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Dutch prog-rock heroes Focus released this 9CD/2DVD box set



Tracklist:
* Previously unreleased
** Previously unreleased on cd

CD1 – FOCUS PLAYS FOCUS / IN AND OUT OF FOCUS
Original release: 1970

    Focus (instrumental) 9.46
    Why Dream 3.56
    Happy Nightmare (Mescaline) 3.56
    Anonymus 7.01
    Black Beauty 3.05
    Sugar Island 3.02
    Focus (vocal) 2.43

BONUS TRACKS

    House Of The King 2.23
    Eruption (Live Lanx 1970) 37.31 *

CD2 – FOCUS II / MOVING WAVES
Original release: 1971

    Hocus Pocus 6.41
    Le Clochard (Bread) 1.59
    Janis 3.06
    Moving Waves 2.41
    Focus II 4.03
    Eruption (Orfeus – Answer – Orfeus – Answer – Pupilla – Tommy – Pupilla – Answer – The Bridge – Euridice – Dayglow – Endless Road – Answer – Orfeus – Euridice) 23.07

BONUS TRACKS

    Hocus Pocus (single version) 3.27 **
    Tommy (single version) 3.25
    Focus I (Live Texel 1971) 14.11 *

CD3 – FOCUS 3
Original release: 1972

    Round Goes The Gossip… 5.16
    Love Remembered 2.48
    Sylvia 3.32
    Carnival Fugue 6.07
    Focus III 6.05
    Answers? Questions! Questions? Answers! 14.03
    Anonymus II (Part 1) 19.33 **
    Anonymus II (Conclusion) 7.34 **
    Elspeth Of Nottingham 3.13

BONUS TRACKS

    Sylvia (single version) 3.32 **
    Love Remembered (single version) 2.49 **
    Hocus Pocus (US single version) 3.25

CD4 – AT THE RAINBOW
Original release: 1973

    Focus III 3.52
    Answers? Questions! Questions? Answers! 11.26
    Focus II 4.24
    Eruption (Orfeus – Answer – Orfeus – Answer – Pupilla – Tommy – Pupilla) 8.40
    Hocus Pocus 8.27
    Sylvia 2.47
    Hocus Pocus – reprise 2.48

BONUS TRACKS

    P’s March (original mix – single version) 3.27 *
    Ship Of Memories (original mix) 4.40 *
    P’s March (original mix – full version) 4.03 *

CD5 – HAMBURGER CONCERTO
Original release: 1974

    Delitiæ Musicæ 1.13
    Harem Scarem 5.50
    La Cathédrale de Strasbourg 4.57
    Birth 7.45
    Hamburger Concerto (Starter – Rare – Medium I – Medium II – Well Done – One For The Road) 20.23

BONUS TRACKS

    Early Birth 2.56
    Harem Scarem (single version) 3.08 **
    Birth (alternate mix) 7.43 **
    Harem Scarem (alternate mix) 5.51 **

CD6 – MOTHER FOCUS
Original release: 1975

    Mother Focus 3.05
    I Need A Bathroom 3.04
    Bennie Helder 3.33
    Soft Vanilla 3.04
    Hard Vanilla 2.35
    Tropic Bird 2.45
    Focus IV 3.57
    Someone’s Crying… What! 3.19
    All Together… Oh That! 3.41
    No Hang Ups 2.56
    My Sweetheart 3.38
    Father Bach 1.33

BONUS TRACKS

    Focus IV (rough mix) 4.02 *
    Bennie Helder (rough mix) 3.45 *
    Vanilla (rough mix) 5.42 *
    Mother Focus (rough mix) 3.02 *
    All Together… Oh That! (rough mix) 3.42 *
    My Sweetheart (rough mix) 3.46 *
    Someone’s Crying… What! (rough mix) 3.18 *
    Studio 55 Jam 6.56 *


CD7 – SHIP OF MEMORIES
Original release: 1976

    P’s March 4.48
    Can’t Believe My Eyes 5.22
    Focus V 3.02
    Out Of Vesuvius 5.51
    Glider 4.40
    Red Sky At Night 5.52
    Spoke The Lord Creator 2.33
    Crackers 2.42
    Ship Of Memories 1.47BONUS TRACKS
    Elektrisch Levenslicht (Neerlands Hoop in Bange Dagen) 3.09
    The Shrine Of God (Ramses Shaffy with group Focus) 3.39
    Watch The Ugly People (Ramses Shaffy with group Focus) 2.19
    House Of The King (rough mix version 1) 2.27 *
    House Of The King (rough mix version 2) 2.26 *
    Focus III (unreleased single version) 4.37 *
    Hocus Pocus (US single version – takes 14-17) 7.12 *
    Glider (single version) 3.28 **
    P’s March (single version) 4.07 **
    O Avondrood 5.10 **
    Crackers (vocal version) 2.31 **

CD8 – FOCUS BBC 1973

    Focus III 3.54 *
    Answers? Questions! Questions? Answers! 12.09 *
    Focus II 5.06 *
    Anonymus II 23.30 *
    Focus I 4.27 *
    Hocus Pocus 7.38 *
    Sylvia – Hocus Pocus (reprise) 5.52 *

Produced and recorded by BBC Radio 1 In Concert, Paris Theatre, London, 17th January 1973.

