Area - Are(A)zione
The 4th album from the band that I consider to be possibly the finest Italian progressive rock band of the 1970's, & certainly a band in the top tier of all early 1970's progressive bands worldwide! Area combined jazz/rock/stolen ethnic music (mostly from Eastern Europe and the Middle East)/the avant garde and more. Superb playing from all (vocals/organ, guitar, electric piano/synths, bass & drums). This includes a thick booklet with rare photos, notes, etc. While everyone shines, the vocalist, the late Demetrio Stratos is rightly one of the legends of 1970's music. This was the only live album released in their lifetime, and it's an amazing disc even over 25 years later - excellently recorded and with incredibly hot versions of some of their best material. And when you hear keyboardist Patrizio Fariselli eat an apple on mike in the middle of "La Mela Di Odessa", I hope you will agree that it's one of the great moments in recorded progresive rock history.