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4.04 | 8 ratings | 1 reviews | 38% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Anonymous II (24:06)
2. Focus I (4:00)
3. Focus III (3:21)
4. Answers? Questions! Questions? Answers! (12:04)
5. Focus II (5:00)
6. Hocus Pocus (7:46)
7. Sylvia (Live Outtake) (3:40)
8. Eruption (10:26)
9. Hocus Pocus (3:05)
10. Sylvia / Hocus Pocus - Reprise (6:13)

Total time 79:41

Line-up / Musicians

- Thijs van Leer / Hammond organ, electric piano
- Jan Akkerman / electric guitar
- Bert Ruiter / bass guitar
- Pierre van der Linden / drums

Releases information

Tracks 1 - 7 recorded at the Partis Theater, London, January 1973
Tracks 8 - 10 live television studio recordings, London, December 1972

Progressive Vinyl Company Nr. 351
Made in the USA @ 1972 @ 2016
CD and 2LP

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FOCUS In Concert 1973 ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(38%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
Good, but non-essential (0%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
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Review by friso
4 stars Finally we have a good sounding live recording of the classic Focus line-up; Van Leer, Akkerman, de Ruiter, Van der Linden. Focus in Concert 1973 sounds better then At the Rainbow and has a more interesting tracklist as well. Showing both their heavy rock side (Anonymous, Hocus Pocus, Sylvia) and their ability to play fine melodic tunes like Focus I, II and III. The recording sound is a bit rough, yet full of detail and spaciousness. A real live recording. Sometimes cleaning up takes away the liveliness. Perhaps Akkerman isn't the king of tone, but boy does he play like a fanatic and it does cut through the mix nicely. This is same year he was named best guitar player in the world.

The first three sides (track 1-7) are from the Partis Theater, London, January 1973. The opening track, Anonymous II is perhaps the most interesting track. In 23 minutes the band shows us what it's all about: combining classical music and jazz in a hard rock atmosphere of excitement and fierce playing. On this first side of the record you can hear all members of the band excelling on their instrument, showing why this was definitely one the best bands ever to come out of the Netherlands. The dynamics of this recording are great and the band jams more subtle and soulful then it would do in later years. On the second side the band plays some of its more melodic songs with Akkerman interpreting his timings freely, thus creating an interesting listening experience for those who have listened to the albums often. Answers? Questions! drags on a bit with its moody improvisations, but the atmosphere has a nice sophistication to it. Side three is a bit more exciting with a great version of Hocus Pocus. Such energy! Thijs van Leer's showmanship really shows here.

The fourth side (track 8-10) has live television studio recordings, Londen, December 1972. The quality of these recordings is significantly less good. The band does play very well on Eruption and Hocus Pocus. Perhaps interesting as an archival release, I myself wil mainly listen to the first three sides of this 2LP edition.

Conclusion. This is the best Focus live record of the classic line-up I know of and I can warmly recommend it to fans of the band and fans of great lively concert recordings. Much better then Live at the Rainbow. Four and a halve stars. Don't miss it!

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