1. Wake Up! (3:23) 2. Blues Route '94 (5:45) 3. Milestones (7:06) 4. Red Pool House Blues (3:02) 5. No Gossip (3:45) 6. Virgin Mary (5:16) 7. Traffic Jam (3:39) 8. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (7:37) 9. Soft Focus (4:19)
Produced by Jan Akkerman Executive producer: Michael Peterson
Jan Akkerman: Guitar Manuel Hugas: Bass Tom Salisbury: Keyboards Ton Dijkman: Percussion & Drums The Stylus Horns: Horns
Jan Akkerman's comments to the songs:
Wake Up! Basement tape, found in an old rehersal room and now re-recorded. This rockfeel is timeless.
Blues Route '94 There's this big blues festival in the city of Utrecht in Holland where I used to jam a lot with my friend Ronald Abrahams, a blues-player from Chicago. Ron died last year. This is a tribute to him.
Milestone On tour with Focus we always jammed to this piece by Miles Davis. I gave it a harmonious Spanish turn.
Red Pool House Blues Written at the Royal Red Pool Lounge on the island of Curacao.
No Gossip Mr. Tom Salisbury on piano. As you can hear he played a lot with the Pointer Sisters, James Ingram, Quincy Jones and all these people...
Virgin Mary Get a glimpse of her purity, innocence and beaty!
Traffic Jam Bass-line groove, but the horns give this piece the 'nobody home feeling'.
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy I recorded this years ago. Doing it again, I realize what a great tune it is.
Soft Focus Inspired by Man Ray, as he sometimes was filming throught stained glass to obtain a special effect.