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  1. Profile
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  2. Profile

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    Customer Ratings (14 reviews)
    Price R337.00

Product Description

  • Profile
  • CD
  • Focus
  • Rock
Additional Information

CD reissue of this 1973 album from the Dutch guitarist and member of Focus. Originally released on Sire Records, Profile hit the Billboard charts. Features eight tracks including the 20 minute epic 'Fresh Air'.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Great CD that has been given a remaster treatment by Esoteric Recordings, at last. The shorter tracks (side B of the original vinyl issue) are interesting at best, and show Akkerman's mastery of the classical guitar and lute. But the first track, Fresh Air, is a breathtaking twenty minute instrumental piece of raw guitar virtuosity that defies description. The ambient electric piano intro soon makes way for truly exciting improvisational noise (in the good sense of the word), that doesn't let up until the music halfway cuts to a sort of ambient electronic adagio, only to veer into a second bout of fast and noisy improvisational fireworks. If this sounds like seventies music, it is, but with a guitar sound that would have blown away every guitar player that has listened to this album since.
Having seen Focus open up for BTO way back in the early seventies, I became an immediate fan of guitarist Jan Akkerman. He took about 30 minutes to tune up his guitar, which really ticked off the fans who only came to hear BTO. Yes, this was one of the bizarre bookings done way back then.

At any rate, when this solo album was released, I just had to have it. Fresh Air Suite covered one whole side of the LP and became a favorite of mine for getting into another world under the headphones. Back then, I could not appreciate the other shorter songs on the flip side, which were a mix of classical, acoustic, blues, and electric. I can appreciate them now, but my money was well spent just to have Fresh Air Suite again.
when amazon recommended this to me, i had to grab it up! i used to have it on vinyl back in the day, and i loved it! hearing it again brought back great memories! the first tune is nearly 20 minutes long & took up the entire side 1 of the vinyl record. it starts with jan playing a mellow bit on a fender rhodes (electric piano) for a minute or two and then goes into a rocking guitar jam with a band that, although it is a studio recording, it almost sounds like a spontaneous concert jam with the old dutch prog-rock group he spearheaded, focus. this album was done around the time his group focus was big (the early '70s), and this side-long 20 minute jam clearly ranks up there with focus' side-long opuses like "eruption" and "hamburger concerto". the opening tune on this album "fresh air" starts with 2 minutes of mellow fender rhodes, then goes into an 18-minute rocking electric, jamming guitar jam that you really gotta hear if you like those drawn-out '70s, 'oops, i forgot to stop'... Read more
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