CD9 – LIVE 1971 – 1975

    Eruption (Live Rotterdam 1971) 46.37 *
    Birth 11.38 *
    Improvisation #1 8.35 *
    House Of The King 3.02 *
    Improvisation #2 6.23 *
    Hocus Pocus 3.20 *

Track 1: Recorded by AVRO radio at the Newport Jazz Festival, Grote Zaal, De Doelen, Rotterdam, 29th October 1971. Track 2: Recorded at the Festival Hall, Osaka, 2nd July 1974. Track 3-6: Recorded at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, 21st June 1975.

DVD1 – FOCUS SIGHT & SOUND VOL. 1

    BBC The Old Grey Whistle Test (May 1972) 24.26 *
    BBC The Old Grey Whistle Test (December 1972) 16.01 *
    Focus At The Rainbow (May 1973) 47.28 *
    BBC In Concert (April 1974) 36.18 *

DVD2 – FOCUS SIGHT & SOUND VOL. 2

    NOS Van Gewest Tot Gewest (July 1970) 1.54 *
    NOS Uit De Kunst (June 1972) 3.51 *
    RTE The Music Makers: Focus at the Stadium (November 1973) 48.00 *
    VARA Nederpopzien (December 1973) 34.22 *
    AVRO Toppop: Harem Scarem (May 1974) 3.01 *
    AVRO Toppop: O Avondrood (June 1976) 4.51 *
    Veronica Goud van Oud (April 1990) 16.44 *
    NCRV Classic Albums: Moving Waves (June 1997) 50.02 *

Source:
https://www.superdeluxeedition.com/news/focus-50-years-anthology-1970-1976
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While it is nice to see something "new" from this great band, I personally would much rather see separate releases of these albums plus Focus Con Proby which is very hard to find on CD.

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Originally posted by SouthSideoftheSky SouthSideoftheSky wrote:


While it is nice to see something "new" from this great band, I personally would much rather see separate releases of these albums plus Focus Con Proby which is very hard to find on CD.



I bet many people should also prefer separate editions for the live material and the rarities...
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The Musicians:

Thijs van Leer
Vocals-Keyboards-Flute

Jan Akkerman
Guitar

Bert Ruiter
Bass

Pierre Van Der Linden
Drums

Mike Vernon: Vocals (tracks: 3-1)
Martijn Dresden: Bass Guitar, Trumpet, Backing Vocals (tracks: 1-1 to 1-7, 7-7, 7-10 to 7-14, DVD2-1)
Cyril Havermans: Bass Guitar, Vocals (tracks: 2-1 to 2-6)
Wouter Möller: Cello (tracks: 1-3)
David Kemper: Drums (tracks: 6- to 6-9, 6-11 to 6-20, 7-6, 7-8, 7-19, 7-20)
Colin Allen: Drums, Congas, Tambourine, Castanets, Cabasa, Wood Block, Gong, Timpani, Cuica, Percussion [Flexatone], Handclaps (tracks: 5-1 to 5-9, 6-10, 9-2, DVD1-13 to DVD1-16, DVD2-7 to DVD2-13)
Hans Cleuver: Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals (tracks: 1-1 to 1-7, 7-7, 7-10 to 7-15, DVD2-1)
Mike Vernon: Tambourine (tracks: 3-3)
Bram Vermeulen: Vocals (tracks: 7-10)
Ramses Shaffy: Vocals (tracks: 7-11, 7-12)

Curated by Jan Akkerman and archivist Wouter Bessels.

Source:
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Originally posted by Heart of the Matter Heart of the Matter wrote:

Originally posted by SouthSideoftheSky SouthSideoftheSky wrote:


While it is nice to see something "new" from this great band, I personally would much rather see separate releases of these albums plus Focus Con Proby which is very hard to find on CD.



I bet many people should also prefer separate editions for the live material and the rarities...


Well, TBH, this boxet is all you really need from the band (and Con Proby as well), but you get tons of live footage, and films, whicjh makes it a bargain (I paid 39.00 at a B&M store in Brussels). Plus the albums come in square papersleeves and there more (empty) space inside the box for more disc (without the jewel cases).
You could even fit in the Focus 8 to 11 discs with just the booklet.


You can always do what I chose: I put the old CDs in the outgoing pile

BTW, don't throw away your Focus Master From The Vault DVD, for there is some stuff on that not present in the boxset.


