Focus - Hamburger Concerto  CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

4.25 | 747 ratings

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Steven in Atlanta
3 stars It's nice seeing so many glowing reviews of this excellent LP here at PA, though I'm not quite as over-the-moon as others are.

My beef is the sidelong title track which features a small handful of musical ideas - superb as they are - but each are repeated so many times it comes across as the band marking time rather conveying the symphony concept that the title implies. I can grasp the variation-on-a-theme concept certainly, but there are just too few themes involved to really justify a 20+ minute suite. 8-10 minutes would've been considerably more powerful, I feel.

That said, side 1 is damn near perfect, with La Cathedrale de Strasbourg being one of Focus' very finest indeed.

3.5 stars from me.

Steven in Atlanta | 3/5 |


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