Focus

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

At The Rainbow
Used - LP - 2442118
Stunning 1973 UK Red Label Original Housed In A Die-Cut, Tri-Fold Gimmick Cover. This LP Was Barely Sealed In An Importer's Loose Wrap Which We Removed To Make Sure This Was A New, Unplayed Copy. more
At The Rainbow
New - LP - EMS 40197
New, Unplayed Japanese Original With Obi. “The Instrumental Rockers Of The Early '70s Never Were Any Good At Dulling Down Their Musical Expertise; And, Indeed, It's Only A Matter Of Seconds Into Their First And Only Live Release — Live At The Rainbow — Until One Realizes Just How Talented Focus Were. Jan Akkerman, Named "World's Best Guitarist" By Melody Maker In 1973 Ahead Of Eric Clapton And Others, Was Amazingly On Form In This Performance. Thijs Van Leer, Chief Songwriter And Performer In The Band, Showcased His Talents On Flute, Vocals, And Organ With Unparalleled Finesse. Bert Ruiter Knocked Out His Basslines Tight To Pierre Van Der Linden's Drums, Undoubtedly Two Of The Finest Players On Their Respective Instruments. It Would Be So Easy To Go Off On A Tangent Explaining The Mastery That Focus Had Musically; Suffice To Say, However, The Bands Technical Proficiency Is Rarely Matched In The World Of Rock. Live At The Rainbow Featured Some Of The Band's Best And Most Well Known Tracks: "Sylvia," "Hocus Pocus," "Focus II," And So On. Although Much Of The Content Sticks Closely To Its Original Studio Form , With Maybe An Extra Solo Or Two Thrown In For Good Measure, A Few Songs Host Drastic Changes. "Hocus Pocus," For Example, Is Almost Unrecognizable. This Live Version Is Multiple Times Faster Than Its Studio Counterpart — Those Familiar With Only The Studio Version Are Certainly In For A Shock! Throughout The Album The Performance Is Simply Astonishing. Live At The Rainbow Is A Fine Purchase For Any Focus Fan, Or, Indeed, Anyone Looking For A Band With A Good Degree Of Originality And Musical Ability.” – Ben Davies, All Music Guide more
Focus 3
Used - LP - SAS 3901
1972 Lenticular Die-Cut Jacket Original. Jacket Is VG+, Vinyl Is Near Mint. more
Focus Con Proby
Used - LP - ST-11721
1978 Orignal. “As Great Ideas Go... This Probably Wasn't One. Take One Down-On-Its-Luck European Prog Band, Three Years And Several Missing Members Past Its Prime; One 60s Semi-Superstar Whose Actual Renown As A Performer Was Never As Vast As His Admirers And PR Cuttings Insisted It Was; And Then Send Them In The Studio Together. What Do You Think You'd Get? Actually, You Get A Lot More Than You Were Probably Expecting. Even Without Jan Akkerman, "Sylvia And The Trademark Yodelling Solos, Focus Circa 1978 Remained A Formidable Instrumental Force, With Guitarist Eef Albers Readily Capable Of Assuming His Illustrious Predecessor's Mantel, And Thijs Van Leer Continuing To Pen Some Remarkable Melodies And Passages. PJ Proby, Too, Could Still Sing The Birds Out Of The Trees When He Put His Mind To It And, Compared With The Multitude Of Other Projects To Which He Turned His Tonsils During The 70s And 80s, His Collaboration With Focus Might Well Be The Only One That Does Live Up To All His Own Hype. Proby Features On Five Of The Album's Nine Tracks, And It's A Sign Of How Seamlessly The Two Sides Came Together That, After A Handful Of Listens, Focus' Own Instrumentals Actually Seem Somewhat Lacking - In Punch, In Power And In Purpose. One Can Regret That The Team Never Tried Its Hand At What Remains One Of The Most Legendary Jewels In The Focus Archive, The Lyric-Laden Version Of "Sylvia That Van Leer Wrote (But, Apparently, Never Recorded) In The Late 1960s - With Its Haunting Guitar Backdrop, "Eddy" Comes Close, But It's Not Quite The Same Thing. Overall, However, It's Difficult To Fault The Music These Two Unlikely Poles Did Conjoin To Create, Rendering Focus Con Proby One Of The Most Unexpected Triumphs In The Entire Focus Catalog. And One Of The Best Things Proby Has Ever Done.” – Dave Thompson, All Music Guide. more
Hamburger Concerto
New - LP - SD 36-100
