1983)* (Bonus Track)
15. Hackett To Pieces (BBC Session 04/1983)* (Bonus Track)
16. Please Don’t Touch (BBC Session 04/1983)* (Bonus Track)

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Disc 1 [CD] – Voyage Of The Acolyte / Please Don’t Touch (I):
01. Ace Of Wands
02. Hands Of The Priestess – Part One
03. Tower Struck Down
04. Hands Of The Priestess – Part Two
05. The Hermit
06. Star Of Sirius
07. Lovers
08. Shadow Of The Heirophant (Extended Version)
09. Narnia
10. Carry On Up The Vicarage   
11. Racing In A
12. Kim
13. How Can I?
14. Seven Of Cups* (Bonus Track)

Disc 2 [CD] – Please Don’t Touch (II) / Spectral Mornings / Defector (I):
01. Hoping Love Will Last
02. Land Of A Thousand Autumns
03. Please Don’t Touch
04. Voice Of Necam
05. Icarus Ascending
06. Every Day
07. Virgin And The Gypsy
08. Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere
09. Clocks – Angel Of Mons
10. Ballad Of The Decomposing Man
11. Lost Time In Cordoba
12. Tigermoth
13. Spectral Mornings
14. Steppes
15. Time To Get Out
16. Slogans
17. Leaving
18. Two Vamps As Guests

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A few weeks ago, Steve Hackett released 'Premonitions - The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983', a comprehensive reissue project that includes his first 6 albums on the Charisma label, together with a wealth of previously unavailable recordings as well as remixes by Steven Wilson. 'Premonitions' is released on 23rd October by Universal Music Catalogue/Virgin.

'Premonitions' comes in a Super Deluxe box set featuring a total of 135 songs on 10 CDs and 4 DVDs (5.1 mixes), plus an extensive booklet; included in this version are 67 previously unreleased recordings between old and new tracks, live and remixes.

"I'm pleased that Steven Wilson has done several new mixes in both surround and stereo" - Hackett has declared - "The box set will also contain a number of live shows from the era. I've enjoyed being involved with this comprehensive trip down memory lane. There's also a substantial booklet containing a lot of background info along with many wonderful Armando Gallo shots, and Roger Dean has painted a beautiful picture for the cover. For me it's a proud souvenir that highlights those years. I'll play plenty of this early work at shows in the autumn which will include some numbers not played live for many moons, like 'Icarus Ascending' and 'Star of Sirius' plus all time faves such as 'Every Day' and 'Spectral Mornings'."

Hackett's two most successful albums from the Charisma era, Please Don't Touch and Spectral Mornings, will also be re-released separately in a deluxe expanded version with 5.1 mixes by Steven Wilson in 2016. Both records were previously reissued in 2005 as expanded single disc sets.

2015 marks 40 years from the release of Steve Hackett's first solo record Voyage of the Acolyte; He was the first member of Genesis to release a solo album, before leaving the band in 1977. Hackett's musical career has been blooming over the past four decades, establishing him as a loved icon and pioneer of the genre. His current studio album Wolflight was released in March to critical acclaim, charting at 31; it's the first studio album of new material since Beyond the Shrouded Horizon in 2011 and explores past and contemporary cultures in a revolutionary journey.

The 40th anniversary celebrations continue with 19 UK shows on the 'Acolyte to Wolflight with Genesis Revisited Tour', where fans will have the opportunity to relive the Charisma years while discovering the guitarist's more recent work, together with a selection of Genesis tracks previously unheard live.

Information was taken from http://www.hackettsongs.com/news/newsGeneral77.html


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Steve Rothery (UK) / Steve Rothery Band (SRB) - Live in Rome
« on: October 30, 2015, 05:50:59 AM »
A while ago a friend of mine lended me his copy of the Steve Rothery Band Live in Rome 2CD/DVD-set.

Live in Rome features SRB during their second gig ever. Their first appearences was the Plovdiv gig from 2013, which is also available on CD/DVD.

Live in Rome is devided in three sets, with the first one being "The Ghosts Of Pripyat"-set, featuring six of the seven tracks from Steve´s solo album "The Ghosts Of Pripyat" runs for a little more than an hour. All the tracks are real nice instrumentals, with Steve Rothery in great shape. Luckely the music style is different from Steve´s Marillion works, but the guitar sound is very recognizable.

