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Area - Arbeit Macht Frei CD (album) cover




Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.27 | 581 ratings

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1967/ 1976
5 stars Area... And 'Works Make Us Free'!

I'm not a man that have interests in politics. Normally my vote is for who is moderate but capable of meeting the problems of society in the vision of a better future, even if it means sacrifices in the immediate. In this sense I'm a man of this era!!!

So... Because Area please me? Because Area is a great band with great music and musicians. Area creates a tons of magic and the perfect style about their fantastic musical minds and their music is the power of political ideas. For me this is the true power of Area. It is true that the perfect preparation of Area's musicians (all more or less fell from the Conservatory or have great musical studies behind).

Area is the final journey of some musical friends (not all with the same political ideas) that is concretised in this band. Because of this Area, for me, is one of the few true supergroup of Rock and proper for this fact their music is the condensation of individual ideas that Patrizio Fariselli could translate into warm compositions (with Frankenstein's lyrics). In this sense the powerful taste of all Area's members remains intact but can merge into a single thought that is behind the magic of Area.

Probably Area is not a Jazz band, a Rock band, a Prog band, a Blues band but the final result of all these musical genres. Obviously, since Area born and live in 70's, the final music is classify in Prog and since Area's music present a Rock matrix Area is a true RPI band with Jazz parts and Heavy melody (not sound).

'Arbeit Mach Frei (Il Lavoro Rende Liberi)' is the first experience of Area as band. Certainly 'Arbeit...' is a magical album, a great transfer of emotions between band and listener. Demetrio Stratos is no longer the pander POPsinger that I Ribeelli music required. Now 'Diplophony' is the new verb for Stratos. 'Arbeit...', besides, is an album that please you if you please PFM, also if 'Arbeit...' present Jazz parts. The dynamism of Area creates the perfect mix between PFM and 70's Fusion but is is clear that Area is not a Fusion band. In my definition of Area's music Fusion RPI is my classification. The perfection in 'Arbeit...' is not only the voice of demetrio but also the powerful keys/ synths soli that Fariselli plays and the hot sax parts plays by Busnello.

It is impossible to describe the music contain in 'Arbeit...' if you are not a musician. It is describable the power, the magic and the feeling that 'Arbeit...''s music transmit. but it is difficult to write these transmission in easy manner. For me the power is excessive but real and good, the magic is excesive but extremely occult and the feeling is too potent.

A good linten to 'Arbeit...' is not difficult but strange. Strange because 'arbeit...' is not a classifiable album. Is 'Arbeit...' a fusion album? Is 'Arbeit...' a RPI album? 'Arbeit...' is all of this. But it is true that Area is one of the more innovative 70's band. In my personal view Area have only one similar band: King Crimson!

So 'Arbeit Mach Frei (Il Lavoro Rende Liberi' is the most adventurous italian album. A must for all who love the great music.

1967/ 1976 | 5/5 |


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