SKU: MN0137854 Finley Martin from New York, Ny Where are the Original members? Okay so it isn’t a terribly tricky flute riff, but it is memorable as is the story of the band member who played it – Klaus Voormann.Â Talk about a fascinating life – friend of the Beatles going back to their pre-fame days in Germany, album cover designer (including Revolver (The Beatles) andÂ Bee Gees’ 1st) and musician having played bass with Manfred Mann and others.Â The song itself is a Bob Dylan composition that was a #10 hit in the U.S. 1968 for the second main incarnation of Manfred Mann. ( Log Out / It was released as a single in May 1970, backed by the non-album track Magic Mountain, and was War's first chart hit. Here’s the link for Dion Blue: https://youtu.be/R5200HjVcB0. school music programs were some of my fave activities as a kid and I can only assume that during this virus this activity has been curtailed. âSpill the Wineâ was the group's first hit song, recorded in 1969 when Eric Burdon (formerly of the Animals) was the group's lead singer. The artists in the band have backgrounds ranging from musical theatre to jazz, and they bring tremendous variety to this popular music project. the song idea concept came from literally spilling the wine on the keyboard that they used in the studio.The girl speaking Spanish was Eric Burden's g/f at the time, they set up a TENT in the studio, and when she and Eric were doing their thing in it, they recorded what she said to lay over the studio track. Excellent addition. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.com. In vetrans memorial colliseum.At the time home of the newlly organized Phoenix Suns.That was 1969 I was 9.I remember "low rider" and "spill the wine" like it was last night.The rest is real blurry. It is known for the constant flute solo winding its way through the track and an added ambient noise of a woman speaking in Spanish. Welcome Offer: 80% OFF on annual membership of Ultimate Guitar Pro Try Now 12. In early 1970 Van Morrison released his third solo album with “Moondance” as the title track.Â When it belatedly came out as a single in 1977 the track barely registered hitting only #92 during a four week chart run.Â In truth this jazzy song really spoke more to the singer/songwriter style of the early ’70s and its release in the disco era was guaranteed to fail.Â As an LP, Moondance is one of the greatest albums to come out in that decade and did chart at #29 selling over three million copies.Â Collin Tilton’s flute playing along with the walking bass of John Klingberg and the sax solo of John Schroer push the song along instrumentally complimenting Morrison’s vocal. After another Burdon album that failed due to poor distribution, War regrouped as a standalone act, and their second album (released in 1972) yielded two hits, "All Day Music" and the harrowing tale of insanity "Slippin' Into Darkness." Doc Kriegerâs 2019 Top 20 Albums & Orphan Songs, The Beat…The Beat…The Beat – Favorite Drummers, Imitation Hollys – Covering Buddy Holly & The Crickets. 4:54 0:30. Listen online to Eric Burdon & WAR - Spill The Wine and find out more about its history, critical reception, and meaning. Ian McDonald has a list as long as your arm of records he has played on (including the T Rex hit “Bang A Gong [Get It On]”) plus he was a founder of Foreigner.Â For fans of progressive rock, he will be forever a founding member of King Crimson playing mellotron, keys and winds on the classic In The Court Of The Crimson King (1969) before leaving.Â After the nasty album intro song of “21st Century Schizoid Man”, the gentle “I Talk To The Wind” is a jarring contrast.Â McDonald duets with himself on flute to start to song.Â McDonald also plays some nice flute on the song “Atmospheres” by the band Fireballet on their debut albumÂ Night On Bald Mountain.Â The one song per group rule nixes some excellent work on flute by Mel Collins on later albums. Unfortunately that was waay before the time of selfies and cellphone cameras everywhere, so no pictures exist. Premium members songs are completely open. Dedicated to the memory of Raymond David Daniel â&© 2001 Surfdog, Inc. 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After years of electric blues with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (and some amazing guitarists in Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor), Mayall made a complete left turn with his 1969 live albumÂ The Turning Point.Â On this album the sound was pretty much acoustic instruments with no drummer.Â I admit that sitting in my buddy Dan’s basement playing records for each other, this one didn’t grab me back in high school as it wasn’t heavy enough.Â Now I can appreciate the music, but then I wanted grinding guitar blues rock.