The album awarded Focus with a Conamus Export Awardtheir second Edison Award,  and gold certifications in the three aforementioned countries; the US award was issued in for sellingcopies.
It peaked at number 20 in the UK in January Between the recording and release of Moving WavesFocus underwent further line-up changes. Shortly before a tour of France in Julyvan der Linden temporarily left the band after he found out van Leer and Akkerman would get paid more than himself. He was replaced by Akkerman's younger brother, the year-old Jacob "Cocky" Akkerman, before the rift was sorted and van der Linden resumed on the drums at its conclusion.
He was invited by the drummer to a tryout session, after which he became a full-time member. Focus resumed as a live act in September ; among their first gigs with Ruiter was No Hang Ups - Focus (2) - Hocus Pocus Box (Box Set Rotterdam as part of the European Newport Jazz Festival on 29 October. Van Leer felt insecure about the tour at first and expressed the lack of courage from the group when they compared themselves to other popular UK rock acts. Album) receiving little money for their performances, they received radio airplay on BBC Radio 1earned positive reviews from critics, and gained new fans.
Focus 3 saw the group produce short and extended pieces, including the three-minute instrumental " Sylvia " and the group devised, minute "Anonymous II" that devotes a solo spot for each member, and the addition of "House of the King". Upon its release in Novemberthe album went to number one in the Netherlands for one week,  number 6 in the UK,  and number 35 in the US. Akkerman had expressed a wish to put down "great ideas" he had written over the past year, but extensive touring had left the No Hang Ups - Focus (2) - Hocus Pocus Box (Box Set physically and mentally exhausted which reduced their eagerness to write and record new group material.
The album went to number 23 in the UK in October The band went on to receive a Billboard Trendsetter Award for their success after notching up two gold albums, combining sales of one million copies sold in the US, and one gold single.
Upon their return from their second North American tour from June to September the band returned to Groeneveld Castle for rehearsals. Van der Linden failed to turn up, and the group soon learned of his decision to quit the band.
Vernon suggested English players Mitch MitchellAynsley Dunbarand Colin Allen as replacements; Allen was the only one available, taking the invitation as a complete surprise and flew to meet the band the following day.
After a successful try out session, Allen "Got the thumbs up. It all happened pretty quickly I fitted in. Recording was met with growing tension, with van Leer, Ruiter and Allen working together during the day and Akkerman recording his parts in the evening.
Van Leer claimed it was the band's "First proper work. It has strength and purpose", and Vernon later said the album and Moving Waves were the most rewarding on a second listen. Allen was fired the next day, not knowing who made the decision. Despite the problems, he "will always remain proud to have been a member". Released in OctoberMother Focus saw Focus depart from their classical and jazz-influenced sound towards shorter, commercially accessible songs with middle of the road influences and little room for improvisation and jamming they were known for.
During plans for their upcoming tour Akkerman refused to perform the album's music, thinking it was not strong enough. To solve the issue, he and van Leer returned to Morgan Studios and put down "Red Sky at Night" and "Avondrood", the latter featuring the two singing in Dutch. However, van Leer and Ruiter did not share the same enthusiasm over van der Linden's return. Nevertheless, Focus returned to Australia and Japan in May and June for a series of sold out dates,   yet reviewers of the gigs noticed the lack of cohesiveness than before.
Matters turned for the worse after van Leer and Ruiter refused to have van der Linden re-record the drums for a single release of "Crackers", No Hang Ups - Focus (2) - Hocus Pocus Box (Box Set, causing the drummer to quit a second time. In Februarytwo and a half days before the group's arrival to the UK for a tour, van Leer asked Akkerman to leave Focus over his disagreements with the music they were rehearsing and the decision not to have van der Linden return on the drums.
There was still a lot of improvisation but even this had become planned". In the guitarist's absence, van Leer met Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine and the two played a jam session that van Leer enjoyed. Akkerman disliked a song that the group had rehearsed about him soon after, which led to van Leer asking him to leave the next day. Dutch guitarist Eef Albers later joined Focus.
A handful of scattered gigs were performed through and with American drummer Richard James on call out whenever they secured a booking. After van Leer signed a deal with EMI in April to record a new Focus album, work did not begin until late when the band faced potential legal action if they did not release something.
Probyrang his Netherlands-based manager and invited him to the studio, thinking his vocals would replace Akkerman's lyrical playing. Van Leer was sceptical as Proby was not familiar with the band and the singer was going through a period of heavy alcohol abuse. Upon Proby's arrival, Albers recalled: "He drank Four Roses whiskey the whole day, so much so that the nearest liquor store was soon sold out Cleuver, then van Leer's manager, later called it "simply shameful".
In mid, both of Album) managers came up with the idea of the guitarist reuniting with van Leer to record new music, to which Akkerman agreed.
Van Leer immediately accepted the invitation, and went on to play the synthesiser on "Headbanger" on Akkerman's solo album From the Basement. In the following 15 months, the two wrote, rehearsed, and recorded new music with several additional musicians with engineer Theo Balijon.
Balijon claimed Jacobs cut corners and pushed for the strongest tracks to be completed quickly to save production costs, which "unintentionally increased the animosity between Jan and Thijs". InEMI acquired the rights to the band's back catalogue and reissued their albums on compact disc for the first time. Inthe former line-up of van Leer, Akkerman, van der Linden, and Ruiter reunited for the first time since The four played a minute set at the Americahal in Apeldoorn on 20 April that was broadcast as part of the Oud van Goud television special.
