FOCUS - THE NETHERLANDS 1973

May 8, 2013 – 3:44 pm

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FOCUS
The Netherlands 1973 [no label, 1CD]

Live in Appeldorn, The Netherlands; 1973. Very good to excellent FM broadcast.

Focus is a Dutch (prog) rock band which was founded by classically trained organist/flutist Thijs van Leer in 1969, and is most famous for the instrumental pieces “Hocus Pocus” and “Sylvia”. The band broke-up in 1978, but reformed in 2002 and has been recording and touring since. They have found also renewed fame due to the use of “Hocus Pocus” by guitarist Gary Hoey on his 1993 album Animal Instinct, and as the theme for the Nike 2010 World Cup commercial, Write The Future, directed by the Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu. - wikipedia

Thanks to the person who shared this show on the net in 2005.

Uploader’s notes:

Only five songs were broadcast by a Dutch radio company called Radio Veronica. Great sound and the band was really hot this night, great music.

While this was shared and traded as Appeldorn 1973; the focustheband.com/gighistory site does not list any Appeldorn show in 1973. According to the site, in 1973 in The Netherlands, Focus played Leeuwarden (Aug 1); Alkmaar (Sept 14) and Amsterdam (Oct 6). Efforts to confirm the date and the venue would be appreciated.

Lineage:
FM broadcast > audio tape > CDR (Philps CDR570) > wave (EAC) > flac 8

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Track 01. Focus III and Focus II 07:10 (12.0MB)
Track 02. House Of The King 02:25 (4.1MB)
Track 03. Sylvia 03:40 (6.2MB)
Track 04. Tommy 02:32 (4.3MB)
Track 05. Hokus Pocus 06:25 (10.7MB)

Lineup :
Jan Akkerman - guitars
Bert Ruiter - bass, backing vocals
Pierre van der Linden - drums
Thijs van Leer - keyboards, flute, vocals

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  1. 11 Responses to “FOCUS - THE NETHERLANDS 1973”

  2. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on May 8, 2013

  3. Thanks.

    The name of the city is Apeldoorn.

    By Feelgood on May 8, 2013

  4. At the end of track 5 the DJ says “Focus live on Goud van Oud”.

    Here is a ad and review of that concert (sorry, in Dutch) Americahal, Apeldoorn where they say that last Friday Focus in orginel line up there was playing. The date was friday April 20th 1990. This date is also on the gig list http://www.focustheband.com/gighistory.htm

    http://i41.tinypic.com/35mo9ya.jpg

    http://i43.tinypic.com/2z4w8ee.jpg

    So the date is April 20th 1990 Goud van Oud, Americahal, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.

    By Feelgood on May 8, 2013

  5. I bought “Moving vawes” in 1972.I’m listening to this concert,starts “Hocus Pocus”…wow!Jan,Thijs,Pierre,Bert…what are you doing? the amps burn and smoke,the music runs faster and faster and faster.Great! Thank you bigO,as usual.

    By quicicasco on May 8, 2013

  6. just because i figure the odds are higher that he will see it here im posting this -

    LAST WEEK’S WINNER is William Rigby. Thanks to everyone who took part. You’re the man, Bill.

    Last week’s song was Jane Birkin’s Je t’aime Non Plus covered by The Holydrug Couple. This is a duo made up of Ives Sepúlveda and Manuel Parra, who are part of the psychedelic rock scene in Chile. The song appeared on the Todo Muere Vol 3 Compilation (Sacred Bones, 2013).

    that he knew this… or that anyone knew this.. means he damned well deserves to win.
    i listened to it 3x and while i have heard the original before there was no chance in
    hell i was going to get this. i dont know how he did it. im huge on psych music.
    i wish i could tell bill that he gets my praises. hope he sees this.

    By darth on May 9, 2013

  7. i wonder if they broke up in 78 and didnt reform til 2002 how are the 10 shows listed on the site that feelgood offers above explained. and those are just the ones that are known about by the people who made that list. bet there are others. its one thing to have a show that is slightly off on the information by a year. but 17 years? wow.

    By darth on May 9, 2013

  8. 1990 looks right, and it can be seen here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOLuZZXLKtM

    By ANB on May 9, 2013

  9. i didnt compare the sound of each file. that is the youtube clip of sylvia vs the track here. but i noticed here its 3.40 and on yt its 4.02. now yes thats only a 22 second difference and some of that could be applause from the previous song and the following one but just pointing it out. songs do change slightly in their structure over time. so if the show in question was not only brdcst on fm radio but also on tv.. that is interesting. one must wonder if more than 5 songs exists anywhere. with that kind of audience surely someone recorded it in the audience but aside from that perhaps there is more out there that was recorded by those who did brdcst it.

    By darth on May 9, 2013

  10. Like quicicasco, I too bought MOVING WAVES in 1972 after hearing Hocus Pocus on the radio - and I was 12! I love these guys, especially the first seven albums. So thanks BIG O for this post! By the way a company called MUSIC ON VINYL is re-releasing the first seven albums on 180 gram vinyl. I bought all of them in a little store in Monterey,CA that specializes in re-release campaigns and they sound FANTASTIC! It was well worth it.

    By Daniel Kershner on May 12, 2013

  11. So it is 1990, not 1973… that much is clear… and APELDOORN…

    By Psyclist on May 22, 2013

  12. Just seen (Feb 2015), on ‘heyday’ tv (UK freesat) - fabulous music, soooo reminiscent of ‘yes’, a group I was listening to at the time. I thought the guitarist sounded like Greeny, great drums, and the vocals/lyricist/keyboards - all fantastic.

    By Rafe on Mar 1, 2015

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