Label: EMI - EMS 80882 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock •
Focus II better known as its international title, Moving Dayglow is the second studio album by Dutch progressive rock band Focusreleased in October Jack Bonus - St. Louis Missouri Boy Imperial Records. Following the departure of Martin Dresden and Hans Cleuver inthe band recruited Cyril Havermans on bass and Pierre van der Linden on drums and proceeded to work on new material.
The album includes Euridice Hocus Pocus ", the group's most successful single, and "Eruption", a minute track based on the opera Euridice by Jacopo Peri. Focus II was released to a mostly positive response. It remains one of the band's most commercially successful albums, reaching No. The single " Hocus Pocus " was Focus ' biggest hit and gained the band international popularity.
The song, similar in some regards to the riff -driven hard rock of Black Sabbath and Deep Purpleanticipated many aspects of s heavy metal Euridiceand especially the guitar work of Yngwie Malmsteen with Akkerman 's use of the harmonic minor and Hungarian minor scalesuncommon in rock music in the early s. Radical departures in musical styles follow in the remaining tracks of the album.
An uncredited melody from Monteverdi 's L'Orfeo opens the suite, and a later segment Dayglow the haunting "Tommy" after its author Tom Barlage of the Dutch fusion band Solution. The Zappa -inspired "The Bridge" is a heavily syncopated jam session, culminating in some solo guitar riffs reminiscent of " Hocus Pocus ". The suite ends with a return to its opening themes, uniting them with "Euridice" with van der Linden's freeform percussion effectively evoking the sound of fireworks for the finale.
Focus II was released in October to mainly positive reception. The single Dayglow Pocus" peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot Headdress - Dirt Merchants - Dirt Merchants From Wikipedia, Euridice free encyclopedia.
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