Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography


Symphonic Prog • Netherlands

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Focus picture
Focus biography
Of all the groups in the 1970s that combined elements of rock and classical music, FOCUS is, without a doubt, the most notable Dutch group widely known outside the Netherlands. This band has created excitement all over the world during the past few years with their unique sound and musical approach. The two main musicians in the band were flutist/keyboardist/singer Thjis Van LEER and guitarist Jan AKKERMAN. They played a stylishly inventive rock with flutes, keyboards & dazzling guitar, defining the Dutch prog sound. An inspiration to FINCH, TRACE & numerous others. In 1978, the group finally split up, without making too much noise.

Best albums are "Moving Waves" (1972), "3" (1973), "Live at the Rainbow" (1973), and "Hamburger Concerto" (1974). "Waves" and "3" represent the best of the band's earlier intensely progressive period with plenty of sidelong tracks and healthly extended solos. Most will agree that "Live at the Rainbow" and "Hamburger Concerto" (last good album) were their best, moving into a period of more pure classical and jazz influence.

"Focus 8" marks the return of Thjis Van LEER in the true nature of music: tuneful, memorable and a little bit rocky when they want to be. This album contains everything you might want from a FOCUS album ... plenty of flute and keyboards from Thijs, tasty guitar playing from Jan DUMÉE and even some yodeling vocals. Perhaps in summary, the band could have veered a little from the safety of the FOCUS blueprint but "Focus 9" may yet further develop their own voice. No doubt about it, we'll have to count on FOCUS in the new millennium to all of the true Progressive Rock lovers.

Focus official website

FOCUS MP3, Free Download (music stream)

Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with, learn how to submit new MP3s.

FOCUS forum topics / tours, shows & news

FOCUS forum topics Create a topic now
FOCUS tours, shows & news Post an entries now

FOCUS Videos (YouTube and more)

Showing only random 3 | Show all FOCUS videos (4) | Search and add more videos to FOCUS