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I WANT THIS FOR XMAS........think I might wanna ask my SANTA g F to give it to me on Xmas Day Thumbs UpHeart
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Originally posted by Sean Trane Sean Trane wrote:

Originally posted by Heart of the Matter Heart of the Matter wrote:

Originally posted by SouthSideoftheSky SouthSideoftheSky wrote:


While it is nice to see something "new" from this great band, I personally would much rather see separate releases of these albums plus Focus Con Proby which is very hard to find on CD.



I bet many people should also prefer separate editions for the live material and the rarities...


Well, TBH, this boxet is all you really need from the band (and Con Proby as well), but you get tons of live footage, and films, whicjh makes it a bargain (I paid 39.00 at a B&M store in Brussels). Plus the albums come in square papersleeves and there more (empty) space inside the box for more disc (without the jewel cases).
You could even fit in the Focus 8 to 11 discs with just the booklet.


You can always do what I chose: I put the old CDs in the outgoing pile

BTW, don't throw away your Focus Master From The Vault DVD, for there is some stuff on that not present in the boxset.




Well, for me personally, there is something special about collecting all the albums by a band as stand-alone releases, rather than to buy this kind of box set. I have all Focus studio albums on CD with the sole exception of Focus Con Proby; If I would get that one my Focus collection would be complete.

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Got this for Father's Day today and it exceeded all my expectation.  A real knock out.

Only minor gripe is Anonymous is in 2 parts like on the LP version, not as a single track like it was recorded and as featured on the earlier CD release.

One small correction: the National Stadium, Dublin, set included was from May (not November) 1973.  

I was there.  Recorded within days of the Live at Rainbow set.  In fact what's here is their second Dublin set, following a break during which I got their autographs in the tiny underground dressing room.  And I remember Jan's guitar string breaking near the end.  Note how effortlessly they pick up again once he restrings.  A truly well-oiled machine. 

Alas, the Anonymous here is unfocussed and jammy, the studio version is much better.  But Jan's extra fills at the end still thrill.

Here's some trivia I've never seen written down: Focus again at same venue several years later, with P. Catherine in place of Jan (which was a great shock to most present), Thijs introduced one new number as being "For Jan".  When it finally surfaced (in inferior form on Focus Con Proby and) later on Live at The BBC, it called Maximum.  

P. Catherine is one HELL of a player and composer too, of course, as Sneezing Bull and Angel Wings confirm.


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Nice update (and nice gift!)
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Picked this up about 2 months ago. Superb box set , one of the best I've come across for quality and just what you want. Great re-mastering and brilliant live stuff.
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Bought this for next to nothing, seems its going out of print soon (European searches)
And what a beauty it is. I dont quite get those who prefer the albums individually, cause there is tons and tons of bonus material on this ! But it doesnt look to hard getting the seperates on cd or lp. but it wont sound as good as this does, thats a promise !
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Yes, I bought this at the beginning of the year... think I discussed it in 'Recent Purchases'; didn't realise it had it's own thread...

Picked it up for around £35, a real bargain and there's a lot of great extras; particularly love the BBC 1973 disk; a peach!
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I was listening to the first CD the other day, and besides the bonus (a massive live rendition of Eruption) the remastered sound itself is awesome, a vast improvement over the old In And Out Of Focus CD.
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Originally posted by Sean Trane Sean Trane wrote:

Originally posted by Heart of the Matter Heart of the Matter wrote:

Originally posted by SouthSideoftheSky SouthSideoftheSky wrote:


While it is nice to see something "new" from this great band, I personally would much rather see separate releases of these albums plus Focus Con Proby which is very hard to find on CD.



I bet many people should also prefer separate editions for the live material and the rarities...


Well, TBH, this boxet is all you really need from the band (and Con Proby as well), but you get tons of live footage, and films, whicjh makes it a bargain (I paid 39.00 at a B&M store in Brussels). Plus the albums come in square papersleeves and there more (empty) space inside the box for more disc (without the jewel cases).
You could even fit in the Focus 8 to 11 discs with just the booklet.


You can always do what I chose: I put the old CDs in the outgoing pile

BTW, don't throw away your Focus Master From The Vault DVD, for there is some stuff on that not present in the boxset.



The thing is, many of us already have the studio albums and might not want to spend on them again, but might want what has not been released before. I rather dislike this way of doing things wanting to force the fans to pay over and over again for the same work. Also, I really hate the square papersleeves, sliding the CDs in and out will end up scratching them. I always end up getting empty jewel cases to put those CDs and protect them better.
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Well ok, but its also a good way to tidy up a collection and provide accessability. I am a sucker for a box set generally, forking out for the VDGG one even though I own a lot of it already. Since I moved recently I've been able to leave 2 very large packing boxes of CD's unpacked because i can easily access my favourite artists via their personalised box sets. I did consider getting rid of everything that is not a box set and would have done that if I had properly downsized as I had originally intended.
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