Sealed 1974 U.S. Original. Small Saw Cut. “Focus Had Well Proven Their Ability To Write Rocking Instrumentals By The Time Of This Release. Their Catalog, Although Consisting Of Four Albums, Rarely Had A Dull Moment Between Them. Hamburger Concerto Is Equally Consistent, Much Of It Being Prime Focus Material. The Akkerman-Written "Birth" And "Early Birth" Are Examples Of Focus Fully Flexing Their Muscles, Featuring Superb Guitar Work And Amazing All-Round Musicianship, As Well As Sporting Some Superb Riffs. The Usual Lengthy Instrumentals Are Present Also, As Well As Some Manic Vocals From The Manic But Genius Thijs Van Leer.” Ben Davies, All Music Guide. more
Hamburger Concerto
Used - LP - SD 36-100
1974 Original With Promotional Song Hype Sticker On The Jacket. Appears Unplayed. “Focus Had Well Proven Their Ability To Write Rocking Instrumentals By The Time Of This Release. Their Catalog, Although Consisting Of Four Albums, Rarely Had A Dull Moment Between Them. Hamburger Concerto Is Equally Consistent, Much Of It Being Prime Focus Material. The Akkerman-Written "Birth" And "Early Birth" Are Examples Of Focus Fully Flexing Their Muscles, Featuring Superb Guitar Work And Amazing All-Round Musicianship, As Well As Sporting Some Superb Riffs. The Usual Lengthy Instrumentals Are Present Also, As Well As Some Manic Vocals From The Manic But Genius Thijs Van Leer.” Ben Davies, All Music Guide. more
In And Out Of Focus
Used - LP - SES 97027
White Label Original. Promo Sticker On Cover. Top Edge Of Cover Is Lightly Scuffed. more
In And Out Of Focus
Used - LP - SAS 7407
1973 Reissue Of 1970 Album. more
In And Out Of Focus
Used - LP - 2344 003
1970 Debut Gatefold Original. Vinyl Appears Glossy, Unplayed. Bottom Seam Has Moderate Rubbing. more
In And Out Of Focus
New - LP - SAS 7404
Sealed 1973 Retitled Second Issue Of The Band's 1970 Debut. Jacket Has Decent Top And Bottom Spine Creases, Corner Dent. more
In And Out Of Focus
Used - LP - 5C 054-24192
Stunning 1970 Original On The Orange Imperial Label Housed In A Laminated Jacket Featuring The Original Cover Art. more
Live At The Rainbow
Used - LP - SAS 7408
1973 Original. Saw-Cut. “The Instrumental Rockers Of The Early '70s Never Were Any Good At Dulling Down Their Musical Expertise; And, Indeed, It's Only A Matter Of Seconds Into Their First And Only Live Release — Live At The Rainbow — Until One Realizes Just How Talented Focus Were. Jan Akkerman, Named "World's Best Guitarist" By Melody Maker In 1973 Ahead Of Eric Clapton And Others, Was Amazingly On Form In This Performance. Thijs Van Leer, Chief Songwriter And Performer In The Band, Showcased His Talents On Flute, Vocals, And Organ With Unparalleled Finesse. Bert Ruiter Knocked Out His Basslines Tight To Pierre Van Der Linden's Drums, Undoubtedly Two Of The Finest Players On Their Respective Instruments. It Would Be So Easy To Go Off On A Tangent Explaining The Mastery That Focus Had Musically; Suffice To Say, However, The Bands Technical Proficiency Is Rarely Matched In The World Of Rock. Live At The Rainbow Featured Some Of The Band's Best And Most Well Known Tracks: "Sylvia," "Hocus Pocus," "Focus II," And So On. Although Much Of The Content Sticks Closely To Its Original Studio Form , With Maybe An Extra Solo Or Two Thrown In For Good Measure, A Few Songs Host Drastic Changes. "Hocus Pocus," For Example, Is Almost Unrecognizable. This Live Version Is Multiple Times Faster Than Its Studio Counterpart — Those Familiar With Only The Studio Version Are Certainly In For A Shock! Throughout The Album The Performance Is Simply Astonishing. Live At The Rainbow Is A Fine Purchase For Any Focus Fan, Or, Indeed, Anyone Looking For A Band With A Good Degree Of Originality And Musical Ability.” – Ben Davies, All Music Guide more
Mother Focus
New - LP - SD 36-117
Sealed 1975 Original. Some Rubbing Along Edges. more
Moving Waves
New - LP - SAS 7401
Sealed Original, Custom Sticker Over Shrink Wrap. Features Their Monster Hit "Hocus Pocus." more
Moving Waves
Used - LP - SAS 7401
1971 Original Still In Shrink. Appears Glossy. Includes Their Monster Hit "Hocus Pocus." more
Moving Waves
Used Import - EMS-50130
1982 Japanese Pressing With Obi And Insert. more
Ship Of Memories
Used - LP - SA 7531
1977 Original With Gold Promo Stamp On The Back Cover Appears Glossy, Unplayed. 1A/1A Stampers. more

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