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Focus

Focus is a Dutch progressive rock band founded by classically trained organist/flautist Thijs van Leer in 1969, along with guitarist JanAkkerman.

They are one of the most well-known and influential rock bands from the Netherlands. They successfully fuse inspired jazz, rock, and bluesimprovisation, classical musical structures, and accessible pop melodies into a powerful and instantly recognizable sound.

Akkerman’s technical mastery of the guitar and the often unpredictable brilliance of his improvisations were the perfect counterpoint to VanLeer’s e ...read more

Focus is a Dutch progressive rock band founded by classically trained organist/flautist Thijs van Leer in 1969, along with guitarist JanAkkerman.

They are one of the most well-known and influential rock bands from the Netherlands. They successfully fuse inspired jazz, rock, and bluesimprovisation, classical musical structures, and accessible pop melodies into a powerful and instantly recognizable sound.

Akkerman’s technical mastery of the guitar and the often unpredictable brilliance of his improvisations were the perfect counterpoint to VanLeer’s extensive knowledge of musical styles and disciplined approach to composition. Van Leer’s tongue. in-cheek musical references includethe reworking of motifs from an early Monteverdi opera in the extended piece “Eruption” on the Moving Waves album, the contrapuntalpassage in the middle section of “Carnival Fugue” on the Focus 3 album, the Renaissance-era harmonic progressions in “Anonymous II”(also on Focus 3), and the quote from the first chorale of J.S. Bach’s oratorio St. Matthew’s Passion in the track “Father Bach” on “MotherFocus”.

Focus are possibly best known for their “Hocus Pocus”, a top 40 hit from the Moving Waves LP, which included inspired bits of yodeling(believe it) and explosive guitar work. « hide

Similar Bands: Caravan, Camel, Jan Akkerman, Mike Oldfield, Emerson, Lake & Palmer

LPs
X
11/01/2012

3.2
3 Votes
Focus 9 / New Skin
2006

3.1
5 Votes
Focus 8
2002

3.3
6 Votes
Focus
1985

2.3
3 Votes
Focus con Proby
1978

2.4
4 Votes
Ship of Memories
1976

3.4
8 Votes
Mother Focus
1975

3
13 Votes
Hamburger Concerto
1974

4.2
52 Votes
Focus 3
1972

4.2
70 Votes
Focus II
1971

3.9
72 Votes
Focus Plays Focus
1970

3.6
24 Votes
Live Albums
Live in America
2003

Live at the BBC 1976
1996

At the Rainbow
1973

3.7
7 Votes
Compilations
The Best of Focus: Hocus Pocus
1994

3.5
3 Votes

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