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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)

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Live, released in 1974

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Four Holes In The Ground (7:22)
2. Dove....Quando.... (4:30)
3. Just Look Away (8:05)
4. Celebration (including "The World Became The World") (8:55)
5. Mr. Nine Till Five (4:25)
6. Alta Loma Nine Till Five (including "William Tell Overture") (15:20)

Total Time: 48:34

Disc 2 (2010 Esoteric remaster only)
Live In Central Park, NYC

1. River Of Life (6.04)
2. Four Holes In The Ground (7.26)
3. Is My Face On Straight (17.31)
4. Dove....Quando..... (4.37)
5. Guitar Solo (3.34)
6. Just Look Away (5.00)

Total Time: 44:12

Disc 3 ( 2010 Esoteric remaster only)
Live In Central Park, NYC

1. Mr Nine 'Till Five (5.23)
2. Alta Loma Five ' Till Nine (Inc William Tell Overture) (19.54)
3. Celebration/Drum Solo/The World Became The World (17.40)

Total Time: 42:57

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Line-up / Musicians

- Jan Patrick Djivas / bass
- Franz Di Cioccio / drums, vocal
- Franco Mussida / electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocal
- Mauro Pagani / flute, violin, vocal
- Flavio Premoli / Hammond organ, piano, Mellotron, Moog, vocal

Releases information

Lp-Manticore-MA-502 VI-Can-1974
Released in Italy as "live in U.S.A." Lp-Numero Uno-Lp DZSLN 55676-Ita-1974
Released in USA as "Cook" on Manticore Records, LP Cat #MA6-502S1
Remastered 2010 Esoteric Recordings Mantcd 31011 (includes 2 bonus discs).

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Review by Peter
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4 stars This excellent live recording served as my introduction to the wonderful Italian-flavoured progressive rock of PFM back in '74. The songs represented are all superlative, and the musicianship is amazing. I would have loved to have been at the concert, but, barring time-travel, this disc is the second-best way to experience the beauty and energy that characterized "The Best Bread in Town" (that's the band's name, in English) in the mid-Seventies. Judging by the track listing, I assume "Live in the USA" to be the same recording in a later format. Check out this great disc!

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Posted Saturday, January 03, 2004

Review by lor68
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4 stars Excellent example regarding the "The World Became The World Tour", witnessed on such US Tour in the course of year 1974, which contains the English versions of "L'Isola di Niente". Moreover the stunning executions of M. Pagani at the violin (listen to the splendid arrangement from Rossini's "Overture by Guglielmo Tell", which is fantastic!!) and also the excellent bass guitar lines by Djvas, alone make this album well worth checking out!!

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Posted Saturday, April 03, 2004

Review by Easy Livin
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4 stars Recipe: put one apple on your son's head

A live album recorded in North America, and released around the peak of the band's popularity, in the UK at least. The tracks are almost exclusively from "Photo's of ghosts" and "The world became the world", both released on ELP's Manticore label.

Side one has four reasonably faithful recitations of some of their most familiar pieces, including "Celebration", the closest they ever came to a straight pop song, and reminiscent of Focus' "Hocus Pocus". "Just look away" is as beautiful as ever, but it does seem wrong not to hear "The world became the world" immediately afterwards ("TWBTW" theme does appear uncredited at the end of "Celebration").

Side two consists of "Mr Nine to five" followed by an extended improvisation on that piece, which manages to stray into the "William Tell overture" at one point.

In all, a well recorded, well performed live album, which offers interesting adaptions of the band's more accessible works.

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Posted Friday, June 04, 2004

Review by soundsweird
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4 stars This is exactly what they sounded like live at the time. I saw them in San Antonio, opening for Dave Mason(!?)....My friends and I were cheering wildly after each song, while everyone else looked perplexed. They played "Celebration" first, and then ended the show with an even longer version (I guess playing it twice was a good move, since the Dave Mason crowd got into it the second time). When Dave came on, my friends and I got up and left.

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Posted Friday, December 03, 2004

Review by erik neuteboom
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5 stars PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM for short) is one of the legendary Italian prog rock bands, they made a sery of beautiful albums in the Seventies. This CD is a registration of a concert from 1974 while touring in the USA, to me it's a perfect compilation of their best work and showcases the band at its pinnacle. PFM starts with "Four Holes In The Ground": a propulsive rhythm and a catchy melody, delivering fat Minimoog synthesizer runs, some fiery electric guitar and impressive Hammond organ and majestic Mellotron waves in the mellow interludes. The English vocals sound warm and the interplay between the skill full musicians is great. Next is "Dove ... Quando" with a classical/jazzy intro on the Fender Rhodes electric piano, turning into a duet from sparkling piano and beautiful Italian vocals. "Just Look Away" has a splendid acoustic guitar intro (featuring elements like tremolo - and sensational rhythm guitar), followed by twanging acoustic guitar, soft Minimoog flights and warm English vocals. The build-up is great with Hammond and flute and a closing section with again tremolo guitar. The 'crowd-pleaser' "Celebration" is a cheerful and catchy composition, delivering spectacular Minimoog runs and swirling interplay. The 'grand finale' includes the moving final part of "The World Became The World", enjoy the Mellotron floods! Then "Mr. Nine Till Five", a track with PFM at their best with the distinctive interplay between flute, Moog and violin. The final song "Alta Loma Five Till Nine" includes a long and bluesy guitar solo with a strong build-up, supported by violin- Mellotron, featuring howling and biting licks, superb! The second part has a moving violin soli, culminating in a version of Rossini's piece "William Tell Overture" with virtuosic play on the Moog synthesizer and violin, what a way to say good by. This is my favourite PFM CD!

