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Hocus Pocus. Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes. Ship of Memories, a collection of rarities from Focus' catalog, is somewhat more diverse than most of the band's other releases. Starting off with "P's March," a track rooted in the style of Focus' debut album In and Out of Focus, Ship of Memories gradually works its way through the band's many phases to the Mother Focus styled "Crackers.
Not only is the song a verified rarity on the continent, but it is also vastly different from the U. The main difference is because "Living The frantic activity of Focus, because of their success in both Britain and the US, had drained the band and recording sessions in mid failed to produce a new album. Some of this work was later released as Ship Of Memories in This album was compiled of leftover tracks from that sess Another underrated album.
This one features outtakes and rarities from mostly , one track from the first line-up and a few from the later line-up Mother Focus.
Side one is truly great! This is one of the wrost records I've ever heard from a major Prog group. Total lack of inspiration by sr. Akkerman and song writing is mostly made of crap. Why the silhouette of the World War II German battleship Bismark was selected for the cover of this Focus retrospect album rather than a graceful tall ship is one of those record company mysteries.
Containing snippets and unused material spanning their career up to when Jan Akkerman called it You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker. This is certainly much stronger than its predecessor Mother Bogus that was an easy one but I had to say it but I wish the art work did not refer to it this warship thing. Since there is material that dates back to the first album , this vimyl always lacked direction.
In digital days, this album might be named as Previously Unreleased album or each individual track will be inserted as bonus tracks of remastered series of Focus. Rather the band opted to use "Ship of Memories" which contains previously unreleased songs from their previous albums. This is an instrumental album released by by Sire Records, with materials spanning from , , and The first four tracks were originally should appear on a follow-up album to Focus III in , but there were disagreements among members of the band about the quality of the material, and finally it was not released as an album.
That's why you will find that the musicianship and performance of the band are quite good for all four songs here.
Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW. The "Mother Focus" album had been an almost total disaster in artistic terms, showing a band that used to be grandiose until recently "Hamburger Concerto" had been an amazing follow-up to the "Focus III" and live albums going down as a muzak ensemble. This Focus had evidently fallen far out of focus. This album was not designed to show sings of improvement or further decay, but it actually happened to be a very good late testament for the Akkerman and Van der Linden days.
In fact, most of the material comes from the time between the live album's release and the "hamburger Concerto" sessions. While in America prog, Kansas was elaborating one of its finest compositions ever with the linkage and rearrangement of various leftovers 'Magnum Opus' , Focus revealed that it could deliver pretty good ideas that didn't have much to envy those tracks that ultimately had made it for the first 5 studio efforts.
One must really reconsider the traditional meaning of the word leftover in this kind of situations, even though the sound production quality is irregular throughout the album. A lovely piece, indeed, it is a crime that it should be kept in the dark until this album was released. The album's second half starts with 'Glider', which basically is the original demo of what eventually became 'Mother Focus'. Unlike the insipid final result, 'Glider' happens to be a ballsy, effective exercise on rock-meets-funky, with a pleasant use of jazzy disco elements.
There is also a funny entry of a rhythm machine, which joined with the extra percussion seems to flirt with the disco thing. But this is no 'Invisible Touch' or 'No Reply at All', this is a great piece of humorous, catchy rock: the added flavors provided by Akkerman's solos and Van Leer's multiple keyboard inputs are properly fuelled by the rhythm duo.
The flute solo is pure Van Leer magic. The namesake closer is a brief, experimental piece performed by a van der Linden doubling on drum kit a ceremonious roll and harmonium soft chord progressions : the idea of a ship setting out to sea is well portrayed here.
Surprisingly good, this album outdoes the preceding and follow-up efforts that Focus came out with in the wake of its career. Unlike the current resurrection era, way back then, the leadership of Van Leer alone wasn't enough.
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