Buy FOCUS Music

Hocus Pocus BoxHocus Pocus Box
Box set · Import
Red Bullet 2017
Audio CD$44.97
$51.28 (used)
Focus Family AlbumFocus Family Album
Cherry Red 2017
Audio CD$11.53
$11.52 (used)
Moving WavesMoving Waves
Import · Remastered
Audio CD$10.15
$6.09 (used)
Hamburger ConcertoHamburger Concerto
Audio CD$11.15
$8.60 (used)
Hocus Pocus: Best ofHocus Pocus: Best of
Import · Remastered
Red Bullet 2001
Audio CD$12.36
$9.83 (used)
Live in EnglandLive in England
Cherry Red 2016
Audio CD$12.38
$12.37 (used)
Live In Rotterdam And Texel 1971Live In Rotterdam And Texel 1971
On The Air
Audio CD$19.80
Mother FocusMother Focus
Import · Remastered
Red Bullet 2001
Audio CD$10.29
$7.00 (used)
Golden OldiesGolden Oldies
Imports 2014
Audio CD$10.68
$10.67 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concertos NO 2,3 & 5 : Lucerne Festival Strings Focus USD $4.99 Buy It Now
Broadcast & The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age USD $7.00 Buy It Now
FOCUS Moving Waves M 8147 7401 8 Track Tape USD $11.88 Buy It Now 7m 47s
Shugo Tokumaru - In Focus [New CD] USD $12.81 Buy It Now 17m 5s
FOCUS - Live Legends - CD - **BRAND NEW/STILL SEALED** USD $22.75 Buy It Now 41m 5s
Focus - Laidback Luke 888751841727 (CD Used Very Good) USD $10.02 Buy It Now 47m 6s
Focus And Friends featuring Marvio Ciribelli ?- Focus 8.5 / Beyond The Horizon USD $16.95 Buy It Now 49m 21s
Various-Jazz Focus On Fusion Volumes O... UK 2-LP (Double ) USD $25.75 Buy It Now 1h 42m
Dave Baker - Focus [New CD] USD $11.53 Buy It Now 1h 43m
Licorice Rhapsody (CD, Mar-2015, New Focus) USD $4.95 Buy It Now 2h 20m
Dave Baker - Focus [New CD] USD $11.38 Buy It Now 2h 28m
Chelsea Morgan-Focus CD NEW USD $20.46 Buy It Now 2h 32m
In And Out Of Focus Focus UK vinyl LP album record 2344003 POLYDOR 1971 USD $25.35 Buy It Now 3h
Chet Atkins - Hi Fi Focus [LP] 2017 vinyl LP USD $31.00 Buy It Now 3h 9m
Real Focus Entertainment presents Real cd Real Recognize Real G funk SEALED NEW USD $29.95 [0 bids]
USD $38.95 Buy It Now
3h 25m
Oddities in Focus-Feel the Tension (Relaxation) CD NEW USD $13.34 Buy It Now 3h 33m
Elizabeth Beringer - Embodied Learning: Focus on Breathing [New CD] Duplicated C USD $54.95 Buy It Now 3h 36m
NEW Music For The Mozart Effect, Volume 4, Focus & Clarity (Audio CD) USD $21.74 Buy It Now 3h 42m
OUT OF FOCUS: Wake Up LP Sealed (Greece, reissue) Rock & Pop USD $30.00 Buy It Now 4h 37m
Stephane Kerecki Trio-Focus Danse (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $16.55 Buy It Now 4h 48m
Focus Hamburger Concerto SEALED 8 TRACK prog psych USD $7.19 Buy It Now 5h 16m
Focus (First Press Limited Edition) (with DVD) USD $27.05 [0 bids]
5h 30m
Shugo Tokumaru - In Focus [New CD] USD $10.39 Buy It Now 5h 41m
OUT OF FOCUS: Out Of Focus LP Sealed (Greece, reissue) Rock & Pop USD $30.00 Buy It Now 5h 45m
Record Album Focus Hamburger Concerto 1974 ATCO SD 36 100 Original r USD $19.99 Buy It Now 5h 56m
Christian CD: BLUR: Music That Brings Focus (Provident Music 2003) USD $1.30 Buy It Now 7h 48m
2nd Nature - Focus - CD USD $30.99 Buy It Now 7h 56m
Bunny the Bear - If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say... (Focus Tracks) - Pro USD $7.99 Buy It Now 8h 4m
Various artists - Mosaic - Focus Library/Production Music CD USD $2.66 [0 bids]
8h 33m
FOCUS Hamburger Concerto VICP-61534 CD JAPAN 2001 OBI USD $66.17 Buy It Now 8h 44m
FOCUS solo THIJS VAN LEER "Introspection" PROMO LP 1973 (Columbia KC 32346) USD $5.00 Buy It Now 9h 28m
FOCUS solo THIJS VAN LEER "Introspection" SEALED LP 1973 (COLUMBIA KC 32346). USD $10.00 Buy It Now 9h 29m
FOCUS THIJS VAN LEER "Introspection" Original SEALED PROMO LP (COLUMBIA KC 32346 USD $12.50 Buy It Now 9h 29m
JACQUES LOUSSIER focus on (best of) DOUBLE LP EX/EX FOS-R 5/6 contemporary jazz USD $24.85 Buy It Now 9h 40m
Doug Parkinson EP, "Doug Parkinson In Focus" USD $15.02 [0 bids]
9h 45m
Focus (2) - Sylvia / House Of The King (Vinyl) USD $10.69 Buy It Now 10h 28m
So Pra Contrariar : Serie Focus CD USD $4.99 Buy It Now 10h 37m
10h 54m
FOCUS CD HAMBURGER CONCERTO (EMI CDM 7 48860 2) USD $46.82 [0 bids]
10h 54m
Ilogik & Paul Janes - Focus Your Eyes - Elasticman - 2003 #101302 USD $5.34 Buy It Now 11h 4m
FOCUS CD FOCUS CON PROBY (CDM 7 48339 2) USD $66.88 [0 bids]
