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FOCUS - "50 Years Anthology 1970-1976 " ( 9CD + 2DVD) [VÖ: 13.11.2020]

Dutch progrock band Focus has been a household name worldwide for 50 years with hits such as “Hocus Pocus”, “House Of The King”, “Sylvia”, “Tommy” and many others.

In honor of this monumental band, Red Bullet Productions will release a new boxset available from 13th November: Focus – 50 Years: Anthology 1970-1976, consisting of 9 CDs and 2 DVDs with remasters and never before released material, such as the ‘Focus At The Rainbow’ concert film from 1973.

This box set contains the complete work of Focus as released between 1970 and 1976, the years in which the band featured 4 of the most talented musicians originating from the Netherlands during the 70s: guitarist Jan Akkerman, keyboard player Thijs van Leer, bass player Bert Ruiter and drummer Pierre van der Linden.

In the period 1970-1976, Focus was the first continental European rock group to reach a worldwide audience meanwhile touring extensively in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and Japan. The band scored two worldwide hitsingles, sold several million albums and was the first Dutch rock group claiming Melody Maker’s Brightest Hope award for 1972. One year later, Focus hit the US Billboard charts with two singles and two albums simultaneously.

‘50 Years: Anthology 1970-1976’ is curated by Focus/Jan Akkerman archivist Wouter Bessels and includes long anticipated new remasters of their first seven albums, plus single tracks, alternate mixes, demos, raw studio mixes and previously unreleased live recordings.

In addition, two DVDs contain 4+ hours audiovisual material from the archives of worldwide tv broadcasting companies, plus the first official and long anticipated release of the 1973 ‘Focus At The Rainbow’ concert movie, carefully remastered from the original 16 mm film.

Content:
- First seven albums (released between 1970 and 1976) 24-bit remastered from the original tapes
- B-sides, single mixes and previously unreleased bonus tracks
- CD featuring the first official release of BBC In Concert 1973; in stereo from the BBC archive tapes
- CD featuring 80 minutes of previously unreleased Focus concert recordings from 1971-1975
- 2 DVDs featuring the complete Focus At the Rainbow concert film from 1973 restored and remastered from the original 16 mm film, two BBC ‘Old Grey Whistle Test’ broadcasts from 1972 and BBC In Concert from 1974, plus rare footage from Focus live in Dublin 1973, various clips, the ‘Goud van Oud’ reunion from 1990 and the ‘Focus 2 Classic Albums’ documentary from 1997
- 80-page booklet with band history, liner notes and various memorabilia



TrackList:

CD1 - FOCUS PLAYS FOCUS / IN AND OUT OF FOCUS

Original release: 1970
1. Focus (instrumental) 9.46
2. Why Dream 3.56
3. Happy Nightmare (Mescaline) 3.56
4. Anonymus 7.01
5. Black Beauty 3.05
6. Sugar Island 3.02
7. Focus (vocal) 2.43
BONUS TRACKS
8. House Of The King 2.23
9. Eruption (Live Lanx 1970) 37.31 *

CD2 - FOCUS II / MOVING WAVES
Original release: 1971
1. Hocus Pocus 6.41
2. Le Clochard (Bread) 1.59
3. Janis 3.06
4. Moving Waves 2.41
5. Focus II 4.03
6. Eruption (Orfeus - Answer - Orfeus - Answer - Pupilla - Tommy - Pupilla - Answer - The Bridge - Euridice - Dayglow - Endless Road - Answer - Orfeus - Euridice) 23.07
BONUS TRACKS
7. Hocus Pocus (single version) 3.27 **
8. Tommy (single version) 3.25
9. Focus I (Live Texel 1971) 14.11 *

CD3 - FOCUS 3
Original release: 1972
1. Round Goes The Gossip… 5.16
2. Love Remembered 2.48
3. Sylvia 3.32
4. Carnival Fugue 6.07
5. Focus III 6.05
6. Answers? Questions! Questions? Answers! 14.03
7. Anonymus II (Part 1) 19.33 **
8. Anonymus II (Conclusion) 7.34 **
9. Elspeth Of Nottingham 3.13
BONUS TRACKS
10. Sylvia (single version) 3.32 **
11. Love Remembered (single version) 2.49 **
12. Hocus Pocus (US single version) 3.25

CD4 - AT THE RAINBOW
Original release: 1973
1. Focus III 3.52
2. Answers? Questions! Questions? Answers! 11.26
3. Focus II 4.24
4. Eruption (Orfeus - Answer - Orfeus - Answer - Pupilla - Tommy - Pupilla) 8.40
5. Hocus Pocus 8.27
6. Sylvia 2.47
7. Hocus Pocus - reprise 2.48
BONUS TRACKS
8. P’s March (original mix - single version) 3.27 *
9. Ship Of Memories (original mix) 4.40 *
10. P’s March (original mix - full version) 4.03 *

