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 76

Archive number: 76
Title: Maximum
Main Album: Focus Con Proby
Track number: 8
Genre: Jazz Rock Instrumental
Studio: EMI Studios, Hilversum, The Netherlands
Length: 08' 38”
Composer: Thijs Van Leer, Bert Ruiter
Musicians: Philip Catherine - Electric guitar; Thijs Van Leer – Electric Piano, Hammond organ, Synthesisers; Voice; Bert Ruiter – Bass; Steve Smith - Drums
Producer: Yde de Jong
Engineer: Jan Van Vrijaldenhoven/Mike Stavron
Label: LP – EMI
Date of recording/release: Recorded/released 1978 LP – 1978 CD – 1998
Alternative version: A longer slightly slower live version is found on Live at the BBC
Notes: The band begin together (00:00-00:17) with a laid back introduction soon supplemented by something more upbeat led by electric piano then guitar (00:18-00:29). The bass then takes us on with the band led sometimes by guitar, sometimes by electric piano (00:30-01:09). Two guitar-led crescendos that tail off (01:10-01:25) are followed by two successive choppy piano riffs (01:26-01:32 and 01:33-01:41). The second is then supplemented by a soaring guitar before reasserting itself (01:42-01:58). We then return to the beginning and a slower pace occasionally lifted by the guitar (01:59-02:43) and getting a little more jaunty at times with some guitar runs (02:44-03:25). A dreamy and meandering middle section (03:26-04:09) comes to an end with the drums announcing a very long and earnest guitar break (03:26-07:12). This eventually comes to an end and we settle back into the original groove to close (07:13-08:38). There is some wonderful playing throughout but it gets lost in the mix and somehow never really gels making it inferior to the live version.

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