11h 4m
JACQUES LOUSSIER focus on (best of) DOUBLE LP EX/EX FOS-R 5/6 contemporary jazz USD $25.04 Buy It Now 11h 7m
FOCUS : CUTTINGS COLLECTION -adverts interview- USD $10.70 Buy It Now 11h 18m
11h 26m
Focus: Sylvia 7": UK Repress USD $2.01 [0 bids]
12h 16m
Focus on The Yetties LP. Decca FOS 53 / 54. Exc. USD $2.66 [0 bids]
13h 11m
Cynic - Focus (2004 CD Remaster) USD $7.99 Buy It Now 13h 16m
Hits Of The Rocking 70s LP Slade, Bee Gees, Focus, Jimmy Ruffin - CN 2011 - VG USD $9.35 Buy It Now 13h 17m
FOCUS Moving Waves (UK 1970s Polydor) Vinyl LP - Prog Rock - 2931 002 USD $1.32 [0 bids]
13h 19m
FOCUS mother focus LP EX/EX- 2302 036 A2/B2 uk polydor 1975 USD $17.49 Buy It Now 13h 44m
FOCUS at the rainbow LP EX/VG- 2442 118 uk polydor 1973 trifold cover USD $17.49 Buy It Now 13h 45m
Yussef Kamaal - BLACK FOCUS [CD] USD $15.97 Buy It Now 13h 45m
FOCUS at the rainbow LP EX/VG- 2442 118 uk polydor 1973 trifold cover USD $17.49 Buy It Now 14h 16m
FOCUS mother focus LP EX/EX- 2302 036 A2/B2 uk polydor 1975 USD $17.49 Buy It Now 14h 18m
Focus rare rock concert programme 1976? reduced £15 USD $46.82 Buy It Now 15h 2m
Out of Focus wake up CD prog rock art rock USD $14.99 Buy It Now 15h 3m
Vintage 1966 Elsie & Geunie Griner LP album Focus on the South political satire USD $24.99 Buy It Now 15h 8m
FOCUS - Moving Waves (LP) (EX+/VG) USD $14.70 Buy It Now 15h 26m
Focus ?- 'Moving Waves' 12" vinyl album LP. 1971 UK BLUE HORIZON 2931-002 USD $2.66 [0 bids]
15h 30m
FOCUS Focus 3 SIRE CLASSIC DUTCH PROG DOUBLE ALBUM Thiis Van Leer Jan Ackerman USD $16.00 Buy It Now 16h 5m
Mike Hickman Comedy "FOCUS" Comedy CD USD $6.25 Buy It Now 16h 9m
New Focus On by Daniel Dexter (Vinyl, Mar-2013, 2 Discs, Poker Flat Recordings) USD $23.99 Buy It Now 16h 36m
Focus Moving Waves Original 1971 2nd press Vinyl 33 rpm USD $6.69 [0 bids]
17h 10m
Sub Focus-Turn it Around (UK IMPORT) VINYL NEW USD $11.22 Buy It Now 17h 10m
22 Electrifying Hits LP Blue Mink, Nazareth, Lindisfarne, Focus, Geordie - VG+ USD $10.69 Buy It Now 17h 16m
Focus..Mother Focus 1975 Rock LP ACBR 266 USD $13.31 [0 bids]
17h 19m
Vintage 45 rpm Focus Love Remembered USD $3.35 Buy It Now 17h 47m
Chuck Wayne Tapestry [Ernie Furtado Jimmy Campbell] LP Focus Records EX USD $18.00 Buy It Now 17h 49m
Victorian Halls - Charlatan (Focus Tracks) - Promo Only CD Single USD $8.99 Buy It Now 17h 52m
Focus 3 CD NEW USD $17.80 Buy It Now 18h 14m
The Yetties - Focus On The Yetties - ** EX / EX ** - Double 12" Vinyl LP USD $7.96 Buy It Now 18h 23m
Obscure Disorder - Maintain The Focus / Last Call / Small Talk 12" USD $5.00 [0 bids]
18h 45m
Out Of Focus ?- Out Of Focus /Reissue/ 2009 MINT USD $19.00 [0 bids]
USD $35.00 Buy It Now
18h 47m
Broadcast & The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age USD $7.21 Buy It Now 19h 28m
Focus - Sylvia 7" - 2001-422 - VG USD $6.01 Buy It Now 19h 31m
Mick Jagger "Out Of Focus" USDJ Promo Cd Single H-T-F Buy_It_Now OOP ! (1993) USD $29.75 Buy It Now 20h 12m
FOCUS X CD / Ltd Digibook USD $9.08 Buy It Now 20h 16m
Christian CD: BLUR: Music That Brings Focus (Provident Music 2003) USD $4.59 [0 bids]
USD $5.97 Buy It Now
20h 31m
Focus on Guitars USD $14.25 Buy It Now 20h 34m
Out of Focus - Not Too Late [New Vinyl] USD $19.75 Buy It Now 20h 42m
Imaginations - Various artists - vintage LP 1983 - VANGELIS ELTON CLANNAD FOCUS USD $6.69 [0 bids]
21h 14m
CARMEN McRAE Bittersweet '64 Focus MONO RARE WLP Mundell Lowe M- USD $9.99 [1 bids]
21h 22m
Focus: Making Waves CD 1988 I.R.S. Records USA X2-13060 Original USD $6.95 Buy It Now 22h 21m
Focus (Special Edition) by Carl Brister, CD (2007 Agape Music) Good Condition USD $8.99 Buy It Now 22h 34m
22h 35m
Alan Haynes ?- Wishing Well CD 1994 Focus Records ?- Focus CD-0256 USD $4.00 [1 bids]
22h 39m
45 RPM Vinyl Vintage DJ-Record Station-Promo Focus Harem Scarem USD $4.69 Buy It Now 22h 45m
Lester Keizer - A Mighty Fortress LP Tennessee Christian Focus Productions 1973 USD $7.41 Buy It Now 23h
FOCUS - Moving Waves - LP Blue Horizon label - 2931-002 USD $6.67 [0 bids]
23h 5m
STAN GETZ & EDDIE SAUTER Focus ROY HAYNES Verve V 8412 mono LP USD $19.97 Buy It Now 23h 21m
Chuck Wayne-Tapestry-Focus 333-ERNIE FURTADO USD $19.99 Buy It Now 23h 21m

