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Arena Import, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (October 1, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B000TWI7XG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2007 digitally remastered reissue of this Prog classic, originally released in March 1971. Arena was the second and final album by the group Marsupilami. Initially a Folk-based group the band evolved into one of the most adventurous, if unsung, bands of the early 70's, producing two stunningly original Mellotron soaked albums. Featuring a line-up of brothers Fred and Leary Hasson (lead vocals and harmonica and keyboards respectively), Dave Laverock (guitar), Richard Lathan Hicks (bass), Jessica Stanley Clarke (flute, vocals) and Mike Fouracre (drums), Marsupilami drew early comparisons to such contemporaries as Quintessence and Gryphon, although in truth the group were far more experimental and powerful. Produced by Peter Bardens (soon to form Camel). Five tracks. Esoteric.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on April 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Marsupilami's Arena is absolutely *awesome*.

Talk about a band that's underrated to the point that I'm the first one to review this album!!

Come on now, this band is WAY too good to go by so many years without anyone mentioning them.

I guess the first band that comes to mind as to who I can compare Marsupilami to would be mid 70's Jade Warrior. The flute playing reminds me of Jade Warrior's instrumental tracks, and the frantic drums honestly remind me of the Who a little bit. The guitar playing sounds a bit like Santana perhaps.

This album is completely unique to me though, probably because the band has a way of taking their keyboards and flutes and jumping around tempo changes with those particular instruments, and the band has a pretty good talent for writing songs too. It's not all flashy! There's plenty of substance here, folks.

Just prepare yourself for flute, keyboard, and guitar playing to come and go whenever the band feels like it. Some of the vocals seriously remind me of "Aquarius" (you know that song!)

This is NOT your ordinary rock music, but the songs are extremely focused for the most part, and worth your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael on September 12, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Like the other reviewer, I'm surprised there aren't more reviews of this album as it rates with the best prog of that year. Using a Roman theme rather like Triumvirat with Spartacus, the band's music is hard to define: Jade Warrior would be a good comparison, maybe with elements of Triumvirat and early Renaissance. There are just 5 lengthy tracks, but each is a mini-masterpiece. This album is highly recommended to fans of the genre.
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