Sunday, March 20, 2011

Focus-Hamburger Concerto.

Thijs van Leer-organ, piano, harpsichord, electric piano, flute, alto flute, Arp synthesizer, recorder, mellotron, vibes, accordion, the organ of St Mary the virgin, Barnes, handclaps, all voices, whistling.
Bert Ruiter-bass, auto harp, triangles, Chinese hand cymbals, handclaps, Swiss bells.
Colin Allen (ex Stone the Crows)-drums, conga drums, tambourine, castanets, cabasa, woodblock, Chines gong timpani, handclaps, flexatone, cuica.
Jan Akkerman,- lute, timpani, handclaps, all guitars.

Focus is a progressive Dutch band-Holland top musical export. It was founded by classically trained organist/flautist Thijs van Leer in 1969, and is most famous for the songs "Hocus Pocus" and "Sylvia".

This album under the Polydor label was recorded in 1974-it lacks the magical quality of their previous hits maybe because of the long jamming.

Music styles from classical, progressive rock to jazz fusion which are their forte - are well arranged and composed and gives each band member a chance to show of their musical talent.

The song Hamburger Concerto in 6 movements was named after the different stages of cooking a hamburger.

My fave song is " Hamburger Concerto"

Side One: 1. "Delitiae Musicae" 2."Harem Scarem" 3. "La Cathedrale de Strasbour 4. "Birth"

Side Two: 1. "Hamburger Concerto" a. "Starter" "Rare" b. "Medium I" c. "Medium II" d. "Well Done" e. "One for the Road" (video)


Z said...

Focus is one of my favorite bands and I collected 3 of their albums, this being one of them. Thanks to youtube we are able to 'attend' concert performances of our favorites from years ago.

newd acid said...

Z-they really knocked me out when I first heard them.