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Eli Import

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  • Audio CD (22 April 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea
  • ASIN: B000006SD4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,595 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 6 Aug 2004
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album whilst at university in the late 70s/early 80s, but hadn't played it for a while until a few days ago, although I can't think of a reason why.
The gentle power of the guitar and vocals have lost nothing over the years, and the work seems much more modern than from 1976.
I would recommend this allbum to all fans of high quality jazzy progressive rock.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Langridge on 9 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Ex-Focus guitarist Jan Akkerman must have made up to 20 solo LPs but this is the only one with a singer and lyricist, in this case ex-fellow Brainbox member Kaz Lux.
This was probably Akkerman's first major solo effort after leaving Focus in 1976 and I think he made a classic.
The whole album, recorded in Holland using Dutch musicians with a good pedigree, has a really rich intimate sound throughout. Each song is distinctive yet they all hang well with each other, the highlights being the sparkling Guardian Angel, Naked Actress and There He Still Goes. The slower tracks, like Strindberg and the instrumental Wings of Strings, are quite beautiful. Another instrumental, Tranquilizer (which Akkerman performed on the Old Grey Whistle Test), is in the Albatross-style of drifting guitar ballad. Akkerman's playing is fantastic and fans of his guitar sound andf style will be in raptures on most of these tracks. But most characteristic of all is Lux's vocals, who has a kind of strained, forceful wail associated with many a heavy rock band but more refined - a bit like Magma's fellow bearded singer, Klaus Blasquiz. If you don't like his singing, you may not like this but the whole album should appeal to most Akkerman fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By heron fin 2 on 7 Feb 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I never had this on vinyl, I di dhave "There He Still Goes" on a vinyl 'sampler' disc though.

I always meant to buy it as I love Akkerman as a guitarist, seen him with Focus and have tons of his stuff too. Finally I saw it as a CD, "snap", I bought it...

One or two tracks are a bit iffy, but I think it is a bit of a concept thing so, hey! Very listenable to. Akkerman never lets you down, he is an amazing guitarist as you would expect from someone who sight Django Reinhardt as an influence. Akkerman has deffinately influenced me as a guitarist.

Buy this and be pleasantly surprised.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The beauty of sombreness 12 Dec 1999
By Herbert van Lynden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is just as much Kaz Lux as Jan Akkerman. Kaz Lux wrote the lyrics and also contributed to compositions. The album consists of songs, interrupted twice by instrumental passages. Keyboards are frequently used, piano's as well as sythesizers. The best of Dutch pop music of the seventies lend their hand to this album (for instance keyboard player Rick van der Linden and another keyboard player, Jasper van 't Hof, in Germany often defined with the honorary title "Tastenvirtuos"). It is a song cycle about a hero called Eli, a simple man who leads a simple life as a woodman, somewhere, sometime. It tells about his life, his dreams, fears etc. I always found the atmosphere of the songs dejected. But you will not recover the sombreness of a Wuthering Heights, the desolation of David Sylvain or the nihilism of Nirvana, there is little evil in the air, it deals more with the sadness of the sober life of a sober man. There is also a song about August Strindberg and although there is no clear connection between that song and the Eli songs, there is somehow a unity not only in the music but as well as in the theme of the lyrics. The style of the music can maybe be described as "European funk"; stirred up rhythms played by a strong tandem of drums with bass, but far more austere than the real funky stuff, alternated with quiet compositions consisting of "Wings of Strings" (guitars and keyboards), which could maybe the best described as contemporary music as such. I think that it is a classical album, worthy to be discovered.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Like nothing else you've ever heard. 5 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD includes some of Jan Akkerman's finest (but not flashy) guitar playing. Kaz Lux's vocals are strangely soulful - and definitely not for everyone. I bought this when it first came out on vinyl; loved the music and hated the vocals. The vocals grew on me - I learned to love them too. Bits of the music sound slightly dated now (that's why it doesn't get five stars), but this is still a terrific work. Any fan of Focus or Jan Akkerman should have it. -- The Fly
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Of Farmers on Acid 13 May 2007
By Haani R. Nowilaty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
You just had to be there...Holland, circa 1976, Akkerman and Focus were the biggest thing since tulips, windmills and a certain footballer by the name of Johan Cruijff (Kruif). I bought the record LP on the first week of its release, a 15 year old kid determined to learn new Jazzier/Swankier guitar parts. But I was unimpressed. For a start, the lyrics threw me for a loop; and Kaz's vocals I just couldn't digest. The guitar parts - though far removed from the Focus realm - were obviously quite out of reach for a 15 year old. In short I, and a lot of other fans were disappointed.

Two or three listening later I switched back to learning Jimmy Page lines.

Then an older friend came by one day and said I should give the record another chance. He explained that this was a "Concept Album", and as much the brain child of Lux as Akkerman's; a "collaboration" that needed to be looked at in a different light. He asked me if I knew what psychedelic drugs were, and I being 15, naturally I said no, being genuinely ignorant of contraband at the time.

He explained that this is an abstract imaginary "Aural Story" about a simpleton farmer who goes downtown one night and buys himself an acid trip, and suffers the consequences, as he melts his mind. A few years later when I witnessed the effects of a "Bad Trip" on an acquaintance, it all suddenly made sense.

I went back to the album with a vengeance circa 1978. I had greatly advanced in my playing, and thought "Oh...I got these parts licked now!" WRONG! Very few people can actually play at the mastery level which Ackerman achieved during this time, and while true, true, he is seriously "underplaying" on this album, the precise articulation simply still remains, even to this day, just out of reach.

Over the ensuing years I developed a love/hate relationship with the record. Repeat close listening brought out the most subtle nuances in both the playing AND the singing that are truly timeless and nothing short of Art. I discerned and recognized melodic content, grooves, and sheer little touches of musical and performance brilliance that have imprinted this record permanently on my heart, and on the hearts of countless European musicians of the past generation.

Now, about 30 years later, this quirky strange album has become as an old friend who wanders off for years at a time, only to think of him one day and find his face peering through your window.

This is a record for such old time Akkerman fans. If you were born anytime after 1978, your chances of appreciating this are remote, as it will sound dated, confused, dry, and at times even corny. If you are a collector of Akkerman music, it obviously belongs in your collection. But if like Eli, you are a simple unsuspecting soul that one day ventures downtown to open your mind and musical heart, beware...you just might get it, and it will never ever leave you.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Hidden treasure 30 July 2000
By Andy Badger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This recording by Jan Akkerman is a favorite of mine leftover from 8-track days. The guitar playing is clean and jazzy, and the rhythm is tight.
The CD quality of this import is surely better than the old 8-track, but not perfect, and in one cut, the music skips, as if the CD were made from an LP.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
jan akkerman & kaz lux 17 Jun 2002
By Robert J. Pagan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've always been a loyal Focus fan and still play their greatest hits! Kaz Lux & Jan Akkerman are superb from the start of 1.Ili to the last composition ix.Fairytale. All compositions are mastery written. This particular album has a great balance to it. Seriously recommend!
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