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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - Photos Of Ghosts CD (album) cover


Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.06 | 491 ratings

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5 stars This review is mostly to suppoirt the very high rating this album has. Here are some of my reasons.

1) This album plays longer than the first two originals on which it is based. I just love the originals, but they seem to play too fast. I know it's only a difference of 5 minutes or so, but listening to PFM's symphonic brand of prog makes you just want to listen and listen.

2) Some may not like way the boys sing in English, but having been in a position myself to learn a second language and watch others, this is not so easy a task. So they get full marks for trying. But what the English version of this album and The World Became the World get are real lyrics. With few exceptions, the lyrics on the first two albums are very simplistic: okay but simple. Sinfied really did do a fine job in supporting PFM's fore' into the english language making PFMs music otherwise inaccessible to a large part of the music buying world. Interestingly to the Japanese and based on the 2002 live album, it appears that they could care less if sung in English or Italian which is very cool.

One more thing about the band. To me, these guys have always proven to be stong musicians first, and everything else is second. The music alone is worth listening to. For instance, it is perfectly fine to listen to Generale, a truly fantastic number, but I really do enjoy listening to Mr. 9 'till 5 more because it is more complete.

3) This recast version of the original sounds very much stronger and more confident.

To confirm some of these points one only needs to look at the recent live work PFM has done since 1998 to see that they still honor the engilsh versions prominently.

Having spent my high school years in the NYC area in the 70s, I certainly have gotten my fill of UK prog rock, which I love. Any Yes, Geneisis, Pink Floyd, or ELP fan that hasn't listened to this album should, as well as it's equally fascinating sibling, The World Became the World.

gr8sho | 5/5 |


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