Tag Archives: Focus

Gig review: HRH PROG VI – Pwllheli, North Wales, 17-18 November 2017

Edgar Broughton - HRH PROG VI - Pwllheli, North Wales, 17-18 November 2017

David Randall writes… Friday Edgar Broughton opened the proceedings on Stage 1 without his band but with tales of daring-do over a career spanning nearly 50 years and since his signing to the Harvest label in 1968.  Apparently he presided … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Day 3 – Mote Park, Maidstone, 30 July 2017

RAMBLIN

After the deluge on Saturday the forecast for the Sunday was looking a lot brighter and judging by the size of the crowd in the arena the sun had enticed a few extra bodies along for another top day of … Continue reading

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Gig review: ERIC GALES BAND & Gary Hoey Band – Nells Jazz & Blues, London, 2 June 2017

Eric Gales #1

This may well be the first time two American label mates who have known each other down the decades make their UK debut’s on the same night. And while the evening brings a sharp contrast in styles, the two guitarists … Continue reading

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Album review: COLIN HARPER – Titanium Flag (Remastered & Expanded Edition)

COLIN HARPER - Titanium Flag

Market Square Records [Release date 24.04.17] The sad thing about this album is that most punters will be drawn in primarily by Track 3 which features legendary Dutch guitarist Jan Akkerman.  In fairness, back in 2010 when this was released … Continue reading

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Gig review: GIANTS OF ROCK – Butlins, Minehead, 27-30 January 2017

Steve Hackett - Giants of Rock, Minehead, January 2017

David Randall sets the scene… Giants of Rock.  Geriatrics of Rock?  It’s where we’ve ended up.  The bracing sea air, the faded resort town, the surfeit of hand-wash.   These events as much remind us of our own mortality as that … Continue reading

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EP review: THE ANN WILSON THING – Focus

THE ANN WILSON THING - Focus

Rounder Records [Release date 12.08.16] Essentially Heart minus Nancy Wilson, The Ann Wilson Thing is a vehicle for Ann to ‘give it large’ without her younger sibling by her side. The band’s second EP features two cover live covers – … Continue reading

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Gig review: HRH PROG – Pwllheli, Wales, 17-19 March 2016

Arthur Brown - HRH Prog - Pwllheli, Wales, 17-20 March 2016

I remember the first time I attended the HRH Prog festival which was held at the ice cold Magna Centre in Rotherham; boy was it cold, even the artists had coats on whilst they performed! But it looks like we … Continue reading

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Album review: JAN AKKERMAN – Jan Akkerman (1977 reissue)

JAN AKKERMAN - Jan Akkerman

Esoteric Recordings [Release date 29.01.16] “Jan Akkerman”, the 1977 album with the distinctive “guitar in bed” cover, was Akkerman’s answer to Jeff Beck’s ‘Blow By Blow’ two years earlier.  This was the Dutch guitarist’s first solo album since splitting from … Continue reading

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Album review: FUSONIC – Fields Of No Man’s Land

FUSONIC - Fields Of No Man

DMI Records [Release Date 22.06.15] Fusonic is a Dutch symphonic prog rock band  whose second album draws on the prog rock giants of the past and reaches for a new musical vocabulary for the present. The fact they don’t  quite … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MENTULLS – Reflections

THE MENTULLS – Reflections

ProgBlues Music [Release date 10.07.15] The curious thing about prog rock is that what once was a ground breaking musical genre now clearly defines a particular retro period of rock history – arguably the late 60’s to the early 70’s. … Continue reading

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Album review: THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA – Plays Prog Rock Classics

THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA - Plays Prog Rock Classics

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra [Release date 20.04.15] Classical rock is an often maligned genre, when done well it can bring new dimension to time-worn classics, done badly and it can fail to enhance the originals. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have always done … Continue reading

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Album review: SWUNG – Vol.1 & 2 (feat. members of FOCUS)

Swung - Vol.1 & 2

In And Out Of Focus Records [Release date 03.11.14] ‘Swung’ was evidently conceived and recorded during downtime from the “day job” – for Bobby Jacobs and Pierre van der Linden this means the current incarnation of Focus. Although that band … Continue reading

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Album review: FOCUS – Golden Oldies

Focus - Golden Oldies

In And Out Of Focus Records [Release date 14.04.14] They say rock is dead, the endless process of reinvention now limited, and the pioneers now ageing.  There is no doubt that a great chasm will open within the next 10 … Continue reading

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Gig review: HARD ROCK HELL PROG – Pwllheli, 21-22 March 2014

The Flower Kings - Hard Rock Hell Prog, Pwllheli, 21-22 March 2014

Thursday 20 March Amongst the highlights on the first night Synaesthesia only had a few gigs under their belts but gave us a great keyboard driven modern prog rock set. With most of their music being written by 20 year … Continue reading

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News: Get Ready to ROCK! Radio – April 2014 Highlights

Record Store Day 2014

April 2014 Highlights More information at the dedicated website All times, BST (GMT+1) Tuesdays 19:00 Pete Feenstra Rock & Blues In the first hour of our Tuesday blues rock marathon, Pete signposts upcoming and established artists who need your attention … Continue reading

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FOCUS – X

Focus - X

Eastworld Recordings (2012) One of the great rejuvenations of recent years has been the Thijs van Leer version of Focus, things seemed to click with the arrival – in 2006 – of original drummer Pierre van der Linden and they’ve … Continue reading

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