Who Remembers the band “Focus”?
Recently, Will Constantine Jr, on his program Blues, Bop and Beyond at WPRB, Community Radio, Princeton, NJ, re-awakened me to the Progressive Rock band Focus. I was in the car, it was after 11;00AM, Will was on, I of course put WPRB on the radio. I heard these guitar licks and said “That’s Focus!!” I had back in the day had their album Live At the Rainbow (Sire Records 1973). The concert album included their signature piece Hocus Pocus, which I dearly loved. I used to drive people stark raving nuts playing this piece. It features the vocalese of Thjis van Leer, the organist and floutist. Also rather well represented is the guitar work of Jan Akkerman.
So, I needed to follow up on this. I went to Netflix and found three DVD’s Focus: The Anthology; Focus: Inside Focus, and Focus: Masters From the Vault.
Focus: the Anthology
Focus: Masters From The Vault
I am really enjoying going back into this band. There are other DVD’s available and I will be getting into them as time allows.