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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - Live In Japan 2002 CD (album) cover


Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


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5 stars What do you expect to see a live performance from a band who was successful in the past and not present anymore with new albums? Usually, you might see the performance is very disappointing because they can no longer perform their old tunes wonderfully. But, that's not the case with PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM). Their performance - recorded live on May 12th, 2002 at Club Citta in Kawasaki, Japan - is really awesome and a gem that any prog rock fan, especially those who love PFM in the past, must see this DVD.

The video starts with applaud from the crowd welcoming members of the band come up on stage. The show kicks off with La Carozza Di Hans, a very dynamic composition that blends various styles with changing tempos. All musicians perform their role marvelously. Franco Mussida takes a position at front with his guitar while performing lead vocal in alternate with Flavio Premoli who sits with his keyboard at right wing of the stage (crowd view). Patrick Djivas (bass) stands at Mussida's right and Lucio Fabbri (violin) stands at leftmost wing of the stage, close to Djivas. The band's energetic drummer Franz Di Cioccio plays his drum set with passion and energy and he becomes the key attraction of the show. Excellent opener.

What truly amazes me is when the band performs River of Life, my all-time favorite PFM track. The track starts off wonderfully with perfect acoustic guitar work by Mussida. The combination of keyboard, acoustic guitar and violin work during intro part is really fabulous. Mussida changes his guitar to electric one and sings the song with his heart. He seems too old but his voice is really powerful and transparent. I especially enjoy the part in the middle of the track where Djivas plays his bass guitar solo combined with guitar and keyboard. It's really cool. The song itself is very melodic and composed with symphonic nuance. Great composition and flawless performance! Photos Of Ghosts continues the show featuring great violin solo by Lucio Fabbri. Those of you who are familiar with this song will be amazed seeing the band performs this song on stage as it is delivered lively and better than the original studio version. Fabbri also plays acoustic guitar during this song. At track 5, Peninsula, Cioccio takes the microphone continued with Japanese speaking words by Mussida.

Overall, it's a masterpiece live concert DVD. Anyone who is curious about prog must have this set! Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 5/5 |


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