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Poll Question: Which short Focus track is your favorite?
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    Posted: September 11 2011 at 14:52
Would be unfair to mix short tracks with epics, so here you have the shorts by the great Dutch band Focus..

Now I have to think between House of the King, Sylvia, Harem Scarem and La Cathdral De Strasbourg.

Iván

PS: Went with The House of the King, masterpiece of flute and bass often attributed to Jethro Tull.


Edited by Ivan_Melgar_M - September 12 2011 at 13:25
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dwill123 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2011 at 15:24
Sylvia
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I have a soft spot for Elspeth Of Nottingham.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2011 at 15:39
Guess I'll go with "Round Goes the Gossip" -- so catchy.  I used to be a big Focus fan, but haven't listened to the band much in years.

You did omit one of my favourites -- "Bennie Helder".




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Sylvia because it has one of the most beautiful melodies of all time.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jean-marie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2011 at 15:53
Difficult choice but can't keep from giving my vote to Hocus Pocus Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Quote akaBona Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2011 at 16:02
Originally posted by jean-marie

Difficult choice but can't keep from giving my vote to Hocus Pocus Smile


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hercules Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2011 at 16:34
So much good stuff; such a hard choice!
 
In the end, went with House of the King (since my surname is King, I might be a bit biased)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tapfret Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2011 at 17:50
I'll just be Mr. Trendy and say Hocus Pocus of course...the hyperspeed TV version at that...


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Post Options Post Options   Quote emkogceo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2011 at 18:42
"Focus II" for me.  The bland title and position on their second album make it easy to forget, but it's my favorite Focus track of all.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Ivan_Melgar_M Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2011 at 18:50
Didn't expected so much love for Hocus Pocus, yes it's a good funny track, but I'm more in the melodic tracks with more presence of Jan Akkerman.

But everybody has a unique taste.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Slartibartfast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2011 at 19:18
I went with the one I heard at the grocery store recently.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Moogtron III Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2011 at 01:43
As a kid I was crazy about Sylvia. Especially because there are so many wonderful, powerful complex chords in the track, and Akkerman's guitar is magic, and Van Leer backs him up quite well with the organ and the vocals.

These days I'd choose Le Cathedral de Strasbourg, which has so many great moments within just a few minutes. I voted for that one.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote someone_else Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2011 at 03:05
1. Hocus Pocus
2. Birth
3. Le Clochard [not on this list]
4. La Cathédrale de Strasbourg
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Janis - a sadly overlooked Focus classic
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Post Options Post Options   Quote friso Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2011 at 03:21
Round goes the Gossip, though I might have voted for Happy Nighmare
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Cactus Choir Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2011 at 04:31
La Cathedrale de Strasbourg, one of the most atmospheric and beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard.
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Early Birth is my fave off this list - short, sweet and very beautiful guitar work from Akkerman.
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Focus II. But it was a difficult choice with Sylvia and La Cathedrale De Strasbourg being in the list.   
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Focus V (from the fabulous Ship of Memories collection) is just a stunning melody from a band that had plenty of 'em! Perhaps their finest.
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