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Several similarities between both numbers I should say : pompous, grandiose, wild, melodic, lenghty, same year of release, imposing, etc. At least this how I feel about it. This lenghty piece will transport you from the softer and sweetest guitar sounds to the quiet keys breaks; but at the same time, you will have to face some of the wildest guitar and heavy keys.
Fantastic theme and mood changes. The second half of the song is probably too long jazz improv, some noisy guitar moments, drum solo This album is almost fully instrumental and this is not a bad news. I would strongly recommend it if you would like to discover "Focus". It is a very well balanced album and the band is reaching full maturity in a very short period of time like most of the legendary bands from the early sevenites.
Four Orfeus - Focus (2) - Moving Waves (CD. Oh yes, I forgot to tell you. There is also an opener. It features classical, prog and hard-rock all together. The guitar breaks are truely devastating; like a hurricane at least.
These combinations put all together are fantastic. They work so brilliantly. A fabulous number. When you SEE van Leer performing this song at the time of release, the filiation with Ian Anderson is obvious not talking about the flute of course, because van Leer is almost born with this instrument.
Now, which one influenced the other one? Who cares actually? Both are giants. Hocus Pocus. Naturally, as a kid, this song held my attention.
I remember pseudo-yodelling with the neighbor boys, and a prepubescent can do a surprising approximation of van Leer. The whistles, accordian and warp-speed gibberish sections are certainly entertaining, but it all works because this song ROCKS.
That guitar riff is good enough to prop up the song for nearly 7 minutes. Le Clochard. Reminds me of something up Hackett's alley. I have always enjoyed this song. There may not me much substance, but the melody is perfectly suited to the flute, and the harmonies are memorable. Moving Waves. Certainly an odd choice for a title track. It's some sort of imagist song, but Orfeus - Focus (2) - Moving Waves (CD uniquely Focus that somehow it fits.
Focus II. Continuing the Focus series, this holds up the series quality in fine form and is a great piece of songwriting. A beautiful guitar chorus leads to an upbeat, game-show-type section, to a bluesy build for the finale. A very tight performance by all members here.
Clearly Focus had some work to do in preparing for their magnum opus, Hamburger Concerto. This piece has some great moments, though transitions and flow are obvious flaws. The churchy intro is enjoyable, though it could be a bit more livelier or build more effectively to what comes next: a classic in-your-face Focus guitar and keyboard jam.
This is inspired stuff, but the piece dies down with about 8 minutes left and really loses Refrains to close the epic are a good idea, but any suspense and engagement has long been spent.
A solid album that provides a different aspect of Album) from Hamburger Concerto. I would consider both of these albums as essential to any comprehensive prog collection, though Moving Waves is certainly not in masterpiece territory. The original A-side of the album opens with one of Focus' best known numbers: 'Hocus Pocus': heavy instrumental rock with virtuoso solos AND virtuoso yodelling.
When my friends and I discovered this track in the seventies, we indulged in cheerful head-banging AND had a laugh - there aren't many rock songs that will allow for both experiences at the same time! The A-side continues strongly with 'Le Clochard' ultra-romantic acoustic guitar delightfully accompanied by mellotron and with 'Janis', an upbeat flute tune written by guitarist Jan Akkerman which, to Focus' credit, sounds totally unlike Jethro Tull.
The title track itself sounds boring to my ears, but 'Focus 2' is probably the greatest symphonic-prog instrumental dominated by electric guitar to ever come out of Holland: truly beautiful, highly inventive, always carries me away, whenever I hear it! Such a brilliant A-side raises expectations, which - unfortunately - are not quite fulfilled by 'Eruption', the minute suite on the B-side.
To start with, its mournful main theme played on guitar sounds irritating the first time you hear it, and it gets repeated so often in between the suite's better bits it really gets on your nerves. Fortunately, Eruption's subsidiary theme faster and organ-dominated is far more fun, and in the middle of the suite there's a grand symphonic moment where Akkerman performs a stately instrumental ballad once again accompanied on mellotron which might have given Carlos Santana the basic idea for his equally solemn 'Europe'.
This lovely melody is followed by two brilliant hard-rocking solos, one by Akkerman on guitar and one by Van Leer on Hammond organ. To finish the whole thing off, there is yet more repetition of the initial theme. Three stars and a half. While the majority of fans, as evidenced by polls and discussions in the Prog Archives forum, will rightly in my opinion go for "Hamburger Concerto" as the best Focus album, the view on whether "Moving Waves" sometimes simply called "Focus 2" or "Focus three" was their next best, tends to be more divided.
