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A Real Elegant Gypsy CD

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Audio CD, CD, July 12, 2011
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Journey
  2. A Real Elegant Gypsy
  3. Old Tennis Shoes
  4. Come Closer
  5. Funkology
  6. It Could Happen To You
  7. Pietons

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 12, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Brook / Atom Music
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,968 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ok, let's face it : back then in 1969, when Brainbox released "to you", the guitar of Akkerman smashed us right in the face (there was this outstanding rendition of Summertime, in which the Akkerman's solo was simply something never heard before, you know, we were for some years now into Cream, discovering Gallagher and Taste, and therefore Hendrix later was - for us - going to be no more than an entertainer with a guitar... if your main criteria was musicanship, and not pyrotechnics).
Then we followed Akkerman in Focus, and later alone on his kind of erratic way - it was hard to know what to expect of every new release. In the late seventies, the 1973 voted by Melody Maker "best guitarist in the world", kept developping a music in which he was more a composer than a guitar hero, with instrumental pieces, carefully written for accomplished musicians all geared in one direction, creating atmospheres with intricate rythms and subtle harmonies. The magical "Live at Montreux" is a wonderful example of this. The better-forget-it "Oil in the Family" and too-much-easy "Can't stand noise" were then departures from this direction.
In the mid-eighties, I found a vinyl album titled "It could happen to you", recorded in 1982, released by Polydor, the one with a strange artwork with mouses running on a white Gretsch on the cover. The sound was muddy, so much bass, no trebble, but the music was incredible. I kept looking for years for this album on CD. Just now... I've found it ! This is "A real elegant gipsy". Far better sound, although the output level is low, you'll have to boost your hi-fi equipment.
Let's skip the first tune "Journey - A real elegant gipsy", it was not in the original album. Nothing special.
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This is not Akkerman's best work. It is however a decent example of that post progressive rock period in the eighties when a lot of artists more or less flirted with a sort of intellectual club music. The guitar work is more understated than one might expect.
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