Â On this song (recorded at the Fillmore East in New York), Mayall’s vocals and blues harp are joined by Steve Thompson on bass, Jon Mark on acoustic guitar and Johnny Almond on flute.Â Almond and Mayall get into some crazy mouth percussion in the middle, but it is the flute riff that makes the song (in tandem with the guitar and at times the harmonica).Â “Room To Move” was not a U.S. chart hit, but received a lot of airplay on underground FM radio.Â The late Almond had played sessions on sax previously with Mayall (and others like Chicken Shack) before joining Mayall’s band then after that he and Mark formed a duo (Mark-Almond). Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. My favorite blog of all time! 2:51 0:30. T-070.924.496-1. Comments. Alternatively, you can offer 187ml single-serving bottles, with their longer shelf life; Spill the Wine offers a mini-bottle of a California sparkler for just $7. 21. Dickerson, Howard E. Scott, Lonnie Jordan, Lee Oskar and Charles Miller and Eric Burdon and War released it on the album Eric Burdon Delares "War" in 1970. It was at the AZ state fair. While John Scott has had a long career as a composer of film and television scores along with classical music, rock fans know his work best from the end of “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away”.Â The song is John Lennon as Dylan with flute replacing harmonica.Â In the movie, the flute playing is mimed by George Harrison’s in-home gardener who also trims the grass with wind-up teeth.Â Scott also played on records by The Hollies, Nelson Riddle, Tom Jones, etc. The remake of WAR's "Spill the Wine" is the BOMB! While guitarist Randy Bachman wrote this hit, singer Burton Cummings’ vocal and flute playing are what make the record great.Â This jazzy song hit #22 in 1969 in the U.S. (note that the single was from the album Canned Wheat and edited off a solo guitar coda).Â Supposedly the lyrics are about a girl dropping acid at a party and going in to a coma.Â It is unfortunate that Cummings didn’t play flute more on the band’s records.Â Quentin Tarantino used the song in the 1997 movie Jackie Brown. Spill the Wine. Chordie does not index songs against artists'/composers' will. Quite a nice track and apparently found on his Best Of – Smile! In The Land Of Grey & Pink from 1971 is a high water mark for the Canterbury, England band Caravan.Â This cheerfully poppy song is not at all typical of the band’s more progressive style, but is catchy and features some clanging cowbell (not normally a prog instrument).Â The band still tour off and on with only one original member – Pye Hastings on vocals and guitar.Â His brother Jimmy Hastings guested on many of Caravan’s records and played flute on this track coming in just before the two minute mark and soloing to the end. Print and download Spill the Wine sheet music by War. album. and Whitney Houston for induction?Â “Living In The Past” was released in 1969 as a stand-alone single that reached #3 in the U.K., but had to wait till 1972 for U.S. success at #11 on the charts after lending its name to a double album of odds and ends. Eric Burdon & War live in 1970 - Beat-Club / Youtube, While Eric Burdon was known for his time with the Animals, he also broadened his sonic horizons after joining the ranks of the Californian funk-rock act, War. Because of his dad's line of work, the Burdon family had a TV by the time he was ten; in his autobiography Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood he recalls the electrifying moment of first seeing Louis Armstrong on television. Thus my early introduction to his music! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. All Piano Sheets / SPILL THE WINE PIANO SHEET MUSIC SHEETS. Spill the Wine is a San Francisco Bay Area based band that is committed to spreading joy through booty-shaking music. I got the Moe Koffman records from the local library when I was in high school music. Check out Spill The Wine by Eric Burdon & War on Amazon Music. But in the midst of a European tour, Burdon suddenly left the band and never came back again. I can only hope that they return soon. "Spill the Wine" is a 1970 song performed by Eric Burdon and the band War. Going Up The Country Canned Heat â¢ The Best Of Canned Heat. Jamaican Zen Ska?Â Donovan Leitch’s lyrics could be a bit obtuse, but the catchy island arrangement with a flute riff played by Harold McNair is simple and direct.Â This was a #11 single in 1967 in the U.S. (#8 U.K.).Â McNair who passed at age 39 in 1971 (lung cancer) was from Kingston, Jamaica and was mostly known for his jazz recordings.