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Symphonic Prog

3.49 | 72 ratings

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3 stars A great place to start.

While lacking some of the band's more attractive symphonic pieces (the longer compositions), this is a great way to begin one's discovery of the Dutch band Focus. The band has its own unique flavor of symphonic prog, typically driven by Akkerman's angular lines.

Most of the work here is instrumental material from their 70's catalog and the popular live material. While lacking some of the longer epics, their is still a great deal of material and most definitely worth having. I would recommend this as perhaps a more rocking alternative to Camel, and some obvious Tull qualities with the presence of the flute on certain tracks, especially House of the King.

The band's talent is showcased here, and if you are a prog fan who loves captivating instrumental melodies and musicianship, you can't go wrong with this compilation. It's also a great way to get to know the band without buying all the albums.

OpethGuitarist | 3/5 |


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