The Complete Jan Akkerman
Label: Red Bullet
CD1 (Talent for Sale, 1968): Bags Groove; Revival of the Cat; Moonbeam; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; On the Green Light; What'd I Say; Slim Jenkin's Place; Hineimatov; Green Onions; Ode to Billy Joe; Comin' Home Baby.
CD2 (Profile, 1972): Fresh Air (Must Be My Land - Wresting to Get Out - Back Again - The Fight - Fresh Air, Blue Notes for Listening - Water and Skies Are Telling Me - Happy Gabriël?); Kemps Jig; Etude; Blue Boy; Andante Sostenuto; Maybe Just a Dream; Minstrel / Farmers Dance; Stick.
CD3 (Tabernakel, 1973): Britannia by John Dowland; Coranto for Mrs. Murcott by Francis Pilkington; The Earl of Derby, His Galliard by John Downland; House of the King; A Galliard by Anthonie Holborne; A Galliard by John Downland; A Pavan by Thomas Morley; Jaweh; A Fantasy of Laurencini of Rome; Lammy (I Am - Asleep, Half Asleep, Awake - She Is, Lammy - We Are, The Last Will and Testament - Amen).
CD4 (Eli / Transparental, 1976 / 1980): Eli: Eli; Guardian Angel; Tranquilizer; Can't Fake a Good Time; There He Still Goes; Strindberg; Wings of Strings; Naked Actress; Fairytale. Transparental: Inspiration; Apocalypso; Concentrate, Don't Hesitate; Transparental; I Don't Take It Much Longer; Marsha; You're Not the Type; The Party is Over.
CD5 (Jan Akkerman, 1977): Crackers; Angel Watch; Pavane; Streetwalker; Skydancer; Floatin'; Gate to Europe.
CD6 (Tony Scott featuring Jan Akkerman: Prism, 1977): Silmarillion; The Offering; Blues Blues Blues and Then Some More Blues; Under the Bo Tree.
CD7 (Jan Akkerman & Claus Ogerman: Aranjuez, 1977): Adagio from 'Concierto de Aranjez'; Nightwings; Mondinha (Preludio); Españoleta; Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte; Love Remembered; The Seed of God (from 'Magdalena'); Bachinanas Brasileiras No. 5.
CD8 (Live, 1978): Transitory; Skydancer; Pavane; Crackers; Tommy; Azimuth.
CD9 (Jan Akkerman 3, 1979): Stingray (Get Up With That); Wait and See; Funk Me; This is the One; Nightprayer; Time Out of Mind.
CD10 (Oil in the Family, 1981): Oil in the Family; Formula N-One; Disco-O-Asis; No Doubt About It; Family Reprise; Blue in the Shadow.
CD11 (Pleasure Point, 1982): Valdez; Heavy Pleasure; Cool in the Shadow; Visions of Blue; C.S.; Bird Island; Atlantan Dew (bonus); Laurie's Dance (bonus); Angel Blue (bonus); Halfway (bonus); 35 Seconds (bonus); Waterfalls of Eden (bonus); Desiderata (bonus); Terra Pax?! (bonus); Guilty By Association (bonus); Communion & Procession (bonus); Near Odessa (bonus); Anne Mia (bonus).
CD12 (It Could Happen to You, 1982): Old Tennis Shoes; Come Closer; Funkology (Baby Start - One Way - Free); It Could Happen to You (Free Together).
CD13 (Can't Stand Noise, 1983): Piétons; Everything Must Change; Back to the Factory; Journey (A Real Elegant Gypsy); Heavy Treasure; Just Because; Who Knows; Crackers (bonus); Burger's Blues (Intro) (bonus); Prima Donna (bonus); Sketches of Pleasure (bonus).
CD14 (From the Basement, 1984): Headbanger; All Along the Watchtower; Dark Rose; Wallenberg (Dedicated to Raoul Wallenberg); From the Basement; P.C.B. Chicken; Status Quo; The Love Is Uneven Suite (She Let Me Do What I Want - Blues From the Tews - Cherubim & Sepharim - She Can't Say Don't - Part 1, Took Her to Locronan - Part 2, Then Rollright Stones (The Tews) - No More Parking) (bonus); When I Was a Cocktail in a Waitress Bar (bonus); Ellington's Way.
