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Focus 50 Years Anthology 1970-1976 Boxset Jan Akkerman
The 9CD/2DVD boxset, Focus – 50 Years: Anthology 1970-1976 contains the complete works of Focus as released between 1970 and 1976, including previously unreleased material.
 
Curated by Focus/Jan Akkerman archivist Wouter Bessels, the set features remasters of the band's first seven albums, plus single tracks, alternate mixes, demos, raw studio mixes and previously unreleased live recordings. 
 
The two DVDs contain 4+ hours of audio visual material from the archives of worldwide tv broadcasting companies, plus the Focus 2 Classic Albums documentary from 1997 and the first official release of the legendary 1973 Focus At The Rainbow concert movie (remastered from the original 16 mm film).
 
Also in the box is an 80-page booklet with band history, liner notes and various memorabilia.
 
Please note the DVDs are in PAL and not NTSC
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! 4.03 
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 *