For me, "Moving waves" takes the plaudits, being far more focused than its rambling and indulgent successor. While on the face of it, this is simply a follow up to the band's first album "In and out of Focus", the truth is rather more complex. After the release of that album, guitarist Jan Akkerman left the band, forming a new group. Thijs Van Leer retained the Focus name, but when the 2 remaining members of Focus moved on, he joined Akkerman's band, bringing the Focus name with him!
The bottom line was that in personnel terms, the core of Van Leer and Akkerman remained intact, with the rhythm section being replaced. The change though was significant as it meant that Akkerman was now the band leader moving the focus if you will! With "Moving Waves" Focus came close to making a classic album. It is hard to imagine now how original this track was when it was first set loose on an unsuspecting public. The driving guitars, intermittent yodelling and screaming, and sundry sound effects all combine to produce an amazing piece of rock history.
The track is not exactly typical of Focus or indeed the album, but every home should have one. After this, we have four brief tracks to complete the first side of the album.
Although Van Leer is centre stage here, this is an Akkerman composition. The title track is a rare vocal track sung by Thijs who adds his own melody to the words of Inayat Khan. While there are nuances of jazz and perhaps even classical music in the track, it is firmly rooted in rock. In another ironic twist, while guitar is the dominant instrument here, Van Leer receives the writing credit.
The second side of the album is devoted to the 23 minute "Eruption" in 5 parts, each of which is further divided into two to four sections. This entirely instrumental suite is far tighter than the following "Focus 3" album, with much more in common with the delightful "Hamburger concerto". Various themes come and go, some being developed through improvisation. The section called "Tommy" for example which was extracted as a single has nothing to do with The Who, the name being derived from the name of the composer.
Drummer Pierre van der Linden also receives a writing credit for his contribution. In all, the suite works very well, captivating the attention and retaining it throughout. There is no wasted space or stretched out filler in the form of unfocused jazz here see "Focus 3" ; well apart from the superfluous drum solo! In summary, "Moving waves" is Focus best album after "Hamburger Concerto".
Hocus Pocus with its wild guitar riff, amazing flute and hysterical Van Leer's yodeling is now a classic of metallic heavy rocking. This time vocals are used more sparsely and in a more effective way than on the debut album - now they are reduced to mere instrumental purpose, save for the brief lyrics in the title track, which resembles a nice classical music piece led by piano.
Focus II brings some rather elaborated and inspired jazz-rock improvisations where Akkerman's guitar is simply unbeatable.
The side-long suite Eruption continues with more improvisational jams and several more amazing solo parts by Akkerman there are certain SANTANA-like jamsalthough the entire composition 23 min. Nevertheless, Moving Waves is absolutely essential album in the progressive rock catalog!
This absolutely smolders with Akkerman peeling the paint with his scorching guitar solos. The new drummer asserts himself once and for all on this track, he is incredible.
The organ is a nice touch, but it's not his organ play on this song that draws most of the attention to Van Leer, it's his yodelling! I have never got tired of this track, and it's placed perfectly as the opening song.
Van Leer adds some beautiful mellotron waves to add to the mood. It's the incredible, emotional flute playing of Van Leer that is so moving. The tempo shifts as mellotron comes in and then more wondrous guitar.
A Jazz flavour after 2 minutes as mellotron returns before piano, guitar, bass and drums end it. It opens with mournful guitar melodies as organ can be heard in the background. This theme is repeated later in the song a few times. It becomes more energetic 2 minutes in before the mournful opening guitar and organ returns 3 minutes in.
Akkerman sounds outstanding on guitar 7 minutes in as the mellotron waves float along for what seems like minutes it's not. Aggressive sounds return including some scorching guitar. Beautiful section. They're back to the opening melody again 21 minutes in. Piano, organ and tasteful guitar create an uplifting final section as flute joins in like it did earlier.
Through this second album Focus confirmed their music style and textures having relied more on the instrumental work using guitar, keyboard and dynamic drumming. Of course, the classical music influences are here and there and they are quite intense in influences from classical music. Focus II was intended as icon of the album but unfortunately it's not that solid in composition. The key, in addition to Hocus Pocus, is an epic that consumes 23 minutes of duration: Eruption.
This epic at the beginning part showcases excellent work of guitar and drumming throughout musical segments this epic offers. Even though the epic lacks catchy melody, the composition is quite solid.
Overall, it's an excellent addition to any prog music collection. Keep on proggin'.! The music is more instrumentally based than the debut. The exception is of course the strange yodelling parts in Hocus Pocus which is also one of the standout tracks on the album.
