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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


Rock Progressivo Italiano

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Pirx the Pilot
2 stars Premiata Forneria Marconi, in the early to mid 70s, released some of the most gorgeous music of its time. As I write this, I've set Stati Di Immaginazione aside in favor of L'Isola Di Niente in order to recapture the beauty that once was. To be blunt, Stati is little more than a showcase for Franco Mussida. The compositions are formulaic instrumental pieces, heavy on the solos. If it wasn't packaged under the PFM name, I never would have guessed it was them. Granted, I have not listened to anything by them post-1975, so I can't speak to how they've progressed in that 21 year span.

Stati Di Immaginazione opens strong with La Terra Dell'Acqua, a somber start before a rather atypically dark, aggressive passage about three minutes in - the only highlight for me. What follows is an interesting piece, Il Mondo In Testa, with a bouncy rhythm, and nice violin and vibraphone solos. La Conquista starts as standard rock fare with a bit of funky bass, but is otherwise dull before evolving somewhat to finish on a more symphonic note, courtesy of a stabbing synth solo. Il Sogno Di Leonardo is pretty, if a bit lethargic - still nicely composed but runs on a little long. Cyber Alpha - yup, another guitar solo, with not much to back it. Agua Azul is more standard fare with a little synth, and Nederland 1903 is just plain insipid. To finish, Visioni Di Archimede continues in the vein of previous tracks with very straightforward rhythms (and yet another guitar solo), but picks up midway with a decent synth lead and decompresses to a quiet finish.

Simply, Stati Di Immaginazione is predictable, guitar-focused instrumental music; it is progressive Italian rock only by nature of falling under the PFM moniker. There are so many wonderful Italian and instrumental recordings I would listen to first, and can only recommended this one to the truly devout Premiata fan.

Pirx the Pilot | 2/5 |


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