More places to buy FOCUS music online Buy FOCUS & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
FOCUS has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

FOCUS discography

Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help to complete the discography and add albums

FOCUS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.46 | 269 ratings
Focus Plays Focus [Aka: In And Out Of Focus]
4.08 | 626 ratings
Focus II [Aka: Moving Waves]
3.78 | 436 ratings
4.25 | 921 ratings
Hamburger Concerto
2.61 | 185 ratings
Mother Focus
3.08 | 144 ratings
Ship Of Memories
2.49 | 87 ratings
Focus Con Proby
3.49 | 66 ratings
Jan Akkerman & Thijs Van Leer: Focus
3.68 | 127 ratings
Focus 8
3.09 | 91 ratings
Focus 9 / New Skin
3.47 | 113 ratings
3.46 | 45 ratings
Golden Oldies
3.72 | 29 ratings
Focus and Friends: Focus 8.5 / Beyond The Horizon

FOCUS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.45 | 121 ratings
Live At The Rainbow
3.32 | 21 ratings
Live at the BBC
3.94 | 16 ratings
Live in America
3.07 | 6 ratings
Live Legends - The Greatest Hits of Focus
2.71 | 15 ratings
Focus The Greatest Hits
4.67 | 6 ratings
Live In Europe
4.09 | 3 ratings
In Concert 1973
4.50 | 8 ratings
Live In England

FOCUS Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.04 | 22 ratings
Masters From The Vault
3.91 | 26 ratings
Live In America
3.98 | 15 ratings
The Ultimate Anthology
4.17 | 6 ratings
Live in England

FOCUS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 4 ratings
Masters of Rock 1971 - 1973
4.34 | 4 ratings
The Story of Focus
4.15 | 4 ratings
Focus - Special Polydor
4.94 | 12 ratings
Dutch Masters 1969 - 1973
4.00 | 2 ratings
Focus on Focus 1970 - 1978
4.33 | 3 ratings
House of the King
2.57 | 5 ratings
Greatest Hits of Focus
3.52 | 61 ratings
Hocus Pocus: The Best Of Focus
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Focus Family Album

FOCUS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.39 | 8 ratings
Hocus Pocus / Janis
2.60 | 6 ratings
3.07 | 5 ratings
Harem Scarem
3.14 | 5 ratings
House Of The King / O Avondrood

FOCUS Reviews

Showing last 10 reviews only
 Ship Of Memories by FOCUS album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.08 | 144 ratings