The main riff is repeated too many times though and the song seems a bit repetitive IMO. There are some great variations between the main theme though. Le Chochard and the way too romantic Janis is not really my taste and the same can be said about the vocal based title track while Focus II is another highlight here for me. The minute long Eruption ends the album. The musicianship is excellent. The production is good. Warm and pleasant. Note the drum sound which is outstanding IMO. This is a good album even though I do get bored one or two times along the way.
Focus has many of the elements I enjoy about progressive rock in their music but the most important element for me is still the compositions and how they are structured.
Le Clocharde Main theme of the Jan. Soft, beautiful and emotional. Janis Flutes, several of them. More touching a theme of Dutch. The melodies emulate the soul to interact more and dream a little. In this issue of the low serious Cyril Havermanns has highlighted melodic. Moving Waves Atonal? Melodicamente wrong? That exists? This is Moving Waves on piano and voice of Thijs Van Leer, we have the most sincere, beautiful and sensational already composed.
Challenge you to listen without being rough and without paying full attention, and depending on the case to be sad with her. Focus II The 'Focus' are compositions that always accompany the band, including a solo album that I have of Thijs Van Leer where he plays flute unfortunately only have it in Lp.
Focus on this issue is a pleasant surprise of melody that is difficult to explain, but very beautiful. The guitars give a show in the entire track. The second issue is even more beautiful, the melody of the guitar reaches the heart, soul and leads to the presence that would be divine if I came to believe him. Sometimes it's just what we need to cure the ills of the body and soul.
Nothing more! Everything here is very well arranged and tied at no time is paraecendo different compositions that are embedded, but a single piece solid and without holes, a complete 'Wall'.
Some Vocalizations for further increasing the tone of talking to the sound. Sensational subject of guitar again. Nice to meet you Jan Akkerman. Part of madness, doidera staff in general, faster, more crazy, some guitar riffs and low together, after the keyboard and guitar.
Why did so between the guitar break on top of a base sensational, the Hammond organ in Thijs is always an extra in the sound of the guys. After the soil around the theme. Ai is the time to get heavy keyboard and guitar make the most basic legal I ever saw. And we are only half the issue. Fine interventions and also of low battery. The guitar around the theme of Hocus Pocus momentarily.
Then a beautiful part of piano and guitar takes care of the environment. Vocalizations typical monasteries that weather guy, that climate. Without crisis! Focus of the guys invited to a tea of mint. The theme quiet and beautiful back on top at the end of the song. This is epic, this is perfect! This is Focus. What we have here? A classic. The Focus is not so well known, people know but do not hear. Here is the chance to hear a classic.
This second album kicks off with their best-known rocker, 'Hocus Pocus', with the fiery guitar riff and Thijs van Leer's yodling and the sequence of bizarre nonsense singing. All crazy but it makes one happy somehow. Luckily the rest of the album is not as rocking but concentrates on the calmer and more beautiful side of this band. Jan Akkerman shines on acoustic guitar and Thijs on flute. The title track is an ethereal piano ballad, very artistic and could easily be put in the art music genre.
Original second side of the vinyl is one long instrumental epic some wordless background humming is included. Subtitles reveal some sort of narrative about Orfeus and Euridice. One could see how there are certain motifs for each character that are repeated over the 23 minutes' length, but without knowing the myth the narrative level remains distant to the listener, I'm afraid.
That naturally doesn't make it any harder to enjoy the music as pure music. I'm giving this full rating because it's very rare for me to enjoy an album sincerely from the first second to the last. My opinion on this album really echoes a majority opinion here, so I won't go into too much detail.
The album in it's entirety is for those who like to listen to music for relaxation purposes, not to mention the ones that can stomach classical music.
The title track is the only sung song on the album as the other pieces don't have or contain wordless vocals. At best, the instrumental interplay is tight, but at worst it just bores.
It jaunts, taunts and flaunts as it soars with ecstatic drum solos, Jethro Tull-esque flute moments, yodelling, gibberish and the gawking guitar bits. There's an epic here, but it's mostly boring to me. Too many soft mellotrons, uninteresting drum solos, stagnant tempos and subpar ELP-like outbursts.
The bluesy jam in the middle is nothing short of spectacular with one of the best guitar solos I've ever heard, although the backing instruments help propel the song further. I only pull this out for ''Hocus Pocus'' and the bluesy jam, that is unless I'm driving my car.
