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Hocus Pocus: The Best Of Focus Original recording remastered


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Product details

  • Audio CD (18 Jun 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Red Bullet
  • ASIN: B00005B361
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

FOCUS The Best Of Focus Hocus Pocus (2001 Dutch 16-track compilation CD housed in a jewel case great best of from the Dutch prog-rockers led by Jan Akkerman and Thijs Van Leer includes the hits Sylvia and Hocus Pocus. The sleeve and disc are both in excellent condition)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Hunt on 20 Jun 2001
Format: Audio CD
From what is in my opinion one of the best rock instrumentals of all time,Hocus Pocus opens an album which captures the crazy world of Focus.I dare you not to reach for your air guitar while this one rocks your living room! At times moody,at times a little crazy,but at all times,a band which was unquestionably superb in every track executed.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Andy Millward VINE VOICE on 2 Jan 2003
Format: Audio CD
Having recently seen Thijs van Leer perform a set of Focus greatest hits with a new band, it was interesting to go back to the original interpretations. And make no mistake, this is an album filled with beautiful guitar, organ and flute instrumental music, plus a bit of Thijs's usual falsetto moaning, yodelling and scat singing.
Was it prog rock? That seems a bland description for a band that used its classical musical upbringing to develop new classics. The funky flute seems as fresh today as in the early 70s, though Akkerman's guitar licks sound a little cliched nowadays. Perhaps he's been even more influential than we already knew!
If you're a stranger to Focus, this a great starting point. Buy and enjoy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Strider on 18 Oct 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I thought, that I was pretty familiar with most Rock/Prog Rock/Folk Rock groups, most things Prog and Folk Rock in fact, yet I had never acquired, for my own collection, anything from FOCUS - how amiss of me :-) - and I was in for a treat!

I decided to dunk my toe with HOCUS POCUS: THE BEST OF FOCUS, my starting points being a love of;- Rock, Metal, Folk Rock, Prog Rock, Classical, Blues et al.

According to other reviewers it seemed that most Prog Rock fans really rate FOCUS. I had, of course heard the likes of the Tullesque 'HOUSE of THE KING' by Jan Akkerman and the brilliantly witty, driving, 'HOCUS POCUS' with it's multi-ranging yodeled vocal middle eights and sideline 'scatting' from Mr. Van Leer and that was the sum total of my 'appreciation' of FOCUS - or so I thought. As a point of note the latter Track may be 'an acquired taste' for some, yet it makes me smile - every time - to hear that hard hitting, driving, 1970's Guitar based Rock under, ancient, Folk based, vocal techniques. I am surprised to say that even my girlfriend loves the, in the main, instrumental tracks, of this album, with comments such as;- 'it has a great groove', 'it's funky - wow listen to that!'.....

.....Personally, this album took me awhile to 'get into' yet as with most enduring musical loves of mine, perseverance is well worthwhile - it was the same for me, many, many years ago with some of Zep's (et al's.) work, and such has remained a favourite of mine for 30-40 years - this album is like a treasure chest, in that the deeper you dig the more treasure you find, every time I listen to the Tracks within, I hear more and more, like taking another new journey with the same music, depth, craftsmanship, feeling, courage, innovation - just superb!
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
This truly is the musical experience of a lifetime!You will never here music as gorgeous as this!They have got the best guitarist,drummer,vocalist,flutist,bassist!Anyone who says there is a better guitarist than Jan Akerrman is crazy!Just listen to the U.S version of Hocus Pocus on this album and be blown away!This really is the best music I have ever heard and probably ever will!Everyone should own this compilation album along with all their other albums!A definate must buy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Petersen on 9 Oct 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Music brings deep memories back to the surface, this brings back such good ones, it brings me back to a time with my one true love, I lost her through my own stupidity, but at least this music can bring back the memories of those times.
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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful By J. Pennington on 18 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those albums that you either rave about, or dislike. My husband, who is seriously into popular music of all types, thinks it's fantastic. And I have to agree that the instrumental bits are great - some of them build to a real crescendo/climax. The only problem for me is the "yodelling" style of singing - it's a bit much for me...
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Great to hear these Focus classics again...my vinyl versions now pretty scratched up so pristine digital versions a real pleasure.
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By sd on 19 Feb 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
found this band whilst browsing youtube, never knew them before, proper music much better than a lot of big name rock bands.
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