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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - Cook [Aka: Live in the USA] CD (album) cover


Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.12 | 216 ratings

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Easy Livin
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4 stars Recipe: put one apple on your son's head

A live album recorded in North America, and released around the peak of the band's popularity, in the UK at least. The tracks are almost exclusively from "Photo's of ghosts" and "The world became the world", both released on ELP's Manticore label.

Side one has four reasonably faithful recitations of some of their most familiar pieces, including "Celebration", the closest they ever came to a straight pop song, and reminiscent of Focus' "Hocus Pocus". "Just look away" is as beautiful as ever, but it does seem wrong not to hear "The world became the world" immediately afterwards ("TWBTW" theme does appear uncredited at the end of "Celebration").

Side two consists of "Mr Nine to five" followed by an extended improvisation on that piece, which manages to stray into the "William Tell overture" at one point.

In all, a well recorded, well performed live album, which offers interesting adaptions of the band's more accessible works.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


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