Steve is accompanied by some great musicians, being:

Riccardo Romano -keyboards
Dave Foster -guitar
Yatim Halimi -bass
Leon Parr - drums

The setlist contains:

1.Morpheus - 10:04
2.Kendris - 08:02
3.The Old Man Of The Sea - 12:14
4.White Pass - 11:40
5.Yesterdays's Hero - 11:03
6.Summer's End - 11:15

The only song missing from Steve´s album "The Ghosts Of Pripyat" is the title track itself.

The second set is a short set of Marillion songs played by the Steve Rothery Band, with the addition of Manuela Milanese (vocals on Waiting To Happen & Sugar Mice) and
Allessandro Carmassi  (vocals on Afraid Of Sunlight, Easter). This set runs for around 21 minutes on the DVD and 27 minutes on the CD.

Manuela Milanese is new to me, but she has a real nice voice (with a slight Italian accent), which fits in perfectly in Waiting To Happen & Sugar Mice.

Alessandro Carmassi is the vocalist of a Marillion tribute band called Neverland, so he´s is used to sing the Marillion. He does a real good job on Afraid Of Sunlight and Easter.

The tracklist of this set is as follows:

1.Waiting To Happen - 06:20
2.Afraid Of Sunlight - 07:12
3.Easter - 07:21
4.Sugar Mice - 06:06 (CD-only)

The third and last set consists of three songs played by the Italian prog band RanestRane, with the addition of Steve Rothery on guitar. Riccardo Romano, who is playing keyboards with the Steve Rothery Band, is the keyboardplayer of RanestRane, so that explains the contribution of this Italian band.
 
This set consists of Marillion´s "Cinderella Search" and two songs from RanestRane. This set runs for approx. 18 minutes.

The tracklist of this set is as follows:

1.Cinderella Search - 06:40
2.Materna Luna - 07:46
3.Monolith pt. 2 - 03:47

Overal this is a real nice release. At some points the camerawork looks a bit amateurish and unfortunately there is no 5.1 surroundmix.

But I must say, I really like this one.

Obiwan


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Steve Rothery (UK) / Steve Rothery - Links & Info
« on: October 29, 2015, 05:24:34 PM »
Steve Rothery is best know as the original guitarist and longest continous member of the band Marillion.

In 2013 he announced his first solo album "The Ghosts of Pripyat", which was realised through crowdfunding.
In order to perform this album live on stage, he formed the Steve Rothery Band (SRB).

More details on Steve Rothery & Band can be found at:


Steve Rothery Website: http://www.steverothery.com/

Steve Rothery on Marillion dotcom: http://marillion.com/band/rothery.htm

Steve Rothery on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SteveRotheryOfficial

Steve Rothery on Twitter: https://twitter.com/steverothery

Steve Rothery on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2090204348/steve-rothery-the-ghosts-of-pripyat

Steve Rothery on Bandcamp: https://steverothery.bandcamp.com/track/morpheus-2

Steve Rothery on Proggnosis: http://www.proggnosis.com/ARTIST_DETAIL.aspx?AID=11846


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Caravan (UK) / Re: Caravan - Biography
« on: October 24, 2015, 06:37:17 AM »
To show that the band meant business this time, an Autumn tour was set up, but Geoffrey Richardson was unavailable. This resulted in the return of Jimmy Hastings on saxes and flutes and the addition of Simon Bentall on percussion and Doug Boyle on lead guitar. Jim Leverton, who had already appeared on 'Battle of Hastings' was still on board. It was evident from the first rehearsals that this new line up was giving the band a real kick: Simon was bringing out the best in drummer Richard and the stunning guitar work of Doug Boyle was giving Pye a new lease of life. As Pye said at the time, 'This will give us the chance to extend and vary our songs: Doug Boyle is a powerful player who will add so much and it's like a breath of fresh air. I'm just the rhythm guitarist and my position is as leader, songwriter and co-ordinator- I'm not the star of the band!'

The concerts took place to a mixed reception. The promotion of the gigs was appalling, which resulted in the cancellation of three of the gigs. However the reception elsewhere was good and the London Astoria had around 1,000 fans calling for more. Confidence was growing and in 1997 a return to the Astoria was accompanied by two successful gigs in Holland organised by Jasper Smit who runs the European Fan Club, plus a date in Dublin. Geoffrey Richardson was now back in the fold.

