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Moving Waves
     

Moving Waves

by Focus
 

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The album that boosted Focus into at least semi-fame outside of continental Europe, Moving Waves blasts off with their hit single, "Hocus Pocus." Built around a killer guitar hook by Jan Akkerman and a series of solo turns by the band, this instrumental replaced "Wipeout" as a

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The album that boosted Focus into at least semi-fame outside of continental Europe, Moving Waves blasts off with their hit single, "Hocus Pocus." Built around a killer guitar hook by Jan Akkerman and a series of solo turns by the band, this instrumental replaced "Wipeout" as a staple of FM radio. The bizarrely hilarious vocal and accordion solos by Thijs van Leer -- one of which absurdly concludes with rousing stadium cheers -- have to be heard to be believed. After this over-the-top performance, the other tracks seem comparatively constrained: the gentle "Le Clochard" features some gorgeous classical guitar over Mellotron strings. The album concludes with "Eruption," which while mimicking the multi-suite nomenclature of Yes and King Crimson, is essentially a side-long jam session. Stop-time Emersonian organ solos alternate with languid sections of jazzy guitar redolent of Santana, while still other sections are flat-out electric blues-rock stomps. It's impressive playing, though it comes off as a bit meandering after the tightly structured solos that began the album.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
Label:
Red Bullet
UPC:
8712944661880
catalogNumber:
66188
Rank:
10005

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Performance Credits

Focus   Primary Artist
Jan Akkerman   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Track Performer
Thijs van Leer   Organ,Synthesizer,Flute,Harmonica,Alto Flute,Keyboards,Vocals,Track Performer
Colin Allen   Track Performer
Cyril Havermanns   Bass
David Kemper   Track Performer
Bert Ruiter   Track Performer
Pierre van der Linden   Drums

Technical Credits

Jan Akkerman   Composer
Focus   Producer
Mike Vernon   Producer,Liner Notes
Thijs van Leer   Composer
Jerry Boys   Engineer
Pierre van der Linden   Composer
Terence Ibbott   Design Photography

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