Hi there! I've recently obtained a BBC studio session from Focus. It includes "House of the King" and "Anonymous II" (introduced by Bob Harris as "Impressions of Anonymous II"). Bob Harris mentiones at the beginning of the recording that it was recorded a couple of months before the airing date (which according to my source is the 30 April 1973 episode of Sounds of the Seventies) for the Sequence program. Anyone has more information about this session? I don't see it any trade list (I have obtained some uncirculated BBC recordings from this source) and I can't find informations about ANY BBC session by Focus (save for an "In Concert" session which is not the one I'm talking about). Anyone can help me? Does Ken Garner's book mention this, that you know of?
Regrettably I don't have Ken Garner's book, and I also don't recognize this BBC session. I quickly compared your description with what I know is "out there" (audio and video) but nothing matches. I'm sure you already did extensive googling so I'm probably just repeating what you did. :)
Thanks for the reply! This source taped many programs from the BBC in the 70s and I got some uncirculated BBC sessions from him (the first Greenslade session, the first PFM session which I was looking for desperately, one track from one Wild Turkey session and some more) but I couldn't find any information on this session, and apparently still can't. The songs are very different than their studio counterparts, so it's indeed a session and not an airing of studio tracks!
Indeed, that's Rowan Atkinson playing Captain Blackadder on "Blackadder Goes Forth"!
According to Ken Garner's book "In session tonight" Focus did one BBC session. It was recorded on the 30.01.1973 and broadcasted on 02.03.1973 on the BBC programme "The sequence". Engineer and producer was John Muir. Focus played the following tracks: House of the king Hocus pocus Focus I Improvisation of anonymous II Sylvia/Hocus pocus.
Your upload is quite a success on dime. Right now it says "Snatched: 277 time(s)".
There also is a very interesting comment by gv0000:
ZitatI believe the "Sequence" program of the "Sounds of the Seventies" was presented by Pete Drummond. Here as JacoZappa pointed out it appears to be Bob Harris presenting. I have found a reference to a Bob Harris "Sounds of the Seventies" show dated April 30, 1973, which also included Roy Harper sessions. Perhaps Bob Harris included these Focus session tracks from the Pete Drummond March 2, 1973 "Sequence" program on his program.
This recording is on www.dimeadozen.org, a "BitTorrent tracker for audio and video recordings of independent origin (ROIO) which have not been officially released". It's private tracker, meaning you'll have to register.
If you're not familiar with the bittorrent concept, or hesitant, or whatever, PM me and I'll burn it on CD for you.
BTW: the "new" Focus is great as well - be sure to check them out live!
The Sequence ran for one year in the Friday 10pm-midnight slot of BBC Radio One's Sounds of the Seventies strand, from the start of October 1972 to the end of September '73. Sessions recorded for this show could be repeated by other BBC programmes, hence the Bob Harris links on the tape discussed above.
Pete Drummond presented all but three editions of The Sequence. His holiday relief for those three shows was Vincent Price! Price actually introduced Focus One from the session on the second of his deps, on 27th July '73.
I've just spoken to John F Muir who produced the show and the Focus session. Aside from that they were very good and delivered a fine set of performances, he recalls nothing else of note about that particular session.