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 44f Hamburger Concerto Part 6 One for the road)

Archive number: 44f
Title: Hamburger Concerto (Part 6 One for the road)
Main Album: Hamburger Concerto
Track number: 5f
Genre: Progressive Rock Instrumental (Symphonic)
Studio: Olympic Studios 'B', 117 Church Road, Barnes, London SW13 9HL
Length: 1' 20” (20' 15” the whole)
Composer: Jan Akkerman
Musicians: Jan Akkerman – Electric Guitars (Fenders); Thijs van Leer – Hammond organ, ARP Synthesiser, Voices; Bert Ruiter - Bass; Colin Allen – Drums
Producer: Mike Vernon
Engineer: Bob Hall 
Label: Polydor, Atco, EMI, Red Bullet, JVC, JVC Victor Date of recording/release: January/March 1974; April 1974. CD – 1998, 2001, 2001, 2002, 2006
Alternative version: The briefest snatch of the main melody here can be heard on the Ramses Shaffy album Sunset Sunkiss.
Notes: The piece now comes to its climax first with the synthesiser-led crescendo backed by piano and the rest of the band (18:58-19:31) then a triple repetition of the original 13-note Akkerman riff heard at the beginning (19:32-20:15). On the last hearing, the mellotron choir is added for a triumphant ritartando ending that closes with cymbals, guitar and majestic piano chords in two groups of four.

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