CD5 - HAMBURGER CONCERTO
Original release: 1974
1. Delitiæ Musicæ 1.13
2. Harem Scarem 5.50
3. La Cathédrale de Strasbourg 4.57
4. Birth 7.45
5. Hamburger Concerto (Starter - Rare - Medium I - Medium II - Well Done - One For The Road) 20.23
BONUS TRACKS
6. Early Birth 2.56
7. Harem Scarem (single version) 3.08 **
8. Birth (alternate mix) 7.43 **
9. Harem Scarem (alternate mix) 5.51 **

CD6 - MOTHER FOCUS
Original release: 1975
1. Mother Focus 3.05
2. I Need A Bathroom 3.04
3. Bennie Helder 3.33
4. Soft Vanilla 3.04
5. Hard Vanilla 2.35
6. Tropic Bird 2.45
7. Focus IV 3.57
8. Someone’s Crying… What! 3.19
9. All Together… Oh That! 3.41
10. No Hang Ups 2.56
11. My Sweetheart 3.38
12. Father Bach 1.33
BONUS TRACKS
13. Focus IV (rough mix) 4.02 *
14. Bennie Helder (rough mix) 3.45 *
15. Vanilla (rough mix) 5.42 *
16. Mother Focus (rough mix) 3.02 *
17. All Together… Oh That! (rough mix) 3.42 *
18. My Sweetheart (rough mix) 3.46 *
19. Someone’s Crying… What! (rough mix) 3.18 *
20. Studio 55 Jam 6.56 *

CD7 - SHIP OF MEMORIES
Original release: 1976
1. P’s March 4.48
2. Can’t Believe My Eyes 5.22
3. Focus V 3.02
4. Out Of Vesuvius 5.51
5. Glider 4.40
6. Red Sky At Night 5.52
7. Spoke The Lord Creator 2.33
8. Crackers 2.42
9. Ship Of Memories 1.47
BONUS TRACKS
10. Elektrisch Levenslicht (Neerlands Hoop in Bange Dagen) 3.09
11. The Shrine Of God (Ramses Shaffy with group Focus) 3.39
12. Watch The Ugly People (Ramses Shaffy with group Focus) 2.19
13. House Of The King (rough mix version 1) 2.27 *
14. House Of The King (rough mix version 2) 2.26 *
15. Focus III (unreleased single version) 4.37 *
16. Hocus Pocus (US single version - takes 14-17) 7.12 *
17. Glider (single version) 3.28 **
18. P’s March (single version) 4.07 **
19. O Avondrood 5.10 **
20. Crackers (vocal version) 2.31 **

CD8 - FOCUS BBC 1973
1. Focus III 3.54 *
2. Answers? Questions! Questions? Answers! 12.09 *
3. Focus II 5.06 *
4. Anonymus II 23.30 *
5. Focus I 4.27 *
6. Hocus Pocus 7.38 *
7. Sylvia - Hocus Pocus (reprise) 5.52 *
Produced and recorded by BBC Radio 1 In Concert, Paris Theatre, London, 17th January 1973.

CD9 - LIVE 1971 – 1975
1. Eruption (Live Rotterdam 1971) 46.37 *
2. Birth 11.38 *
3. Improvisation #1 8.35 *
4. House Of The King 3.02 *
5. Improvisation #2 6.23 *
6. Hocus Pocus 3.20 *
Track 1: Recorded by AVRO radio at the Newport Jazz Festival, Grote Zaal, De Doelen, Rotterdam, 29th October 1971. Track 2: Recorded at the Festival Hall, Osaka, 2nd July 1974. Track 3-6: Recorded at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, 21st June 1975.

DVD1 - FOCUS SIGHT & SOUND VOL. 1
1. BBC The Old Grey Whistle Test (May 1972) 24.26 *
2. BBC The Old Grey Whistle Test (December 1972) 16.01 *
3. Focus At The Rainbow (May 1973) 47.28 *
4. BBC In Concert (April 1974) 36.18 *

DVD2 - FOCUS SIGHT & SOUND VOL. 2
1. NOS Van Gewest Tot Gewest (July 1970) 1.54 *
2. NOS Uit De Kunst (June 1972) 3.51 *
3. RTE The Music Makers: Focus at the Stadium (November 1973) 48.00 *
4. VARA Nederpopzien (December 1973) 34.22 *
5. AVRO Toppop: Harem Scarem (May 1974) 3.01 *
6. AVRO Toppop: O Avondrood (June 1976) 4.51 *
7. Veronica Goud van Oud (April 1990) 16.44 *
8. NCRV Classic Albums: Moving Waves (June 1997) 50.02 *

* Previously unreleased
** Previously unreleased on cd
 

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IRON BUTTERFLY – "Unconscious Power – An Anthology 1967-1971" (7CD, VÖ: 27.11.)

