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.

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The Best Focus Album


There are now around 17 Focus albums all told (if we include the three live albums - there is a fourth [Live in South America] not widely available).
In chronological order:

1. In and out
2. Moving Waves
3. Three
4. At the Rainbow (Live)
5. Hamburger Concerto
6. Mother Focus
7. Ship of Memories
8. Live at the BBC (Live)
9. Con Proby
10. Focus (1985)
11. Live in America (Live)
12. Eight
13. Focus 9/New skin
14. Focus X
15. Golden Oldies
16. Focus 8.5/Beyond the Horizon
17. Focus 11

Putting these in order of merit is not easy in some respects. Undoubtedly 2, 3 and 5 should be in the top three - but in what order? We all agree that Con Proby and Golden Oldies must come near the bottom. Here are two personal lists, the first only including studio albums, the second the live ones too.

1. Three
2. Hamburger
3. Waves
4. Ship
5. In & Out
6. 1985
7. Mother
8. New Skin
9. X
10. 11
11. Eight
12. 8.5
13. Proby
14. Oldies

1. Three
2. Hamburger
3. Waves
4. Rainbow
5. Ship
6. In & Out
7. 1985
8. Mother
9. New Skin
10. X 
11. 11
12. 8.5
13. BBC
14. Eight
15. America
16. Proby
17. Oldies

1 comment:

Steve Pereira said...

I think you're right with the top three - I think most folks would agree with that, but would argue over the exact order!

BestEverAlbums has Hamburger at 1 and III at 3.

AllMusic has III at 1 and Hamburger at 3.

ProgArchives has Waves at 1 and Hamburger at 3

If live albums are included, Rainbow pushes Hamburger out in AllMusic and ProgArchives, but slips into 4th place in BEA

I'd put III in top place, then Waves then Rainbow.