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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - Stati Di Immaginazione CD (album) cover


Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.10 | 387 ratings

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4 stars I'd been waiting eagerly for this one to arrive and had seen the ratings (but no reviews). Well after 3 reviews it was showing a 4 star rating and I think that's where I'd put it.

I was disappointed to learn that Flavio Premoli had left the band again as to me he was part of their enduring magic. However I have to say that Gianluca Tagliavini steps in and makes the transition absolutely seamless. He has the same feel and flair as Premoli.

Special praise too to Lucio Fabbri. Up to now I'd only heard/seen him on live recordings, generally playing old Mauro Pagani era stuff and maybe suffering slightly by comparison. On this one he shows his own style and is absolutely superb, most notably on 'La Conquista' where at about 3:50 he comes in with a blistering distorted solo that's almost like blues harmonica playing (closely followed by Gianluca on the Moog, and then the whole thing begins to sound like classic PFM- E Festa style).

Oh yes and Franz Di Coccio is as solid as ever on drums (though maybe slightly more restrained in the studio).

Patrick Djivas is as reliable and inventive as ever on bass. There's some lovely fretless passages here.

So, to the collection itself. It's released as a CD/DVD package only (or DVD/CD). It's entirely instrumental. The point is that the music is composed as interpretations of short film clips, and in my opinion it's best viewed that way. I'm not someone who likes to analyze every track, note by note. I guess I don't have the patience. There's a bit of everything here. Quiet passages, some parts that sound like they're jamming, classic PFM-style moments.

Criticism? Maybe a little too much chorus on some of Franco's electric guitar.

Standout track/Vid- "Il Sogno di Leonardo". Probably the most coherent piece on the album and the one that fits best with the accompanying short film . Franco playing the classical guitar. Wonderful almost Celtic feel to it. This woudn't have been out of place in the film Local Hero

zedkatz | 4/5 |


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