Focus (2) ‎– Hamburger Concerto

ATCO Records ‎– SD 36-100
Vinyl, LP, Album, PRC Richmond Pressing

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Delitiæ Musicæ
Written-By – Traditional
A2 Harem Scarem
Written-By – Thijs Van Leer
A3 La Cathedrale De Strasbourg
Written-By – Thijs Van Leer
A4 Birth
Written-By – Jan Akkerman
Hamburger Concerto
B1 Starter
Written-By – Traditional
B2 Rare
Written-By – Jan Akkerman
B3 Medium I
Written-By – Jan Akkerman, Thijs Van Leer
B4 Medium II
Written-By – Jan Akkerman
B5 Well Done
Written-By – Thijs Van Leer
B6 One For The Road
Written-By – Jan Akkerman

Companies, etc.


  • Arranged By, Adapted ByJan Akkerman (tracks: A1), Thijs Van Leer (tracks: B1)
  • Art DirectionIan Murray (4)
  • Bass, Autoharp [Auto Harp], Triangle, Finger Cymbals [Chinese Finger Cymbals], Handclaps, Bells [Swiss Bells]Bert Ruiter
  • Drums, Congas [Conga Drum], Tambourine, Castanets, Cabasa, Wood Block [Woodblock], Gong [Chinese Gong], Timpani, Handclaps, Cuica, Other [Flexatone]Colin Allen
  • EngineerBob Hall
  • Engineer [Assisted]David Hamilton-Smith, Rod Thear
  • Lacquer Cut ByGP*
  • Lute, Timpani, Handclaps, Guitar [All Guitars Including Akkerman (Himself)]Jan Akkerman
  • Organ, Piano, Harpsichord, Electric Piano, Flute, Alto Flute, Synthesizer [ARP Synthesizer], Recorder, Mellotron, Vibraphone [Vibes], Accordion, Handclaps, Vocals, Whistling, Organ [Organ of St. Mary the Virgin, Barnes]Thijs Van Leer
  • Photography By [Retouching], Artwork ByWade Wood Associates
  • ProducerMike Vernon


Label matrix ending 'RI' indicates the release was pressed at PRC Recording Company, Richmond, IN.
First pressing, which does not have the Warner Communications "W" in the outer text ring of the labels.
See pressing Focus (2) - Hamburger Concerto - PRC Richmond reissue.

Textured card sleeve with Atlantic/Atco Rock 5 inner sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): ST-C-743115RI
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): ST-C-743116RI
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Runout Etched): ST-C-743115AAA-1 AT/GP PR
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Runout Etched): ST-C-743116BBB-1 AT/GP 11 PR
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: SABAM

Other Versions (5 of 52) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
2460 228 Focus (2) Hamburger Concerto(LP, Album, Gat) Polydor 2460 228 Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
VICP-62015 Focus (2) Hamburger Concerto(CD, Album, RE, RM) Victor VICP-62015 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
SD 36-100 Focus (2) Hamburger Concerto(LP, Album, RE, Mon) ATCO Records SD 36-100 US 1974 Sell This Version
CDM 7 48860 2 Focus (2) Hamburger Concerto(CD, Album, RE) EMI CDM 7 48860 2 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
8-608 Focus (2) Hamburger Concerto(CD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) ArsNova 8-608 Russia Unknown Sell This Version


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August 16, 2014

Just when you think the herculean "Birth" can't possibly be topped, the "concerto" begins. A true masterpiece in every since of the word. Side 2 is rarely rivaled, near impossible to top. 4.5/5


October 21, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
I own both the Polydor version and the American version on Atco. I have noticed a difference on "Harem Scarem" on both versions. The American version included some Mellotron on one of the guitar solo passages. When I bought the Polydor version, I was surprised to notice that Mellotron wasn't there.