Â As a session player he was found on many Donovan records plus Nick Drake’s Bryter Layter, etc. It features a prevalent flute solo, and the sound of a woman speaking Spanishâa friend of Eric Burdon'sâis heard in the background. In the U.S. he had a #23 hit in 1958 with this cool groover of an instrumental that pushed the flute to the fore. I also checked out many others such as Jethro Tull albums and jazz albums. It was also covered by Samjazz Quintet, The Dream Syndicate, Eric Burdon Brian Auger Band, 2nu and other artists. hey Doc,Â Â Flute Thing, The Blues ProjectÂ Â. Likely the second most known rock flute player was the late Ray Thomas.Â Certainly his best remembered song was this tribute to Timothy Leary and his LSD trips.Â Appearing on the 1968 LP In Search Of The Lost Chord, this was always a popular showcase in concert for Thomas and his flute which comes in about 2:45 into the song.Â Thomas’ songs and instrumentation were important contributions during theÂ ’60s and ’70s.Â Unfortunately during their synth-pop hit era of the ’80s, Thomas was mostly relegated to backing vocals and tamborine shaking waiting in concert for his chance to perform this song. 179 likes. Ann Wilson of Heart has played flute on a number of their songs including “Crazy On You” and “Love Alive”, but on this song she has a bit more of a role (though still not major).Â While it would have been more illustrative of Ann’s flute prowess to use the song “Sing Child” (where she makes like Ian Anderson on the break), I frankly don’t like the track.Â This song is from the debut album by Heart Dreamboat Annie (1976 in the U.S.). When one thinks of rock music and flute, the name Ian Anderson and his band Jethro Tull immediately come to mind.Â Anderson is the Eric Clapton of rock flute music.Â Would someone please explain why the r & r hall of fame has not inducted this game-changing band but considers non-rockers like The Notorius B.I.G. The only cut from the album that became a hit was “Spill The Wine,”Â which was inspired by a wine-spilling incident on the mixing board by the band’s keyboardist Lonnie Jordan. "When sinners entice thee, consent thou not. As a flute major, I made sure to be in the front row, and bought all his records at the time. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. SKU: MN0136173 Break off all connexions with the loose and profligate. One of the loveliest songs by Genesis was “Dusk” from their second albumÂ Trespass (1970) which may not be familiar to fans of the later pop juggernaut group.Â John Mayhew was the drummer at this time pre-Phil Collins and Anthony Phillips played guitar pre-Steve Hackett.Â Tony Banks (keys) and Michael RutherfordÂ (bass/guitar) were led by singer Peter Gabriel who also played flute on this gentle song (coming in just after the 2 minute mark). Not a good bet to make. The late Chris Wood might have a case in challenging Ray Thomas for the title of second most remembered rock flautist.Â Also contributing to other artists’ recordings such as “1983… (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Traffic wind-man Wood was a versatile musician.Â Wood’s flute playing on the traditional “John Barleycorn” might be his best work, but this early Dave Mason sung single from 1967 remains a psychedelic fave of your R&R Dentist.Â Wood struggled with drugs and alcohol addiction finally passing away at age 39 in 1983. I hear they have a band called The Low Riders. The Success of the Band . Eric Burdon & War enjoyed pretty good feedback from fans and critics alike, dishing out some high-quality live performances and decent albums along the way. PS, I’m probably the only other person reading this who actually knows of Swingin’ Shepard Blues. Fun Trivia. ISWC. Yet another discovery back in the day of my pal DC, this is another album that was slow to reveal its charms back in 1971 to a long-haired kid who wanted to rock.Â On their debut album the band was Jon Field on flutes and percussion with Tony Duhig on guitars and Glyn Havard on bass, vocals.Â Apparently Duhig and Field met in the ’60s while driving forklifts at a factory in the U.K. and bonded over a love of African music and jazz. In the introduction to the live version of the song on 'Greatest Hits Live', Lonnie Jordan reveals that the inspiration for the song came when he spilled a glass of wine on a mixing board in the recording studio. Bluesman Henry Thomas recorded the song “Bulldoze Blues” in 1928 with the main riff of the song played by quills – a panpipes-like instrument.Â In 1968 Al Wilson of blues band Canned Heat took that song’s tune and wrote a new title and new lyrics.Â Taken from their LP Living The Blues, the single peaked at #11 in early 1969.Â The most notable part of the single is the flute riff played by session musician Jim Horn that mimicked Thomas’ quills work.Â Horn played sax and other winds on some pretty big rock records over the years including Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys, “Africa” by Toto and with the Rolling Stones, Ringo, George Harrison, etc. To give â¦ This paved the way for the subsequent release of the 1970 album,Â Eric Burdon Declares “War”.