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Review by Garion81
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4 stars This CD was a result of the 1974-5 tour of the Untied States being undercards for the most part. The result is an average sound sometimes lacking bass and mid tones but that is a minor complaint. The music is fantastic and well played. I kick myself everytime I hear this that I did not see them. Four Holes in the Ground, Celebration and 5-9 stand out for me here. It is a good CD to start with if you haven't heard this band before. Great Symphonic overtones on a rockin' platform. This band can lift it's head among the greats of the 70's

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Posted Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Review by Guillermo
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5 stars If Focus are called the "Dutch Masters" (as a compilation album of their music was called in the seventies), P.F.M. are IMO the "Italian Masters" of Progressive Rock music. This is a very enjoyable album, from start to finish. Even if the quality of the recording of this album is not very good (it was recorded in August 1974), this band shines. They play with energy and feeling. Their music is very original, with their very particular "Italian taste".Even if Progressive Rock was created in the U.K., bands from Holland (Focus), Germany (Triumvirat), France (Ange), etc., took this style of music, and they added their own sound and style influences from their respective cultures.

This album, IMO, was predominantly recorded and released to promote P.F.M.`s International version albums with lyrics written and sung in English ("Photos of Ghosts" and "The World Became the World"), even if "Dove...Quando" was sung in Italian and "Celebration" too. I have read that one of the weak things of this band were the vocals, but I think that the main lead singers (Franco Mussida and Flavio Premoli, I think) do a very good job despite not being "purely lead singers".

This live album starts with "Four Holes in the Ground", the English lyrics version of the song "La Luna Nova". Every member of the band shines in this song, particularly drummer Franz Di Cioccio and keyboard player Flavio Premoli. This song has several changes of tempo, and hard time signatures. It is a good start song for this album.

"Dove...Quando" is a more "quiet" song without drums, but with a bit of percussion. It is played in a Fender Rhodes piano. It also has a very good flute arrangement.A very good "Prog ballad" in the Italian style.

"Just Look Away" is the English lyrics version of the song "Dolcissima Maria". It stars with a an acoustic guitar improvisation. Drummer Di Cioccio plays very good drums in the final part of the song. This song also has a very good flute arrangement. It is very melodical.

The song "Celebration" is really the English lyrics version of the song "╔ Festa", but the version included in this live album is really the Italian version because it has Italian lyrics. This song also includes a brief keyboard melody taken from the song "The World Became the World" (the original song with Italian lyrics is called "Impressioni di Settembre").The mix of both songs sounds very good.

"Mr. 9 till Five" is the English lyrics version of the song "Generalle" (which didn`t have lyrics in the original version released in Italy). This is also a very good song, with hard time signatures and even with some Jazz influences.

"Alta Loma 5 till 9" is a song which was included for the first time in this album, not being released in their previous studio albums.It is really a very "Jam" song, which starts with a very Bluesy guitar.It has several guitar, keyboards and violin solos, and it is the "heaviest" song in this album. It also includes an arrangement of Rossini`s "William Tell Overture", which closes this long instrumental piece.

IMO, if one Prog Rock music fan wants to listen for the first time to this band, this album is very representative of their music of the seventies. The band was, IMO, at their peak then.

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Posted Monday, August 15, 2005

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Thanks to their Manticore signature, "PFM" were charting in the US in 1974. This recording is a remembrance of these times.

Sound recording is excellent for this US tour and the band is at their "Celebration" peak on this continent. This live performance from their Northern American touring leg is just a (too) short live instantaneous. Fifty minutes of passionate music.

Some songs will be over-extended but if you take "Just Look Away" which will be almost doubled in length, it will be due to a very peaceful and quiet introductory part. An old time favourite is featured : "E Festa", converted into "Celebration" for the international market is combined on this occasion with the closing part of "Impressioni Di Settembre/The World Became the World". I would have liked to get a full version of this fantastic track instead of a cut-down one.

I was quite disturbed with this live recording and its set list. Of course, the long and jamming "Alta Loma 9 Till 5" is a great showcase for the band. The great guitar solo is even furiously sounding as a "Santana" one!

The performance is excellent of course but frankly, most of their anthems are skipped. I can only be disappointed with this short summary. A casting mistake probably. The "PFM" fans will have to wait quite a long time to get a true live (best of?) album from the band.

Three stars for this good but dramatically short live recording. It only provides a very thin part of their great catalogue.

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Posted Sunday, November 25, 2007

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars Recorded when the band was in the peak of their international fame, PFM Cook is one of those great live albums of the 70┬┤s. I remember it was one of the first italian prog LPs I ever heard and I had a cassette recording of this album that I used to play it non stop until the tape was almost useless. Old times good times... I just couldn┬┤t get enough of those classic bands and surely PFM was one of them.