The symph lover with an immense taste for classical music will want this, but those who want rock in their prog will only care for the two tracks that I mentioned. The CD that I own of this was released by I. I supposed they took a bit more care with this release, as it contained the band's only U.
As a teenager I loved Hocus Pocusmostly for it's high energy guitar and drums, and secondly for the weird yodeling sections. Now, I like it, but the novelty has worn off. I liten to it occasionally, but not often.
The remainder of the songs on what was side 1 of the LP are mostly forgettable, ranging from soft ballads to light fusion. Eruption is, to me, the album's reason for being. At just over twenty-three minutes, this suite is one of the band's best reasons for inclusion on this site.
It has classical references, jamming sections, soft baroque sections. And unlike many suite epics, they flow effortlessly from one section to another. Just don't expect blazing virtuosity. The performances are adequate for the piece, but nothing completely amazing. Quite randomly, it turns into yodeling and screeching over an organ.
The guitar soloing is incredibly sloppy and scarcely fits the key the rest of the band is playing in. The drum solos aren't bad but interrupt the piece not that there was much flow to begin with. There's also what sounds like accordion and flute and whistling for good measure.
I'm surprised they didn't record someone banging on a kitchen sink. This is a terse piece primarily featuring bass and flute. With the addition of the Mellotron, however, the sound becomes Focus once again. Indeed, "Tommy" is probably my favorite piece of Focus music, and represents them definitively for me even though, as I said, I am not particularly fond of this band.
The guitar playing is moving, and I especially like how the music abruptly stops for the guitarist to usher everyone back in again. The next segment uses exciting riffs and the whole tone scale fairly effectively before launching into a more elementary rock and roll jam.
However the guitar soloing is again messy and clumsy, sometimes even falling outside of the key everyone else is playing in to poor effect. The organ solo is boisterous and nearly blows the rest of the band away in terms of volume. The slipshod electric guitarist noodles around a while before just stopping altogether, and what is practically a new piece begins, this one featuring gentle waves of piano, organ, guitar, and flute. A distant vocal creeps in, and gives way to more soft music. Then there's a drum solo.
The opening theme returns, and soon a delightful conclusion of piano, organ and flute bring the album to a close. Everybody knows Hocus Pocus. The energetic rock track propelled by that great 'heavy prog' riff and Van Leers yodelling. It brings the band almost in RIO territory. It is followed by a couple of delicate instrumental pieces. Le Clochard is a brilliant one, classical acoustic guitars with a delicate mellotron background.
It has a dreamy melancholic atmosphere that is reminiscent of Steve Hackett's acoustic pieces like Horizons.
Janis is a flute piece similar to what Camel would produce on The Snow Goose and Moving Waves is one of the few vocal moments, very eerie and jazzy. Not unlike Gentle Giant really.
Focus II is the only track that I find rather forgettable. The guitar melodies are a bit too cheesy and mellow. Not bad but certainly not my cup of tea. After a short intro for organ and guitar, Eruption kicks off for real with a heavy rocking take on ELP, filled to the brim with Hammond organs and wild time signatures. It gives way to a pensive 70's piece with ooh-aah-vocals from Van Leer. Akkerman takes over with a weeping Santana-alike guitar solo that turns into a groovy jam session with Van Leer's organ.
The vibe is rather Canterbury prog here, with a rocking sound and psychedelic vibe. It goes on for a bit too long again probably. The dreamy vocals return and a classical music influenced section follows that leads to a wild psychedelic crescendo. That should have been the end of the song but alas, there is a drum solo Man, rock drum solos really are boring. Luckily, at a given point it ends and the track concludes by reprising some of the main themes.
A Camelian closing sections ends things in beauty. Moving Waves is an honest and creative progressive rock album. It's not perfect, at times it's even clumsy, but I believe its imperfections are charming rather then annoying.
A required title for symphonic fans. Hocus Pocus kicks off the album on an unusually rock style that was nowhere to be found on In And Out Of Focus and is a welcoming addition to the band's softer symphonic rock sound. It doesn't take Focus long to return to the more familiar ground and Le Cochard almost makes me forget any preconceived notion of the band's going into a Heavy Prog direction. First side of the album continues a very mellow phase with songs like Janis and the album's title track.
Focus II is really not an exception to this rule but at least this one has a few sparks along the way. The guitar playing by Jan Akkerman reminds me actually a lot of Andrew Latimer's style, or maybe it was the other way around! Side two consists entirely out of the 23 minute suite titled Eruption and is a loose conceptual piece depicting the story of Orpheus and Eurydice.