CD15 (Heartware, 1987): My Pleasure; Just Because, So!; Lost & Found; Heartware; Winterborn, Lyric; Lonely Street of Dreams; Firenze; Apollo's Mask (bonus); Dancing in Chains (Not S.M.) (bonus); Dompteuse Du Serpent (bonus); Fire From Heaven (bonus); Almost Dawn (bonus); Agony & Ecstasy (bonus); Akkermani (bonus); Luxemburger (bonus).
CD16 (The Noise of Art, 1990): Trojan Horse; You Can't Keep a Bad Man Up; Bonnavilla; Shame On You; Having Fun; Prima Donna; Prelude: Friends Always; Akkerman's Sombrero; My Pleasure; Quiet Storm.
CD17 (Puccini's Cafe, 1993): Burger's Blues; Your Eyes in the Whiskey; Spanish Roads; Key to the Highway; It Comes & Goes; Albatross; Blue Train; Love is Uneven; Puccini's Cafe.
CD18 (Blues Hearts, 1994): Wake Up!; Blues Route '94; Milestones; Red Pool House Blues; No Gossip; Virgin Mary; Traffic Jam; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; Soft Focus.
CD19 (Focus in Time, 1996): Home Voyage (Intro - Where Would I Be - I'll Make It Up to You - Extro); Saudade; Nail the Snake; Après Un Rêve; Am I Losing You; Wildflower; On the Table; Elegy; Laurie Anne; Leading Me There; I'll Find My Own Way Home.
CD20 (10,000 Clowns On a Rainy Day, CD1, 1997): Intro (10,000 Clowns); Puccini's Cafe; Skydancer; Eruptions (Orpheo - Questions Answers - Distant Drums - Pupilla - Tommy - Answers Questions - The New Bridge - Orpheo); Focus 2; Pre Madonna; Virgin Mary; Soft Focus; Pedestrians (Miss En Scene - Nico's Delight - J's 2000 Flight - Stealth - Hocus Pocus); No Hang UPS.
CD21 (10,000 Clowns On a Rainy Day, CD2, 1997): On the Table (Sylvia - Under the Table - Spanish Wood - Antonio (drum solo) - Leaving the Church Before Singin' - Manuel (bass solo) - On the Table - Sylvia's Grandmother); Am I Losing You; Wake Up; Focus 3; Weedstalker; Akkerstones; Pool House; Quiet Storm.
CD22 (Passion, 1999): Suite 1 (David's Harp Song - Wildflower - Across the Bridge - In Amorata - Always - David's Harp Song); Suite 2 (Monkey - Sweethearts - Close Enough - Central Park - Ab-so-rocking-lutely - D.Jan.Go - Mary); Mon Amour; Tranquilizer; Classic Gaz; Fellini's Restaurant; Passion; Countess of Pembrooks Paradise; Muy Linda; The Knight of the Lute; Whispering / Liebestraum.
CD23 (C.U., 2003): See You; In Between the Sheets; I'm In the Mood; Dance the Blues Away; Cottonbay; Kloenk; Blowing; Slow Man; Urbanstring.
CD24 (Minor Details, 2011): Free Wheeling; Big Sir; Dinner Time; Love Train; Blind Baby; Minor Details; Joy; Fernando's Minibar; Kharman Chantalah; Searching for Angela; As Long As You're Near; San Frisky; The Arrogant Frogs; Mena Muria.
CD25 (My Focus, 2018): Exodus (Johnny and His Cellar Rockers); Melody in F Rock (Johnny and His Cellar Rockers); Russian Spy and I (The Hunters); Down Man (Brainbox); Summertime (Brainbox); House of the King (Focus); Le Clouchard (Focus); Answers? Questions! Questions? Answers! (Focus); Love Remembered (Focus); Elspeth of Nottingham (Focus); Hocus Pocus (Live, Focus); Out of Vesuvius (Focus); Hamburger Concerto (Starter - Rare - Medium I - Medium II - Well Done - One For the Road) (Focus).
