But for some silly noises which can't really be called vocals, this song is an instrumental. In an interview with the British newspaper New Musical Express
in May 1973, lead guitarist Jan Akkerman said "Hocus Pocus" was "just a send-up of those rock groups."
Joke or not, it was a big hit. The album version of this Van Leer/Akkerman composition runs to 6 minutes 42 seconds. The radio edit entered the Billboard Chart at #98 week ending March 3, 1973 and peaked at #9 week ending June 2. In the UK it made the charts the same time as the classic Focus instrumental "Sylvia"; not many groups can boast that.
Alexander Baron - London, England