Focus Plays Focus

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Focus Plays Focus
(In And Out Of Focus)
Focus Plays Focus.jpg
Studio album by Focus
Released 1970
Recorded Sound Techniques Studios
(London, England)
Genre Progressive rock[1]
Length 33:30
Label Imperial Records
Producer Hubert Terheggen
Focus chronology
Focus Plays Focus
(In and Out of Focus)
Focus II
(Moving Waves)
(1971)Focus II1971

Focus Plays Focus (better known as its international title In and Out of Focus) is the first studio album from the Dutch rock band Focus, released in 1970 on Imperial Records. It was the band's only album recorded with the original line-up of Thijs van Leer, Jan Akkerman, Martin Dresden and Hans Cleuver.

Musical style[edit]

AllMusic's Richie Unterberger called the album "a fair collection of progressive rock tunes without a clear focus" and noted prominent influences from folk rock, blues, and classical music, as well as "occasional jazzy shadings".[2]

Track listing[3][edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Focus (Instrumental)" Thijs van Leer 9:45
2. "Why Dream" van Leer, Hans Cleuver 3:57
3. "Happy Nightmare" van Leer, Martin Dresden, Mike Hayes 3:56
4. "Anonymus" van Leer, Jan Akkerman, Dresden 7:00
5. "Black Beauty" van Leer, Cleuver 3:05
6. "Sugar Island" van Leer, Dresden, Staal 3:03
7. "Focus (Vocal Version)" van Leer, Cleuver 2:44
Total length: 33:30

Jan Akkerman's "House of the King" (2:20) was originally a Dutch single release, but was added and inserted as track no 2 on the UK album version "In and Out of Focus".


Additional personnel
  • Hubert Terheggen – production
  • Jerry Boys – engineering


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  2. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "In and Out of Focus - AllMusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Looking at my copy of this vinyl record