FOCUS — Focus II (aka Moving Waves)

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3.92 | 4 ratings | 1 review
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Album · 1971

Filed under Jazz Related Rock
By FOCUS

Tracklist

A1 Hocus Pocus 6:35
A2 Le Clochard (Bread) 1:55
A3 Janis 3:00
A4 Moving Waves 2:30
A5 Focus II 4:00
B Eruption 22:35
B.1a Orfeus 1:20
B.1b Answer 1:35
B.1c Orfeus 1:20
B.2a Answer 0:50
B.2b Pupilla 1:00
B.2c Tommy 1:45
B.2d Pupilla 0:30
B.3a Answer 0:45
B.3b The Bridge 5:15
B.4a Euridice 1:40
B.4b Dayglow 2:05
B.4c Endless Road 1:35
B.5a Answer 0:35
B.5b Orfeus 0:50
B.5c Euridice 1:30

Line-up/Musicians

Bass – Cyriel Havermans
Drums – Pierre Van Der Linden
Guitar, Bass, Acoustic Guitar – Jan Akkerman
Organ, Harmonium, Organ [Melotron], Flute [Soprano], Flute [Alto], Piano – Thijs Van Leer
Vocals [Voices] – Cyriel Havermans , Thijs Van Leer

About this release

Imperial – 5C 054-24385 (Netherlands)

Recorded in Sound Techniques and Morgan Studios London between: April 13th and May 14th 1971

Reissued later same year as "Moving Waves" (Polydor – 2310 150)

Thanks to snobb for the addition

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siLLy puPPy
Originally released as FOCUS II and re-released under the title MOVING WAVES, this was FOCUS' greatest moment in their entire career. The world went absolutely wild over the lead single “Hocus Pocus” which even hit the top 10 on the Billboard singles chart. An oddity it was in every way especially in the prog world. This song was a riff-driven proto-metal track that actually predicted the use of 80s metal techniques like using the Hungarian minor scale. The mix of this early hard rock with yodeling sessions is still an eclectic oddity even today. Unfortunately this song is an anomaly in the FOCUS canon as well since the rest of the album sounds absolutely nothing like it.

The next three tracks are average classically inspired tracks that really don't offer much and feel a little hokey since they insinuate grander things to come and kind of fizzle out. The title track is the worst on here with horrible vocals and it kind of reminds me of ELP. I wish they would have skipped this one and added another rocker to usher in the grand finale “Eruption.”

“Eruption” seems to be equally loved and disliked. I'm on the love-it side. This 23 minute long piece is a hard rock version of the tale of “Orpheus” and Jacopo Peri's opera “Euridice”. There are many meanderings and variations of a basic melody that repeats subtly throughout the entire piece. I can understand why some may think this is boring as it is repetitive at times. For me I find the subtle spiraling of variations to be interesting and really love the odd breaks and also the more rocking parts. The transitions are unpredictable and I find the melody very infectious which sustains my interest.

Because this album is so strange with two really strong tracks that take up most of the album time and the fact that the rest of the instrumentals are average with only one track that I truly dislike I think this just squeaks by for me as a 4 star album.

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