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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. Pierre Van Der Linden è un gran batterista e fa la sua porca figura sia su questo che sul seguente Focus III mentre Cyril Havermans sembra essere quello più adombrato del quartetto (colpa attribuibile alla preminente figura dei "leader" Jan Akkerman e Thijs Van Leer) ma dimostra anche lui di saper stare appresso ai ritmi della band senza dare dimostrazioni eclatanti di sé (e ai fini musicali funziona quindi tanto basta). 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. No one in English and America, and I’m including Frank Zappa, could have created a song so utterly off the wall.

Vote up content that is on-topic, within the rules/guidelines, and will likely stay relevant long-term. The grim specter of Keith Emerson hangs over the proceedings, but you also get, amongst other things, Pink Floyd atmospherics, an unconscionably long drum solo, lush easy listening choral hokum, one extended (and very cool) guitar solo that would have sounded right at home on an early Steely Dan LP, some Gregorian chanting, an amazing jam, and a section Elton John may or may not have lifted for “Funeral for a Friend/Loves Lie Bleeding.

But if “Hocus Pocus” isn’t the greatest song ever, I never hear it without an admixture of mirth, awe and admiration. 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 lineup that recorded In and Out of Focus (aka Focus Plays Focus ) sprang out of the pit orchestra of the Amsterdam staging of Hair and featured flautist/ keyboard player Thijs van Leer as its primary driver.

Overall, it's not a bad album at all, but there's a lot of better progressive rock albums out there. 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). Focus II (better known by its international title, Moving Waves) is the second studio album by Dutch progressive rock band Focus, released in October 1971 on Imperial Records. The group wanted to incorporate an element of humour in the track because they felt it was missing in the rock genre. The album is certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling 500,000 copies in the US.

Moving Waves è il loro primo grande album (sebbene non il loro primo in assoluto , quello è In and Out of Focus) che li attestò come una delle realtà della scena progressiva e che dimostrò (e che dimostra ancora alla gente che vi si approccia per la prima volta) all'Inghilterra come la musica tradizionale europea non è una loro esclusiva terra di conquista e che anche avendo ascoltato decine di album di band più importanti nel panorama si può sempre rimanere stupiti davanti a piccole gemme incastonate nel posto giusto e dove meno te lo aspetti. presented the inverse, with Akkerman assembling a new rhythm section of drummer Pierre van der Linden (a childhood friend and former bandmate) and younger bassist Cyril Havermans.

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. We provide a range of musical instruments and accessories for beginners, intermediates and pro players. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. After releasing their debut album Focus Plays Focus (1970), the group suffered a setback when Akkerman requested that van Leer fire Dresden and Cleuver so his former Brainbox bandmate, drummer Pierre van der Linden, could join the band. I bought this CD to save any further wear on my original vinyl LP which I bought in the early 70's just after the shortened single version of "Hocus Pocus" had been a belated hit in the UK.Eruption” includes tributes to classical composers and other Dutch fusion acts, and an intense drum solo by Buddy Rich disciple van der Linden. Side two contains the 22-minute track "Eruption", a loose rock adaptation of the tale of Orpheus and Euridice from the opera Euridice by Italian composer Jacopo Peri. The latter theory is demonstrably false, which makes me wish the folks in their commune had traded Tarkus for a copy of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.

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