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 104

Archive number: 103
Title: Sto Ces Raditi Ostatac Zivota?
Main Album: Focus 8
Track number: 7
Genre: Progressive Rock Instrumental
Studio: Peptide Studio, Vuren
Length: 05' 23”
Composer: Jan Dumee
Musicians: Thijs Van Leer – Flute, Hammond organ, Voices; Jan Dumee – Guitars, inc Acoustic, Voices; Bobby Jacobs - Bass; Bert Smaak - Drums
Producer: Geert Scheijgrond & Focus
Engineer: Geert Scheijgrond & Dick Kemper
Label: Musea/Red Bullet
Date of recording/release: A limited run of 500 of the album appeared in August 2002 to be followed by a general release on CD later that year. Also later on Paras and JVC Victor
Alternative version: None
Notes: The title is Bosnian-Serbo-Croatian and means something like What will you do with the rest of your life? The title is presumably a comment on the recent politics of the region, which has known great upheaval. If so, this would be a second political or protest song for Focus (Sugar Isalnd back at the beginning being the first). The opening introduction features flute and acoustic guitar which ends with the sound of tom toms (synthesised?) (00:00-00:30). The drums then introduce a further melodic introduction (00:31-01:23) featuring the band on acoustic guitar, organ, bass and drums with distant vocal backing of a scat variety. A flute is heard near the end of this. From 01:24 the electric guitar gives some strong notes to lead the organ, some flute coming in too (with a distinctive guitar sound briefly at 02:38-02:42). This goes on rising pretty much (though not really progressing much) until 04:16. A voice comes in at 04:17, 18 as the guitar grows more passionate. From 05:10 a fade begins featuring acoustic guitar that ends with just the voice at 05:23.

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