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Moving Waves

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The song was written as a rock parody, and it was recorded for the album as it lacked any "outright rock" tracks at that point. The side’s closing track is “Focus II,” an exact replica in miniature of “Hocus Pocus,” Focus’ theory being (I can only assume) that there’s no sin in flogging a dead horse so long as the horse in question won the Kentucky Derby while alive. It is the fate of a select few bands to conquer the world with one song of brilliant Hieronymus Bosch weirdness, then go on to become yet another cult band. Focus II was released to a mostly positive response and remains one of their most commercially successful albums, reaching No.

The Dutch quartet’s second full-length album, Moving Waves —alternately titled Focus II —is one of the least-probable success stories of the early part of the 1970s. Please remember it can take some time for your bank or credit card company to process and post the refund too. Following the departure of original bassist Martin Dresden and drummer Hans Cleuver in 1970, the band recruited Cyril Havermans and Pierre van der Linden, respectively, and prepared material for a new album. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.La band è una di quelle , nel panorama progressive , dal sound più europeo dal quale prendono ispirazione miscelando musica barocca/rinascimentale con grinta e forza espressiva del rock anni 70. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Focus was formed in Amsterdam in 1969 by keyboardist, vocalist, and flautist Thijs van Leer, bassist Martin Dresden, drummer Hans Cleuver, and guitarist Jan Akkerman.

Aquí se incluye su tema más representativo, "Hocus Pocus", una maravilla que no se puede describir en palabras, pues siempre nos quedaríamos cortos. According to BBC Radio DJ Bob Harris, demand was so great for Focus LPs by 1972 that the band’s British label, Polydor, simultaneously ran vinyl at all five of its record plants around the clock. The album is certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling 500,000 copies in the US.Once again, the combined talents of Thijs van Leer, Jan Akkerman and drummer Pierre van der Linden work a truly special kind of magic. The music will pull you under and raise you back up, it will chill you with it's roaring winds then caress you with it's gentle warmth.

Jan Akkerman si attesta prepotentemente come uno dei migliori chitarristi al mondo (per lo meno nel suo periodo di permanenza nella band che va dal 1970 al 1976) con il suo mix di musica classica , jazz e rock-blues (Akkerman è anche accreditato come possibile inventore della tecnica di sweep-picking ma in queste cose non si sa mai per certo). The guitar playing by Jan Akkerman is sublime as is the keyboard work of Thijs Van Leer and it is driven along by the superb Bass of Cyril Havermans and drums of Pierre Van Der Linden. It's not an Album for anyone who wants to have a singalong because there are no vocals whatsoever but it's purely one of the best instrumental renditions ever produced. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. As is the case with all Focus CD re-issues on Red Bullet, why couldn't the company spend a bit more on including the original back sleeve photo plus some notes on how the album was made, interviews, dates.Euridice" is a classical lied which segues into the Gregorian-inspired "Dayglow" and followed by van der Linden's drum solo, "Endless Road". Le canzoni sono tutte molto belle e alcune delle piccole perle , una tra tutte la sezione di Eruption denominata "Tommy" (in onore di Tom Barlage , sassofonista olandese membro dei Solution , dal quale è stata presa e rielaborata in forma chitarristica la linea di sax sulla canzone "Divergence" dell'omonimo album). Here Hocus Pocus was such a powerful song, it made a massive impression on listeners when they first heard it.

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