Inspired by Twang’s post on great drumming tracks, I’ve been listening a lot recently to the new Focus album ‘Focus 11’ (no, wait… come back…) 😀 and I’m intrigued by the opening tune ‘Who’s Calling?’ Specifically, I’m intrigued by its arrangement and not least the drumming.
‘Who’s Calling?’ was originally recorded by the one-off reunion of Jan Akkerman and Thijs van Leer in 1985 for an album called ‘Focus’. It is, in my view, one of the great Focus melodies, certainly worthy of revival. The current Focus, which has been fully operational since ‘Focus 8’ in 2003, is led by Thijs van Leer and for the past couple of albums and associated touring has also featured the great Pierre van der Linden on drums, from the classic era 1972-74 band. The current Focus has done a grand job of re-interpreting a few oldies on record, but is this latest effort a success?
I’m in two minds. What does the Afterword prog massive think? Is Menno’s bolted on riffing a good idea or should it have formed the basis of another tune entirely? And is Pierre’s galloping double time drumming a revelation or a man falling down the stairs with his drums behind him?
I’ll post the new version with the original version in the comments.
Are there other great tracks that have been compromised by questionable drumming decisions – or indeed a crap drummer? (And Pierre, to be clear, is definitely not the latter…)