Focus best album
Alexander S. Meyer | Laredo Texas | 06/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hamburger Concerto is (excuse me), "well-done" on all tracks. I enjoy the smoother texture of these recordings, as the vinyl version was very muffled. Focus is a great band and this album reveals many aspect of their genius. A must have for instumental prog-rock fans!"
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B. E Jackson | 08/03/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This cd is very nice.My favourite songs are La Cathedral and Hamburger Concert.The work is so good,it should, last a bit more in total play time.All in all,a must have for all Focus fans.
Well,in my city,Salvador, in Brazil, just a few people like Focus,people with very nice taste."
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B. E Jackson | Pennsylvania | 06/09/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After seeing an album title named "Hamburger Concerto", you might get the impression the band turned totally weird and took their style in a completely new direction. That's actually NOT true at all. It's just another example of the bands usual style of humor.
This album is loaded with more exciting instrumental playing much like the previous Focus albums. The flute playing on "Birth" for instance, is *incredible* because of how melodic and instantly likeable it is (and reminiscent of Jethro Tull- apparently Focus really loved that band).
The "Hamburger Concerto" suite stretches over 20 minutes of play time, and it's pretty good the entire way. To be honest, it's probably less interesting compared to the lengthy jams from Focus III, mainly because the instrumental playing isn't as immediately adventurous (or dangerous, for that matter). Plus it doesn't leave me totally speechless like some of the flute and guitar jams from Focus III either. It's still a pretty solid listen, however.
Many of the segments of the "Hamburger Concerto", such as the guitar jam, will probably become better with repeated listens. This could very well be a good example of the sheer amount of complexity becoming overwhelming at times which explains why some of it is so hard to digest, who knows?
Just as good as the previous two Focus albums, this is an album progressive rock fans who enjoy flutes and electric guitars should certainly check out."