CD26 (Akkerarchives, 2018): Crackers (demo); Angel Watch (demo); Stingray (Get Up With That) (demo); A Family in the Oil; Come Closer (demo); General Buckshot & The Blues Waffle; Yoyo Working; Song For the Millennium; Plaisir d'Amour; Anonymous 4 Blues; She's Gone; Payin' For It Now.
Additional Personnel / Information
Jan Akkerman: guitars (CD1, CD2, CD4-5, CD7-21, CD23-24, CD25#4-13), bass guitar (CD2#1, CD3#1, CD4#1-9, CD10, CD11#3, CD12-13, CD15#4, CD16, CD23#1), alto lute (CD2#2-3, CD2#7), Spanish guitar (CD2#5), Fender Rhodes electric piano (CD2#1), lute (CD3#1-3, CD3#5-7, CD3#9-10, CD25#6-13), electric guitars (CD3#4, CD3#10), electric sitar (CD3#4), percussion (CD3#4, CD3#10), acoustic guitar (CD3#8, CD3#10, CD22), organ (CD3#10), Roland GR-300 guitar synthesizer (CD4#10-17, CD10-15), Ibanez double-neck 6 & 12 string guitar (CD6), synthesizers (CD11, CD16-17), drums (CD11#3), drum programming (CD12, CD15#2, CD15#6, CD16-17), LinnDrum programming (CD13-14), vocals (CD14#3-4, CD14#6), Roland GR-700 guitar synthesizer (CD15), Roland MKS-20 (CD15), MKS-50 sound modules (CD15), Roland Super JX synthesizer (CD15#5), Roland MC-500 sequencer (CD16-17), lead guitar (CD25#1-3), keyboards (CD25#4-5).
With: Ron Bijtelaar: bass guitar (CD1); Sydney Wachtel: drums (CD1#1-6, CD1#8-11, CD25#3); Cocky Akkerman: drums (CD1#7); Pierre van der Linden: drums (CD2#1, CD2#4, CD2#6, CD25#1-2, CD25#4-5, CD25#8-9, CD25#11-12); Bert Ruiter: bass guitar (CD2#1, CD2#4, CD2#6, CD25#6-13); Ferry Maat: piano (CD2#8); Jaap van Eik: bass guitar (CD2#8); Frans Smit: drums (CD2#8); Ray Lucas: drums (CD3#1, CD3#10), Tim Bogart: bass guitar (CD3#4, CD3#10); Carmine Appice: drums (CD3#4, CD3#10); Kaz Lux: vocals (CD4, CD25#4-5), guitar (CD4#10-17); Jasper van't Hof: keyboards (CD4#1-9, CD8), Fender Rhodes electric piano (CD11#4); Rick van der Linden: keyboards (CD4), great church organ (CD19#10); Warwick Reading: bass guitar (CD4#4; James Jamerson: bass guitar (CD4#5, CD5#1, CD13#4); Pierre van der Linden: drums (CD4#4, CD4#10-17, CD5#6); Richard DeBois: drums (CD4#1-9); David Kemper: drums (CD4#5, CD5#1, CD13#4); Nippy Noya: percussion (CD4#1-9, CD5, CD8-9); Margaret Eshuijs: backing vocals (CD4#1-9); Maggie MacNeal: backing vocals (CD4#1-9); Patricia Paay: backing vocals (CD4#1-9); Cees van der Laarse: bass guitar (CD4#10-17, CD5, CD8); Manuel Lopez: drums (CD4#15, CD4#17); Eddie Conrad: percussion (CD4#10-17); Grace van der Laarse: percussion (CD4#10-17); Joachim Kühn: keyboards (CD5, CD13#4), acoustic grand piano (CD11#3-4, CD11#6); Bruno Castellucci: drums (CD5-6, CD8-9); Tony Scott: clarinet (CD6), vocals (CD6); Wim Essed: bass guitar (CD6); Cees Schrama: piano (CD6); Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen: bass guitar (CD7); Claus Ogerman: symphony orchestra arranger and conductor (CD7); Tom Barlage: saxophones (CD8), keyboards (CD8); Willem Ennes: keyboards (CD8); Peter Schön: keyboards (CD9); Gene Sandinista: bass guitar (CD9); Duane Hitchings: keyboards (CD9#3); Bunny Brunell: bass (CD9#3); David Igelfield: drums (CD9#3); Yvette Carlson: vocals (CD9#4); Willie Dee: vocals (CD9#3); Jody Piper: backing vocals (CD9); Kimm Hekker: backing vocals (CD9); Margo