Label: Vertigo - 824 524-1 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock
Russian roulette 2. King Kong 3. Le tango 4. Indian Summer 5. Beethoven's revenge 6. Who's calling? The flutes on "King Kong" are especially noteworthy. While "Indian Summer" does contain synths in a typically s smooth jazz style, it is blended with woodwinds rather deftly. Now, "Beethoven's Revenge" is the epic of the album if you can call it that, but it is really more of an extended jam where Akkerman takes his turn to shine, as does Ustad Zamir Ahmad Khan on tablas.
Note that my review is based on the LP and that the version there is only 10 minutes, which is probably a good thing. My version of "Who's Calling" is also abbreviated from the CD, only 7 odd minutes of generally toned down atmospheres in which the two principles trade off but no one seems to take charge.
I can only give a guarded recommendation to prog fans because of the general softness of the material and the tendency for Akkerman to stay on a leash through most of the album.
Even from my perspective as a lover of softer prog, this one veers a bit too close to new age for a higher recommendation. Nonetheless, I admire the focus of these two gifted musicians to pull together and produce a work of good value during a decade generally bereft of it. One thing is for sure : the jazzy sounds of "Focus Con Proby" is put into brackets for some tracks which I can only be pleased of but it will unfortunately reborn with "B. Not that the duo because it is not really a "Focus" effort" will fully turned into the great symphonic music they have delivered, but at least this album features some good moments but not too many.
The only traditional "Focus" song will be the very good opener, more in the style of the "Focus" we all love? Some world music stuff not really expected nor appropriate, I should say. Disco beat, electronic rhythms, new age, jazz improvisation : you name it! New "Focus" as some reviewers mention? But this "Focus" could have remain silent. As far as this King Kong - Jan Akkerman & Thijs van Leer - Focus is concerned at least.
This track, is just booooring. I wonder where is the Beethoven's revenge. Our dear Ludwig must be pretty P. Rocking alright, this song will finally deliver great guitar and some good fluting; but still this synth- sound music is not really impressive. But if you dream of hearing some jewel like "Concerto", just forget it. We are far from flirting with the spirit of this great epic, unfortunately. I'm rather perplexed to rate this album when I see all the very high ratings four to five King Kong - Jan Akkerman & Thijs van Leer - Focus fo rmost of it.
Two will do IMO. I recommend this only to fans of jazz fusion or new age. As I stated before, this doesn't really garner much appeal to earlier Focus fans. The support musicians are not at all prominent, except for the programming that has practically taken Top Rankin - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Survival the role from an effective rhythm section. Also, "Focus" is the album title here and not the band's name.
Those - lik Well, I am Delirium - The Dead South - Illusion & Doubt big fan of early Focus. The instrumental portion of their first album, and the next 3 albums are all simply amazing.
Then I see in ProgArchives a string of bad ratings for their next few albums until this one. This has a mediocre average rating from my fellow proggers but at least Who said "R. Focus" in with Ship of Memories? The return of the dutch masters, now with drum program! Pay attention on the last track: atmospheric, slow, sweet melody And great starting too, with Russian Roulette, where the guitar is superb; my two favouri Absolutely superb album, two guys at the top of their game, King Kong - Jan Akkerman & Thijs van Leer - Focus obviously not even trying very hard.
Yes, Beethoven's Revenge goes on a bit, but Ole Judy, Russian Roulette and the wonderful Who's Calling show that 80s technology, nasty as it sounded, could be h This is a highly underrated album and almost stands comparison with Focus' 70s peaks of Moving Waves and Hamburger Concerto.
This van Leer plays flute and synths with all his usual skill and Jan Akkerman's guitar playing still has fire in its belly, particularly the blazing soloing on Ole Jud Indeed they were creating new ground in the minefield of progmusic way back then!!
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No release results - showing artist results instead. Great news for all the "Focus" fans to which I belong. Eleven years after the fabulous "Concerto" The association could of course lead to the best but so many of these rather led to worse, so it is with circumspection that I discovered this release. This is the sort of thing that Focus should have released after the amazing "Hamburg" experiment, since the band finally suffered from inconsistency and loss of creative energy after reaching Бързи - Смели - Сръчни - Н.И.Ш.Т.О.!
- Нищо! Ново Под Слънцето a tremendous apex. Something is going terribly wrong with a great band when a compilation album "Ship" immensely surpasses a studio effort "Mother" and then, the following album's few highlights are written by newcomers. This "Focus" album conceived by this new encounter of Dutch progressive minds is the definitive testimony of the musical imagination that Focus had still in store but took so many years to take shape and meet its material reality. So, once you get this album and are treated with the stylish romanticism of 'Russian Roulette' and the lovely, refereshing flavors of 'King Kong', you can almost touch the creative vigor in pure Focus style.
Van Leer remembers his old-time partner's vibe so well that you might bet that he wrote Akkerman's polished guitar lines for 'Russian Roulette' in his sleep; meanwhile, Akkerman seems to have Van had Leer's agile flute playing physically present in front of him while writing 'King Kong'. Nevermind if the digital keyboards are overwhelming in places or if the use of rhythm computers and an electronic drum kit feels "cold" or "lacks the human touch".
The chemistry is there, unhidden, revealing in the wide open, and fueled with authentic creativity. Adding rockier guitar parts both electric and King Kong - Jan Akkerman & Thijs van Leer - Focus guitars and exotic moods, 'Indian Summer' provides a captivating exercise on jazz-rock in its most refined form.
I own both the vinyl and CD versions of this album, so I'm aware that the two long tracks are even longer in the latter edition. On the other Life In Reverse - Spearmint - A Week Away (24 Track Remastered Special Edition), the captivating lyricism of 'Who's Calling?
This is romantic, eerie prog rock at its best, Focus-style and all. It might have been entitled 'Focus VI' or something, since its introspective intimacy makes it quite related to the spirit 'Focus V' from the "Ship" album.
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