Ship Of Memories
Focus Symphonic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Like Led Zeppelin Coda, this is not a "real" studio album, but a collection of unreleased tracks from this famous dutch band. After the disaster that was their latest LP (Mother Focus) and the departure of guitarist Jan Akkerman, it was clear the band needed to have something to fulfill contractual obligations until they could get someone to replace him and come up with newer material. So Ship Of memories was the obvious solution: tracks rejected for their previous records put together in one place. Of course the quality of the songs vary wildly and the album has absolutely no coherency or even flow. To be fair, there are a couple of very good songs: the opener PS March is one of them, and Focus V is another: both have fine melodies, tasteful arrangements and great trademark guitar solos by Akkerman. But those are the exception to the rule. Most of the tracks are only average, butthere are also some hideous stuff like the funky Crackers and the jazz rock/disco Glider. The title track is not even a song: it´s just some musical noises put together in less than 2 minutes, a real turd.

Although this is not a total loss, saved partially because of Akkerman´s beautiful guitar licks even on the worst tracks, and this is somewhat better than Mother Focus, Ship Of Memories is typically the case of release to satisfy only the hardcore fans and collectors. Focus doubtless lost their focus (pun intended) around 1975 and was one of the first great prog acts to lost its way during the mid to late 70´s. Unfortunately they would not be alone, but that´s another story. I can recommend this album to the ones that have and love their earlier works up and including Hamburger concerto and want to have it all, even a bunch of previous rejected material.

 Mother Focus by FOCUS album cover Studio Album, 1975
2.61 | 185 ratings

Mother Focus
Focus Symphonic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

2 stars At the time I did not have this album and for a long period I also did not know why the great guitarist Jan Akkerman left the band. Now listening to other Focus I can understand: after the glorious Hamburger Concerto, this was a major blow. Lots of prog bands were stuck in a rut one time or another during their career, but clearly Focus was one of the first. It seems that This Van Leer�´s jazz/rock leanings and Bert Ruiter�´s love for funk music gained the upper hand here over their previous symphonic sound. I understand that the guitarist was losing ground after the departure of Pierre Van Der Linden (who also wanted to remain in the classic symphonic sounds of old) and now it showed. In any case, Mother Focus is proof that the band (or part of it) wanted to try other things. The results were dismal, however: longe jazz, funk and soul tracks, a little jazz/rock fusion too, but everything way below anything they had created before. Only two tracks here justify their former glories: Focus IV and No Hang Ups, both still inspired (but not much) and bearing all Focus trademark sound: beautiful guitar solos, nice organ background, excellent flute interventions.

But there are truly awful tracks too, like I Need A Bathroom (fitting title!) and the pseudo funk My Sweetheart. Overall the feeling remains of a great group who just menage to release a mediocre album to fulfill their contractual obligations, for the LP lacks any real direction, inspiration or energy. A real let down after the fine Hamburger Concerto. And the end of an era for this classic band. Now I truly understand and have to agree that it was better for Akkerman to leave the band then to stay aboard, if that meant another album like this one.

Rating: two good songs to justify a 2 star rating. For collectors, completionists and hardcore fans, only.

 Hocus Pocus: The Best Of Focus by FOCUS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1994
3.52 | 61 ratings

Hocus Pocus: The Best Of Focus
Focus Symphonic Prog

Review by Lupton

3 stars Unlike some prog fans, I actually like compilations if they are done well. Unfortunately, Hocus Pocus Best of Focus is a bit of a wasted opportunity. For starters it includes too many tracks from their first rather average debut album. "House of the King" is admittedly a great Tull-like instrumental and no compilation would be complete without it. But the inclusion of "Anonymous" which is essentially a jam based on the introduction section of "House of the King" wastes valuable playing time especially when so many more essential tracks have been left off the album.The track "Focus" is actually a pleasant track but at nearly ten minutes again takes up too much time in my opinion. The Moving Waves album is well represented with the full version of "Hocus Pocus","Janis", "Focus2"and "Tommy". Particularly annoying though is the fact that the double Focus3 album is only represented by "Sylvia" and "Focus3".I wish the compilation had included the quirky opening track from that album "Round Goes the Gossip" and maybe even "Elspeth of Nottingham" which showcased the more folky side of the group. The Hamburger Concerto, one of the group's strongest albums is only represented by the exciting opening track "Harem Scarem".This is again annoying especially when the somewhat weaker follow album Mother Focus is over represented with three tracks as is their final album, Ship of Memories.And do we really need another version of "Hocus Pocus"? I am still giving this album a solid three stars because there is a lot of enjoyable music on display here but really it could have been a five star one stop shop if a bit more thought had gone into the track selections.The Polydor Special compilation which is only a modest single vinyl album is a far better representation of the group- maybe that album should be re-released on CD.
 Focus Con Proby by FOCUS album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.49 | 87 ratings