Â. The ex Nirvana bass player talks about turning into a high profile political activist!The post Episode #006 Krist Novoselic appeared first on Spill the Wine. Got it! Released: 1970 Album: Eric Burdon Declares âWarâ Label: MGM Records (original issue) Avenue/Rhino Records (reissue) Genre: Funk, Psychedelic Rock, Brown-Eyed Soul Billboard Chart: #3 Pop Personnel: Lee Oskar - harmonica Lonnie Jordan - organ, piano Eric Burdon - vocals Papa Dee Allen - percussion, conga Harold Brown - drums B.B. New tracks like "Soulboat" definately show the B-Sides range, and should garner them radio play and attention from a wider audience that they rightly deserve. In 1978 the late AOR singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg teamed up for an album with jazz flautist Tim Weisberg – Twin Sons Of Different Mothers.Â Â The album was a #8 charter in the U.S. with the single taken from the LP “The Power Of Love” making it to #24.Â This cover of the old Hollies composition (from 1966) received a fair amount of FM radio play back in the day as well.Â Trivia buffs may find it interesting that Weisberg’s first recording was playing flute on “French Song” for the 1969 LP The Monkees Present. Spill the Wine is a 1970 song performed by Eric Burdon and the band War. Important: The song above is NOT stored on the Chordie server.The original song is hosted at www.guitaretab.com.Chordie works as a search engine and provides on-the-fly formatting. Important: The song above is NOT stored on the Chordie server.The original song is hosted at www.guitartabs.cc.Chordie works as a search engine and provides on-the-fly formatting. ), but on their second album Getting To This (1970) on the second track “Variations On Nainos” he made like Ian Anderson and played flute.Â Mick Abrahams never captured the magic of those two albums again with his self-named band or with the reformed Pig. Songs with a partially open lock icon are fully playable, but have all player features disabled. The result was 1970's "Spill The Wine," a major hit that spotlighted the group's Afro-Cuban groove. ... Flute Loop Beastie Boys â¢ Ill Communication. The late Canadian jazzman Morris âMoeâ Koffman was a prolific jazz flute and sax player. It features a prevalent flute solo, and the sound of a woman speaking Spanishâa female friend of Eric Burdon'sâis heard in the background. Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, B.B. The only cut from the album that became a hit was âSpill The Wine,â which was inspired by a wine-spilling incident on the mixing board by the bandâs keyboardist Lonnie Jordan. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Revisit this performance of the band forÂ “Spill The Wine”Â at the Beat Club on September 26, 1970. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 20. "Spill The Wine" was from "Eric Burdon Declares War", and the band contained a credited flute / sax player, Charles Miller. Older tracks like "Souldier", "Puro Feeling", and "Baila" are reworked/updated and TOTALLY FRESH! English. Chordie does not index songs against artists'/composers' will. Dickerson, Howard E. Scott, Lonnie Jordan, Lee Oskar, Charles Miller. Trombone player James Pankow has written some of the more important Chicago hits including this popular wedding/slow dance song.Â Oddly he didn’t write a part for himself to play with the main instruments being Robert Lamm’s piano and Walter Parazaider’s flute solo which takes up the track’s last minute.Â The song was originally found as part of an almost thirteen minute suite “Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon” from the 1970 album Chicago (their second LP).Â It was given a single B-side release in 1970 (A-side “Make Me Smile”) then in 1971 appended again to “Beginnings” which hit #7.Â The vocal is by the late guitarist Terry Kath. I was attending CSU in 1975, when Tim Weisberg played a show for us in a small setting, like the ballroom, where we all just sat on the floor. Remove thy way from the strange woman, and come not near the door of â¦ Sheet music arranged for Piano/Vocal/Guitar in F Major. ( Log Out / Print and download lead sheets for Spill the Wine by War Includes complete lyrics in C Major. Progressive rock bands more often than not have a woodwind player who at least doubles on sax and flute.Â The U.K. band Camel was formed in 1971 and while never a huge success, they continue with only one original member – Andy Latimer who also sang and played flute plus guitars on this song.