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ARTIST
TITLE
Arbeit Macht Frei
FORMAT
LP

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CATALOG #
AK 394LP AK 394LP
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RELEASE DATE
7/22/2016

2011 release. Originally released in 1973. Arbeit Macht Frei is the debut album of the jazz fusion band Area. It is notable for featuring Patrick Djivas (which is now known better for his work with Premiata Forneria Marconi) on bass and Eddie Busnello on saxophone, which parted after the release of the album. According to the booklet the lyrics were written by Frankestein (which is an alias for Gianni Sassi), and the music was written by Demetrio Stratos, Giulio Capiozzo and Patrick Djivas except "Consapevolezza" (co-writing with Patrizio Fariselli). "Luglio, Agosto, Settembre (Nero)" became Area's first hit (even if most of the 7" censored the word "nero", which was a reference to Black September). It was only released as a juke box only item, and the b-side was the song "Miña" by Italian prog band Aktuala. On the posthumous live release "Concerto Teatro Uomo", Demetrio Stratos says that "L'Abbattimento Dello Zeppelin" was composed after a pub on which they were playing asked them to perform "Whole Lotta Love". They didn't know the song and played that one instead, and they got fired. Guitarist Paolo Tofani can be heard quoting the main riff during his solo. "L'Abbattimento Dello Zeppelin" was also released as a 7", backed by the title track of the album, but failed to hit any charts.