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Focus - Ship of Memories (2001) Retail CD
Ship of Memories collects the burning ashes of that curious Dutch group Focus who blazed briefly into stardom in the 70s with their odd and heady blend of medieval/pop/rock/jazz/blues tunes; and chances are that if you're reading this you're a confirmed fan with all their output, several of Jan Akkerman's solo discs, and maybe even something from Thijs van Leer's startlingly uncertain career already snug in your CD rack. But if you're not, and if you don't, then here's why you could do a lot worse than own this immensely satisfying record. For one thing, the band, in its several incarnationsmore…, boils out of the speakers with a rawness rare to them, making this disc a sort of bastard half-brother to the polished maturity of the splendid Hamburger Concerto. Essentially, it's Akkerman's record - his guitar just muscles in on everything and takes over. The opening track for instance starts off as a typically jaunty Van Leer minstrelsy flute thing - then Akkerman roars in on his Honda, sneering at the whole business like Brando in The Wild Ones: the guitar snaps its fingers, snarls, and in one cruel moment breaks into ruthless laughter. No wonder the group broke up. Can't believe my eyes is another guitar showcase - the rest of the group make polite noises in the background while Akkerman swaggers up front and proceeds to rip small animals into pieces. The American version of Hocus Pocus is a three-minute thrash summary of the Moving Waves version and again features Akkerman in the first minute lashing out with a nerve-flaying solo. Slow track Focus V, according to producer Mike Vernon, saw a weary and pissed-off Akkerman putting down the guitar track several days after the others had done their work, and he infuses one of Van Leer's most fragile melodies with a delicate melancholy that make it a thing of uneasy beauty. But really everything here is worth listening to: it's an album that displays one of the last few decades' most extraordinary instrumentalists on his way to shrugging his shoulders at fame and heading back to the quiet of Holland to think things out - an arrogant, unhappy young guitarist, in a place he didn't want to be, playing out his rage.
|2||Can't Believe My Eyes|
|4||Out Of Vesuvius|
|6||Red Sky At Night|
|7||Spoke The Lord Creator|
|9||Ship Of Memories|
- Focus - Ship of Memories (2001) Retail CD
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