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Post by umpdv5000 on Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:19 pm

I was wandering through YouTube and came upon this video of the Dutch Band called Focus from the 70's. For all those of you who are old enough to remember this band, this is one hell of a performance of there cult hit Hocus Pocus...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4ouPGGLI6Q

I just had to post this one, its just breath taking.
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Post by norfolkngood on Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:26 pm


Good link Martin.

Their other hit in the UK was "Sylvia," I think I wore my copy out!

They're still touring, did a gig in Norwich a while back (unfortunately on an evening I was working Sad )

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Post by umpdv5000 on Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:30 pm

Yes, I remember Sylvia well and House Of The King.

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Post by Baluski on Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:40 pm

You don't have to be old to know these guys. =)

The singer can certainly hit those high notes.

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Post by Barry on Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:09 pm

The band name didn't register at all, but as soon as I heard the song it all came rushing back! This thing was all over the FM airwaves back in the day.
The singer/keyboardist is friggin' amazing. Brilliant song!

p.s. Is that a very young Gladys Knight doing the intro??
Really miss the Midnight Special. Great show.

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Post by corsair on Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:01 pm

Oh, please.... you fellas find Focus new and exciting?! Thijs van Leer and Jan Akkerman have been favourites of mine for years - I've even tried covering Hocus pocus, but it's a bit of a losing battle; the chords are fine but where he goes in the verses is still a mystery!! Sylvia is a little easier to cover and I have the tabs here if anyones keen... and for Hocus Pocus, too.. allowing for 20+ years of dodgy memory... Laughing

Golden Earring, too, if anyone's interested in Dutch r'n'r....

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Post by grogg on Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:55 pm

John, Id like the tabs.

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Post by grogg on Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:20 pm

PS saw these guys in 75 or 76 at Exeter I think, very talented musicians.

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Post by Baluski on Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:29 pm

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/f/focus/hocus_pocus_tab.htm

If you have Guitar Pro the whole song is tabbed out, including the yoodling. Very Happy

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/f/focus/sylvia_tab.htm

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