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 135 Crossroads

Archive number: 135
Title: Crossroads
Main Album: Focus X 
Track number: 10
Genre: Jazz Rock with vocal 
Studio: Fieldwork Studios, Schoten, Belgium 
Length: 5:38
Composer: van Leer, Peters
Musicians: Thijs van Leer – Piano, organ, flute, vocal; Menno Gootjes – Guitars; Bobby Jacobs – Bass; Pierre van der Linden – Drums; Berenice van Leer - vocal 
Producer: Bobby Jacobs 
Label: Eastworld Recordings
Date of recording/release: November, 2012
Alternative version: This is a version of Brazil Love
The track begins with rhythmic drums. After five seconds the bass and jazz piano come in then electric guitar. A piano trill at 34 seconds announces a rising choral and guitar part. Then at 1:05 a new driving guitar theme begins and is joined by the flute from 1:44 to 2:13. We then revert to the choral and guitar theme - the guitar perhaps a little wilder. At 2:28 the flute is back, though further back in the mix. At 2:40 to 3:44 van Leer comes in with a spoken style vocal (see below). The vocal continues until the flute and other instruments come back to the fore, the guitar leading latterly. At 4:17 the guitar announces the final part, a brief drum break until 4:43 when the bass adds its own contribution, which goes in until the fade. Apparently there was more but it had to be cut.

I don't want to know just how I feel
Cannot bear to know just how I feel - crossroads ahead
I don't want to think in terms of tears
There's no time to lose you're here
At the crossroads we part.
Love is far ahead and far behind. - the crossroads are here.

How can we still look back at the past, it doesn't last
We cannot change the good and bad times we remember
Here we meet and here we part my friend
And I will love you 'til the end ...
Just like the tide that keep on rolling.

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