Looking at the music of Dutch rock band Focus, started in the late sixties by Thijs Van Leer (b /31/03/48) with Jan Akkerman (b 24/12/46). Van Leer still performs and records under the name today (official site here). Akkerman's site here.




Track by track 44d Hamburger Concerto Part 4 (Medium 2)

Archive number: 44d
Title: Hamburger Concerto (Part 4 Medium 2)
Main Album: Hamburger Concerto
Track number: 5d
Genre: Progressive Rock Instrumental (Symphonic)
Studio: Olympic Studios 'B', 117 Church Road, Barnes, London SW13 9HL
Length: 6' 03” (20' 15” the whole)
Composer: Jan Akkerman
Musicians: Jan Akkerman – Electric Guitars (Fenders); Thijs van Leer – Hammond organ, ARP Synthesiser, Flute, Voices; Bert Ruiter - Bass; Colin Allen – Drums, Castanets, Percussion
Producer: Mike Vernon
Engineer: Bob Hall
Label: Polydor, Atco, EMI, Red Bullet, JVC, JVC Victor
Date of recording/release: January/March 1974; April 1974. CD – 1998, 2001, 2001, 2002, 2006
Notes: We begin with just Akkerman's guitar playing very simply, backed by organ and cymbals (09:29-09:56). Next comes a hauntingly beautiful continuation of that backed this time by synthesiser and rhythm section (09:57-10:22). This leads into a guitar-led section featuring horn-like 'violined' then plucked and sometimes very jazzy guitar (10:23-13:09). A second guitar is then overdubbed and the organ slowly becomes more prominent (13:10-14:13). The effects pedal is again depressed next and handclaps are heard as things slow a little (14:14-14:39). This gives way to guitar, keyboards and finger cymbals (14:40-14:53). This sequence is more or less repeated (14:54-15:05/15:06-15:30) until things slow down to a silence.

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