Thunder: backing vocals (CD9); Henry Ronde: steeldrums (CD9); John Faddis: trumpet and flugelhorn (CD9); Alan Rubin: trumpet and flugelhorn (CD9); Tom Malone: trombone (CD9); Jim Ogden: alto saxophone (CD9, solo on CD9#4); Michael Brecker: tenor saxophone (CD9); Lou Marini: tenor saxophone (CD9); Howard Johnson: baritone saxophone (CD9); John Clarke: French horn (CD9); Peter Gordon: French horn (CD9); Jim Campagnola: saxophone (CD10-11); Ab Tamboer: drums (CD10), vibes (CD10), marimba (CD10); Eddie Conard: percussion (CD10); Pablo Nahar: bass guitar (CD11#2, CD11#6), bass (CD12#3); Roland Zeldenrust: drums (CD11#6); Hans Waterman: drums (CD11#2, CD13, CD14#2); Martino Latupeirissa: percussion (CD11); Kenneth Knudsen: keyboards (CD12); Ole Theill: drums (CD12); Marc van der Geer: keyboards (CD13); Dino Walcott: bass guitar (CD13-14), harmonica (CD14), vocals (CD14#2), voice (CD14#7); Piet Eisma: percussion (CD14#2-3, CD14#7); Sergio Castillo: Simmonds electronic drums (CD14#1, CD14#4-5); Ton Dijkman: drums and percussion (CD15, CD17-18), drums (CD19#1, CD19#3-5, CD19#7, CD19#11, CD20-21); Michael Pete: bass guitar (CD15#1, CD15#3, CD15#6); Livingston Brown: bass guitar (CD16); Derek Holt: bass guitar (CD16); Clive Mayuyu: drums (CD16), Brendon Day: drums (CD16); Manuel Hugas: bass (CD17-18, CD19#3, CD19#5, CD19#7, CD20-21); Willey Swikker: keyboards (CD17); Freddie Cavalli: bass guitar (CD17#8); Tom Salisbury: keyboards (CD18-19), programming (CD19), grand piano and synthesizers (CD20#1-2, CD20#8); The Stylus Horns: horns (CD18); Nico Brandsen: Hammond organ (CD19#3, CD19#5, CD19#11, CD20-21); Wilbrand Meischke: bass guitar (CD23#2-9, CD24); MIchel van Schie: drum programming and live drums (CD23); Ronald Molendijk: drum programming and additional keyboards (CD23); Jeroen Rietbergen: keyboards and additional programming (CD23); Cohen Molenaar: Fender Rhodes electric piano (CD24), Hammond organ (CD24), synthesizers (CD24); Marion van den Berg: drums (CD24); Eric Vloeimans: trumpet (CD24#7, CD24#13); Jan Burgers: rhythm guitar (CD25#1-2); Cor Engelsma: bass guitar (CD25#1-2); Hans Kuyt: piano (CD25#1-2); Paul Hubert: rhythm guitar (CD25#3); Ron Bijtelaar: bass guitar (CD25#3); André Reynen: bass guitar (CD25#4-5); Thijs van Leer: Hammond organ (CD25#6-13), keyboards (CD25#6-13), flute (CD25#6-13), vocals (CD25#6-13); Martin Dresden: bass guitar (CD25#6); Hans Cleuver: drums (CD25#6); Colin Allen: drums (CD25#13).
For over fifty years, Jan Akkerman has been one of Holland’s most respected guitarists. In addition to his leading role in the globally-acclaimed bands Focus and Brainbox, he has also worked with the likes of B.B. King, Charlie Byrd, Cozy Powell, Claus Ogerman and Ice-T. On his solo projects, Akkerman let his creativity run free, combining rock, jazz, blues, classics and dance in his own distinctive style. This box set brings together all of Jan Akkerman’s studio albums, his most important live recordings, his personal selection of Focus tracks and a CD of rare and previously unreleased tracks. In other words, the legacy of a singular and groundbreaking artist. The contents of this unique 26 CD box set were handpicked by Jan Akkerman himself.