In 1997 a live album of the Astoria concert was issued and a storming gig took place at the Park Hotel in Diss, Norfolk in May 1998 to a full house, as well as visits to Holland and Germany. Hux records also issued two volumes of live material recorded at the BBC in the 1970's. Return concerts to Diss and to the Astoria in 1999 confirmed the rise of Caravan, most notably in the number of new and younger fans now following the band. The resurgence continued and in the summer of 2002, Caravan made a triumphant return to the US, playing a gig at Nearfest, New Jersey in front of a sell- out, adoring audience. This was followed by two gigs in Quebec, one of which featured Caravan playing a version of For Richard alongside an orchestra conducted by Martyn Ford.

The departure of Dave Sinclair in late summer 2002, mid way through recordings for a new album, was not a happy situation for either the band or Dave. The 're-arrival' of Jan Schelhaas after an absence of 23 years did at least give the band a new impetus, which led to the completion of the new album, 'The Unauthorised Breakfast Item' for release in February 2003.

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Caravan (UK) / Re: Caravan - Biography
« on: October 24, 2015, 06:36:57 AM »
A change of label to Arista produced an album, 'Better by Far'. Despite a good deal of promotion, Caravan were now struggling to maintain the level of support they had previously enjoyed and the advent of punk was rendering bands such as Caravan surplus to record company's requirements. Even the loyal Geoffrey Richardson decided to go as session work began to come his way- he left on April 14th 1978.

Terry King the band's old manager signed them up to his own Kingdom Records and a tour and album followed: 'The Album', which was released in November 1980. With Dave Sinclair in tow and Geoffrey Richardson guesting, they managed a few prestigious dates including a full house at London's Dominion Theatre.

All went quiet again however and the band went to ground, although a reunion album was released in July 1982 entitled 'Back to Front', featuring the original line up augmented on some tracks by Mel Collins on saxophone. No longer were the band members in music full time. The only dates of any significance were an appearance at the Marquee in 1983 for the club's 25th celebrations and a 'final' gig in Canterbury in 1985.

And so that was that..........or was it? In 1990 Central TV were putting together a series of concerts to focus on bands from the 1970's and through the efforts of Richard Sinclair, the original bass player, the very first line up got back together to record a set. As a warm up, Caravan played the Canterbury Festival in June 1990, followed by the concert recording at Central Studios in July in front of 400 fans who had discovered what was afoot.

The most unlikely outcome was a gig held that September at Old Buckenham High School in Norfolk where, through persistent and determined advertising, 650 people attended, with many others unable to get tickets. A small number of successful gigs followed, including of course a triumphant return to Old Buckenham in 1991.

With the band members concentrating on other pursuits, it was inevitable that things would quieten down again and the departure of Richard Sinclair on other musical projects added to this. The discovery of old tapes left over from a recording session in 1977 (with Richard Sinclair on Bass), led to a revival of interest and the release of this material under the title of 'Cool Water' in 1994. Pye Hastings and Dave Sinclair had done some live dates with a band called Mirage and were therefore 'up for it' at the suggestion by HTD records to record a brand new Caravan album.

'The Battle of Hastings' emerged in the Autumn of 1995, with the participation of Pye Hastings, Richard Coughlan, Dave Sinclair, Geoffrey Richardson, plus Jim Leverton on bass- an old friend of Geoffrey's. This marked a true return to form for Caravan, with the songwriting of Pye Hastings back to its very best and the contribution of Dave Sinclair on keyboards, plus his songwriting ability evident on a cracking song, 'Travelling Ways' which ultimately gained radio airplay in Britain as well as turning up in Ireland's Top 40 as a charity single recorded by a group of High School students. A further Caravan recording was released in April 1996, a remake of early classics entitled 'All Over You'.

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Caravan (UK) / Re: Caravan - Biography
« on: October 24, 2015, 06:36:34 AM »
In February 1973, another shake up occurred. John Perry, who Pye had previously invited to join the band, signed up on bass and Dave Sinclair agreed to rejoin to make an album and take part in the tour to follow. The album, 'For Girls That Grow Plump in the Night' was a return to form, with practically every track written by Pye Hastings. The New Musical Express described the album as, 'Superior pop music, full of taste, craftsmanship and hard work.' Melody Maker pitched in, 'There's no track that's less than satisfying. A chart album I hope: the band deserve a break.'

