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Focus - Focus II [Aka: Moving Waves] CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

4.09 | 639 ratings

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4 stars "Moving waves" isn't a perfect album but clearly a must have for all 70's proglovers.

Hocus Pocus : a "simple" song based on a great guitar riff, drums breaks, and a very original type of singing ( yodel ) : perfectly original, exciting and very funny. Le clochard : an acoustic guitar plays a very classical melody with mellotron in the backgound. Not bad, not good, just a transition. Janis : great melody. The song is dominated by Van Leer flute and flows so easily ...if you appreciate Camel's music I think you'll appreciate this one. Moving Waves : a piano-voice song composed as a lieder, but singing is really too bad. Focus II: great song with a fantastic interplay ( listen especially to drums : Van der Linden is certainly one of the greatest drummer of the 70's ). Eruption : a long instrumental piece. First 9 minutes are wonderful, progressive rock at his best : very melodic, imaginative and full of emotion. Then come 7 minutes of improvisation not totally consistent : some good moments but too long. The last 8 minutes are more structured but not as good as the first part of the song.

Focus isn't generally considered as one of the prog masters but have to be re-discovered. Moving Waves is a very good point to begin for those who don't know this dutch band.

H.NOT | 4/5 |


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