L'Abbattimento dello Zeppelin

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"L'Abbattimento dello Zeppelin"
Area - L'Abbattimento dello Zeppelin.jpg
Single by Area
from the album Arbeit Macht Frei
B-side"Arbeit Macht Frei"
Released1 March 1973
GenreJazz fusion
Italian progressive rock
Experimental rock
LabelCramps Records
Songwriter(s)Patrizio Fariselli, Frankenstein
Area singles chronology
"L'Abbattimento dello Zeppelin"

"L'Abbattimento dello Zeppelin" (The felling of the Zeppelin) is a song by Italian progressive rock group Area, released as a single in 1973, to promote their Arbeit Macht Frei album. In the archival release "Concerto Teatro Uomo", Demetrio Stratos explains the birth of the song:

"Some of us, 10 years ago, used to work in ballrooms, and I remember a contract in one of them. The boss asked us 'Do you know how to play the song that goes like du-du-du-dum-dum' (hums Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love")? Its first in the charts' 'Well, actually no, we can't play that' 'OK, learn it, if you want to work here for a month'. So we learnt it and we did an arrangement of it, to make it resemble the least possible to the original. And then the owner of the ballroom fired us: 'no, it's not that, not good'. This song introduces, maybe for the first time ever, an onomatopoeia in the lyrics, a sound in the lyrics that expresses a concept."[citation needed]

The flip-side on the record is the title track from the album, "Arbeit Macht Frei". This single failed to chart and both songs would be included in 1977 in their "Anto/Logicamente" compilation, whose track selection focuses more on the tracks that were "hidden, ignored by the critics and many others".

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "L’abbattimento dello Zeppelin" – 6:54

Side two[edit]

  1. "Arbeit macht frei" – 8:00


  • Demetrio Stratos - vocals, organ, steel drums
  • Patrizio Fariselli - piano
  • Paolo Tofani - guitar, synthesizer
  • Eddie Busnello - saxophone
  • Patrick Djivas - bass, double bass
  • Giulio Capiozzo - drums, percussion