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The Best Of Focus / Hocus Pocus
 
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The Best Of Focus / Hocus Pocus

15 Jan. 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Release Date: 15 Jan. 2010
  • Label: Red Bullet
  • Copyright: (c) 2001 Red Bullet
  • Total Length: 1:16:50
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B0070WE5VG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,465 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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51 of 55 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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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Andy Millward VINE VOICE on 2 Jan. 2003
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Strider on 18 Oct. 2012
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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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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 2002
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Petersen on 9 Oct. 2013
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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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By bart4books on 26 Mar. 2015
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I Loved Sylvia and Hocus Pocus but had never bought any Focus albums. I thought I would give this a go.

I can't tell whether it was influential or influenced. There are familiarities with a lot of other bands around at that time. Notably Pink Floyd, Camel and Jethro Tull. For me Sylvia is the stand out track still, maybe because it is the most obviously fully formed piece. Other tracks seem experimental and half finished. Overall it is more background music that something to concentrate on. Maybe it will grow on me. I've only had it a week.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Gillespie on 14 April 2014
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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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I bought this album because I remember enjoying both 'Hocus Pocus' and 'Sylvia' when they were released years ago. Having listened to this compilation , whilst some of the other songs aren't too bad , others are downright tedius.
Apologies if you think I'm talking double-dutch !
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