•A NEW 7 DISC BOXSET ANTHOLOGY CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF LEGENDARY AMERICAN ACID ROCK BAND IRON BUTTERFLY

•FEATURING 87 TRACKS ON 7 CDs INCLUDING THE ALBUMS HEAVY, IN A GADDA DA VIDA, BALL, LIVE & METAMORPHOSIS

•WITH 25 BONUS TRACKS (18 OF WHICH ARE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED ON CD) DRAWN FROM RARE MONO MIXES AND SINGLES

•WITH TWO DISCS RECORDED LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST IN NEW YORK IN APRIL 1968

•ALL NEWLY REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL ATLANTIC RECORDS MASTER TAPES

•INCLUDES A LAVISHLY ILLUSTRATED BOOK WITH AN EXTENSIVE ESSAY & POSTER

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of UNCONCIOUS POWER – AN ANTHOLOGY 1967 – 1971, a newly remastered 7 CD boxed set featuring all of the albums and singles recorded by the legendary American acid / progressive rock band IRON BUTTERFLY recorded for Atlantic’s Atco label between 1967 and 1971 and additional recordings made at the Fillmore East in New York City in April 1968.

Iron Butterfly first came together in San Diego, California in 1966 with a line-up of Doug Ingle (vocals, organ), Danny Weis (guitar), Greg Willis (bass), Jack Pinney (drums) and Darryl DeLoach (vocals). After performing in the San Diego area the band relocated to Los Angeles in search of a recording contract, with Willis soon departing to be replaced by Jerry Penrod on bass. Jack Pinney also departed and was eventually replaced by Ron Bushy.

The band’s psychedelic and acid rock style was honed during regular appearances at LA venues such as the Whisky a Go Go and the Galaxy Club, which saw Iron Butterfly develop a loyal following and led to the band signing with Atlantic’s Atco label in 1967. In October that year the band recorded their debut album, HEAVY, but the group would endure further line-up changes prior to its release as Jerry Penrod, Danny Weis and Darryl DeLoach departed soon after recording sessions were completed. Faced with the possibility of the album remaining unreleased, Ingle and Bushy recruited 17 year old guitarist Erik Brann and bassist Lee Dorman to the band.

HEAVY was released in January 1968, entering the US Billboard charts and eventually earning gold disc status. The album IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA, issued in June 1968, would break the band into star status. Dominated by the side long title track featuring the instrumental dexterity of the new line-up, it was a masterpiece of acid rock and reached a height of number 4 in the US charts and went on to sell a million copies. An edited version of the title track was issued as a single and reached the US top thirty.

The band’s third album, BALL, was released in January 1969 and was even more successful, reaching number 3 in the US and spawning the hit singles Soul Experience and In the Time of Our Lives. The band undertook a punishing touring schedule and a series on concerts were recorded in May 1969, finally to be issued as LIVE in April 1970. Erik Brann departed the band in December 1969 and was replaced by guitarist and vocalist Mike Pinera and additional guitarist Larry Reinhardt.

This line-up would record the album METAMORPHOSIS in May 1970 which saw the band take a heavier direction. The dominant track on the record was the excellent thirteen minute Butterfly Bleu which saw one of the earliest uses of a “talk box” on a guitar solo. Following a tour with YES in early 1971, Doug Ingle announced his departure from the band. After releasing a final single, Silly Sally in April 1971. Iron Butterfly disbanded. Although they would reform in the mid-1970s and continue to perform and record sporadically afterwards, their recorded work for Atco Records remains their main legacy.

UNCONCIOUS POWER – AN ANTHOLOGY 1967 – 1971 features all of the albums issued on Atco, all newly re-mastered from the original master tapes, and additionally includes the rare mono mixes of the albums HEAVY and LIVE, (the only true separate mono mixes of their albums), both previously unreleased on CD, along with two CDs of recordings made at the Fillmore East in New York City on the 26th and 27th April 1968. It also includes all of the band’s US non-album singles and single edits and a lavishly illustrated booklet with a new essay featuring interviews with Ron Bushy and Mike Pinera and a poster
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Quelle: CherryRed
 

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Da hatte mich "nixe" auch schon irritiert, dachte, er hätte die Boxen vorab im Rahmen von Vorabbemusterung erhalten ...

Die FOCUS Box hat so einiges an Bonus-Material. Und da kann man in Sachen Preis nicht motzen, siehe 36,99 EUR bei jpc.de .
 

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Da hatte mich "nixe" auch schon irritiert, dachte, er hätte die Boxen vorab im Rahmen von Vorabbemusterung erhalten ...

Die FOCUS Box hat so einiges an Bonus-Material. Und da kann man in Sachen Preis nicht motzen, siehe 36,99 EUR bei jpc.de .
Trotzdem billig, ich staune?
OK, da die Andere schon viele gekauft haben, werden auch viele abspringen!
Nur der Preis kann noch locken!
 

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