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 11 Le Clochard

Archive number: 11
Title: Le Clochard (Bread)
Main Album: Moving Waves (Focus 2 in Holland)
Track number: 2
Genre: Classical Instrumental (Guitar)
Studio: Sound Techniques Studio, 46a Old Church Street, Chelsea, London SW3
Length: 1' 56”
Composer: Jan Akkerman
Musicians: Jan Akkerman – Classical guitar (Vicente Tatay Tomas); Thijs van Leer – Mellotron (Orchestra strings)
Producer: Mike Vernon
Engineer: Jerry Boys
Label: LP - Imperial, Blue Horizon CD – EMI Bovema, IRS, Red Bullet
Date of recording/release: April 13 - May 14 1971/October 1971. CD - 1988, 1993, 2001
Notes: At the time Rodrigo's Concerto de Aranjuez was popular and Focus would play a 15 minute live version. (Akkerman later recorded part of it on Gibson Les Paul). This much shorter track is in similar style featuring only Akkerman's guitar and orchestral strings provided by van Leer's keyboard. The mellotron is there throughout except for one short section  where only the guitar is heard (01:33-01:41). Le Clochard means hobo or tramp and bread can refer to food or money. The piece conjures up a romanticised Parisienne tramp quite well. Its juxtaposition with the previous Hocus Pocus is striking and is meant to be. Akkerman still sometimes plays the piece today.

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