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Thijs van Leer

Thijs van Leer
Country
Netherlands
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Thijs van Leer (born 31 March 1948) is a Dutch musician, singer and composer, best known for heading the Dutch progressive rock band Focus as primary vocalist, keyboard player, and flautist. He also yodels and whistles. In addition to rock-oriented work with Focus, he has recorded as a solo artist in styles touching on jazz and classical music.
Website
http://www.focustheband.com
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Releases on file (24)
Various Artists (Billy Sherwood) — A Tribute to Keith Emerson & Greg Lake Various Artists (Billy Sherwood) — A Tribute to Keith Emerson & Greg Lake
(Cleopatra no#, 2020, CD / DL)
Various Artists (Billy Sherwood) — A Prog Rock Christmas Various Artists (Billy Sherwood) — A Prog Rock Christmas
(Cleopatra no#, 2019, CD / DL)
Focus — Focus 11 Focus — Focus 11
(In and Out of Focus, 2018, CD / LP / DL)
Focus — The Focus Family Album Focus — The Focus Family Album
(In and Out of Focus Records , 2017, 2CD)
Focus — Focus X Focus — Focus X
(FWUS043, 2013, CD)
Lifesigns — Lifesigns Lifesigns — Lifesigns
(Esoteric Recordings EANTCD1011, 2013, CD)
Focus — Focus 9 / New Skin Focus — Focus 9 / New Skin
(Red Bullet RB 66.253, 2006, CD)
Focus and Friends — Focus 8.5 / Beyond the Horizon Focus and Friends — Focus 8.5 / Beyond the Horizon
( IF003CD, 2005/2016, CD)
Focus — Focus 8 Focus — Focus 8
(Musea FGBG 4472.AR, 2002, CD)
Focus — Live in Southamerica Focus — Live in Southamerica
(Sol & Deneb CDSD 15, 2002/2004, CD)
Focus — Live at the BBC Focus — Live at the BBC
(Hux Records Hux/BBC 51, 1996, CD)
Various Artists — Supernatural Fairy Tales Various Artists — Supernatural Fairy Tales
(Rhino Records R2 72451, 1996, 5CD)
Jan Akkerman & Thijs van Leer — Focus Jan Akkerman & Thijs van Leer — Focus
(Vertigo 824 524-2, 1985, CD)
Focus — Focus Con Proby Focus — Focus Con Proby
(EMI CDM 7 483392, 1978/1988, CD)
Tys van Leer — Nice to Have Met You Tys van Leer — Nice to Have Met You
(Columbia JC 35345, 1978, LP)
Focus — Ship of Memories Focus — Ship of Memories
(Red Bullet 6619, 1976/2001, CD)
Thijs van Leer — Introspection 2 Thijs van Leer — Introspection 2
(Disky BX 649042, 1975/2001, CD)
Focus — Mother Focus Focus — Mother Focus
(Red Bullet RB 66.192, 1975/2001, CD)
Focus — Hamburger Concerto Focus — Hamburger Concerto
(Red Bullet RB 66.191, 1974/2001, CD)
Focus — Live at the Rainbow Focus — Live at the Rainbow
(Red Bullet BV RB 66.190, 1973/2001, CD)
Focus — Focus 3 Focus — Focus 3
(Red Bullet RB 66.189, 1972/2001, CD)
Thijs van Leer — Introspection Thijs van Leer — Introspection
(Music on CD MOCCD 13099, 1972/2013, CD)
Focus — Moving Waves (AKA Focus II) Focus — Moving Waves (AKA Focus II)
(Red Bullet RB 66.188, 1971/2001, CD)
Focus — In and Out of Focus (AKA Focus Plays Focus) Focus — In and Out of Focus (AKA Focus Plays Focus)
(Red Bullet RB 66.187, 1970/2001, CD)

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