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 15a Eruption (Part 1 - Orfeus, Answer, Orfeus)

Archive number: 15a
Title: Eruption (Part 1 - Orfeus, Answer, Orfeus)
Main Album: Moving Waves (Focus 2 in Holland)
Track number: 6a
Genre: Progressive Rock (Symphonic)
Studio: Sound Techniques Studio, 46a Old Church Street, Chelsea, London SW3
Length: This part 3' 50" (22' 57" the whole)
Composer: Thijs van Leer (Tom Barlage, Jan Akkerman, Eelke Nobel, Pierre van der Linden)
Musicians: Jan Akkerman – Electric guitars (Gibson Les Paul Customs), Bass; Thijs van Leer – Hammond organ, Piano, Voice; Cyriel Havermans - Bass; Pierre van der Linden - Drums
Producer: Mike Vernon
Engineer: Jerry Boys
Label: LP - Imperial, Blue Horizon CD – EMI Bovema, IRS, Red Bullet
Date of recording/release: April, May 1971/October 1971. CD - 1988, 1993, 2001
Notes: Eruption is a brilliant composite piece that pulls together various musical elements. Album notes refer to as many as 15 different parts though the nature of the music means that there are overlaps and the debatable nature of deciding just where one part ends and another begins is reflected in the varied timings given. We have divided it into four parts in our own attempt to convey what is included. 00:00-03:50
First we have the van Leer composed parts (Orfeus, Answer, Orfeus part 1) drawn originally from works by Bartok and perhaps others.
00:00-01:20 Orfeus
We begin slowly with bass, organ and 'violined' guitar.
01:21-02:55 Answer
Organ and guitar take us to a suspended chord, immediately followed by a deliberate solo organ phrase repeated by the guitar (01:21-01:42). Then at 01:43 a fast part is played by the whole band leading into rising scales.
02:56-03:50 (goes on to 04:15)
We then go back to the slower part repeated on 'violined' guitar with heavy 'erupting' drums in the background.
This is a convenient place to make the first break (although Orfeus appears to go until 04:15).

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