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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.12 | 216 ratings

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3 stars Thanks to their Manticore signature, "PFM" were charting in the US in 1974. This recording is a remembrance of these times.

Sound recording is excellent for this US tour and the band is at their "Celebration" peak on this continent. This live performance from their Northern American touring leg is just a (too) short live instantaneous. Fifty minutes of passionate music.

Some songs will be over-extended but if you take "Just Look Away" which will be almost doubled in length, it will be due to a very peaceful and quiet introductory part. An old time favourite is featured : "E Festa", converted into "Celebration" for the international market is combined on this occasion with the closing part of "Impressioni Di Settembre/The World Became the World". I would have liked to get a full version of this fantastic track instead of a cut-down one.

I was quite disturbed with this live recording and its set list. Of course, the long and jamming "Alta Loma 9 Till 5" is a great showcase for the band. The great guitar solo is even furiously sounding as a "Santana" one!

The performance is excellent of course but frankly, most of their anthems are skipped. I can only be disappointed with this short summary. A casting mistake probably. The "PFM" fans will have to wait quite a long time to get a true live (best of?) album from the band.

Three stars for this good but dramatically short live recording. It only provides a very thin part of their great catalogue.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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