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3.49 | 329 ratings

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3 stars The debut of the famous Dutch group.

1. Focus (vocal) (2:44) A nice, soft vocals is followed by simple atmospheric guitar lines and repetitive bassplaying, but nothing that awesome. 3 stars

2. Black beauty (3:05) Sirupy vocals and the melody sounds dated, like coming from 1967. No great instrumental breaks and melody as well. 2 stars

3. Sugar island (3:03) More of the same here, but somewhat better. actually it reminds me of the British band Tangerine Dream. and there is some fine flute playing and fine subtle jazzy guitar from Akkerman. 3. 5 stars

4. Anonymous (7:00) A great, medieaval-like track with a serious rocking groove and marvelous playing from Thijs van Leer. The track soon develops into a jazzy groove with and all the band members get a solo spot as well, including a blazing solo frm Akkerman. 4 stars

5. House of the king (2:20) Starts with the same motif as Anonymous, but is generally more flute driven. The track is midtempo (apart from a short guitar lead passage) and very melodic. 5 stars

6. Happy nightmare (mescaline) (3:56) A sung track with dreamy, psychedelic flavour and jazzy overtones. Still, the melody is not that great, but the mood is captivating. 3.5 stars

7. Why dream (3:57) See the first few tracks. The melody is weak and dated. 2 stars

8. Focus (instrumental) (9:45) Starting rather slow, but then packing on energy. Great guitarplaying from Akkerman all the way through, this is a very energetic track. The melodies are fine as well. 5 stars

Overall rating: 3 STARS


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