The band then got the chance to try something a little different and recorded an album with the New Symphonia, for which Pye wrote a couple of new tunes. Simon Jeffes of Penguin Cafe Orchestra arranged some of the music, with the bulk of the 'charts' arranged by Martyn Ford, with contributions from Don Gould. Martyn was the conductor. Rehearsal time was 6 hours only! The album showed the band in full flight and gave Geoffrey Richardson to show his talents and for him to expand on the earlier versions of the songs. By July 1974, John Perry had moved off to play with Quantum Jump, to be replaced by Mike Wedgewood who had played previously in Curved Air.

With Dave Sinclair firmly re-established in the band, an album was put together. Richardson, Coughlan, Hastings, D.Sinclair, M.WedgewoodThis was originally to have been titled 'Toys in the Attic', but they were beaten to it by Aerosmith and had to make do with 'Cunning Stunts', which featured Dave Sinclair's songwriting far more heavily. Two tours of America took place and at one stage the album was the fastest selling import in San Francisco.

Once again wanderlust got the better of Dave Sinclair and he was replaced by Jan Schelhaas who had played in the 'National Head Band'. An album 'Blind Dog at St Dunstans' resulted, with positive reviews again. Melody Maker gave a detailed review of the recording and added, 'This is a distinguished work, with Coughlan's driving drums revealing his painstaking craftsmanship. Caravan possess all the attributes: good musicianship, strong songs, an imaginative stage show. They remain one of our most competent bands and eventually will be recognised as such even if takes them another decade.' Soon after this Mike Wedgewood departed to be replaced by Dek Messecar, and Dave Sinclair returned temporarily to play on a tour to help promote a 'best of' compilation from Decca.

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Caravan (UK) / Caravan - Biography
« on: October 24, 2015, 06:35:58 AM »
A short biography, copied from the original post by Melo the Prog Goddess.

Caravan was formed in Canterbury, England in 1968 by Pye Hastings (guitar/ vocals), Dave Sinclair (keyboards), Richard Sinclair (bass/ vocals) and Richard Coughlan (drums). The four had previously played at various times with a local band, The Wilde Flowers, which also featured Kevin Ayers and future Soft Machine members Robert Wyatt and Hugh Hopper.

Caravan was the first UK act to sign with American label MGM/ Verve and their debut album, entitled 'Caravan' was released late in 1968. It was favourably received by the critics and the debut single, Place of My Own was described as having a 'gripping compulsion' with 'scintillating organ work'. John Peel played the album regularly on his radio show 'Top Gear'.

A second album saw a move from Verve, as they had closed down their rock/pop division and Decca took up the cause. September 1970 was the release date for 'If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You'. At this time relationships within the band were strong. They got on well and they looked on course to succeed as a band.

Still together as a unit, the band recorded 'In the Land of Grey and Pink' which was released in September 1971. By now a loyal fan base was developing and they were playing some prestigious gigs, for example in front of 250,000 in Rotterdam. The album was described as 'virtually faultless' and the band looked set fair for national and international recognition. At this crucial point, Dave Sinclair decided to leave. As Pye Hastings explained, 'Dave was developing faster than the rest of us and I think he was getting frustrated at seeing other bands of dubious talent getting greater financial reward. The management must have been beside themselves: the band were getting somewhere, a new album is released and the main player decides he is off.'

Steve Miller came in as a replacement for Dave: he had been recommended to Richard Sinclair by Phil, Steve's guitarist brother. This line up did not go down so well with fans who saw a change to a jazzier feel based around Steve's piano- orientated keyboards. This style dominated the next album release, Waterloo Lily, released in May 1972. No longer was Dave's unique keyboard sound- based around his Hammond organ- in evidence. Even Pye's older brother Jimmy Hastings appeared to be surplus to requirements, appearing only on 'Love in Your Eye' on sax and flute, the bulk of this work going to Lol Coxhill.

