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After releasing their debut album Focus Plays Focus (1970), the group suffered a setback when Akkerman requested that van Leer fire Dresden and Cleuver so his former Brainbox bandmate, drummer Pierre van der Linden, could join the band. 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.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. 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. 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. Focus II was released to a mostly positive response and remains one of their most commercially successful albums, reaching No. Side two contains the 22-minute track "Eruption", a loose rock adaptation of the tale of Orpheus and Euridice from the opera Euridice by Italian composer Jacopo Peri.

Here Hocus Pocus was such a powerful song, it made a massive impression on listeners when they first heard it. The too winsome by far instrumental “Le Clochard (Bread)” is moldy guitar strum; on follow-up instrumental “Janis” the flute does the heavy lifting. Eruption” includes tributes to classical composers and other Dutch fusion acts, and an intense drum solo by Buddy Rich disciple van der Linden.

After a bit of reflection most of us realised that there was far more depth and genuinely great music on this album.Once again, the combined talents of Thijs van Leer, Jan Akkerman and drummer Pierre van der Linden work a truly special kind of magic.

The Focus sound of Hammond organ, guitar and flute complete with yodelling and Thijs's vocal acrobatics are just so different and combine to produce one of the best and most underrated groups of the 1970s.Hocus Pocus" was released as a single in the Netherlands in July 1971, followed by its international release in 1973, where it reached No. Moving Waves", a piano and vocal solo by van Leer, features lyrics by Sufi singer, poet, and teacher Inayat Khan. Moving Waves è il loro primo grande album (sebbene non il loro primo in assoluto , quello è In and Out of Focus) che li attestò come una delle realtà della scena progressiva e che dimostrò (e che dimostra ancora alla gente che vi si approccia per la prima volta) all'Inghilterra come la musica tradizionale europea non è una loro esclusiva terra di conquista e che anche avendo ascoltato decine di album di band più importanti nel panorama si può sempre rimanere stupiti davanti a piccole gemme incastonate nel posto giusto e dove meno te lo aspetti. La band è una di quelle , nel panorama progressive , dal sound più europeo dal quale prendono ispirazione miscelando musica barocca/rinascimentale con grinta e forza espressiva del rock anni 70. I have a copy with matrix markings 2431011 A//1

Having recently seen the new incarnation of Focus in a recent gig (with Thijs and Pierre), I promptly bought a stack of Focus CDs and would recommend this to any Focus and indeed non-Focus fan as it simply exudes fantastic musicianship. It is the fate of a select few bands to conquer the world with one song of brilliant Hieronymus Bosch weirdness, then go on to become yet another cult band. Proof that Focus was capable of pulling off pretty much anything in those days can be found in “Eruption,” a 22-minute hard rock rendering of Jacopo Peri’s opera Euridice that canvases the record’s second side.Within the framework of a kick-ass rock song you’ll find a killer hook, a pair of whizz-bang guitars solos, “yodeling gnomes” (thanks for the phraseology go out to my Dutch pal, Martijn de Vries), non-lexicable vocals, whistling, tasty jazz flute, and to quote Martijn again, “a drummer who makes me want to head butt the Eiffel Tower.

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