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Area — Concerto Teatro Uomo
(Cramps Records CRSCD 011/012, 1996, 2CD)

by Dan Casey, Published 1997-05-01

Concerto Teatro Uomo Cover art

Released virtually in parallel with the magnificent Parigi-Lisbona towards the end of last year, this double-live bootleg-quality set gives an even more impressive account of the Area concert experience. The year is 1976, and the setting is a small theater, and the music is a full evening with Area, the wildest jazz / rock / pop / experimental outfit in the history of modern music. The good news is that this set sounds slightly better than its counterpart, and the performance is positively inspiring. The Area completely rip through some of their very best material, as the continuously running tape demonstrates. Some tunes, like "ZYG," "Scum," and "L'Abbattimento della Zeppelin" are heard here live for the first time for most fans, making this disc even more of a blessing. This band was so wonderfully unafraid to take chances, while always maintaining a sense of control. A true testament to one the most important bands of the last 30 years. A must-have for any Area fan.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 12, 1996 releases

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