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4.24 | 1013 ratings

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5 stars This Dutch band is most famous for their Hocus Pocus hit single (which includes some hilarious yodeling).

...Which is a pity and a great injustice to this band. That track is actually untypical for this band. What I remember Focus for is this album, Hamburger Concerto. This is not a live album. It is a studio album and the twenty minute long title track is the main piece of music here. But the four other tracks are also superb. In particular La Cathédral De Strasbourg and The Birth who sets up the title track in a superb way. The music is symphonic and sometimes driven by moog and flute. The thing that fascinate me most with this album is the almost cathedral mood I get from this album. Focus raided and copied a piece from the classical composer Haydn for this album. The very evident crossover between classical music and symphonic rock on this album may explain the cathedral feeling. The mood, the music, the feeling of greatness. This is a masterpiece. It is one of the best prog rock albums ever released. It is a joy to listen to. It is a must have. Songs like La Cathédral De Strasbourg and Hamburger Concerto is Focus best songs ever.

I can only give 5 stars. There is no other choice than breaking the rules here and declare this a masterpiece. I will shout my opinion about this album from the top of the Cathedral of Strasbourg if necessary.

toroddfuglesteg | 5/5 |


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