Area - Maledetti

Year of Release: 2002
Label: Akarma
Catalog Number: AK 1009
Format: CD
Total Time: 42:09:00

Area is one of the best-known Italian prog-rock bands and perhaps the lead group in Italy during the Seventies.

Maledetti is their fourth studio release and it is a little bit different from the others. In fact it marks a new evolution on the part of the group

To produce this record, Area gathered together many musicians from different musical genres, like Steve Lacy or Paul Lytton. This fact can be noticed in listening to the songs that make up part of this album. Each one is very different from other, and on it you can find out classical music, experimental music, fusion and so on.

As opposed to other famous Italian prog bands, Area hasn't had any influence by the English bands of that period, but I think in some cases their music is more similar to Return To Forever and sometimes is very hard to listen to.

This disc is very weird, there isn't any specific idea and I believe it is less successful than the previous ones.

At the end of the disc there is a ghost track, an interview with Stratos, Tofani and Fariselli after a concert in Milan.

Released by Cramps (CRSCD005) in 1969, reissued by Edel (0136512CRA) in 1993

Evaporazione (1:45) / Diforisma Urbano (6:18) / Gerontocrazia (7:30) / Scum (6:30) / Il Massacro Di Brandeburgo Numero Tre In Sol Maggiore (2:20) / Giro, Giro, Tondo (5:55) / Caos (Parte Seconda) (9:00)

Giulio Capiozzo - drums
Patrizio Fariselli - synth, ARP Odyssey, electric piano, acoustic piano
Demetrio Stratos - voice, Hammond organ, bells, acoustic piano
Ares Tavolazzi - electric bass, contrabass
Paolo Tofani - electric guitar, Tcherepnin synth, Philips electric razor

Guests include:

Steve Lacy - soprano sax
Paul Lytton - percussion
Hugh Bullen - bass
Walter Calloni - drums
among others

Arbeit Macht Frei (1973)
Caution Radiation Area (1974)
Crac! (1975)
Are(A)zione (1975)
Maledetti (1976/1993/2002*)
Event '76 (1976)
Anto/Logicamente (1977)
1978 Gli Dei Se Ne Vanno, Gli Arrabbiati (1978)
Tic & Tac (1980)
Chernobyl 7991 (1997)
Parigi - Lisbona (1997)
Concerto Teatro Uomo (1997)

*with bonus tracks

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin IT

Added: April 20th 2003
Reviewer: Davide Guidone

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Language: english


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