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Focus - Masters from the Vaults
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Focus ist eine niederländische Progressive-Band um den Organisten und Flötisten Thijs van Leer und seit den 60er-Jahren aktiv Diese 2-DVD enthält eine Kollektion von frühen Live-Performances
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Still, the bottonm line is that it's good to see this gang of excellent musicians in the heady days when you could see five top bands playing their own music in five consecutive nights. Not so now. Curved Air carved out their own niche and nobody has quite filled it. Good.
Overall, the performances are what you'd expect from live Focus from that era. To counter a previous reviewer, from what _I've_ read in accounts, I've only been able to determine that Jan was unreliable as a live musician, period. Certain nights would see him soar, while others he was obviously struggling to get the notes out. As to blaming this on drug issues, I would have to say that much of the previous reviewer's comments noting Thijs and Jan's on-screen interaction comes down to reading way too much into things. I didn't notice exactly where Thijs looks "searchingly" for Jan (oftentimes, it looks like Thijs is visibly demonstrating a great amount of respect for Jan), and the segment where Jan walks off-stage (and tries to tell Thijs musically to stop the take, while Thijs stumbles in disbelief, not understanding the musical cue the rest of the band members give him at least twice, then continues on) is because Jan's guitar strap has become disengaged, and perhaps even broken. Jan can be seen picking up a second strap off his guitar amp and locks it in before resuming guitar. In fact, during that performance, there are others in the band who look way more "under the influence" than Jan, though I won't name them here.
True, there is most likely very little love lost between Thijs and Jan (and I've heard this from people who know either/or personally... I came close to meeting Thijs due to one of these people!), but thankfully you don't see it here. Instead, you get a charming memento of the best years (composition-wise) of the band, as well as appearances from over 75% of the musicians that passed through Focus in the 1970's (only Hans Cleuver, Martin Dresden and Eef Alberts (spelling?) aren't visually present... although at least the "Focus (vocal)" track mimed to is actually played by Hans and Martin, and Thijs refers to them by full name in his interview segments).
The only caveats are the visible age of one of the performances from the castle, as if that particular performance was taken from a previously viewed projector reel, although the sound is quite good (good fidelity with no dropouts). While the two earliest performances ("Focus (vocal)" and "House of the King") are mimed, these happen very early in the DVD and therefore minimize any negative feelings amongst viewers, of which most are probably seeing Focus play (on TV) for the first time!
Overall, a very, VERY worthwhile purchase for the Focus fan, and (from what I've heard as available over the years), all-inclusive.