Focus Con Proby
Focus Symphonic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

2 stars When I first saw the cover of this album back in the seventies I had the feeling that Focus would fall in the same trap as several other acts fo that era: a commercial take of an ex great prog band. I did not listen to it at the time. I had enough disillusion with a number of bands at the period (Triumvirat and Camel just to name two) to add another one. Focus with a british one hit wonder singer? Without Jan Akkermann? That could not be good! So it was over 30 years before I had the patience and curiosity to try it.

Looking back, I found that Focus Con Proby was not nearly as bad as I thought. But I guess I´d be disappointed anyway: it sounds way too different from the Focus I knew and loved. Their sound changed from symphonic prog to a much more jazz rock/fusion direction, thanks largely to Akkermann´s replacement, the belgium guitarist Philp Catherine. Although some songs are really good, the instrumentals (always Focus strong point) are also the average jazz-rock you would expect from almost everyone in the area (Soft Machine with Allan Holdsworth, Jean Luc Ponty and so on). Only Sneezing Bull is somewhat different, probably because of Van Leer´s flute playing.

As for P.J. Proby himself, he has a nice voice and does a good job overall, depending on the quality of the songs he sang: the opener Wingless is very good, while Eddy is a boring, throwaway pop tune. Tokyo Rose is a strange mix: sounds like classic Focus tune with added lyrics. Interesting experiment, I guess, but it did not work. Brother is nice and I remember Focus playing it in my hometown during their brazilian tour in 2002. How long is a mediocre tune. And so it goes.

Conclusion: not a total disaster, but too different and inconsistent to be considered a valid statement from this great band. As anyone else at the time Focus tried to do something to get them out of the rut they´re in but was not successful. If you´re into jazz rock/fusion maybe you´ll enjoy the instrumentals. But the uneven quality of the vocal tracks spoil the overall feeling of the album. This one is definitely for collectors and fans only. And not one for the newbies.

 3 by FOCUS album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.78 | 436 ratings

Focus Symphonic Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Most people are introduced to Focus through the Hocus Pocus single, which thanks to its yodelling makes people think of them as, if not an outright novelty group, at least a somewhat comedic lot. The more serious side of Focus, however, gets perhaps its best workout on Focus 3, a double album of instrumental prog with jazzy inflections. Album closer House of the King, borrowed from the debut album to avoid side 4 becoming weirdly short, nicely illustrates how far the band have come from their early days; the piece sounds like an unabashed attempt to riff on the style of early Jethro Tull, whilst the rest of the double album showcases a much more original sound.
 Focus Plays Focus [Aka: In And Out Of Focus] by FOCUS album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.46 | 269 ratings

Focus Plays Focus [Aka: In And Out Of Focus]
Focus Symphonic Prog

Review by poito

2 stars This is the inaugural album by this legendary band, in which we may already feel the multiple compositional souls. Tracks are highly diverse in style and mood. Here you'll find the few sung themes in the Focus career, which are very immature in my view, tasteless, lingering between ambient, pop and prog. In other themes we can also appreciate the seed of what later would be the stylistic trademarks of the band, such as in Anonymous, and the opening and closing eponymous tracks. The legendary instrumental mastery of leaders van Leer and Ackerman is still on the way, but not yet. This album has mostly an historical significance, for fans and collectors; it does not have much musical interest. It does not even anticipate how big these guys would become or what they would be doing a few months later.
 Hamburger Concerto by FOCUS album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.25 | 921 ratings

