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2.53 | 8 ratings | 2 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

Side 1
House Of The King (2:52)

Side 2
O Avondrood (5:11)

Line-up / Musicians

Lineup Side 1( recorded 1969 )
Thijs van Leer - keyboards / flute
Jan Akkerman - acoustic, electric Guitar
Martin Dresden - bass guitar
Hans Cluever - Drums

Lineup side 2 ( recorded 1976 )
Thijs van Leer - keyboards / flute / vocals
Jan Akkerman / guitar
Colin Allen / drums

Releases information

Single, Polydor 200 640, UK 1976

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FOCUS House Of The King / O Avondrood ratings distribution

(8 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(25%)
Good, but non-essential (38%)
Collectors/fans only (25%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

FOCUS House Of The King / O Avondrood reviews

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
2 stars Red Sky at Night

House of the King was orginally released as a single in 1970, and has since then appeared on numerous other singles and album releases. What is of particular interest on this 1976 single is the B-side, O Avondrood. This song was originally recorded for a Dutch various artists compilation, and constitutes a rare instance of a Focus song with lyrics in the Dutch language. The text is borrowed from the Dutch poet Jules Deelder, and is put to music by Jan Akkerman and Thijs van Leer. Some may recognize the melody from the instrumental version entitled Red Sky at Night, that was included on the Ship of Memories album.

Avondrood, literally "evening red", is the Dutch name for the phenomenon that in English is called afterglow. (The English title of the instrumental version "Red Sky at Night" needs no further explanation). I think that both versions are very beautiful, and fit with the topic, though the instrumental version has more enduring value.

There is a clip on YouTube from TopPop 1976, in which Thijs van Leer and Jan Akkerman play to the song.

A rarity that will be of interest to serious Focus fans, but most will be satisfied with the more widely available instrumental version

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3 stars This single was released to promote a Focus complilation album in March 1976 on the Polydor ( UK ) label. Side one's House Of The King needs really no introduction. A short catchy folky flut- led track that became Focus' second best known piece next to the dazzling Hocus Pocus. It has also appeare ... (read more)

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