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A CELEBRATION LIVE

Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.32 | 11 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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4 stars What is an active reviewing day without a legendary Italian progrock band? So here is a 2- CD live set with recordings between 1971 and 1978. CD-1 (75 minutes) opens with great covers: King Crimson's 21st Century Schizoid Man (an extra dimension by the Hammond organ and flute traverse) and Picture Of The City and My God by Jethro Tull (very popular in Italy). Then the long composition Bollate Keyboard Jam featuring a long ... guitar solo, accompanied by fiery drums. The rest of CD-1 and CD-2 (68 minutes) is loaded with their best work from the era 1972-1978 (I only miss The World Became The World) featuring lots of varied vintage keyboard work on the Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer (splendid runs during Celebration/Impressioni Di Settembre and Four Holes In The Ground), Fender Rhodes electric piano (wonderful solo in Spanish Jam) and Mellotron. It's remarkable how captivating and dynamic this music still sounds, what an excellent blend of jazz, rock, classic and symphonic, from the soaring Mellotron, fragile acoustic guitar, beautiful violin (including the William Tell Overture) and flute work to the powerful Hammond organ waves and fiery electric guitar. CD-1 is a bit on the level of an average bootleg but looking at the musical value, for me no problem! A GREAT SET TO DISCOVER THIS EXCELLENT ITALIAN PROGROCK BAND!!
erik neuteboom | 4/5 |

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