Focus (Dutch progressive rock group)

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Focus are a Dutch progressive rock band formed in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1969 by Thijs van Leer. The band have undergone numerous formations in its history. Since 2011 it has comprised van Leer on vocals, keyboards, and flute, Pierre van der Linden on drums, Bobby Jacobs on bass, and Menno Gootjes on guitar.

Formed of members of the pit band for the Dutch production of the rock musical Hair, Focus gained popularity following the success of Focus II (1971) which contained the hit single "Hocus Pocus". Their success continued with Focus 3 (1972) and Hamburger Concerto (1974). Following their break up in 1978, Focus reunited in 1985, 1990, and 1999 before reforming in 2002. They continue to tour and release albums.

In 2010, "Hocus Pocus" was used as the theme for Nike's 2010 World Cup commercial Write The Future which renewed interest in the band.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 In and Out of Focus Focus 7
1971 Focus II Focus 5 7
1972 Focus 3 Focus 6
1974 Hamburger Concerto Focus 4 6
1975 Mother Focus Focus 4
1976 Ship of Memories Focus 2
1978 Focus Con Proby Focus Con Proby 1
2002 Focus 8 Focus 3
2006 Focus 9 / New Skin Focus 2
2012 Focus X Focus 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 The Story Of Focus Focus 1
1985 Focus Focus 1
1993 The Best of Focus: Hocus Pocus Focus 3
2011 Best of Vol. 2 Focus 1
2014 Golden Oldies Focus 1
2015 The Golden Years Of Dutch Pop Music Focus 1
Best Of Focus 1
The Greatest Hits Focus 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Live at the Rainbow Focus 2
2004 Live at the BBC Focus 1
1972-07-20: Paris Theatre, London, UK Focus 1
1972-12-12: The Sky Will Fall Over London Tonight: BBC Studios, London, UK Focus 1
1973-03-23: Philharmonic Hall, New York, NY, USA Focus 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Hocus Pocus / Janis Focus 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Tree of the Field Focus 1

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