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4 stars This, to me, is the ultimate Focus "best of" collection. The LP has a bright yellow colour with a nice pic from the "Hamburger Concerto" line up.

Side 1 starts of with the excellent "Hocus Pocus" followed to the instrumental first "Focus". Now this is a great track, moving from tranquil to a grandioso finale. It was one of the better tracks from the first LP. "Round goes the gossip" follows and next is the really beautiful "Love remembered". "House of the King" ends this side.

Side 2 begins with an "Early birth" and is followed by "Focus 2" which has become my very favourite from the Focus series. "Carnival Fughe" still sounds as fresh and exciting as it did back in the 1970s.

The next four names are also connected to frele beauty. I truly love "Janis" , "Elspeth of Nothingham" is a great lute track, "Tommy" from Eruption still has that spacey feel and who could NOT fall in love with "Sylvia"... This track is all about joyful loving feelings...

Perhaps "La Cathédrale" de Strassbourg" would have given it that extra touch.

"Moving Waves", "Hamburger Concerto" and this one are the Focus albums I like the best

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Posted Thursday, February 10, 2011 | Review Permalink

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