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


Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.36 | 1216 ratings

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4 stars Now this is prog !

Especially when compared to the successor Per un Amico this debut is even much more hard to grasp prog. I've listened to the album many times now but I'm just unable to get hold of it in any way. I still don't know exactly how good it is, I just know it's good and it's also very special.

The short opener with the logical title Introduzione is setting the tone already with several moods and styles within one minute. Second is the famous Impressione di Settembre song which sounds both accessible and intricate to me. E Festa is much more rocky all over sudden showing the diversity within PFM's possibilities. Typical seventies this one. Next up are the the Dove Quando tracks which are my favorites really. And also the best examples of what I mean in my opening lines. This is prog of the highest caliber. I mean I could get all 5 songs of Per un Amico under my belt but these two songs are true enigmas, I just don't know what to think of them, what to feel for them, they're like ghosts or something. And at the same time they secure a four star rating definitely because of that. Because this duo is what prog is about: be complex, creating incredible feeling/atmosphere and be hard to grasp. And that's what these tracks are. Truly amazing !!

The two remaining songs La Carozza di Hans and Grazie Davvero aren't the very best of this special debut but are still very much worth while and don't really diminish the value of the album's greatness. They're just less exiting and significant.

So why did I say before that the Dove Quando tracks secure the 4 stars and not 5 ? That's the crucial question here. Well, that has simply to do with my personal taste that hasn't got the right attitude to deal with Italian Prog in general. Like I also said in my review of Per un Amico: I'm glad I did the dive into these two very special and indispensable albums for any progfan. So in other words: this album scores 5 stars objectively and 3,5 for my personal taste. But I could never decide for 3 stars here simply because it's too special for that. Special and also unique are the best words to describe the two masterpieces of PFM. Don't miss out !

progrules | 4/5 |


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