The Beat can recall when our brother introduced us to the wonder that is 70's prog-rock masters Focus' best-known tune. Since then, we've become what we suppose could be called fans, enough that a) we would just recently discuss on an Internet message board the merits of including Jan Akkerman in a discussion of history's best guitarists; and b) that a friend would happen across this while searching for something else and immediately think of us.

The Dutch band's main duo of Akkerman and Thijs van Leer (organ/flute/occassional vocals) has reunited several times over the years. A new version of the band, minus Akkerman but with longtime drummer Pierre van der Linden, currrently has a new CD out. Don't expect the band, whose infrequent live performances are pretty much confimed to Europe these days, to play Columbus any time soon.