It was no surprise when the line up disbanded, leaving Pye Hastings and Richard Coughlan to pick up the pieces and decide whether to carry on. A change of direction resulted with the addition of Geoffrey Richardson on viola. The line up was completed by Welshman Stu Evans on bass and the well travelled Derek Austin on Keyboards. No album was released by this version of Caravan, although they toured extensively, including a series of dates in Australia, accompanying Slade, Lindisfarne and Status Quo. The reissue of this album on Universal in 2001 does include versions with the Evans/ Austin line up, including a completely new track, 'Derek's Long Thing'.

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Caravan (UK) / Caravan - Links & Info
« on: October 24, 2015, 06:32:57 AM »
Some new links for info on Caravan:


Caravan Website: http://officialcaravan.co.uk/

Caravan on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCaravan

Caravan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/officialcaravan

Caravan on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/officialcaravan

Caravan on Proggnosis: http://www.proggnosis.com/ARTIST_Detail.aspx?AID=460

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Jan Akkerman (NL) / Re: Jan Akkerman - A Biography
« on: October 23, 2015, 01:40:30 PM »
Jan Akkerman - A Biography (continued)

The year 2005 started in a very positive way for Jan, he received a Golden Harp award from Conamus (a foundation that supports Dutch music) for his complete oeuvre.
Besides his Dutch gigs and the annual UK Tour, there were gigs abroad that brought him to countries like Belgium, Germany, Spain, Austria, again UK and Russia.
In July he played with his band at the 30th edition of the North Sea Jazz Festival. Later that year he played with i.a. Tony Spinner, Johnny Dickinson and the World of strings. He also appeared at the memorial concert of Dutch singer André Hazes, one year after his death. In October his new theatre tour 'Fromage à trois' started, a tribute to Django Reinhardt and his 'Hot Club de France'.

From January 2006 Akkerman appeared as a guest in the theatre tour 'Queen In Concert' of the Orchestra of the Dutch Royal Airforce with i.a. singer Bert Heerink. Besides the annual UK Tour Jan also appeared on foreign stages in Russia, Germany, Japan and India. In december his Dutch theatre tour 'Live in concert' started with some musical reflections on his musical oeuvre so far. In April 2007 the film 'Portrait with guitar' was broadcasted on Dutch tv. This film is about Jan's life and is made by Hans Hylkema. After the annual UK Tour Jan and his band were i.e. at The Hague Jazz, at this gig there were video-recordings made that were to be released on DVD at a later stadium. Between performances at several festivals there was a short UK solo tour, with the young, talented guitarist Gareth Pearson as the supporting act. In September Jan and his bandmembers did a short Japanese tour, at the beginning of November followed by a tour of a week in Syria. During the rest of that month Jan toured South-America together with Dutch pianist Mike del Ferro, they played at venues in i.e. Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil.

In 2008 Jan and his band performed at completely sold out venues with their Dutch Theatre Tour 'Live in concert' . After the annual UK Tour there are gigs at several festivals. In June the DVD/cd/lp 'lIve in concert - The Hague 2007' is released. At the end of July/beginning of August Jan did a short Croatian tour with guitarist Vlatko Stefanovski. This is followed by several gigs i.e. in Scotland, Syria, Jordan, Serbia and Slovenia. On October 3 Jan and his band werre at the HMH in Amsterdam during the celebration of '50 Jaar Nederpop'. They played songs of The Hunters (Russian spy and I), Brainbox (with Kaz Lux as a special guest: Down man and Dark Rose) and Focus (Hocus Pocus and Sylvia). At the bginning of November there was a short acoustic solo UK Tour, again with Gareth Pearson as the supoorting act, and Jan finished that month with another short Croatian tour with Vlatko Stefanovski.

From January to mid March 2009 there was another edition of the project 'Five Great Guitars' with Jan as a special guest. He shared the stage with guitarists Jan Kuiper (also initiator of the project), Digmon Roovers, Erwin Java, Zoumana "Would Diarra from Mali and Muriel Anderson from Illinois. On April 11 Jan received at the Arsenal Theatre in Flushing the Eddy Christiani Award from the Old Maestro himself. The Award is an initiative of Poppuntzeeland. Akkerman receives the prize for his virtuosity, versatility and the desire to constantly renew his way of playing. Afterwards, there are the annual UK tour and appearances at festivals at home and abroad. On August 29, the Jan Akkerman Band opened for Gary Moore at the HMH in Amsterdam. In late September, Jan's new solo tour 'Alone Together' was launched in which Jan both plays the acoustic guitar and the lute. On October 25 Jan played at the charity concert "Helping the Heart of Music" at the Royal Albert Hall in London, where the performing artists were accompanied by Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings. After this the last part of the very successful theare tourr 'Live in concert' starts. Early November, there were two performances in Jakarta, Indonesia with the band and Jan Akkerman 3 was released on cd.