I've honestly never payed much attention to the track's theme and just enjoyed the music as it is. Just like the few other lengthy tracks that Focus would produce in the early '70s, the material does feel a bit thin in comparison to its hefty time margin. At least this composition doesn't rely heavily on an instrumental jams between the band members, which is something that will become more prominent on the next release. Overall, I'd say that this is another great album by Focus.
It might be considered a step in the right direction after the much more commercially oriented In And Out Of Focusbut I'm not entirely convinced by that. This is nonetheless an excellent album that should be in every serious prog rock music collection.
Now that I read a review about this album I felt it was time for me to review it, since I've been meaning to do it for some time. The fact is, that despite I like the album I've never found it awesome or unique, so my feelings toward it are not actually that positive, or at least as positive as I would like.
When I listen to albums like Hamburger Concerto or Focus III I always have that predominant smile, but here, I simply can't find that boost that leads me to feel completely comfortable. A similar case happens to me with Rush' Moving Pictures, which is an album I know its good and I enjoy in moments, but in the end I can skip it, it is not essential to my collection actually.
So it is in my opinion mandatory to listen to it and own it, because you can judge by yourself and understand why that success, and then, make your own opinion. In my opinion, I believe the fact that this album features "Hocus Pocus" helped a lot with its commercial and non commercial success, that song is an icon within the prog realm, I am sure almost everyone has listened to it, if not, you should which does not mean you will like it.
So this minute album opens with that song, a heavy-symphonic track where electric guitars and flute conduct the music, making a good sound that in moments could be repetitive, and you can get sick about it after three minutes.
The main reason of that "sickness" are the horrendous vocals, you can laugh and sing, but as an artistic thing, I think they failed with them, it would've been better without vocals. The first one out of this bunch has a delicate acoustic guitar sound with keyboards as background, a nice piece, maybe too short, but nice.
The second opens with flute and drums appear seconds later, the music here has nothing to do with the opener song, here the sound is soft and comfortable, Orfeus - Focus (2) - Moving Waves (CD I would call a Focus sound. This is probably my favorite track on this album. Then the title track, with gentle piano and later some not so bad vocals, but again, I would have preferred an instrumental track.
And the last one is another charming track, with that clean and calm symphonic sound provoked by Album) and keyboards. Nice song without a doubt. Now, the longest, more challenging composition was placed as the final track. I won't write a lot about it, to be honest their musical skills and composition abilities can be noticed here, we are facing a great band with trained and talented people, there is no doubt about it. However, there are moments here where I felt uncomfortable, I think to myself that in their will of experimenting and be original, they reached a point where they could not offer more, where the music sounds plain and don't has that continuity, I mean, in this song it is easy to me to lose the track, in moments I am listening but at the same time I am not here.
However, there are great moments on the song, It is not only about bad criticism, I have to say that there are a couple of nice movements here where I feel interested and keep my complete attention, the guitar work in general is pretty good, accurate. But well, as a whole, despite I consider it was a wonderful effort, I never fell in love with this song, nor with the album. So forgive me if you think this is a masterpiece, it simple does not do anything to me.
My final grade will be three stars. Enjoy it! Very professionally made, this album as almost any other Focus album as well never was my favourite. I really enjoy some excellent moments in this music, but in all this album for me is very characteristic example what European Continental prog is I don't speak there about such specific forms as Krautrock or Zeuhl. Having some similarities with British early prog, Continental one usually didn't have bluesy or jazzy roots.
And instead huge component added was European classical music and domestic folk. Focus is bright example - music on this album is well played, almost calculated,mix of classical tunes and arrangements, Dutch folk, some Broadway musicals' tricks and after that all - some doze of rock instrumentation, obviously influenced by British sound of that time. Result is In fact, musicians even didn't tried too hard and under the thin skin music stayed the same as decades before.
There are plenty of similar sounded bands of that time from all region, mostly Germany, Benelux,Denmark,Austria,France. Focus is possibly leading band of that sub-genre, and this album is one of the best between similar ones. Still really good work, but will never steal your heart or soul I think. 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. The group wanted to incorporate an element of humour in the track because they felt it was missing in the rock genre.
It is a melancholic classical guitar piece by Akkerman with van Leer backing on Mellotron. Side two contains the minute track "Eruption", a loose rock adaptation of the tale of Orpheus and Euridice from the opera Euridice by Italian composer Jacopo Peri. The track is in fifteen distinct sections, and the suite opens with an uncredited melody from the opera L'Orfeo by Monteverdi.
The suite ends with a return to its opening themes. Focus II was released in October to mainly positive reception. The single "Hocus Pocus" peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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