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presented the inverse, with Akkerman assembling a new rhythm section of drummer Pierre van der Linden (a childhood friend and former bandmate) and younger bassist Cyril Havermans. Focus II was recorded from 13 April–14 May 1971 at Sound Techniques and Morgan Studios with Mike Vernon as their producer.

Overall, it's not a bad album at all, but there's a lot of better progressive rock albums out there. Here Hocus Pocus was such a powerful song, it made a massive impression on listeners when they first heard it. The Dutch quartet’s second full-length album, Moving Waves —alternately titled Focus II —is one of the least-probable success stories of the early part of the 1970s.

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.

The vinyl is in excellent condition, minor spindle marks, the usually back ground noise in places and minor superficial surface marks on vinyl, not played much. The lineup that recorded In and Out of Focus (aka Focus Plays Focus ) sprang out of the pit orchestra of the Amsterdam staging of Hair and featured flautist/ keyboard player Thijs van Leer as its primary driver. 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. We provide a range of musical instruments and accessories for beginners, intermediates and pro players. It went on to peak at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart, [6] number 8 on the US Billboard 200, [7] and number 4 on the Dutch Album Top 100 chart.The track is in fifteen distinct sections, and the suite opens with an uncredited melody from the opera L'Orfeo by Monteverdi. The song was written as a rock parody, and it was recorded for the album as it lacked any "outright rock" tracks at that point. 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. The side’s closing track is “Focus II,” an exact replica in miniature of “Hocus Pocus,” Focus’ theory being (I can only assume) that there’s no sin in flogging a dead horse so long as the horse in question won the Kentucky Derby while alive. No one in English and America, and I’m including Frank Zappa, could have created a song so utterly off the wall.

Moving Waves, also known as Focus II, is their second full-length record, and includes the group's most successful single “Hocus Pocus”.Vote up content that is on-topic, within the rules/guidelines, and will likely stay relevant long-term. It’s a prime embodiment of what later became known as “progressive rock”: a melding of classical composition elements with rock ’n’ roll tempos in the vein of Frank Zappa, plus jazz fusion passages and a handful of truly masterful guitar licks. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. I have a copy with matrix markings 2431011 A//1

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