Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Focus Golden Oldies IF 001 2014

Golden Oldies

For Dutch rock legends Focus, the more things change the more they stay the same!

Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com

Focus is now on a world tour in support of Golden Oldies which highlights classics such as "Hocus Pocus", "Sylvia", and "House of The King." With the passage of time the band has made the expected personnel changes while never feeling the need to reinvent themselves or their trademark sound. Fans should and are taking to these newly recorded versions of Focus hits with global enthusiasm across multiple genres.

A huge roll of the dice seems to be paying off well and fans both old and new should have plenty to cheer about. Progressive rock is still alive and well and Focus still is on point as one of their finest! New members Bobby Jacobs on bass and the return of guitarist Menno Gootjes are certainly highlights of this long overdue package.

4 Stars!

Tracks: Hocus Pocus, Tommy, House of the King, Focus 1, Sylvia, Focus 3 & 2, Aya Yippie Hippie Yee, Neurotica, Brother.

Personnel: Thijs van Leer: Hammond Organ, Flute, Vocoder, Vocals; Pierre van der Linden: Drums; Bobby Jacobs: Bass; Menno Gootjes: Guitars.