Focus (A-Z part #43)


I brought my cassette version of the second studio album from Focus – Focus II (aka ‘Moving Waves’) on the strength of the 1971 release of ‘Hocus Pocus’. The tape version (pic above) sound a but dubious these days, but the vinyl, CD and digital versions are still going strong. And Hocus Pocus remains as fresh as it did 44 years ago!

Hocus Pocus is a ‘rondo’ – an alteration of the classic rock chord riff followed by varied solo verses all performed by Thijs van Leer. These include yodelling, organ playing, scat singing, flute riffs and whistling. Here’s the original in all its wonderfulness…


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