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Friday, November 2, 2012

Brainbox 1972 To You

Genre: Rock
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 01:10:27
Size: 161,32 MB


In the late sixties and early seventies there were some great blues rock bands in Holland. Most famous are Cuby + Blizzards, The Living Blues and Brainbox. Brainbox started with an amazing line-up with heavy soul/blues singer Kaz Lux, our most famous Dutch guitar player Jan Akkerman (of Focus fame) and - a personal favorite - Pierre van der Linden on drums (Focus, Trace). When asking adults interested in rock, Brainbox is often mentioned as the best Dutch band ever.

When listening to this 2lp compilation it's isn't too hard to understand why. Brainbox has that celebrated 'heavyness' or 'bite' to it, that fanatic playing, that great thick sound with a brutal rhythm section and great subtle or shreddings guitar solo's. The vocals of Kaz Lux (who would later team up with Jan Akkerman on 'Eli') are very strong in period. A nice combination of soul, power (with that slightly distorted low) and some great screams in higher pitches. Over the years the band had some line-up changes, eventually Jan Akkerman and Pierre van der Linden left to join Focus. Luckily both members were replaced by strong musicians that do the job well, though before-mentioned players are of course impossible to replace.

Whilst Brainbox was mainly a blues rock band, the repertoire was expended with folk influences (a brilliant version of Scarborough Fair), hard rock and slightly progressive elements (mainly on the long version of Sea of Delight (unwisely not included on this compilation). Brainbox weren't too keen on song-writing and a lot of material presented consists of standards like 'Summertime' (best rock version!) and Reason to Believe.

On this double album, which was later released on a single cd, one can't find a lot of moments that aren't worthwhile for a serious listener of classic era rock and blues rock. Only the opening track 'Virgin' isn't that good, but I think the alternative recording sound of this specific song is largely to blame. No real favorites here, but a lot of great material that covers a variety of moods but remains powerful throughout. (friso)


01 - Virgin 03:44

02 - Amsterdam, The First Days 03:12

03 - Sinner's Prayer 02:33

04 - Dark Rose 05:22

05 - Cruel Train 02:32

06 - Down Man 02:40

07 - Woman's Gone 04:15

08 - To You 03:30

09 - Summertime 04:22

10 - Doomsday Train 02:55

11 - Between Alpha And Omega 02:31

12 - Baby, What You Want Me To Do 02:38

13 - Scarborough Fair 06:28

14 - The Flight 03:28

15 - So Helpless 02:39

16 - Smile (Old Friends Have The Right To) 03:11

17 - Reason To Believe 02:25

18 - Sea Of Delight 03:08

19 - Mobilae 05:43

20 - Good Morning, Day 03:11

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