What an intricate musical masterpiece. I still cannot split their first three albums, they all have their own merits but they might just have progressed a little more with the Hamburger Concerto. Full of beautiful motifs linked fluidly by tight arrangements, it kicks off with an amazing harpsichord intro, and then it is developed on the basis of the alternating interaction between flute and lead guitar.
The guitar 5 minutes in is tastefully played but it comes back before 7 minutes more aggressively. When I first saw the title, I thought that Focus was going to present some pompous, overblown, rediculous piece of prog. Anyway, it is not a masterpiece but it is absolutely essential since it shows an unique side of prog music. Hamburger Concerto is one of the few albums that I enjoy from start to finish, and while nothing is particularly shocking or mesmerizing, the artistic grace it stands with is some of the best in the history of all of prog, and a supreme achievement of these underrated Dutchmen. The following heavy symphonic parts are great as well and finish the the epic bravely.
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It's not every day you get to participate in an anti-art happening of this quality. So if you want a pedal to use with your Mac, you can have it, provided you're OK with setting it up on a Windows box. It is a rock piece which features insane 'Yea Yea Yeas' from vocalist Van Leer, and frantic and impressive guitar and piano. Nevertheless, if you are a fan of mid-tempo classical music, you are likely to fall in love with this piece. Loads of keyboards organ, piano, mellotron, harpsichord, synths , flute, lead guitars and more than a competent new rhythm section are played and produced in a magnificent way. Their second best album Delitae Musicae 2.
Hamburger Concerto is the centerpiece of the album. But as I spun much of those bands with vocals there was time when I wanted to enjoy music in itself without lyrical verse. To disassemble the pedal, you remove a screw from the bottom that acts as a setscrew to retain the steel hinge pin, and then poke the pin out. Fully symphonic, this song works crescendo. Madrigals, Book 1 delitae musicae, a name that describes perfectly this short introduction to Focus world in any of both senses because it's delicate music and at the same time a delicate whisper. You can also bind the left or right mouse button to the pedal, but not both buttons, or the middle button.
Listening to it carefully seems that it has been cut due to the limitations of the vinyl format because it's abrupt as if some engineer would have shouted We're running out of time and someone just lowered the volume in a forced way As we used to do in our homes when a cassette tape was running out of space , the only flaw in the album, but so insignificant that I don't care. The music is generally mid-tempo and pleasant to listen to, with wonderful melodies and arrangements that would make our classical music heroes proud. There has been a high level of agreement concerning what was the peak of Fucus' career: This was found on a compilation album Focus released by Polydor in Pierre van der Linden is shurely missed.
Thijs van Leer even offers a few goofy vocals for kicks. Superb whistling as well although I am not a devote fan of this exercise. What I remember Focus for is this album, Hamburger Concerto. With this album they returned from a more jazzy approach on Focus 3 to a more classic-oriented format. The final word is that everything on this album is well-done and enjoyable. It lets you bind a macro of up to 38 typeable characters to the pedal.
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The harpsichord of Birth still brings back the old classical sound but when you expect more of that style, the song turns into a delicious rock tune full of tasty Hammond organs yes, I can use those adjectives, Come on, the cover is a hamburger! Thijs also ends this segment with some swirling, tasty flute roll-ups that will tickle your eardrums. Hamburger Concerto is an electrifying album with a sense of theatre involved in the execution and arrangement, especially on the 20 minute plus title suite. It closes this magnificent album with brilliance at times. The String section of the setup program is what I used to make my hamburger pedal.
Superb whistling as well although I am not a devote fan of this exercise. An embryo version of Birth concludes the experience and it takes the best parts of the longer version of it. It all eventually gets soft and beautiful for the center portion with a terrifically melodic flute solo.
An inconspicuous boss button! Where before, they'd blast out tracks like Hocus Pocus-- here, we get Harum Scarum, a lame attempt to reach the charts, again. The main melody is car Lots of keyboards but maybe not enough guitar during this excellent prog masterpiece.
A simple plastic tab sticks down from the moving part of the pedal; when the tab interrupts the light, the switch turns on. The biggest highlight moment for me is the intro to Harem Scarem that always gets my pulse going. Clear, Harem Scarem is embarrassing. The closing section of Hamburger concerto One for the road however is stunning, Akerman's guitar work being reminiscent of their beautiful single Sylvia. Quiet drums and simple chords pave the way for some vocals and really muffled guitar.
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I highly recommend this album to any serious fans of the '70s Symphonic Prog movement, even though it's not a huge favorite of mine. You can also specify keystrokes in addition to the mouse button, but only the mouse-click seems to happen. You can tell the pedal to apply any of the four standard Windows modifier keys - Control, Alt, Shift and the Windows key - with any keystroke you like, and with any other modifiers you like. In other words, it may not exactly be cholesterol-free, but the meat of this burger is at least more organic than expected. The main melody is car You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing use forum credentials.
That just about wraps up Side One. Of course the bulk of the album is consumed by the epic instrumental title track. PCsensor sell direct as well, via one of those charmingly hand-crafted e-commerce sites that makes you wonder if you'd be better off just handing some cash to a stranger. The guitar sounds fuller, and the playing is exceptional. Jan Akkerman's guitarwork is nothing short of spectacular as well.
Although Hamburger Concerto itself only occupies the second side of the LP, the whole album flows beautifully from start to finish. As I write this, PCsensor's pedal-setup software has hit version 6. If you want to have a comprehemsive understanding on the roots of 70s prog music, this album is a MUST have. Overall it's a well-composed, moody instrumental that takes the listener through several different musical textures and emotions with ease.
A change to a fuller sound 17 minutes in as earlier themes are repeated. It may in fact be one of the best examples of classical rock ever attempted, continuing in dramatic leaps from the grandiose Starter movement to the mock operatic Rare yes: Some vocals in Dutch around minute fifteen are fortunately very short. All I can say is this is one fine album and perhaps the best Focus though I have only heard about 4. That track is actually untypical for this band.
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Yet a large- scale intervention from the mighty Mellotron saves the day. And Harem Scarem is a wacky little rocker, the progeny of Hocus Pocus most likely. This is how Focus sound when they decide to stick to the symphonic prog genre. This is not a live al