In 2011 Jan released his most recent studio outing ‘Minor Details’ (2011), on which he explores and combines elements of rock, jazz, blues, classical or modern dance music and gives those his own signature. In addition, the ‘North Sea Jazz Legendary Concerts’ dvd/cd set (2012) shows the many sides and different stages of the guitarist with his band during various performances of the famous North Sea Jazz Festival between 1993 and 2011. Since early 2012, Jan lets old Brainbox times revive with the My Brainbox project, featuring ex-Vandenberg singer Bert Heerink. This project started as a celebration of his 50-year-activity on worldwide stages. At the end of that year, Jan was knighted in the Order of Oranje Nassau as a recognition of his contribution and influence to Dutch music.
Besides My Brainbox and his solo/band gigs throughout international clubs and theatres, Jan teamed up with his guitar colleague Eelco Gelling in March 2013 during the ‘Gitaarjongens’ project in the Carré Theatre in Amsterdam. That collaboration was extended by the end of the year with two special gigs, which also featured for the first time Jan’s youngest daughter Laurie on stage with her proud father.

Seeing Jan Akkerman live in concert is always a refreshing and fascinating never-to-be-repeated experience. Being an authentic improvisator he shows his maximal capability and, during band gigs, shares his affection on guitar with band members Coen Molenaar (keyboards), David de Marez Oyens (bass) and Marijn van den Berg (drums).
What will be his next challenge?

Biography by Wouter Bessels

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Jan Akkerman (NL) / Re: Jan Akkerman - A Biography
« on: October 23, 2015, 01:39:47 PM »
In 1999, he signed a contract for the Roadrunner label and in October the first release on that label 1999 titled 'Passion'. Regarded by many fans as his true follow-up to the 1973-album 'Tabernakel', 'Passion' was recorded partially live in 1995 and featured Jan's most lyrical acoustic playing for ages. The album (all titles were played solo with his Lowden acoustic guitar) featured two long suites with Akkerman-classics, as well as interpretations of compositions like 'Mon Amour', 'Liebestraum' and a theme from J.S. Bach's Matthews Passion, which became the title-track of the album. 'Passion' was nominated for an Edison award in early 2000, just when Akkerman was almost finishing his acoustic theatre tour to promote the album. His band consisted of, again, his old 'compadre' Ton Dijkman and new band member Wilbrand Meischke on double bass and tabla'.

In 1999 he also did his first UK tour since 1977 and since then he visited the UK every year, with or without his band. While busy as always working on new material in his home studio, Jan was asked to do a special session with rapper Ice-T in early 2000. This illustrates that there still are no musical boundaries and that his feeling for music comes straight from his heart, no matter what kind of music it is. The session was very surprising and received many positive reactions.
Another touring-highlight was the tour with the Rosenberg trio at the end of 2000 around theatres in The Netherlands. Their Django-style fitted perfectly for an evening full of moving guitar strings and swing music. Jan also became a member of the Riders for Health, supporting this organization, which collects motorbikes for usage in third world areas. As a devoted motor biker, he promoted the Riders for Health team with several gigs.

During the early 2001 theatre concerts, Jan played his lute again, after he was finally able to pick up a new set of strings. His new keyboard player was Jeroen Rietbergen, band member of Soulvation and consequently having an influence on Jan. The Jazzah! 2001 / 2002 tour introduced some new material, like 'Cotton Bay' and his version of the Isley Brothers' song 'Between the Sheets'. He also performed the classic 'Pavane' again, for the first time since 1978. After more than 15 years of cooperation, drummer Ton Dijkman left the band in 2002 and was replaced by Marijn van den Berg.

