Modern Talking. Musiq Soulchild. My Chemical Romance. Mystery Jets. E Noreaga. Naughty By Nature. Nazar vs. Raf Camora. Neni Problem. New Riders of the Purple. Nicholas Naison. Nine Inch Nails. Nipsey Hussle. Notorious B. Ol' Dirty Bastard. One Direction. One Republic. Ozzy Osbourne. Palaye Royale. Parov Stelar. Paul McCartney. Paulie Garand. Pavol Habera. Pet Shop Boys.
Peter Aristone. Pharrell Williams. Phil Collins. Philippe Jaroussky. Philly's Most. Playboi Carti. Prezident Lourajder. Prince Far I. Princess Nokia. Psycho Rhyme. Public Enemy.
Puding pani elvisovej. Pull Up Unity. Puss N Boots. Radikal Chef. Rae Sremmurd. Rag'n'Bone Man. Rage Against the Machine. Red hot chili peppers. Rich The Kid. Richard Reynolds. Rigor Mortiz. Rise Against. Robbie Williams.
Robert Burian. Robert Glasper. Robin Schulz. Rock Reunion. Roger Waters. Rolling Stones. Ronan Keating. Royce Da 5'9".
Rudy x vaHHe. Rufus Wainwright. Selena Gomez. Semino Rossi. No Gossip 6. Virgin Mary 6. Traffic Jam 7. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy 8. Home Voyage: Intro 2. Home Voyage: Extro 5. Saudade 6. Nail The Snake 7. Am I Losing You 9. Wildflower On The Table Elegy Laurie Anne Leading Me There Skydancer 4. Eruption 5. Focus 2 6. Pre Madonna 7. Virgin Mary 8. Soft Focus 9. Pedestrians No Hang Ups Am I Losing You Wake Up Focus 3 Weedstalker Akkerstones Pool House Go - Mary 3.
Mon Amour 4. Tranquillizer 5. Passion 8. Countess Of Pembrooks Paradise 9. Muy Linda The Knight Of The Lute See You 2. In Between The Sheets 3. Dance The Blues Away 5. Cottonbay 6. Kloenk 7. Blowing 8.
Slow Man 9. Free Wheeling 2. Big Sir 3. Dinner Time 4. Love Train 5. Blind Baby 6. Minor Details 7. Joy 8. Kharmah Chantalah Searching For Angela San Frisky The Arrogant Frogs Exodus 2. Melody in F Rock 3. Russian Spy And I 4. Each piece flows beautifully from one to another and feels apart of a cohesive whole. I'm no expert in music, so bare with me. I really don't know the story behind this album but it comes across as a loose concept album about a man named Eli, and that is about all I got for ya.
The album starts off with Lux's excellent vocals on 'Eli' and the music really doesn't kick in until a couple of minutes in, and even when it does, it is quite subtle. Then tracks like 'Wings of Strings' and 'Fairytale' are quite ambient for me. Lux delivers his lyrics with such enthusiasm that I often find myself repeating them long after the album has shut off, trying my best to imitate his exact pronunciation of lines such as "Pur-fec-tion" and "Eli, Please.
There are no crazy guitar solos, no tony Bank like synths, no ten minute plus epic to munch on. In fact, this album focuses more on moods, and it is quite quirky. Some of the lyrics Lux sings might come across as rather odd like when he begins to recount a time when he killed a fly.
He didn't know why he had to die," yet it completely works. The best way to describe this album is subtle. The music is lush, surprisingly minimalistic not to be confused with pop yet never boring. This is a masterpiece in my eyes. I love it from start to finish and there is something quite profound hidden within its quirks. The standout tracks being 'Eli' and "Naked Actress. A lost relic.
Infinite stars. Review by friso Prog Reviewer. All pieces are symphonic with a modern classical music feel with loads of interesting harmonies, making this interesting for progressive rock listeners. All tracks have slow, soulful pace. As a listener of Frank Sinatra's all ballad string albums I warmly recommend 'No Once Cares' and 'Only The Lonely' , I almost feel like this could almost have been a Frank Sinatra record - which is not too far from the truth since Claus Ogerman has also written arrangments for the Voice.