Ruiter said they "went very well"; van Leer said it was "fantastic". Originally the band were to perform "Hocus Pocus" with Akkerman, but the guitarist declined the offer made by the network, stating he reunited with Focus for Meijer and his manager.
The appearance went ahead regardless. Invan Leer reformed Focus with Cleuver and Ruiter returning on drums and bass, respectively, and year-old Dutch guitarist Menno Gootjes who was studying at the Rotterdam Conservatory.
To van Leer's surprise, he found out the three had been rehearsing Focus songs from the s era. Released on Musea Records in lateit received critical praise and was supported with a tour of North and South America and Europe. The advert aired on television worldwide which generated renewed interest in the band and led to "Hocus Pocus" entering the UK Singles Chart at number In lateGootjes rejoined the band as a replacement to a departing van der Steenhoven.
InAmerican rapper J. The band released their tenth studio album Focus Xfeaturing cover art by Roger Deanin November It is a collection of re-recorded versions of Focus songs. Inthe band released Focus 8. It is credited to "Focus and Friends featuring Marvio Ciribelli", and was recorded during gaps in their South American tour with Brazilian musicians. In DecemberUdo Pannekeet replaced Jacobs on bass. Focus performed at their second Cruise to the Edge event in Februarythird inand fourth in From March to OctoberFocus toured Europe.
In NovemberFocus released their fourteenth studio album Focus 11 to coincide with their date UK tour. It will be available on CD at each venue, No Hang Ups - Focus (2) - Hocus Pocus Box (Box Set, followed by a full release on 25 January It has been revealed on the band's Facebook page that for their 50th Anniversary, Focus 12a live album and an extra studio album with re-recorded songs will be released.
Akkerman's "House of the King" was originally a Dutch single release, before being included on the UK album In and Out of Focus which featured tracks from 'Focus Play Focus" in a different playing sequence plus "House of the King" the track is not on the band's Dutch debut . The same version, not a re-recording, was included on the double vinyl release of Focus 3 but was omitted from the CD version of that albumand later became the title themes of the BBC children's television shows "Encounter France" and "Merry-go-Round", both then Don't Ask Mea science-based British TV show of the s that made household names of Magnus Pyke and David Bellamy.
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"Hocus Pocus" is a song by the Dutch rock band Focus, written by keyboardist, flautist and vocalist Thijs van Leer and guitarist Jan Akkerman. It was recorded and released in as the opening track of their second studio album Moving Waves. An edited version was released as a single (with "Janis" as the B-side) on the Imperial, Polydor and Blue Horizon labels in Europe in , but failed. FOCUS Hocus Pocus: Best of Focus ( grams) (Music On Vinyl edition) (2LP) LP ,89 zł. Focus – Hocus Pocus Box () mp3. Kbps Total Time: min Total Size: 1,5 GB WebSite: Album Preview. Tracklist: Show/hide text Limited 13 CD box set from the iconic Dutch band. Includes the albums In & Out Of Focus, Focus II Moving Waves, Focus III, Live At The Rainbow, Hamburger Concerto, Mother Focus, Ship Of Memories, Focus. Jun 07, · Hocus Pocus Box Focus. 13CD SET - COMPLETE ALBUM COLLECTION & BONUS CD. Comment. COMPLETE ALBUM COLLECTION + BONUS CD. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of At The Koseinenkin on Discogs. Focus (2) – Hocus Pocus Box Label: Red Bullet – RB Format: Box Set, Compilation CD, Album, Reissue CD, Album, Reissue CD, Album, Reissue CD, Album, Reissue CD, Album, Reissue CD, Album, Reissue CD, Album, Reissue CD, Album, Reissue CD, Album, Reissue CD, Album, Reissue CD, Album, Reissue CD, Album, Reissue CD, Compilation, Reissue Notes 13 albums/discs . "Limited 13 CD box set from the iconic Dutch band. Includes the albums In & Out Of Focus, Focus II Moving Waves, Focus III, Live At The Rainbow, Hamburger Concerto, Mother Focus, Ship Of Memories, Focus Con Proby, Jann Akkerman & Thijs Van Leer - Focus, Focus 8, Focus 9 New Skin, Focus X, and The Best Of Focus. Opposites attract, or so they say. Limited 13 CD box set from the iconic Dutch band. Includes the albums In & Out Of Focus, Focus II Moving Waves, Focus III, Live At The Rainbow, Hamburger Concerto, Mother Focus, Ship Of Memories, Focus Con Proby, Jann Akkerman & Thijs Van Leer - Focus, Focus 8, Focus 9 New Skin, Focus X, and The Best Of Focus. Opposites attract, or so they say. El 14 de Julio se editó el box set "Hocus Pocus Box", compuesto de 13 cd's de Focus con todos sus discos de estudios, uno en vivo y un compilado. "HOCUPS POCUS BOX" Disc: 1 – Focus Plays Focus/In and Out Of Focus () 1. Focus (Vocal) 2. Black Beauty 3. Sugar Island 4. Anonymus. This box includes the body of work of the Dutch band Focus, plus an album reseleased under the Jan Akkerman & Thijs van Leer moniker. Once the albums are all included, I think that the Hocus Pocus (best of Focus) is superfluous. The covers are poor, but /5().
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