Hamburger Concerto
Focus Symphonic Prog

Review by poito

5 stars For those familiar with Focus early production during Thijs van Leer and Ackerman era, this is probably the climax of their musical production. Entirely instrumental as the other albums, it has something that makes this album unique. Although it uses the typical elements of the band, it sounds different to all its predecessors, smoother, more intimate, full of musical subtleties. The band adventures in musical avenues never tried, it is a true compositional work from start to end. The music is cheerful, inspired, evoking, hard to classify, with tunes and motifs that we hadn't heard before, and probably we won't, ever. One of a kind. The smooth air may distract the first time, it has to be played several times to realize that you are enjoying an all-time masterpiece. All tracks are impressive, but you may start by Birth and continue with the Hamburger Concerto. For reviewing, I have listened four times in a row, and I think I'll keep it running the rest of the day. Why wouldn't they keep in the same track, dammit! This is no doubt one of the gems of any genre in the history of music, and one of the reasons why we shouldn't be so generous giving 5s.
 Focus II [Aka: Moving Waves] by FOCUS album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.08 | 626 ratings

Focus II [Aka: Moving Waves]
Focus Symphonic Prog

Review by poito

4 stars 4.5 There are hundreds perfect songs in the history of modern Rock music, but if I had to highlight a bunch, I would choose these five: Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys, La Grange by ZZ Top, Hotel California by The Eagles, My Sharona by The Knack, and Hocus Pocus by Focus, included in this album. These are immortal titles that will be played once and again as long as the mankind has ears, and beyond. The popularity of Hocus Pocus is such that made Focus to break in the international scene. It also helped pushing up the ratings of this album in PA. It is an excellent one, but not as much accomplished as the Following #3, for instance. Besides the mentioned one, there is another track, this one yes, deserving the Olympo of Prog, called Eruption, a 23 min making the B-side of the album that contains all the elements of the band, amazing musicianship, great melodies, impressive guitar and Hammond riffs, and surprising innovative tunes that pushed ahead the music of their times. There are a few softers not much of my taste in the A- side by which I didn't give 5 stars.
 3 by FOCUS album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.78 | 436 ratings

Focus Symphonic Prog

Review by poito

5 stars Focus is probably the legendary band more difficult to describe. Instrumental, that one was easy, but their music had many souls. They had a rocker side and a softer melodic ambient weird whatever side. Ackerman and Thijs van Leer are amazing musicians, and so are the other band members, Ruiter at the bass and van der Linden at the drums are also incredible and deploy here some of their more enjoyable pieces. The album contains two of their main hits, and sailing through their schizoid soul, the softy side incarnated by the classic Silvia, which begins with some of the best intro guitar notes in the history of music. And the hard prog-rock side that comes in a 26 min track, Anonymous II, a piece for live shows that includes drum and bass solos where the instruments excel. A bunch of other tracks are also memorable, as Love Remembered, a soft strange blending with flute and Spanish guitar with Mediterranean/Arabian flavors. Carnival Fugue is a smooth delicatessen that kicks off with 15 memorable seconds, a few notes at the piano in the front and beautiful guitar motifs interposed as a counterpoint in the background, it then continues mixing baroque and an exquisite instrumental for dancing. Focus III is one of a kind, and the prelude of their later music for grannies in75's Mother Focus, but still with several interesting melodies and variable tempos. Answers and questions contains a remarkable guitar solo, not to miss, Ackerman is here at his best. This album is a masterpiece of prog, for the musicianship, the variety, the composition and the hits.
 Mother Focus by FOCUS album cover Studio Album, 1975
2.61 | 185 ratings

Mother Focus
Focus Symphonic Prog

Review by poito

2 stars This is one of the first albums in my collection; I bought it as a tape back in 76 or 77, before the CDs were released. At that time I hadn't listened much of the band, just about what was being broadcasted in radios, Hocus Pocus, and Silvia. I first thought someone had made a mistake and swapped labels with another band. But they were the real Focus! But completelly freed of their rocker side. How to describe this. It is as if the grandmothers of the band members had asked to write some music (may be that's where the album title comes from). Others would say this is ambient music for supermarkets or elevators. But if you are familiar with their former production, you know they always had a schizoid musical soul. Anyway, this is probably the best supermarket music ever. Don't need to check it all, you may be disappointed, but it contains a jewel: if you want to wake up in the morning in a good mood, just listen to the theme All Together? Oh That! It is pure joy, you'll feel good at least till you get to your workplace.
Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to Ivan_Melgar_M for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives