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ARE(A)ZIONE

Area

Rock Progressivo Italiano


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Sean Trane
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3 stars difficult music with strong jazz leanings from an anti-fascist left-wing group that would make the equivalent to polit-rock in Germany in the late sixties( group like Amom Duul, Kluster etc....). Their first album disclaims that work makes you free , and on the third album they spend some time as being anti-nuclear. On this one they make a version of L' Internazionale (the well known Socialist anthem) and Cometa Rossa seems to be a wink at the red star. In any case . this is a live album with good sound , the music is rather difficult but seems to enbody wide variety of influences but primarily re-worked on a jazz feeling.

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Send comments to Sean Trane (BETA) | Report this review (#902)
Posted Tuesday, April 27, 2004 | Review Permalink
5 stars The fourth work released in 1975 is a live album "Are(A)zione". Vocal of sexy, overwhelming Demetrio Stratos and a dynamic performance are terrific. The performance it keeps powerful and with the speed, too makes one of the all-time best live bands AREA actually feel it. Pay attention to the organ of Demetrio Stratos. Patrizio Fariselli munches an apple by opening about "La mela di Odessa".

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Send comments to braindamage (BETA) | Report this review (#63372)
Posted Friday, January 06, 2006 | Review Permalink
4 stars Just another good (and the first live) recording of Area! The first three compositions are absolute classics of them from their first three albums. But "Are(A)zione" is fifteen-minute- long impro-composition played with great feeling. In my oppinion maybe the most interesting one on this album. Finally we can listen Area's weird version of socialist working- class-anthem called "L'Internazionale" on this record. Conclusion: good hot political jazzrock with great musicianship - very fine album like about six other albums of Area!

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Send comments to Rainer Rein (BETA) | Report this review (#79310)
Posted Thursday, May 25, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars The RPI (and related) live reviews series vol.13

The Italian founding band Area in 1975 produced Are(A)zione, one of the more important live albums from Italy. That this band is a Communist band is clear. But if you don't have problems with the political influence and inclinations in musical field Area is a fundamental band. So this live is a great document. The music is a collection of great songs. "Luglio, Agosto, Settembre (Nero)" is a good start for all live album because is a song that has in possess of a energy... Form atomic Bomb! "La Mela Di Odessa" isn't totally good because more long and boring. But in musically field "La Mela Di Odessa" is one of the all time Prog song. "Cometa Rossa" and "Are(A)zione" confirm that the power of Area is, besides the political message, the power of the songs. In conclusion the Communist hymn "L'Internazionale" that in musically field is a very great song. One of the more important live album is here. Thanks Area.

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Posted Sunday, August 19, 2007 | Review Permalink
Atavachron
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4 stars Beautiful if occasionally strange and silly performance from one of Italy's very best symphonic jazz-rock ensembles tearing off a taut and upbeat set at the Festa Proletaria in Milan, 1975. The five-piece find just the right blend of hot jazz lines, Baroque refrains and playful juxtaposition of musical themes. Not quite in the same technical league as, say, D.F.A., but for their time Area were exemplary of the better and more interesting groups in the endless tracts of fusion outfits. They also stretched out into folk, experimental mood-setting, and seem here to want to be a part of the audience as much as play for them.

The moaning of Demetrio Stratos will scare some off immediately but they'll miss the jumping start of 'Luglio,Agosto,Settembre', a festive number sounding much like ethnic dance music. But in place of flutes and balalaikas are the killer guitars of Paolo Tofani and synths of Patrizio Fariselli as they warm things up. 11-minute 'La mela di Odessa' gets kooky, switches to a competent drum solo by Guilio Capiozzo followed by a sweet synth/organ/guitar interplay with odd rhythms and tense jazz energy as these guys show what good all round players they truly are. Zappa nuttiness ensues as someone eats an apple for nearly a minute and we get a chance to stretch our legs, walk around, watch people dance, drink a beer and have a thoroughly good time. 'Taps' is jokingly thrown into the mix and Stratos' slightly grating rant before 'Cometa Rossa', a rippin' fusion bit rich with synth and drum fireworks. The deep jam of the title track sweeps us up or allows us to keep wandering, our choice. Either way, it is terrific jazz rock with a feel only attained at a live, open-air event as this. A swirling chimera of electric organ, more weird voices, and Tavolazzi's loyal upright bass takes the lead for awhile. 'L'Internazionale' closes things on a troubled contrast in flavors and socio-political statement.

