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CRAC !

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Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.24 | 242 ratings

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1967/ 1976
4 stars JPI? What?!?

'Crac!' is the 3rd album of Progressive evergreen band Area and in my head sound like an extreme difficult example of mix (not fusion) between Jazz Rock and RPI. In this sense is impossible to describe if 'Crac!' is a Jazz or RPI album. Certainly 'Crac!' present genuine Jazz Rock instrumental (long) parts mixed with great RPI parts with vocals. And sure this fact to believe that 'Crac!' is a Jazz Rock album. It is not, and the structure of songs remind me more to Bernardo Lanzetti's PFM period that to Jazz Rock, also because the atmospheres are true mediterranean.

The start of 'L'elefante Bianco' (eng: 'White Elephant') is a great Demetrio Strato's voice/ piano heavy and aggressive part and this is clear RPI as the first part of 'La Mela Di Odessa' (eng: 'Odessa's Apple') is Jazz (but the 2nd part is clear RPI) and Jazz is sure 'Nervi Scopert' (eng: 'Discovered Nerves') but only because this is the nature of the various musicians because of musical potential and not because 'Nervi Scoperti' is a Jazz song. The same situation is noticeable in 'Gioia E ivoluzione' (eng: 'Joy And Revolution') that is a POP song with Rock structure.

In substance 'Crac!' is a difficult album be classified. Jazz Rock or RPI? For me this albumj is a good mix between Jazz and RPI. Instrumental parts Jazz and parts with Demetrio's vocals RPI. In definitive 'Crac!' is a classic of Jazz Rock and RPI.

1967/ 1976 | 4/5 |

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