Focus 3

Artist: Focus
Label: Sire Records Company
Catalog#: SAS 3901
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1972-12
A1 Round Goes The Gossip... 5:16
A2 Love Remembered 2:49
A3 Sylvia 3:32
A4 Carnival Fluge 6:02
B1 Focus III 6:07
B2 Answers? Questions! Questions? Answers! 14:03
C1 Anonymus II (Part 1) 19:28
D1 Anonymus II (Conclusion) 7:30
D2 Elspeth Of Nottingham 3:15
D3 House Of The King 2:23

Bass - Bert Ruiter
Drums - Pierre Van Der Linden
Engineer - George Chkiantz
Guitar - Jan Akkerman
Producer - Mike Vernon
Vocals, Organ, Piano, Saxophone [Alto], Piccolo Flute, Harpsichord - Thijs Van Leer


distributed by Famous Music Corp., A Gulf + Western Company
3D plastic band name on jacket

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
1972 saw Focus, now with Bert Ruiter on bass, back in the studio recording the formidable and lengthy double-album Focus 3. The record begins with the lively "Round Goes the Gossip..." then slides into the pastoral "Love Remembered." The bulk of the album, however, is two sprawling improvisations: "Answers? Questions! Questions? Answers!" and "Anonymus II" (sic). Both showcase the band's talents, namely, Jan Akkerman's guitar heroics and one tight rhythm section; be sure to check out Ruiter's funky bass solo on side three. Thijs van Leer takes a few solos throughout, mainly on flute. But his organ work is an often-overlooked asset, always shining behind Akkerman's guitar. And if you dig those jams, check out Akkerman's first solo album Profile, which also was released in 1972, though recorded much earlier. The excellent album-side-long track "Fresh Air" is another great example of their hyperkinetic jamming, again with Ruiter and Pierre van der Linden as the rhythm section. The US version of the album closes with a re-recording of their first single, "House of the King." Overall, 1973 would be another banner year for the band, with both the album and the single "Sylvia" b/w "House of the King" nearing the UK Top 5. (The album reached No. 35 in the US.) Akkerman was even voted "best guitarist" in the annual Melody Maker reader's poll, knocking out Eric Clapton. In October, At The Rainbow was recorded at London's famed Rainbow Theatre, but studio recordings from that same year would be shelved. Focus then toured the US for the first time, and a re-release of the single "Hocus Pocus" b/w "Hocus Pocus II" made the US Top 10, while the live album hit No. 23.
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