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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - Storia Di Un Minuto CD (album) cover


Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.36 | 1219 ratings

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4 stars "Introduzione" is an incredible and condensed resume of this PFM debut album. Extremely quiet and peaceful.

Since I discovered the band in 1975 with "The World Became the World", I was surprised while listening to "Impressioni Di Settembre". It is actually the Italian and original of the song "The World." Both versions are rather different. This Italian one is softer, more delicate while the English one is more bombastic. It is hard to tell which one is best, but what's for sure is that "Impressioni" is the best song out of this debut album. Extraordinary melody, wonderful fluting and strong finale. One of my preferred PFM songs.

"E' Festa" is a very dynamic song that makes me irresistibly think of "Hocus Focus" released a few months before this one : same incredible beat, great instrumental part. The hardest parts are ewxquisitely combined with the sweetest and most melodic ones. A great achievement.

Both "Dove." are not of the same interest to me. While "Part I" is light, pastoral and rather tranquil, "Part II" is fully jazzy and therefore not very appealing TO ME (but the band will be rather jazz influenced on some later work).

"La Carrozza Di Hans" has fully "Crimson" / "Genesis" flavor ("In The Court." / "Trespass" albums). Scary intro and extremely sweet and pleasant piece of music. Very much like "Dove, Part I, this song is almost acoustic except for its finale during which the violin adds an original touch.

"Grazie Davvero" is a bizarre track, somewhat experimental and chaotic. Probably the most difficult one to approach. Still, it features some melodic and appealing moments.

I can hardly consider this album as a masterpiece. It is historical and rather different at the time of release ('72) but it is too much inconsistent. The best ("Impressioni", "E Festa") is balanced with the average ("Dove... Part II") or the good ("Dove... Part I", "La Carrozza Di Hans").

Seven out of ten would be the most accurate rating as far as I'm concerned. But I'll upgrade it to four thanks to the two great songs it is holding.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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