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


Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


Rock Progressivo Italiano

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fil karada
4 stars If you really think, this may be the best prog debut ever besides ITCOTCK

I bought thisalbum after Per un Amico and being already accustomed to Italian Prog it only took 3 entire spins in that same night to like it.

Although this album is IMO weaker than Per un Amico (because Per un Amico has longer songs,which is better for developing ideas and music, and better structured IMO) it is still very good because its a very even album. It may not have many excellent songs like Per un Amico but even the weakest here are great ones.

The one thing that still annoys me a little in this album, is that the ending of most of the songs are a little confusing and sometimes are much too long, for endings that is.

Introduzione- This track will set the mood for the album beginning with sweet vocals, flute and acosutic guitar in crescendo exploding in a very musical part in the end of the song, carrying the feeling to the next one. Its a short one yes, but a track that defines PFM wonderfully: the folk-ish part, the vocals, the melodic part. 8/10

Impressioni Di Settembre- I think Introduzione and impressioni should be listened to as a whole because they fit perfectly. Again this track starts sofly with the vocals and acoustic guitar alone. They are slowly joined by other instruments (the flute, the drums and keyboards). Then begins the main riff of the song with a very beautiful keyboard taking a main role here. The softer part is played again this time with electric guitar.The song carries on intercaling the softer parts with the powerful ones. In general this song is excellent. You hear almost all instruments played by PFM here and the music has many powerful musical moments.But still, the last part annoys me a little, but the track ends before it becomes relevant. Its definitely a highlight in this album. 9/10

E' Festa- Similar to Generale. This track is indeed A Celebration. Very dynamical rhythms. The main riff could sound familiar to some rock music but it was really advanced for the time. The keyboards here remind me of ELP but they are original. They hardly repeat exactly a part here, only the tempo remains. The rythm sections is very good here. The vocals start and they too seem familiar to a rock track. Here the track softens and the vocals sing a little more. Then begins a mostly rythm-based part. The electric guitar plays a little and the music turns very soft and how I love that flute!!! Only wish that part would last longer. The band plays a variation of the riff and then returns to the main riff before a grand finale. 8/10

Dove... Quando...(pt1)- Mostly an acoustical song. Very sweet full of melody and lovely vocals.This also has some really nice flute but the hightlights are really the vocals and acoustic guitar. I dont think this music is boring. I think its just a smoothing and calm one. 7,5/10

Dove... Quando...(pt2)-This track shares some chords or motiffs with the previous one (including the initial ones but with different instruments).Dove 2 is very different from Dove 1, almost at the beginning, at the piano part, the music begins playing very fast and quickly adding some drums and guitar. The music calms down and now is one of the best moments. Inittialy its jsut the piano playing but then comes the violin(or cello I dont know) and playing a very beautiful and sweet melody over an also beautiful piano. The music goes in crescendo and then theres a transition to a very jazzy part. The piano plays an important role, the flute joins in, the drums are playing very well. The music begins slowing down at the end and whn you think its over the guitar begins playing and you have one of those strange finale's and the music goes directly into the next one.This track is very good and a highlight in this album because it contains severall different parts and tempos and all of them are very good and very well executed.No vocals on this one and no need to. 9/10

La Carrozza Di Hans- This song has a very strange intro and soon begins with heavy guitar riffs only to be end right away. But now begins the acoustic and vocal part, also with some very nice flute playing. Usually when PFM plays these acoustic/vocal parts they are very well succeeded. The verse is played twice and then is an acoustic-guitar-only part. It has some good moments but some times it seems to go nowhere (for good or bad all moments are played very well and gracefully), THe acoustic guitar begins played faster and then comes the drums along with the keyboards and violin. Also a kind of jazzy part but an excellent one. The band plays the initial riff but with the violin playing the vocal part. Then is one of those endings that seems to push it a little over the edge but its still a good one. I only give 8/10 to this one because of the extremely well played jazzy part. 8/10

Grazie Davvero- Wouldn't call it exacly a hightlight here but one of my favorites. Begins with a very graceful acoustic part that reminds of Brain Damage (Actually is Brain Damage that reminds me of this one!!) the vocals are also worth of mention here. The verse is played twice and then theres a musical explosion and after a calm-down begins a part that I love. It seems a kind of circus music because of the brass section, the vocals are also good here. Theres an interlude with some non-spoken vocals. Then its a very well synchronized and played instrumental part with the flute, bass, piano and drums. Then the band takes us again to the circus-part but they dont get to the vocal part and go right to the initial acoustic part but this time with drums and brass section. To end the song, my favorite ending of the whole album: very heavy brass instruments playing and the ending in crescendo and diminuendo acoustic-guitar. Overrall its not a very complicated music but I find it just wonderfull. 9/10

My rating: 8,4/10 = 4,2/5 rounded down to 4 stars (but dont get fooled by the final rating because its almost a masterpiece, not just an excellent album)

fil karada | 4/5 |


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