The guitar of Jan Akkerman have never sound more emotional engaging, more sensitive and well performed. His jazz guitar with a slight distortion is recorded beautifully and reminds us of moviesoundtracks of dessert and western movies.
Great phrasing and storytelling. Thanks for the thumbs up for the 2cd set… that was sort of a forerunner of the box set. I get that space must have been an issue both discs being full but I would have thought that two of the straight album-tracks-as-singles could have been dropped for a non-album single and b-side.
Was it a licensing issue? Did Kaz not give permission? BTW, the single was released in October Terrific to see the remastering engineer engaged here. Just the kind of conversation that weirdoes like us hope for. Coincidentally visiting the Netherlands at the moment, and JA records are still proudly displayed in many shops.
I was happy to see the reasonable price at Amazon. Thanks much, Wouter and Paul. Thanks, my pleasure. Really, knowing that such a lot of care has gone into a 26CD release as opposed to a label cobbling things together quickly from whatever sound source is available , the price is amazing — it deserves to sell substantially. But that Amazon France price is extraordinary. No one has commented on the design yet — really classy and elegant, in my view. Like the Real Elegant Gipsy himself!
Was this to keep the number of discs even, or did you Wouter or Jan feel that they belonged together artistically? Yes, indeed. Time wise it was possible too, as both albums clock together at 78 minutes.
I am also curious of your own impressions and any anecdote which you can share, especially when you cracked open the Focus masters in a studio setting? Thank you for your continued involvement and contributions to this project!!
Best regards, Mark. I have only used a few 2-track digital safety copies of Focus tracks for the box. No tapes involved see my other comment below. Any anecdotes? Wow, thank you all and Wouter. I am now convinced this is worth getting! I will place an order while the price is right!
I just picked that up and found that my original Focus CDs just had a few ranked higher on the Dynamic Ranger Meter tool than the new versions. Despite that, I pre-ordered the Akkerman box a few weeks back and looking forward to getting it.
Profile… will rise with this. Yeah, that was terrible. However, I do have a number of these albums from way back and their dynamic range ranks fairly high… all in the range. However, on a financially serious note, we fans are always being asked to buy the most recent version of something we already own, often on the promise that the sound is better than what came before. As I said, I pre-ordered it obviously not knowing how these new versions will compare to what I already own.
Plus, the price is more than fair. I fully get your point! Thanks for your thoughts, Wouter. I appreciate them. Why do you want a hi-resolution version from a vinylrip? Some mastertapes were lost, i.
I avoided the recent Focus box set because it appeared to simply gather the previous mastered individual discs and their errors, such as replicating the odd wrongly placed track ident and be a cheapo production. Knowing that Wouter and Jan have overseen this solo box is a big plus — we have to accept that while we might have added this or that stray item from various period see below , what we have here represents in content, sound and presentation what Jan wants.
Curios perhaps, but it would have been easy, licensing wise, to have added items owned by the same licensor as the parent albums…. The bonus tracks added to CDs 11, 13, 14, 15 are non-period bonuses, replicated from the mids standalone releases of those albums.
Thanks for the thumbs up. All of this has been corrected, as I went back to the original tapes and the original releases. There are two or three others I only have on vinyl. Or is Jan planning to make it available commercially in some other context? Regarding the Focus albums. No chance that those will be remixed. Multis are long gone. And as you state, the recent cd-issues all stem from the same source, as the 2-tracks are not in the best condition anymore… shame.
My advice — while the Red Bullet box actually is pretty good for its price and format: go for the EMI cds — those are the ones to go for. This box seems too good an opportunity to miss, but there is a lot of material! What should I expect to hear?
See above for an updated detailed tracklisting. I have compiled this box, plus have done the carefully remastering of most albums from the original tapes and have written the booklet too.
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Meer informatie.View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of It Could Happen To You on Discogs. Label: Polydor - • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Germany • Genre: Jazz, Rock • Style: Jazz-Rock/5(25).