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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - Per Un Amico CD (album) cover


Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


Rock Progressivo Italiano

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Mr. Mustard
5 stars How could one possibly follow up to what is perhaps the perfect debut album? With Per Un Amico, PFM definitely solidified their position as one of the greats in the prog world. Musically this is very similar to their first release; many of the instruments that made that record so great are back, including the classic flute and mellotron. But this album sees a bit more synthezier use, which is put to great use throughout to create a symphonic feel. Furthermore, the general style is the same in which they flawlessly combine complex and heavier passages with more subdued and atmospheric ones with a perfect interconnecting of instruments.

'Appena Un Poco' kicks off the album with an extended mellotron passage similar to Watcher of the Skies by Genesis. The rest of the song is classic PFM with a tight interweaving of bass, guitar, and gentle Italian vocals, especially at around four and a half minutes where the band slowly builds-up a very exquisite sounding melody.

'Generale!' is a fast, hectic, hard-rocking piece with great interplay between guitar and piano, which is only interrupted briefly for a short drum roll, flute, and keyboard interlude.

The title track, in its rather short five minute duration hits you with great melody after another. The synth is put to great use here, especially the solo at around four minutes, which has a phenomenal build-up right before it.

The first two minutes of 'Il Banchetto' are easy-going with acoustic guitar, piano and vocals. What occurs after though is perhaps one of the bands greatest moments; A beautiful atmosphere of soaring synth to create a serene two minutes before being interrupted with a crazy Gentle Giant-esque section. Some piano work and a reprise of the beginning serve out the rest of the song.

The ending song, 'Geranio' has an upbeat and happy vibe throughout. The piano work is the highlight here, especially in the waltz-like middle and in the final two minutes. Simply put this is one of the best prog albums in any language, but again, is too short. Nevertheless, this is certainly top ten material for me.


Mr. Mustard | 5/5 |


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