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2 stars Some out-takes and rarities here.

Pīs march A nice up tempo track, in the medieval influence tradition by the band. Not the most original thing to do, but the melody is fine and it has soaring guitar work from Akkerman. 5 stars

Canīt believe my eyes This track is much more jazzy than most of the tracks on here. Great funky bass liness and nice playing from Akkerman again, but it sound sdirectionless after a while and an actual melody would do this one good. The noisy keyboards are especially irritating, even if they mostly stay in the background. 1.5 stars

Focus V A track, that could be called fusion without hesitating. Some fine subtle guitar playing from Akkerman and atmospheric playing from Van Leer, but the melody is sub par and the track seems to otdrag, even if itīs only three minutes long. 1.5 stars

Out of Vesuvius Well played funky influenced jazzrock, but where is the melody? The solos are directionless, even if good from a purely technical point of view. Akkermanīs sound irritates me on this one. Screeeeeching! Van Leerīs solo on electric piano is mindlessas well. 0 stars

Glider. More of the same here. Ok, Akkermanīs guitarplaying is fabulous, but thatīs it. Mostly sounds like a jazzier version of classic Yes with a total lack of inspiration. 0 stars

Red sky at night Finally some melody. A guitar dominated track in the vvein of shorter track such as Sylvia. Great vork from both Akkerman and Van Leer. Some fine guitar playing as well as flute. 5 stars

Spoke the Lord creator A nice instrumental that mixes Hammond organ with a countryesque groove. The second half is a pure rocker, though. 3.5 stars

Crackers Oh, Focus goes funky. Now thatīs, uninspired. Nice, but uinspired. 1 star

Ship of memories Drums and barely audible organ. No melody. Ok 0 stars

Overall rating: 2 STARS After all, this is a collection of out-takes and rarities


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