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These Dutch prog rockers followed the breakout success of their second LP by intensifying their vision and expanding their scope on a double album. All the elements brewing in their previous outings are still present—jazz rock ("Round Goes the Gossip"), acoustic instrumental balladry ("Love Remembered"), and Jan Akkerman's wild-eyed guitar heroics ("Anonymous II")—but with even greater sophistication. Add a Renaissance-style lute-and-recorder interlude ("Elspeth of Nottingham") and the triumphantly sunny guitar feature "Sylvia" (the band's second-biggest hit ever), and you've got the makings for one of the finest artifacts from prog rock's glory days.

Customer Reviews

At their peak

This was the first album by the "classic" line-up (Van Leer, Akkerman, Van der Linden & Ruiter). While there is always a danger of the music slipping into muzak, they keep everything interesting here. Pierre Van der Linden truly shines- he should rank up there with Bill Bruford and Pip Pyle among great prog drummers. But where is "House of the King?" It concluded the original double-LP release, and is one of there best numbers.

one of the greatest albums of all time!

This is without a doubt one of the greatest albums by the super group Focus!

defently good

a very good album but not as good as mother focus

Biography

Formed: 1969 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Best remembered for their bizarre chart smash "Hocus Pocus," Dutch progressive rock band Focus was formed in Amsterdam in 1969 by vocalist/keyboardist/flutist Thijs van Leer, bassist Martin Dresden, and drummer Hans Cleuver. With the subsequent addition of guitarist Jan Akkerman, the group issued its debut LP, In and Out of Focus, in 1970, earning a European cult following thanks to the single "House of the King." Dresden and Cleuver were replaced by bassist Cyril Havermanns and drummer Pierre Van...
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