Â This song was from their 1976Â MoonmadnessÂ record (their fourth and last with the original lineup of the band which included Peter Bardens on keys). But I enjoyed 23 of the 25 songs (never was a fan of “Spill the Wine”, although the fluting was good), and especially the top 7 (I would personally have wanted to see the Firefall song higher up, but that’s just one of my favorite songs from college days). Charles Miller (June 2, 1939 â June 4, 1980) was an American musician best known as the saxophonist and flutist for multicultural California funk band War and the single person most responsible  for the creation of the classic and 1975 #1 hit "Low Rider", on which he also sang the lead part. 45 years later and I still play flute as a side instrument to guitar and keyboards in a band…which brought me here. Thanks. Written by. The Witch Is Dead”.Â I decided to leave out the fine work by Ted Cole with Colorado band Runaway Express since at this time you can’t find any of it on youtube.Â The order is not terribly important after the first few songs. The song was inspired by an accident in which keyboardist Lonnie Jordan spilled wine on a mixing board. Two posts ago your RnR Dentist tackled the bagpipes in a rock music context.Â Family flautists Brenna and Cheryl demanded equal time for their chosen instrument so this month we will look at the woodwind without a reed – the flute.Â Crude flutes made from bone and tusks have been dated back as far as 35-42,000 years (at least a hollow tube with holes in it meant to be blown into).Â There are myriad variations – the piccolo, fife, tin whistle, recorder, etc.Â The kind of instrument we will look at exclusively has a hole meant to be blown over, not into and is categorized as a Western Concert Flute.Â Â This list will be of known musicians which leaves out unknown session players otherwise a song like “Comin’ In The Back Door” by The Baja Marimba Band would be included (one of the Wrecking Crew played on it, but who? Spill The Wine Eric Burdon, War â¢ Eric Burdon Declares War. Eric Burdon, but not the Animals. Language. ).Â The songs are not all rock, but generally that is the category of the music included.Â This expands a topic yours truly tackled years ago in a published article when it was posited by a reader in a magazine that there were very few rock flute players (indeed most music fans can only think of one).Â Up for the challenge, there proved to be enough to make it difficult to limit the list to just 25 (sorry Herbie Mann).Â Zaftig flute-playing rapper Lizzo didn’t quite make the cut, but let’s at least give her props for trying something new (one assumes James Galway never shook his rump while tootling).Â My Uncle rightly pointed out another fine work that isn’t pop, but is kinda fun to listen to – “Suite For Flute & Jazz Piano Trio” by Rampal and Bolling.Â Â Again, only one song by one artist is the rule here plus no recorders which nixes “Ruby Tuesday” and “The Fool On The Hill” and no piccolos which melts “Ding Dong! Days Gone By Joe Walsh â¢ The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get. The theater of popping the cork, the sight of a tray of effervescent flutes crossing the dining room naturally encourage sales. 19. The Reason Howard Cosell Didn’t Want To Announce John…, John Carpenter Releases Eerie New Song ‘The Dead…, Listen To Paul McCartney’s Tribute Song To John Lennon, Howard Wales, Longtime Jerry Garcia Collaborator, Dead At 77, The Final Time John Lennon Saw The Rest Of The Beatles, The Story Behind The Song ‘Rock And Roll…. After leaving the British Invasion band The Animals, lead singer Eric Burdon hooked up with the California funk band War and scored a #3 hit in 1970 with this song.Â It was on the albumÂ Eric Burdon Declares War and was the first hit for the long-lived band still going today with only one original member (Leroy “Lonnie” Jordan).Â The flute part that becomes prominent at around the 1 1/2 minute mark of the song is played by Charles Miller who also contributed sax to the band. Thanks for reading my post and for your meaningful comments. The late Canadian jazzman Morris “Moe” Koffman was a prolific jazz flute and sax player.Â In the U.S. he had a #23 hit in 1958 with this cool groover of an instrumental that pushed the flute to the fore. Eric Burdon and War originally released Spill the Wine written by Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, B.B. The name David Muse may not be a household name to fans of soft ’70s pop, but his multi-instrumental talents in Colorado band Firefall made their songs interesting.Â Muse was a late addition to the band and his flute work was prominent on their first big hit “You Are The Woman” (#9 in 1976 written by singer Rick Roberts).Â Muse has been in and out of the band over the years while battling cancer along the way (he is currently a member of Firefall). Thanks for researching and compiling all these great flute songs! 