If Colosseum ll and Von Zamla had a child out of wedlock, it might sound something like this. A fine starter for the rest of the Area catalog.

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Posted Sunday, March 16, 2008 | Review Permalink
Mellotron Storm
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4 stars What I love about this live recording besides the music are the black and white pictures in the liner notes. I can just imagine being there back in the seventies in Italy watching this very entertaining band. There's one picture in particular of a young (teen?) girl being held up, above people's shoulders by several guys. She has this huge triumphant smile on her face with her arm up in the air, while the people around her are all laughing and smiling at this sight. There are five tracks, one each from the previous three albums prior to these concerts and two that aren't on any of their studio records.

"Luglio, Agosto, Settembre (Nero)" is from the "Arbeit Mach Frei" album. It becomes uptempo before a minute. Organ 1 1/2 minutes. It turns chaotic a minute later until it settles right down before 3 1/2 minutes with some reserved vocal melodies, organ and light drums. Here we go again a minute later. "La Mela Di Odessa" is from "Crac!" and is over 11 minutes in length. It's experimental to start with lots of dissonance. Drums come in and take over. Organ,guitar and bass all join in. Great sound ! Applause after 4 minutes as they stop. Then we hear one of the band members eating an apple into the mic while the crowd noise can be heard in the background. He's done in a minute then the music returns with spoken words which are at times theatrical while the band plays on. "Cometa Rossa" is from "Caution Radiation Area". It becomes uptempo. Organ comes in before 1 1/2 minutes as it settles right down. Vocals follow. Guitar and keys join in. It really kicks in at 5 minutes.

"Are(A)zione" is an original track and my favourite coming in at 14 1/2 minutes in length. Love the intro as different sounds come and go. The drumming is fantastic before 3 minutes. Keys join in. This sounds so good ! A calm after 5 minutes then it kicks back in a minute after that with guitar. This is the best part of the whole album for me. Bass 7 1/2 minutes in as it settles again. Demetrios starts to get involved vocally. It calms right down before 11 minutes with bass only then kicks back in. What a song ! "L'Internazionale" is actually AREA's version of the anthom of the "communist party" believe it or not, although i'm sure it never sounded like this before (haha). This is a killer track though. Incredible sound to open before it settles a minute in although the deep bass lines continue. It kicks in again at 2 minutes and the drums are relentless. Organ's turn and then it ends with chaos including some wild guitar.

I do prefer the studio versions of the first three tracks but those last two songs are amazing. Overall an excellent addition to any collection especially for AREA fans. Take a trip back in time.

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Posted Saturday, March 28, 2009 | Review Permalink
5 stars Great live album... This is a ventilation of magical ideas in a small Area!!!

Yes, my intro sentende is a true truth! And if you listen to in attentive manner this album I think that you are all right with me. Certainly Area are one of the best live bands because the magic of their live album are too better that the magic of their studio album.

In this case 'Are(A)zione' (the title is a game between Area, ventilation and action) is a sort of the best of. The power is cloearly Rock with tons of arrangements, heavy arrangements, also if not invadents. It is sure that the Prog elements are not simple to describe because the Rock part dominates the rest of musical elements. But the particular voice of Demetrio Stratos and the particular melodic/ writing structure of the songs is typical of Prog. And the communist ideology is present in all of the songs of this album (and not for this in this live is present the Rock version of the communist hymn 'L'Internazionale'). If you listen to 'Luglio, Agosto, Settembre' (eng: 'July, August, September') you listen to a great Rock song with heavy atmospheres but in 'La Mela Di Odessa' (eng: 'Odessa's Apple') (P.s.: the story narrated in this story is true) you see a good Rock Jazz song with a long improvvisation (an apple is eaten live).

The true power of Area is not in the ideology narrated in the song but it is a strange magic that is not describable in words. This magic abducts but you're unable to feel; you perceive this magic but you do not understand this magic! The music, in fact, is not particular or complex but is the particular magic that it gives off that makes the difference.

Today Area is a myth. Also for me!

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Posted Saturday, July 11, 2009 | Review Permalink

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