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
Recorded1973
GenreJazz fusion
Italian progressive rock
Experimental rock
Length6:54
LabelCramps Records
Songwriter(s)Patrizio Fariselli, Frankenstein
Producer(s)Area
Area singles chronology
"L'Abbattimento dello Zeppelin"
(1973)
"L'Internazionale"
(1974)

"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

Personnel[edit]

  • 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