Certainly is one of the best things I ever heard in my life! The vocalizations and the yodeling, whatever their purpose or intent, all but ruin the music for me Following this, there is a very fluid passage with some great organ again. By far Focus' best and more complete and accomplished album. The rest of the music on Hamburger Concerto progress in a similar fashion as on Moving Waves. Hamburger Concerto is an electrifying album with a sense of theatre involved in the execution and arrangement, especially on the 20 minute plus title suite. Anyway, it is not a masterpiece but it is absolutely essential since it shows an unique side of prog music.
Gone with the jazzy influences and those useless improvisations. Completeing the rhythm duo, Ruiter did a great job at completing the refurbished foundation upon which the musical ideas could be developed in a powerful manner. I can't say that because i never listened to any other disc by them, but i am sure that Hamburger Concerto is a very creative work which the band would find trouble to top. It wasn't, and I took the hint and concluded my investigation of the new software at this point. Hamburger Concerto is actually much more structured composition-wise. You really have to put the song and listen from beginning to the end.
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Although I find some really incredible Akkerman solos and I like Thij's performance here weird voices and accordion included , I find Hocus Pocus to be slightly better. Focus - Hamburger Concerto Atco ' You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not. The pedal's USB cable is about six feet long, and can be extension-cabled further, so you could use it as a wired remote some distance from a computer. After the beautiful medieval courtroom styled ditty intro, Delitae Musicae, the music of Focus comes in fast and furious.
It all starts with a brief introduction followed by the uptempo, high-octane ''Harem Scarem'' that tries to repeat the success of ''Hocus Pocus''. With ''Birth'' Focus revisit some of the aspects of their early days, as this one contains heavy flute-driven parts, light psychedelic tunes and strong organ work. Organ dominates the monstrous, bass full soundscape for a while before a flute dominated motif takes over.
Higly recommanded if you like to sit there and listen to music that will take you far away There's nothing like Hocus Pocus here, or the rambling jazz laden indulgences of other albums Focus 3 comes to mind. As time went by I found other tracks like Birth was interesting also. To bad for the avarage first sections of the song, for the other parts are essential proglistening. The intricate Birth, starting out slowly with a lovely harpsichord intro, then picking up speed and allowing Van Leer to shine as a flutist as well as a keyboardist, introduces the album's centrepiece and title-track, the minute-plus suite Hamburger Concerto with its funnily-named six movements.
But as I spun much of those bands with vocals there was time when I wanted to enjoy music in itself without lyrical verse. They manage to make up for this error on the sometimes jazzy, sometimes Medieval ''La Cathedral Thijs also ends this segment with some swirling, tasty flute roll-ups that will tickle your eardrums. Still, this performance has never been one of my favorites. Well, that's for sure that, from all the Prog bands outside the United Kingdon, Focus is one fo the best. Flute a minute later as it calms down.
Akkerman has the spotlight on him as he powers out an emotional lead solo and notably the flute soling is divine. The opening track Delitae Musicae is a kind of celtic medieval song, wich I very like. The CD version has one extra track, an early version of Birth.
If you are looking for virtuoso multi- instrumentalists playing music that resembles a symphonic orchestra , then you can't miss Hamburger Concerto. By the way, my vinyl LP bought shortly after release does not have Early Birth on it. Just another example of a new surprise waiting behind every corner on this album. There's a nifty flute ride and later on a spirited recorder spasm that pleases the Tull fan in me but Jan's sloppy guitar phrases leave me cold. At this point it gets quite clear that Focus is rather impossible to reach the marvelous level of composing as presented on ''Moving waves''.
It mainly consists of woodwind work over the same exact chord progression featured in Birth. There is absolutely no showing off nor pointless soloing here, and I'm glad there isn't because it would break the atmosphere of this tune. Rating, 5 stars not a single doubt, if there were 6 or 7 stars possible I would keep going higher.
- Focus really find their stride here and deliver series after series of top notch instrumental performances, save for one problem. Best of all for my tastes, they only play around with a few themes and extend them properly. His Hammond solo to follow is delightful. Gone with the jazzy influences and those useless improvisations. Where before, they'd blast out tracks like Hocus Pocus-- here, we get Harum Scarum, a lame attempt to reach the charts, again. But when I ran the same program on a laptop, presumably thanks to different system font sizes and so forth, the window was too big for the by screen!
- It may take more than one listen to fully appreciate it, but the experience will ultimately be more than rewarding. The only track that stops this album getting 5 stars is La Cathedrale de Strasbourg, which I find rather dull despite van Leer's astonishing range of vocalisations. This is how Focus sound when they decide to stick to the symphonic prog genre. There's also apparently a metal as well as a plastic three-pedal USB switch. With this album they returned from a more jazzy approach on Focus 3 to a more classic-oriented format.
Hamburger Concerto is not your typical symphonic rock music, and it has a very classical and romantic feel and is generally instrumental. The whole track is really a prog gem: Stranger enough, the music here sounds like it was created by four dedicated, serious musos with tastes for jazz and classical musics. This segues into the rocker, Harem Scarem, which was the album's obvious 'single'. Overall it's a well-composed, moody instrumental that takes the listener through several different musical textures and emotions with ease. What I remember Focus for is this album, Hamburger Concerto.
Report this review Posted by ProgPeter! But Focus had musically moved on in this fourth studio album and these premature inspirations are cleverly dressed up with Classical-drenched harsichord textures and virtuosic guitar moves by Akkerman, including some very powerful solos. If you don't own this album, you don't know Focus, and that is a shame and a pity for any proghead, run to the store and get a copy.
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How is Harem Scarem to be considere If someone asked me to say an album that would best represent the symphonic rock I would say: There is a lute and a flute on the opening track which gives off a very medieval sound.
There really isn't any point in going into individual track details, it's very much an album to hear from start to finish. PCsensor sell direct as well, via one of those charmingly hand-crafted e-commerce sites that makes you wonder if you'd be better off just handing some cash to a stranger. Hamburger Concerto LP slight discoloration on cover, small corner bend. Unfortunately, I couldn't find humor here it really sounds more serious than I expected , but that doesn't change the fact that the music is great and very melodic.