Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - L'isola di niente CD (album) cover


Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.27 | 568 ratings

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5 stars An amazing album which demonstrates the virtuosity of all of the band's intstrumentalists. It also shows the band being influence by the Jazz Fusion and YES world quite a bit.

1. L'Isola di Niente (10:42) is one of the most unique songs in progressive rock. A true masterpiece. 9/10

2. Is My Face On Straight (6:38) is the band's first attempt at singing in English. Very nice to the 1:30 mark where a very NEKTAR-sounding section begins. At 3:35 it becomes more like URIAH HEEP. Instrumental section of soli is then followed by an awesome FOCUS-like accordian piece to end. 8/10

3. La Luna Nuova (6:21) begins with a very GRYPHON/JETHRO TULL flavor. At the 2:27 mark the second theme is presented until it is supplanted by a soft piano and mellotron-backed vocal. The 3:40 mark sees the start of a very YES "THE Yes Album" "Yours Is No Disgrace" sound which is then taken over by a more WAKEMAN-ish theme before the 5:05 return to "theme 2", which is then speeded up till the finale of a low horn. 8/10

4. Dolcissima Maria (4:01) is a folksy CROSBY, STILL, AND NASH-plus-violin-sounding piece which takes on much more of a pop feel when the drums join in at the 3:05 mark. 6/10

5. Via Lumiere (7:21) begins with a one minute bass solo a la JACO PASTORIUS before the slow RTF/CHICK COREA sounds take over. The 4:00 minute mark sees a shift to a more FOCUS/JOE WALSH sound. From 4:55 on it shifts to more FOCUS/GENESIS. 9/10

My only criticism of this album is that it's recording/engineering quality definitely shows its age. My second favorite PFM album--and one which shows the band's growth both as instrumental masters and daring, adventurous compositionists. Despite it's 1970s typical short length, and one week, 'poppy' song, this is a true masterpiece of progressive rock music.

BrufordFreak | 5/5 |


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