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i love focus- they really do rock! good tab- blast that hendrix chord tho- its in bloody everything lol                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         . If you are a seller for this product and want to change product data, click here (you may have to sign in with your seller id). Has it really been over 30 years since this terrific group of musicians from Holland scored a huge success with their "Moving Waves" album, and the highly original signature tune, "Hocus Pocus" ? Time flies--but, in the case of Focus, time has been kind--their music still sounds fresh, melodic and exciting.The band went through some personnel changes, but the key members were Thijs Van Leer ( keyboards, flute, vocals ), and guitar whiz, Jan Akkerman. I have fond memories of seeing them live in Montreal--an awesome concert.This CD is an excellent retrospecive of their most memorable numbers. Their music was primarily instrumental,and "progressive" in the most positive sense. The "focus" here--if you'll pardon the pun--was on musicianship--these guys could really play. I suspect Akkerman and Van Leer might have had some classical training in their youth. All their well-known numbers are included--"Harem Scarem", "Sylvia", "Janis" and two different versions of "Hocus Pocus".The 70s was an era where bands flourished who had only the most talented musicians. Later, progressive rock groups were often labelled pretentious--usually by critics who could only appreciate three-chord boogies ! Well--this "pretentious" music gave us some of the most incredible musicians rock has ever had--Steve Howe, Tony Banks, Keith Emerson, Dave Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Robert Fripp, Daryl Way and--yes--Jan Akkerman. When I hear some of the junk that is selling today, I don't know whether to laugh or cry !OK--I'm off my soapbox ! Bottom line--Focus were easily one of the best 70s bands, and this CD is a worthy compilation. Recommended. Imagine this: Barrow, Alaska, the farthest north city in the US at 71 degrees north.About 20 degrees one windy and dark November morning and the public radio station (the only radio station) ---KBRW---emits the full-length version of "Hocus Pocus" from this album during the annual membership drive.The CD had just arrived by mail, not by dog sled anymore, but rather a daily 737 jet plane. (no road connections)Almost instantly, classic and progressive rock fans from the 60s and 70s, respond, stretch, wake up a bit and call the dj (my job) and say "Hey, is that 'Focus'?""Yes indeed," I respond, and they wake up more, start their feet moving and hands clapping and put on the coffee, grab some pilot bread, maybe a bit of last night's caribou soup, and charge into a new day.Thats what a classy and classic album like this can do--even in the Arctic. Imagine what vibrations it could emit in communities to the south.In additon to the long and short version of the title song,there are instrumental songs of varying length and intensity --the keyboards really smoke and the guitar work is almost as focus pocus shop powerful as an adult polar bear.Get this album and cue it up for early morning fun! (and various tempos of instrumentals to get you through the day with a smile.). "Hocus Pocus: The Best Of Focus" is an excellent reptrospective of this underrated progressive rock band. Focus was a number of "Best New Band" awards form music magazines in 1972. The lynch pins of the band were guitarist Jan Akkerman and keyboardist/flutist Thijs Van Leer. The muscianship is excellent and the songs are predominantly instrumental. Their best known song "Hocus Pocus" appears twice in full-length lp version and single version. The song contains a mixture of heavy riffing guitar via Akkerman and some unexpected yodeling interludes. "House Of The King" sounds a little like an early period Jethro Tull outtake as Van Leer plays his flute in the same style as Ian Anderson on the track. Songs like "Anonymous" and "Harem Scarem" feature some great playing by Akkerman as his style varies from metallic riffing to more of a jazz fusion style. He was also adept at more low key playing such as on the tracks like "Janis". Other catchy tracks include "Tommy" and "Sylvia". The combination of guitar, keyboards and flute is both interesting and effective. The music mixes rock, jazz and classical to form a great symphonic progressive rock hybrid. Highly recommended for progressive rock fans!. Not all the best Focus's music is here, but all the music in this cd is excellent. Published 5 months ago by E. L. Jimenez. While watching the latest iteration of Robocop, there was a scene where this song was played. I immediately remembered it from my younger days and decided to purchase it. Read more Published 13 months ago by Susan Cook. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in.