Just run away. It is their worse album so far. Of course, if you are into jazz-rock, your opinion will probably differ. But the "Focus" I like is the symphonic one, not the jazzy one. One star. And if certain P. Proby had not sung. The absence of Jan Akkerman could have been a disaster, perhaps even worse than already witnessed with Mother Focus, but it was not. New guitarists did a nice job introducing jazz elements and improvisation style, while Thijs van Leer provided several nice flute soli in line with his earlier classic works.
Unfortunately, Proby's sweet soul crooner-type voice a la Billy Ocean spoiled the vocal tracks and put this album close to the low points of Mother Focus. Close but still not that low Proby sings nicely here. It reminds me to early Focus albums but this time has intense flavors of jazz-rock. The song suddenly moves to energetic style with great narration by Proby. It's a very interesting track that I enjoy listening to it. Guitar plays stunningly combined with nice piano work.
It's really an excellent track. Overall, I rate this album highly because the music is quite unique in style and it's also different from any other Focus album. The key attractions with the music include its tight composition, good collaborative work of musicians involved in this project. Keep on proggin'..! With only Ruiter and Van Leer from the classic quartet, the Belgian guitarist is actually the saviour of this album as he does not only shine n the opening Wingless, but steels the show on the instrumentals grandiose and pastoral Orion and demented Night Flight.
If the opening Wingless was a good track, the slow-paced ballad Eddy is certainly not of the same calibre, although you can't fault neither Focus or Proby, but the project itself and their association. With the superb Catherine-penned Sneezing Bull, Focus returns to their third instrumental and probably the album's apex, as one thinks of RTF or Mahavishnu. The flipside starts on the piano-dominated Brother, maybe the album's best sung track, where Proby shows a great range to accompany Catherine and Van Leer where they'd intended to.
Tokyo Rose is a mixed bag, an interesting idea penned by Mrs van Leer alone , but not carried on fully, this might have sat on a Queen, Roxy or Sparks album no problem.. On a Focus album???? Why not?? Hocus Pocus or Harem Scarem The almost 9-mins Maxcimum is the only instrumental on this side, written by Bert and Thys, and is a fine but predictable late 70's fusion piece, not up to par with the three on the A-side.
How long is a forgettable good bye to which we can say "until 02". Weakest track with Eddy. Certainly more appreciable than mother focus, a tad better than the bottom-of-drtawer compilation Ship of Memories, Con Proby is not that bad a swansong actually a fairly good one , but it was a timely swansong.
Strange, really strange, but these melodic rhythms combined with jazz elements which are very interestingly performed, in this combination. Vocals fits me too, maybe because I don't know much their other work. For me, it's masterpiece, but maybe later I'll reconsider my rating. And with the simple and direct name of Focus X, the bassist Bobby Jacobs achieved again a pristine sound in his labor of producer making the new guitarist Menno Gootjes and the rest of the band sound fantastic.
For the artwork of the album the band used a beautiful painting of Roger Dean and the style of the music is so eclectic and variated as ever. In Focus X we can find jazz tracks which are boring even for elevator background music Focus 10, Amok in Kindergarten mixed with some fierce rock bombs Father Bacchus, All Hens on Deck , their typical glimpse to medieval age Talk of the Clown , progressive songs Victoria and lots of experimentation and a bit of craziness.
Conclusion: Focus X is a bit of an acquired taste. The first plays of the album were a bit dissappointing and I was tired of the most boring and experimental parts. But after a while this music grew on me and although I find this album irregular, it has some impressive moments and a great playing from all the members of the band, specially by the talented guitarist Menno Gootjes.
Not essential by any means, but it's always pleasant to hear that a band with more than 40 years of history is still able to release worthy albums like this Focus X. Which sadly shows a band in search of true personality, mixing a great variety of elements, which move between Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin.
There is a pair of sweet tracks included like Black Beauty and Sugar Island, very pop oriented. The prog and symphonic elements come with songs like the medieval sounding House of the King, the very jazzy and Jethro Tull influenced Anonymus, the instrumental Focus and the psychedelic Happy Nightmare - Mescaline.
However, at the end of the day this album can be considered just good and way under the best records of the band. Best Tracks: Anonymus great bass solo! Review by GruvanDahlman Prog Reviewer. The album is much-maligned and treated very poorly.
The reviews aren't great and I suppose it is nowadays regarded as a strange footnote in music history and something one really doesn't want to mention when speaking of Focus. I think it is a shame. The album isn't that bad or lacklustre as it seems by many reviews.
Is this as good an album as any of those Focus made during the first half of the 70's? No, it isn't but it's just as good as "Mother Focus" or "Ship of memories" though consisted of studio leftovers or even better. It is all highly competent, energized and powerful jazz-rock or fusion. It's smoothed off, as most fusion albums of the latter part of the 70's tend to be.
The hardrock elements so evident on the first Focus albums are gone but "Focus con Proby" still packs a massive punch at times. Proby adds vocals to five of the nine tracks and his crooner style actually blends nicely with the polished fusion of the album. The album starts off with the dreamy and atmospheric "Wingless" where Proby does his best to fit in to a musical landscape he is not familiar with. A great opener with a soaring guitar and wonderful melody. I like the drums on this one, a really heavy beat that propells the music.
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