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 121 Curtain Call

Archive number: 121
Title: Curtain call
Main Album: Focus 9 (New Skin)
Track number: 9
Genre: Progressive Rock Instrumental
Studio: Fieldwork Studios, Schoten, Belgium
Length: 04:31
Composer: Thijs van Leer
Musicians: Thijs van Leer – Hammond organ, piano, flute; Niels van der Steenhoven – Guitars; Bobby Jacobs – Bass; Pierre van der Linden – Drums
Producer: Bobby Jacobs and Thijs Van Leer
Engineer: Han Nuijten
Label: Red Bullet
Date of recording/release: Summer 2006
Alternative version: None
Notes: This rousing ensemble is counted in by the drums and soon the band (organ, piano, flute, etc) are involved. There is a break down at 00:28 a slower electric guitar-led theme. These slower themes break in at 00:29-00:39, 00:43-00:53 and 01:09-01:19. At 01:24 the electric guitar grows more whistful and jazzy. The flute leads with its own style 01:52-02:13 that section ending with a swinging staccato conclusion in 02:14-02:24 that includes a piano glissando at 02:23. The flute then returns for a few more bars (02:25-02:37) before the electric guitar leads again with some fine rock playing to take us into the same conclusion just heard with the flute leading (02:38-03:16). The flute leads with a slower section again at 03:17-03:27 before the band races off again with the main theme, the drums growing quicker and more prominent all the while until ending 04:21. This is followed by a 10 second ending in which the guitar delivers one long note and the piano a series of trills.

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