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2.70 | 16 ratings | 3 reviews | 6% 5 stars

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Live, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 (52:39)
1. Hocus Pocus (5:24)
2. Hamburger Concerto (17:37)
3. Anonymous II (9:39)
4. Focus Medley (13:34)
5. Sneezing Bull (1:57)
6. Angels Wings (4:28)

CD 2 (70:33)
1. Focus I (12:59)
2. House Of The King (2:53)
3. Focus II (5:20)
4. Eruption (16:28)
5. Sylvia (4:34)
6. Focus V (4:00)
7. Focus VII (9:47)
8. Hocus Pocus (9:46)
9. Focus III (4:46)

Total Time: 123:12

Line-up / Musicians

Unknown - not listed

Releases information

Dejavu Retro Gold Double CD R2CD42-78
**No mention of this being a live album on the case, slipcase or insert**
CD1- Live performances from "70s" line-up
CD2- Live performance from reformed line-up NO JAN AKERMAN!!

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FOCUS Focus The Greatest Hits ratings distribution

(16 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (31%)
Collectors/fans only (19%)
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)

FOCUS Focus The Greatest Hits reviews

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Review by chopper
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2 stars This is one of a budget series of CDs (mine cost 2.99) and I've seen other prog bands such as Yes in the same collection. You can tell it's a budget series as there's absolutely no information about the origin of the tracks on the inside or outside of the CD. The CD booklet just contains a track listing and photographs, so before playing the CD you have no idea if it's a studio or live recording. As it turns out, it's a double live CD featuring most of their well-known tracks such as Hocus Pocus, House of the King, Sylvia and Hamburger Concerto. As I'm not a Focus expert I don't know when or where these tracks were recorded or the line-up (although the members are mentioned on one of the tracks on CD2, Van Leer is the only name I recognised).

The sound quality is reasonably good and at least the band improvise rather than just reproduce the studio recordings. Overall it's not a bad CD for the price but not really worth any more unless you're a Focus completist, however the people concerned should be locked up for producing a CD with no information on it.

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4 stars I must say I was dissapointed when I first played this - I was expecting a compilation of studio recordings. However after the initial surprise I find the CD1 is fantastic -Jan and Thijs do know how to do the business. Yes it is different to At The Rainbow - but then again, who would want it t ... (read more)

Report this review (#68289) | Posted by | Saturday, February 4, 2006 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Picked this up for 7.99 at HMV. Appeared to be a top notch, good value compilation featuring a lot of their best work. Unfortunately, it is a bargain basement live album which appears to be from two different eras of the band. CD1 appears to be the classic 70s incarnation of the band featurin ... (read more)

Report this review (#63861) | Posted by Billymac | Monday, January 9, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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