1:54 0:30. By helping UG you make the world better... and earn IQ Suggest correction Will have to look to see who played the flute on that track but always liked them. The song was inspired by an accident in which keyboardist Lonnie Jordan spilled wine on a mixing board. The Animals were part of the English blues scene of the early Sixties and one of the most noteworthy bands of the original British Invasion. Look not on the wine when it is red, when it giveth its color in the cup; for at the last, it biteth like a serpent, and sting|eth like an adder. As this blog is being written on a record cold Colorado day while southern California is on fire and the bay area is having blackouts to prevent more flames, it is hard to choose either locale for a nice getaway.Â John Phillips’ song is such a classic over 50 years later that it is hard to remember the time in late 1965 that this was a barely noticed new single for a brand new singing group.Â The song built slowly and finally peaked at #4 in March of ’66.Â The somber flute part was played by Bud Shank who had played sax for Stan Kenton and amassed a huge body of work over seven decades of work.Â About the same time, Shank scored his only chart hit (#65) with a sax instrumental version of the song “Michelle” by The Beatles. I played the solo flute part with a band at some point, many years ago. 5:58 0:30. It is known for the constant flute solo winding its way through the track and an added ambient noise of a woman speaking in Spanish. 25.Eric Burdon & War â Spill The Wine "Spill the Wine" is a first-person narrative in which Burdon falls asleep in a field of tall grass and dreams he was the star of a Hollywood movie, against a whimsical but dynamite Latin-funk background groove with rolling high-pitched organ and bongos. What are the lyrics of the spoken word contributions of the female voice heard in Spill the Wine performed by Eric Burdon and War - trivia question /questions answer / answers. General CommentThe chorus alternates between "DIG THAT GIRL" then "TAKE THAT PEARL". Change ). Guitarist Mick Abrahams left Jethro Tull after their first albumÂ This Was and started his own band Blodwyn Pig that put out two fine albums on A&M then disappeared.Â Member Jack Lancaster mostly played sax (often two at once! ( Log Out / The albums best known track âSpill The Wineâ is a Latin tinged daydream of a song which became a number 3 in the U.S.A and a number one in the rest of the world. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I know you couldn’t repeat artists, and sure had to include a song from Twin Sons of a Different Mother, but my favorite Tim Weisberg song ever was Dion Blue, and at least deserves an honorable mention here! I actually had never heard Tim Weisberg’s 1975 single “Dion Blue” before you pointed it out to me (was in Dental school studying most of that year). ( Log Out / Eric Burdon was born in 1941 near Newcastle, England to a working-class family; his father did the electrical work in some of the clubs his band would later play. Perhaps a bit of a cheat as at least one of the dueling flutes here is a bamboo instrument, but it’s a nice flute part so…Â While likely losing out on millions,Â prog rock fans (like this writer) love and respect guitarist Hackett for staying true to the music and leaving Genesis as they were morphing into a pop band.Â He has kept the music of the early Genesis alive while releasing one astounding prog rock album after another under his own name.Â His third solo album Spectral Mornings from 1979 is arguably his best.Â Throughout his career (and on his new albumÂ At The Edge Of Light), Steve’s brother John has been at his side to play flute.Â John Hackett has released his own music plus guested on albums by Nick Magnus, Anthony Phillips, Symbiosis, etc. The group formed in Newcastle-on-Tyne, a port city and coal-mining hub in northeast England. Thijs Van Leer and his group Focus are mainly remembered in the U.S. for their crazy raver “Hocus Pocus” which is a pity as they continue to be a great mostly instrumental progressive band.Â Their first Dutch single (1971) was this quasi-Tull sounding flute instrumental written by then guitarist Jan Akkerman and was a #10 hit in Holland.Â It was finally released in the U.S. on the Focus 3 double album in late 1972 (on CD it has been tacked on to their first LPÂ In And Out Of Focus).Â Van Leer has also released some excellent solo albums including his 1972 classical flute album Introspection. thank you for taking the time to read my post. Selling the Sparkle. I took beginners grade 9 flute the first half of the year then skipped straight to grade12 for the second half. Probably the only other person reading this who actually knows of Swingin ’ Shepard Blues port city and coal-mining in... 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