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Focus is a studio album by Dutch musicians Jan Akkerman and Thijs van Leer, released in 1985 on Vertigo Records. The album's name is due to the only original members on the record being guitarist Jan Akkerman and Thijs van Leer. Mario Argandoña – drums.

CD Vertigo ‎- 824 524-2 (1985, Germany). No release results - showing artist results instead. Ship of Memories Remastered Red Bullet 2001.

The duo that made Focus what they were hadn't recorded together for ten years previous to this release, and it shows. A staggering inability to write material of the quality found in earlier albums is present throughout the synth-laden Focus.

Jan Akkerman were obviously on their classic albums. So this 1985 album is basically Focus updated for the 1980s. They included a bunch of musicians helping them out, so you get 1980s drum machines and Thijs van Leer, luckily still using his flute, but not the Hammond organ, but instead the Yamaha DX-7. Russian Roulette" sounds like something out of In & Out of Focus, had it been recorded in 1985. King Kong" is actually a nice piece, despite the drum machine, especially the flute playing.

3. "Who's Calling?" Thijs van Leer/Jan Akkerman. Mother Focus is the fifth studio album by the band Focus, released in 1975 on Atco Records. Some tracks on the album mark a departure from the progressive rock style that dominated the group's prior work, and herald a funk music style with light jazz and pop at the centre. Bassist Bert Ruiter provided most of the themes, as van Leer had just recorded a solo album, O My Love, of his own music, and Jan Akkerman withheld compositions for his forthcoming solo album Eli. Thijs van Leer

That is Jan Akkerman and Thijs van Leer with a host of anonymous musicians backing them up. Well, '70s Focus fans expecting a continuation of Moving Waves, Focus 3, or Hamburger Concerto will probably want to pass on this. This album is totally 1985. Okay, this is not the best Focus album but it is of interest to any Focus fan and collector. It is the last collaboration between Thijs Van Leer and Jan Akkerman. Although Van Leer has re-formed focus in the past decade, he has never been able to lure Jan Akkeman back into the fold but instead has chosen to replace him with younger similar sounding guitarists. This album features Thijs and Jan playing just about all of the instruments with some touches from a few guests. Although it is heavy on the electronics, one can still hear the mastery of Van Leer and Akkerman shine through.

Album Name Jan Akkerman & Thijs Van Leer. Styl muzycznySymphonic Prog. Zarejestrowanych posiada ten album0. 5. Beethoven's Revenge.

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Russian Roulette
Written-By – Thijs van Leer
A2 King Kong
Written-By – Jan Akkerman
A3 Le Tango
Written-By – Roselie Peters, Thijs van Leer
A4 Indian Summer
Written-By – Jan Akkerman
B1 Beethoven's Revenge (Bach-One-Turbo-Overdrive)
Written-By – Jan Akkerman
B2 Ole Judy
Written-By – Thijs van Leer
B3 Who's Calling
Written-By – Jan Akkerman, Thijs van Leer

Companies, etc.

  • Manufactured By – PolyGram Records Pty. Limited
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Phonogram International B.V.
  • Recorded At – Studio Spitsbergen
  • Mixed At – Dureco Studio


  • Bass – Tato Gomez* (tracks: A1, A4)
  • Bass [Big Bass] – Ruud Jacobs (tracks: B1)
  • Co-producer – Jan Akkerman, Theo Balijon, Thijs van Leer
  • Drums [Fills] – Sergio Castillo (tracks: A3)
  • Guitar, Synthesizer – Jan Akkerman
  • Keyboards, Flute, Vocals – Thijs van Leer
  • Mixed By – Emile Elsen, Jan Akkerman, Theo Balijon
  • Producer – Ruud Jacobs
  • Synthesizer [Fairlight Synthesizer Programming] – Ed Staring*
  • Tabla – Ustad Zamir Ahmad Khan* (tracks: A4)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): 824–524–1 A 700
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched): 824–524–1 B
  • Rights Society: B.I.E.M. STEMRA

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
824 524-1 Jan Akkerman & Thijs van Leer Jan Akkerman & Thijs van Leer - Focus ‎(LP, Album) Vertigo 824 524-1 Europe 1985
824 524-1 Jan Akkerman & Thijs Van Leer Jan Akkerman & Thijs Van Leer - Focus ‎(LP, Album) Mercury 824 524-1 Netherlands 1985
824 524-1, 824524-1 Jan Akkerman & Thijs Van Leer Jan Akkerman & Thijs Van Leer - Focus ‎(LP, Album) Vertigo, Vertigo 824 524-1, 824524-1 Greece 1985
MOCCD13742, 773 438-1 Jan Akkerman & Thijs Van Leer Jan Akkerman & Thijs Van Leer - Focus ‎(CD, Album, RE) Music On CD, Universal Music B.V. MOCCD13742, 773 438-1 2019
824 783-1 ME Jan Akkerman & Thijs Van Leer Jan Akkerman & Thijs Van Leer - Focus ‎(LP, Album) Metronome 824 783-1 ME Germany 1985