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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Focus 1971 Moving Waves

Genre: Progressive Rock
Rate: 293 kbps VBR / 44100
Time: 00:41:32
Size: 83,41 MB


review by Paul Collins

The album that boosted Focus into at least semi-fame outside of continental Europe, Moving Waves blasts off with their hit single, "Hocus Pocus." Built around a killer guitar hook by Jan Akkerman and a series of solo turns by the band, this instrumental replaced "Wipeout" as a staple of FM radio. The bizarrely hilarious vocal and accordion solos by Thijs van Leer -- one of which absurdly concludes with rousing stadium cheers -- have to be heard to be believed. After this over-the-top performance, the other tracks seem comparatively constrained: the gentle "Le Clochard" features some gorgeous classical guitar over Mellotron strings. The album concludes with "Eruption," which while mimicking the multi-suite nomenclature of Yes and King Crimson, is essentially a side-long jam session. Stop-time Emersonian organ solos alternate with languid sections of jazzy guitar redolent of Santana, while still other sections are flat-out electric blues-rock stomps. It's impressive playing, though it comes off as a bit meandering after the tightly structured solos that began the album.


01 - Hocus Pocus 06:40

02 - Le Clochard 01:59

03 - Janis 03:07

04 - Moving Waves 02:41

05 - Focus II 04:03

06 - Eruption 23:02

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