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 18 Love Remembered

Archive number: 18
Title: Love Remembered
Main Album: Focus 3 (also a single in 1972)
Track number: 2
Genre: Classical/Progressive Rock Instrumental
Studio: Olympic Studios 'B', 117 Church Road, Barnes, London SW13 9HL
Length: 2' 45”
Composer: Jan Akkerman
Musicians: Jan Akkerman – Acoustic guitars; Thijs van Leer – Flute, Synthesizer, Voice; Bert Ruiter - Bass; Pierre van der Linden – Drums
Producer: Mike Vernon
Engineer: George Chkiantz
Label: LP – Imperial, Polydor, Sire CD – Capitol, EMI-Bovema, IRS, Red Bullet , JVC Victor
Date of recording/release: July 1972/November 1972, 1975 CD - 1988, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2004
Alternative version: A version by Toots Thielemans appeared subsequently and Akkerman himself later re-recorded the track in a very laid back style with Claus Ogerman and his orchestra (Aranjuez).
Notes: This beautiful piece opens with acoustic guitars that continue throughout the piece. Some seconds in the flute takes up the main theme, backed by a high wind-like flute provided by a synthesizer. At 01:19 two beats from the drums, which were in the background until this point signal a new phase and van Leer's voice and more cymbals can be heard. The song builds from here with a great yearning, breaking down a little around 01:58 but finding some sort of resolve by 02:16 and returning to the opening style. We end with an extended flute note followed by a muted final chord from a guitar so leaving way on the album for the opening chords of Sylvia, the next track.

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