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3 stars This one, such as other highly-experimental Stratos' solo albums, is not progressive at all. This is the record of one of the strangest gigs ever made by Area, in Milan, with other avant-guarde players, acting a sort of "divisionist" improvisationist concert, inspirated by a John Cage invention... every member of the ensemble randomly takes one five little sheets of paper, (displayed on the cover) on which is written "Silence", "Violence", "Hypnosis", "Sex" or "Irony". In relation with them, Stratos and the others singed and played, pursuing their personal sensation. After around three minutes, they change their "humor", and so on. I do not dislike the album, nevertheless I must confess I'm a fan of Area, and of avant-guarde music in general, so it could be a bit "too much" for an ordinary listener. This is the reason for I rate this as a three-star. Anyway, try to find out something from the soloist career of Demetrio... it's amazing!
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Posted Monday, June 14, 2004 | Review Permalink
4 stars An improvisation concert made by an Hybrid group: Fariselli, Tofani and Stratos by Area and other two good avant-garde musicians Lacy on sax and Litton on percussions. The game was simple. Every one tokes a little paper. There were 5 papers, on each one was written a state of mind or an action. The tickets were: SILENZIO (silence), IRONIA (irony), SESSO (sex), VIOLENZA (violence) and IPNOSI (hypnosis). Each one played second the state of mind of his own ticket and, my friends, if you're not fan of the extreme experimentation, don't buy it because is not a work for you. If you means prog like innovation and creativity, this is surely an album for your taste.
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Posted Wednesday, June 8, 2005 | Review Permalink
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2 stars Caution: Improvisation Area!

I didn't know about the existence of this album until latter march of this year, when i saw it at Greg Walker's stand in the BajaProg fest, i of course bought it, it was also in the bargain zone so i was happy with it.

Well, as some of you know, Area is one of the main names in the italian prog scene, they wer a unique band with a particular sound that no other band could copy, one of the most disctinctives voices in the same Italian prog scene, was the one of Demetrio Stratos whose vocals games caused a great impact in the 70s (and nowadays with the new Area listeners), if you dare to listen to this album, you will see what i mean.

So if you know the band, you may think this live album has something to do with the music created in Arbeit Macht Frei or Maledetti for instance, but not at all, if something alike existed it would be the Caution Radiation Area, but not even that album could be alike to this.

This live album called Event 76' is just a concert made with pure musical improvisation, and to be honest my review will be shorter than i use to write, because there are not much things to say about it. This album is composed by 3 long songs, Chaos II Pt. 1, Chaos II. Pt 2 and Event 76' respectively, the first one lasts 20 minutes while the other two almost 10 minutes each, the instruments playe here are sax, piano, percussion, some synth effects and Stratos voice, there is not a goal in the songs, they are just strange performances that to my ears cause a certain sense of desesperation, i assume that the people who were in that concert, could have felt half pleased and half amazed it sure was a unique exotic and strange experience for them.

This album in my opinion is not truly recommendable to the prog fan average, but recommendable to those who would like to experiment a little bit with a hidden side of Area, i believe the RIO lovers would find this enjoyable, but for the RPI fans, of course this is not what they are looking for.

In general, for me, very cool in some parts, very boring in others, not a bad album at all, but not what i expected, so for me this is a 2 star album that hurts because i hate giving lower ratings to these awesome Italian bands, but i consider this to be a collectors/fans only album.

Enjoy it, or not!

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Posted Sunday, September 14, 2008 | Review Permalink
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2 stars This mostly just baffled me. I'm not really familiar with Area so I have no idea if they are playing "compositions" from their studio albums or if this is strictly improvised; but either way, I am left pondering who, at the end of the day, thought, "wow we nailed it..we need to release this as a live album". And how strong were the drugs they were on. There were a few passages where they came through as talented musicians who knew how to play, but otherwise I am reminded of the "you can place an infinite amount of monkeys in a room with an infinite number of typewriters and by pure randomness come up with a masterpiece of literature". This, unfortunately, was one of the failed attempts...hence the pieces titled Chaos, I suppose. To top it, the random vocal squeaks and squeals remind me of something that may have been recorded of the monkeys in that room.

Postscript: I see from reading other reviews that it was all improvised. Improvisation, at least to my ears, is one of those things that can be done really well but mostly should remain in the studio behind closed doors to be mined for the worthwhile gold nuggets hidden within.

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Posted Monday, September 14, 2015 | Review Permalink

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