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Live At The Rainbow

8 Jan. 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Release Date: 8 Jan. 2010
  • Label: Red Bullet
  • Copyright: (c) 1973 Red Bullet
  • Total Length: 42:28
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  • ASIN: B0070XM5XA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,830 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By S. W. Ladd on 19 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
Live at the Rainbow features Focus at their creative and commercial peak. The combination of prog. rock/blues and jazz fusion is a wonder to behold. The material is drawn from the albums Moving Waves and Focus III and the live performances are inspired. This CD is an ideal introduction to the work of these giants of Dutch music. Make no mistake these guys know their stuff and can rock with the best of them. Just listen to the live version of their worldwide hit Hocus Pocus and be instantly converted to the cause. These latest CD issues are definately superior to past versions, it's just a pity that this CD lasts only 40 or so minutes. having said that ,if you can only afford one Focus album then this is the one!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Free Radical on 13 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is the only live recording of Focus at their peak (or at least the only one that is legally available, which is the same thing in Amazon terms) and, given that they were one of the greatest live bands of the 1970s, it's one that should adorn the cd rack of every serious music fan.

Dutch band Focus burst on to the music scene in 1971 with their second album 'Moving Waves'. The double album (remember those?) 'Focus 3' followed in 1972 and 'Focus at the Rainbow' (recorded in May 1973) came next. Featuring their definitive line-up (Thijs van Leer - keyboards and flute; Jan Akkerman - guitar; Bert Ruiter - bass; Pierre van der Linden - drums) it contains live interpretations of 6 of the tracks from the two earlier albums, plus a madcap reprise of the already completely bonkers 'Hocus Pocus'.

Focus used the studio versions of their songs as a starting point for their concerts and prided themselves on never performing the same show twice. This improvisational ability was one of the many things that measured the distance between them and their contemporaries and it is evident in every note on this album. Equally prominent are the band's two other landmark features: their technical virtuosity and their compositional brilliance. Drawing heavily on their European musical heritage (van Leer studied composition at the prestigious Amsterdam Conservatoire and Akkerman was to release an album of medieval lute music the following year) they proceeded to throw into the mix everything else that grabbed their fancy - jazz, rock, blues, avant-garde, you name it - with results that are frequently astonishing and often sublime.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. A. Mountford on 12 Jun. 2004
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I remeber as a teenager watching the live broadcast of this concert on tv, which I recorded on an old reel-to-reel. I played it continuously untill the music was embeded in my sub-consious, to the extent that even now I can replay Jan Ackermans solo from 'Questions? Answers!...' almost note perfect. This particular solo is one of the most lyrical and exciting guitar solo's I have ever heard. What the average listener might not be aware of is that Ackerman had broken a string early on in the piece and rapidly restrings his guitar while Van Leer solo's. You can hear him re-tuning as the flute ends and the solo is about to begin which creates a sense of anticipation that is met with Ackerman playing at his best as the solo takes off. (Ackerman was to leave Focus and more or less disapear into obscurity, which is a shame given that he is such a fine player) Just Gibson Les Paul and amp, thats all he uses thruogh out the recording, occasionally using his little finger to tweek the volume control, giving a violin like effect (believe me! I watched him do it on the tv, no volume pedal in sight!)
Some years later, I like many of my peers picked up on Punk and New Wave. This great music brought to an end this curious decade which began with the death of Hendrix, the emergance of Proggresive Music and the musical rebelion of the late 70's. Howver, the British music media still to echo's the Punk mantra that 'all things proggressive are CRAP!' The reality is that those who embraced Punk and New Wave etc where the same people who listened to Focus and Yes and all the other Progressive bands. That was because this style of music was in itself an underground reaction against the mainstream and an attempt to produce new and inovative music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David R. Burleigh on 13 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
The dear old Rainbow hosted some truly fantastic events but none quite so electriying as this concert by Focus. First released on Vinyl years ago (yes, I've got that edition!), this CD has all of the incredible atmosphere of that concert. Jan Akkerman, Thijs Van Leer, Bert Ruiter and Pierre Van Dar Linden play their audience as expertly as they play their instruments. All tracks are excellent but Hocus Pocus and Hocus Pocus (reprise) have so much energy you want to play them again almost immediately. A must for all true Focus fans!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lotrec on 6 July 2010
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A true supergroup, now almost forgotten if it was not for a recent commercial that Nike issued on the occasion of the soccer World Cup in South Africa. How delectable is the Hocus Pocus theme with Akkerman pungent guitar and van Leer multi-layered registers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By concerned shopper 1 on 21 Nov. 2012
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This band are just as good musically live as in the studio.A great addition to a cd collection. All the favourites of this early period are represented.Musicianship is first class.If you see them today...just as good with different drums guitar and base. Thjs van leer remains looking like a giant hobbit holding it all together.
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