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4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Focus
Hilarious in some respects when considered in the light of their later work, the first Focus album still stands up fresh and keen as a example of late 60s psychedelic Europop, with bits reminiscent of Syd Barret-era Pink Floyd, Procul Harem, the Moody Blues – even the BeeGees. Not surprisingly, it’s the instrumental tracks that grab the attention: Anonymous,...
Published on 22 Oct 2002

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Focus, 22 Oct 2002
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This review is from: FOCUS - IN & OUT OF FOCUS : REMASTERED (Audio CD)
Hilarious in some respects when considered in the light of their later work, the first Focus album still stands up fresh and keen as a example of late 60s psychedelic Europop, with bits reminiscent of Syd Barret-era Pink Floyd, Procul Harem, the Moody Blues – even the BeeGees. Not surprisingly, it’s the instrumental tracks that grab the attention: Anonymous, with its bright little opening jig and crunching riff, later to be extended and accelerated into the mammoth Focus 3 version, is already a splendid noise, and the brief solos from each band member include a rare van Leer piano excursion; House of the King, familiar to most of us from the Focus 3 vinyl LP but here in its proper context, is an Ivanhoe-galloping-through-the-forest flute and acoustic guitar rush; and the concluding Focus gives us the first taste of what will become a series of lyrical van Leer-composed tunes highlighting Akkerman’s supple, singing guitar lines – though it then develops into a Velvet Undergroundish chugging riff with some lovely van Leer flute embellishments. Akkerman, in fact, is the shrinking violet here, with little sign of the exceptional composer and musician he would later become. The vocal tracks show that the group’s solid melodic gifts were already in place, as well as indicating why they decided to become almost completely instrumental – with those “nice” English accents it sounds rather like Neil Innes fronting the Bonzos at times. There’s a Dutch social awareness in the topics – racism, Cuba, drugs – and they’re all thoroughly pleasant songs. You probably wouldn’t want this disc unless you were already a Focus fan and wanted to see how they started off; on the other hand, it’s a delightful work in itself, with a sense of innocence, colour and experimentation that is hard to dislike.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Focus, 12 Nov 2010
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Mr. A. Reynolds "Adrian Reynolds" (Dewsbury, West Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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Although alll the focus albums have been rehased to a point, I still thnk they are an exellent band and are great live.
This being their first album "in and out of focus" is a starting point for better things to come. Nevertheless it is a great debut album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars in and out of favour not with me, 6 Mar 2013
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G. J. Peters (south wales GB) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: In And Out Of Focus (MP3 Download)
some hate it... some like me just love it...
my first exposure to Focus was this album
so many, far too many years ago... early stuff yes not so refined as "m waves" yes
and now i have it on download, who would have thought it possible way back then???
however JA is still king in my books
buy it relive it
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4.0 out of 5 stars The opening 'Vocal' gambit.., 26 Jun 2013
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Anthony Marshall "Saxophonic" (Wimbledon) - See all my reviews
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Ok, so as any ardent Focus fan will tell you, whilst this 1st release didn't really set the scene for what was to happen next, i.e. sounds nothing like Moving Waves, it's still a good selection of tracks, culminating in the awesome instrumental, Focus.
The rhythm section was changed for the MW album, which included the bringing in of the legendary P v.d Linden on drums.
Some catchy vocal tracks, some with a political slant, with the rather haunting Why Dream, a personal favourite.

If you are a diehard fan, you'll no doubt have Moving Waves, Focus 3 and HC in your collection, but having this is a nice reminder of how it all kicked off, back in '71. Enjoy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 14 Dec 2014
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