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Focus II was recorded from 13 April–14 May 1971 at Sound Techniques and Morgan Studios with Mike Vernon as their producer. Hocus Pocus” is a sublimely weird rondo that alternates among van Leer’s scat singing, whistling, and yodeling and Akkerman’s incendiary guitar work—a siren song for hard rock fans everywhere. As is the case with all Focus CD re-issues on Red Bullet, why couldn't the company spend a bit more on including the original back sleeve photo plus some notes on how the album was made, interviews, dates. Focus II (better known by its international title, Moving Waves) is the second studio album by Dutch progressive rock band Focus, released in October 1971 on Imperial Records.

Once again, the combined talents of Thijs van Leer, Jan Akkerman and drummer Pierre van der Linden work a truly special kind of magic. Pierre Van Der Linden è un gran batterista e fa la sua porca figura sia su questo che sul seguente Focus III mentre Cyril Havermans sembra essere quello più adombrato del quartetto (colpa attribuibile alla preminente figura dei "leader" Jan Akkerman e Thijs Van Leer) ma dimostra anche lui di saper stare appresso ai ritmi della band senza dare dimostrazioni eclatanti di sé (e ai fini musicali funziona quindi tanto basta). Euridice" is a classical lied which segues into the Gregorian-inspired "Dayglow" and followed by van der Linden's drum solo, "Endless Road". It’s worth noting that most Focus “greatest hits” compilations are larded with tracks from Moving Waves ; pound for pound, it’s the group’s deepest collection of memorable cuts.Le canzoni sono tutte molto belle e alcune delle piccole perle , una tra tutte la sezione di Eruption denominata "Tommy" (in onore di Tom Barlage , sassofonista olandese membro dei Solution , dal quale è stata presa e rielaborata in forma chitarristica la linea di sax sulla canzone "Divergence" dell'omonimo album). The group wanted to incorporate an element of humour in the track because they felt it was missing in the rock genre. Tommy" features a guitar solo and was named and written by Tom Barlage of the Dutch fusion band Solution. The guitar playing by Jan Akkerman is sublime as is the keyboard work of Thijs Van Leer and it is driven along by the superb Bass of Cyril Havermans and drums of Pierre Van Der Linden. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

Jan Akkerman's Segovia like "Le Clochard" provides a mellower contrast before the multi-tracked flute lead ballad "Janis" which adorned the B side of the "Hocus Pocus" single. No one in English and America, and I’m including Frank Zappa, could have created a song so utterly off the wall. White Blue Horizon labels with text in blue, ⚭ Stereo to the left and lower-case Britico below it, unlike Moving Waves which has BRITICO in caps. The album features " Hocus Pocus" a hard rock song featuring keyboardist Thijs van Leer's yodelling, scat singing, and whistling, and "Eruption", a 22-minute track inspired by the opera Euridice by Italian composer Jacopo Peri. According to BBC Radio DJ Bob Harris, demand was so great for Focus LPs by 1972 that the band’s British label, Polydor, simultaneously ran vinyl at all five of its record plants around the clock.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The track is in fifteen distinct sections, and the suite opens with an uncredited melody from the opera L'Orfeo by Monteverdi. Hocus Pocus" was released as a single in the Netherlands in July 1971, followed by its international release in 1973, where it reached No. I bought this CD to save any further wear on my original vinyl LP which I bought in the early 70's just after the shortened single version of "Hocus Pocus" had been a belated hit in the UK. Aquí se incluye su tema más representativo, "Hocus Pocus", una maravilla que no se puede describir en palabras, pues siempre nos quedaríamos cortos.

But proof that Focus was capable of bending the time-space continuum can be found in the album’s opener—also the band’s biggest hit. The album is certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling 500,000 copies in the US. Following the departure of original bassist Martin Dresden and drummer Hans Cleuver in 1970, the band recruited Cyril Havermans and Pierre van der Linden, respectively, and prepared material for a new album.Please remember it can take some time for your bank or credit card company to process and post the refund too. Moving Waves, also known as Focus II, is their second full-length record, and includes the group's most successful single “Hocus Pocus”. The grim specter of Keith Emerson hangs over the proceedings, but you also get, amongst other things, Pink Floyd atmospherics, an unconscionably long drum solo, lush easy listening choral hokum, one extended (and very cool) guitar solo that would have sounded right at home on an early Steely Dan LP, some Gregorian chanting, an amazing jam, and a section Elton John may or may not have lifted for “Funeral for a Friend/Loves Lie Bleeding.

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Formed by Thijs van Leer, Hans Cleuver, Martijn Dresden and Jan Akkerman (whom had left his previous band Brainbox to pursue Focus), the band went on to become one of the most influential Dutch rock bands. This was soon followed by a repress, Moving Waves with a Polydor logo on back cover and keeping the Blue Horizon label, although with slight variations in the lettering and general layout.

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