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 70

Archive number: 70
Title: Orion
Main Album: Focus Con Proby
Track number: 2
Genre: Progressive Rock Instrumental
Studio: EMI Studios, Hilversum, The Netherlands
Length: 3' 58”
Composer: Eef Albers
Musicians: Eef Albers - Electric guitars; Thijs Van Leer – Hammond organ, Electric piano; Bert Ruiter – Bass; Steve Smith - Drums
Producer: Yde de Jong
Engineer: Jan Van Vrijaldenhoven/Mike Stavron
Label: EMI
Date of recording/release: Recorded 1977 Released 1978 LP – 1978 CD – 1998
Alternative versions: None
Notes: This atmospheric track fades in with a hypnotic treble guitar and drums. A heavy, distorted power chord is hit at around 00:17 then takes up the lead with the starting theme continuing in the background. A chord change at 01:19 moves things along without the original background music. Things slow and come to something of a halt at 02:03 before the hypnotic guitar and drums return and the sequence is more or less repeated a second time to the dreamy melting end.
Note on Orion (from Wikipedia)
Orion was a giant huntsman in Greek mythology who Zeus placed among the stars as the constellation of Orion. Ancient sources tell several different stories about him. There are two major versions of his birth and several of his death. The most important recorded episodes are his birth somewhere in Boetia, his visit to Chios where he met Merope and was blinded by her father, Oenopion, the recovery of his sight at Lemnos, his hunting with Artemis on Crete, his death by the blow of Artemis or of the giant scorpion which became Scorpio and his elevation to the heavens. Most ancient sources omit some episodes, several tell only one. These various incidents may originally have been independent, unrelated stories. It is impossible to tell whether omissions are simply for brevity or represent real disagreement.
In Greek literature he first appears as a great hunter in Homer's
Odyssey, where Odysseus sees his shade in the underworld. The bare bones of his story are told by Hellenistic and Roman collectors of myths but there is no extant mythological record of his adventures comparable to that of others.
Orion served several roles in ancient Greek culture. The story of his adventures as the hunter is the one we have most evidence on (though not very much). He was venerated as a hero, in the Greek sense, in the Boetia region. One aetiological passage suggests he was responsible for the present shape of the Straits of Sicily.

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