Today, Jan is very satisfied on both his personal as his artistic life. No matter what people say about him or his past, he really doesn't care. More importantly, it's evident that he finally found the ideal place, to be as much creative as possible, together with his wife Marian and their two daughters. His new album with Jeroen Rietbergen and Ronald Molendijk (also from Soulvation) as producers will be released in 2003, he is certainly 'In the mood', just like the title of his latest Dutch theatre tour.

And last but not least in 2003, there's a DvD on the verge of being released from numerous different programs on Dutch and German TV, different occasions with other musicians such as Paco de Lucia etc.

Biography: Wouter Bessels

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Jan Akkerman (NL) / Re: Jan Akkerman - A Biography
« on: October 23, 2015, 01:39:26 PM »
Returning to Holland at the end of 1982, he turned more and more towards his Django- and Bluesroots. 'Can't Stand Noise' (released in Autumn 1983) featured live-favorites like 'Heavy Treasure', 'Piétons' and 'Just Because', while the line-up of his band consisted of Hans Waterman on drums, Dino Walcott on bass and Marc van de Geer on keyboards. Touring a lot outside The Netherlands (mainly in Germany), he proved that he was still around.

While he did some sessions with Thijs van Leer again, for the 1985 'Focus' album, Jan recorded one of his best albums, featuring stuff in the Brainbox- and ZZ Top-style. Released in October 1984 as 'From the Basement', the album sounded powerful, raw and joyful. After the short 'Focus reunion' in 1985, Jan rejoined Kaz Lux on stage, followed by his gigs with guitar-virtuoso Adrian van den Berg and female vocalist Julya Lo'ko. Bass player and drummer were respectively Michael Peet and Ton Dijkman. After working almost a year on home demos for his next album, Jan entered the studio to record 'Heartware'. Partially solo and partially with Peet / Dijkman, 'Heartware' is considered one of his best albums ever. It combined the rock-elements from 'From the Basement' and the introduction of new-age stuff he was working on.

Akkerman, who then experimented and worked with two Roland MC-500 sequencers, was asked by Miles Copeland (Sting's manager) to take part in the Night of the Guitar project as a stand-in. This led to his comeback on international stages and his set was one of the most surprising acts during the show. In May 1990 the release of his 'comeback'-album 'The Noise of Art' took place, which was the first album to be released worldwide since 1979. He was asked by Miles Copeland to go on tour with Sting, but Jan, unpredictable as ever, decided not to do it, because he didn't want to end up as a 'touring machine' like he used to be in the Focus days. During 1991 and 1992, he performed with the Charlie Byrd Trio (also on tour in Japan), with Samuel Eddy and with the now late Chicago blues player Ronald Abrams, alongside his solo-gigs.

Then, on a cold August night in 1992, when he returned from a hectic Caribbean tour and after having met his new girlfriend Marian, Jan was involved in a heavy car accident. His revalidation took about six months, after that he settled himself in a new home village and started a new family life. In February 1993 he went back on stage for the very first time after his car accident with his new bass player Manuel Hugas. Doing a very successful theatre-tour that same year, he released his new album 'Puccini's Café' for EMI records in spring 1993, which was followed by 'Blues Hearts' in 1994. Both albums charted in The Netherlands and featured elements of jazz, funk, blues and some electronic stuff as well.

After the monumental 'Songs my father taught me?the funny ones too!'-tour in 1995, Jan felt that he had to do a very special new album, featuring all the styles he did in the past. Those ideas were transformed into the 1996-album 'Focus in Time' with Dijkman, Hugas, keyboard-player / producer Tom Salisbury and a horn section. Released in October 1996, most songs were in the same Renaissance-style like some of the old Focus stuff. Jan reached new heights in his playing in 'Am I Losing You' and the acoustic tour-de-force 'Wildflower'. For the consequent tour, keyboard player Nico Brandsen was bringing in his Hammond-organ and old times were reborn at last?.
A selection of gigs from 1995 until 1997 was compiled on '10.000 Clowns on a Rainy Day'. A double-live set, containing one disc with material recorded in theatres and the other disc a recording of a very cold occasion during the open-air Blues Route festival in 1997. On the 14th of November, Jan played his first solo-gig in the UK in nearly two decades as part of the Euro Wirral Guitar Festival. One year later, he performed several times as a special guest with the legendary B.B. King, which was repeated in 2001 at the Rotterdam Ahoy'.

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