"Golden Oldies" contains nine pieces from 45 years of history of the always individual, always virtuosic Dutch formation Focus, and this new recorded: "Hocus Pocus", "House Of The King", the indestructible "Sylvia" of course, but also fresher like "Brother". Focus will tour the world in the next few months, "Hocus Pocus" is the title track in the latest "RoboCop" strip, the work for the next "real" studio work is largely completed. "Golden Oldies" is therefore to be regarded as an interim matter. And yet, the record indicates where the future Focus sound journey should go. Although the classic melodies have been preserved, the current versions still sound different from the originals: some like driving rock, some like metal, some like conventional folk. Thijs van Leer's voice also moves at least an octave lower than on earlier recordings. And Jan Dumée is hardly inferior to cult guitarist Jan Akkerman in skill. An inventory.
Top track: House Of The King