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Monday, February 3, 2014

Focus - Mother Focus (1975 dutch, pleasant smooth prog rock, japan remaster)

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. 
by Ben Davies

1. Mother Focus (Jan Akkerman, Bert Ruiter, Thijs Van Leer) - 3:04
2. I Need A Bathroom (Ruiter) - 3:03
3. Bennie Helder (Van Leer) - 3:31
4. Soft Vanilla (Ruiter) - 3:03
5. Hard Vanilla (Ruiter) - 2:34
6. Tropical Bird (Ruiter) - 2:42
7. Focus IV (Van Leer) - 3:56
8. Someone's Crying . . . What? (Akkerman) - 3:18
9. All Together . . . Oh, That! (Akkerman) - 3:41
10.No Hang Ups (Paul Stoppelman) - 2:55
11.My Sweetheart (Akkerman, Van Leer) - 3:36
12.Father Bach (Van Leer) - 1:34

*Thijs Van Leer - Keyboards, Flute
*Jan Akkerman - Guitar
*Bert Ruiter - Bass Guitar, Vocals On "I Need A Bathroom"
*David Kemper - Drums
*Colin Allen - Drums On "I Need A Bathroom"

1970  Focus - In And Out Of Focus (Japan remaster)
1971  Focus - Moving Waves (Japan remaster)
1972  Focus III  (Japan mini lp release)
1974  Focus - Hamburger Concerto  (Japan remaster)
Related Act
1969-70  Brainbox - Brainbox (2011 Esoteric expanded)

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  1. Thank you so much for all the Focus - they will all replace my existing EU versions, because they are so much better in sonic quality. Hats off to the Japanese, they really did a wonderful job.

  2. Focus - Mother Focus ...ReFocused