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Focus
The Sky Will Fall Over London Tonight (PRRP 027) *
Recorded Live at BBC Studios, London, England - January 1973 (December 12, 1972 date was incorrect)
Excellent Soundboard Recording.

Artwork included

Tracklist
01. Bob Harris Introduction
02. Anonymous Two
03. Band Introductions
04. Focus 1
05. Focus 3
06. Answers? Questions! Questions? Answers!
07. Focus 2
08. Bob Harris Once More
09. Hocus Pocus


Time: 55.35


Personnel:
Jan Akkerman - Guitar;
Thijs Van Leer - Keyboards, Flute and Vocals;
Bret Ruiter- Bass Guitars;
Pierre Van Der Linden - Drums.

Notes from the Re-Master

The exact date of this performance is unclear. Initially, it was thought to be December 12, 1972 but subsequent investigation has placed this in question. To our knowledge, the only known written record of the Focus tour schedule available to the public is found in Jan Akkerman's book The Music of Jan Akkerman and Focus. This was our source for the Bob Harris quote found in the liner notes of the artwork. Sadly, that source does not list the December 12 BBC performance or any other BBC performance during 1972 or 1973.

PRRP is very fortunate to have active participants within our Yahoo group. After release of this remastered show, we were contracted by one of our members and presented information suggesting that the December 12, 1972 date was incorrect. The person who sent us the show, and provided the Bob Harris quote, also started to doubt the date. Below, we reproduce some of the email correspondence that led to our decisions regarding this show:

My understanding was that Focus really took off after the OGWT (Old Grey Whistle Test) appearance before Christmas (December 12) 1972. Album sales rose quite sharply, and caught the record company asleep.

The Netherlands is a short ferry or plane journey (no Tunnel in those days) from the south-east of England and London, and Focus' early success was very much in the UK. It would not have been inconceivable for them to make regular visits over to the UK. I sensed that the OGWT appearance was their UK breakthrough, so I would suggest the PRRP027 recording is afterwards, as the BBC were quite selective giving one-hour concert slots on the radio.

Bob Harris presented the OGWT TV show, his own late night radio show, and shared presentation of the Saturday evening 'In Concert' radio programme with John Peel and other BBC Radio 1 DJs. He championed Focus after the OGWT appearance.

I have the OGWT DVD with Focus doing 'Hocus Pocus'. OGWT was presented in a TV studio, with no audience, a studio session format. The 'christmas-y' 'Hocus Pocus' is well known, and the PRRP027 version has no festive overtones. The PRRP027 recording is just under one-hour, which fits the 'In Concert' timings, the auditorium acoustics sound very similar to other BBC Paris Theatre or BBC Golders Green Hippodrome recordings of the time, and crucially there is an audience, something never seen at the OGWT in those days.

I'll add that the longest OGWT single in-studio performance I know of is Chick Corea's Return To Forever, logging in at 45 minutes. All other OGWT specials were outside broadcast videos.

In summary, if the OGWT appearance is 12-12-1972, and this is widely considered to be their breakthrough, then I would assert that the PRRP027 recording happened afterwards, and not before.
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The January 17, 1973 would not be correct according to the Jan Akkerman book as it lists a performance at St. Mathews in Ipswich on that date. There is no listing in his book for January 30. Based on all this information, we have decided that the show probably did occur in January 1973. In particular, during the introduction of the show heard on this CD, Bob Harris says, "welcome to another concert program" not something like, "this is the OGWT and we have another good show for you...." and he said, “it is the time of the season to say about various bands that this is going to be their year". Clearly something commonly said in the month of January, not December (or November). From this information we would tend to agree with the January 1973 date but the exact date is still unknown. We will certainly make corrections in the future if we come across new information that resolves the ambiguities, but for now, this is as accurate as we can be.

This soundboard recording comes to us as a second generation source. Still, the quality was outstanding. The main problem with the recording was the frequent clicks and pops heard throughout. These were eliminated using both automatic and manual techniques. The tonality also needed adjustment. The bass and sub-bass components were quite deficient and needed a boost. A small correction to the upper treble region was also made. Because this was an in-studio live recording from the soundboard, the sound lacked ambience. Some have described this type of sound as “dry”. To make the recording sound a bit more “Live” a small amount of echo was added. This helps to give the auditory perception of a concert hall or theater. A few other small flaws such as track gaps and bumps were found and removed.

PRRP Staff

* Detailed info here:
http://prrp-music.org/prrp027/index.htm

md5, ffp & TLH tests added by oraf77 (March 2015)

DL Link:
http://www.filefactory.com/file/10nhu0r0k47r/Foc73.zip

A million of thanks to PRRP :bowdown: (great remaster as usual). :clap: to the seeder
 

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Hahh....!! I remember these guys. It was 1973 and the communal spirit of Woodstock still hung in the air like a rainbow. Spent most of my time thumbing, bumming around. Never knew what kind of ride I was going to get, but weed was always involved. : ). And Hocus Pocus was hot on FM.
 

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Hahh....!! I remember these guys. It was 1973 and the communal spirit of Woodstock still hung in the air like a rainbow. Spent most of my time thumbing, bumming around. Never knew what kind of ride I was going to get, but weed was always involved. : ). And Hocus Pocus was hot on FM.
:) I remember to have heard this song in my adolescence... and with my friends to do contests of imitation of the screams of the singer, it was enterteining
 

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Thank you for sharing this very underrated band. Any reason I never hear of 1974 shows? Not on tour or non taped? Thanks again.
 

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Thank you for sharing this very underrated band. Any reason I never hear of 1974 shows? Not on tour or non taped? Thanks again.
I have not seen any shared at least
 

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You are welcome, guys
 

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The link is on line again
 

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Thanks for sharing!
 
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