Mother Focus

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All Music Guide - Ben Davies
Focus here featured virtuoso guitarist Jan Akkerman for the last time, not to work with his long-term writing partner Thijs Van Leer for another ten years. Mother Focus also sees Focus' highly skilled bass player Bert Ruiter try his hand in songwriting. The outcome includes the one of the finest funk tracks on the album -- the hilarious "I Need a Bathroom." The album begins with quite possibly the finest track on the album -- and maybe the most typical Focus -- the titular "Mother Focus." The funky theme underlying the number sets the mood for the rest of the LP with aplomb. Indeed, Mother Focus is far from the usual instrumental material. For this reason, Mother Focus may ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ben Davies
Focus here featured virtuoso guitarist Jan Akkerman for the last time, not to work with his long-term writing partner Thijs Van Leer for another ten years. Mother Focus also sees Focus' highly skilled bass player Bert Ruiter try his hand in songwriting. The outcome includes the one of the finest funk tracks on the album -- the hilarious "I Need a Bathroom." The album begins with quite possibly the finest track on the album -- and maybe the most typical Focus -- the titular "Mother Focus." The funky theme underlying the number sets the mood for the rest of the LP with aplomb. Indeed, Mother Focus is far from the usual instrumental material. For this reason, Mother Focus may not appeal to the usual fans of the Dutch proggers. The number of feel-good tunes making up the album's core makes up for the lack of a rocking single in the style of "Hocus Pocus." A mellower, happier aura permeates the recording as a whole, particularly noticeable in the soothing "Tropic Bird." Undoubtedly, though, Mother Focus is let down by the lack of Akkerman's and Thijs' presence. The whole album cries out for one of them to jump out and take center stage for a while. Instead each track is filled with numerous melodies and rhythms, with only the occasional jaunt from Akkerman. Mother Focus is a fine album in its own right, but maybe not what one would be expecting when taking into account the progressive rock features of their earlier albums. Funk predominates in the last respectable Focus LP. RIP Focus.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2001
  • Label: Red Bullet
  • EAN: 8712944661927
  • Catalog Number: 66192
  • Sales rank: 54,571

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mother Focus (3:04)
  2. 2 I Need a Bathroom (3:05)
  3. 3 Bennie Helder (3:32)
  4. 4 Soft Vanilla (3:03)
  5. 5 Hard Vanilla (2:35)
  6. 6 Tropic Bird (2:43)
  7. 7 Focus IV (3:58)
  8. 8 Someone's Crying... What! (3:19)
  9. 9 All Together... Oh That! (3:42)
  10. 10 No Hang Ups (2:56)
  11. 11 My Sweetheart (3:36)
  12. 12 Father Bach (1:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Focus Primary Artist
Jan Akkerman Guitar, Percussion
Thijs van Leer Synthesizer, Flute, Keyboards, Vocals
Colin Allen Percussion, Drums
David Kemper Drums
Bert Ruiter Bass, Percussion, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Focus Producer
Thijs van Leer Arranger
Mike Butcher Engineer
Eric Prestidge Engineer
Hubert Tereggen Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Focus goes soft - nice results

    By this album, Focus abandoned the suite-length compositions ("Hamburger Concerto", "Eruption") and Jethro Tull-esque instrumental prog in favor of a more 'smooth jazz' approach, and the results are pretty good. For the longest time in NYC, on WPLJ-FM (95.5), they would play a certain bit of instrumental music after their montage themes. I later found out that that bit was from "My Sweetheart" - in its entirety, a great driving instrumental. But soon after this album, the future of instrumental rock was to belong to the Dixie Dregs.

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