It is only a pity that cook was such a short record. Certainly Italy┬┤s most influential prog band of all time deserved a lot more. Most of their material came from their english classic LPs Photos Of Ghosts and The World Became The World, but the group also included a great rendition of the beautiful ballad Dove... Quando... and an extended jam called Alta Loma Nine till Five (it included an interesting version of Rossini┬┤s William Tell Overture by the track┬┤s end).

Sound quality is very good and the band is in fine form. It was very nice to find out they were as good live as in the studio, with a truly original form of symphonic prog rock. If you┬┤re into Italian Prog music this is a must have. If you┬┤re not, then PFM Cook is a good starting point.

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This was PFM's first tour of the USA, unfortunately they were always opening up for another band so their sets weren't too long. What surprised me the most about this album was how raw and aggressive it is at times. When I think of PFM I think beauty, class and elegance, thankfully we do get that on this recording as well.

Things get started with "Four Holes In The Ground" which is pretty faithful to the studio version.This is an uptempo track with pulsating organ and energetic drumming.The guitar makes some noise before 1 1/2 minutes and we get some mellotron before 3 minutes. It then calms right down with reserved vocals after 3 1/2 minutes, this is a dreamy section. It then kicks back in. I really like the guitar before 5 minutes. Themes are repeated. "Dove...Quando" features lots of keys.This is a pastoral track with reserved vocals coming in at 2 minutes and flute to follow.

"Just Look Away" opens with guitar and bass in a melancholic intro.The acoustic guitar gets aggressive then it settles down again. An applause after 3 1/2 minutes when it ends. Acoustic guitar and synths as tender vocals arrive after 4 minutes. Beautiful. This is so moving here. I like the vocal melody with flute and organ that follows. Fantastic song ! "Celebration" (including "The World Became The World") is uptempo as the crowd claps along. Vocals before 3 minutes. It changes before 3 1/2 minutes and the mellotron rolls in. It kicks back in quickly. "The World Became The World" arrives before 6 minutes. Gulp. Some great organ to end it. "Mr.Nine Till Five" opens with drums and piano. This is impressive in fact it sounds a lot like AREA right here until the vocals come in. Not a big fan of the vocals here, would have prefered the instrumental. The last minute of the song is like the beginning thankfully.

"Alta Lome Five Till Nine" is worth the price of admission all by itself. An over 15 minute ride through paradise. Just a gorgeous start with the guitar, piano, bass and drums as mellotron comes and goes.This is fairly laid back and guitar led. The tempo picks up 3 minutes in and check out the drums and guitar ! It settles before 6 minutes with violin coming in at 6 1/2 minutes. Check out the instrumental display 9 minutes in as they rip it up. It ends after 10 minutes. A good rhythm with scorching violin follows. Amazing ! Some powerful organ 12 minutes in. My God there are no words to justify this. "The William Tell Overture" ends it as it comes in before 14 minutes.

That last song is one of the best live tracks i've ever heard. It's too bad they didn't record a live album in Italy in 1974 and make it longer, even a double. Anyway this is an excellent historical sample of how well these guys could play live.

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Posted Saturday, March 28, 2009

Review by friso
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3 stars PFM - Cook (live) (1974)

A great-but-not-perfect live album of a great band.

PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI is often mentioned as one of the best groups from the Italian prog movement. Their influences are clearly visible during their prime period. Some King Crimson-like songwriting, add some Yes virtuosity and some of Geneses' symphonic landscapes and you'll get PFM. Most of the vocals are in Italian, but some material was released in English too. On this live set PFM sings both English and Italian.

The sound of the recording is good enough for a '74 recording. All instruments are amplified nicely and the overall experience of the concert with it's enthusiastic crowd is good. The vocals aren't as good as on the album, but overall they sound alright.

The material presented is taken from the first four albums of PFM. The opener is an up-tempo sympho prog track (from The world became the world), the second track is a devoted ballad with some great melodic guitar solo section and the third track, They Just Look Away, is another balled with an impressive ending-section. On side two we have more jam parts and the great guitar and keysolo's are truly a good contribution of making this a worthwhile purchase. It's not just the album material.

Throughout the album I'm impressed by the high quality compositions being played very accurate. With a better recording this might have sounded even better.

Conclusion. If you're a fan of PFM there isn't a good excuse for not owning this live album. For people interested in high quality symphonic prog this also a good addition to their collections. I do recommend to listen to some of their studio albums first. Three and a halve stars.

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Review by Evolver
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4 stars This album, along with "Chocolate Kings" was my introduction to the music of Premiata Forneria Marconi. After finding both albums together in a used record store, it would be years before I located any other albums by this fantastic band.

This album does a nice job of showcasing the talents of PFM, who appeared to use a foundation built primarily on the music of Yes and Genesis, and use that to crate a style of their own.

Every musician plays excellently, but I am particularly impressed when Mauro Pagani plays a violin solo that rivals Jean-Luc Ponty. The best tracks are Four Holes In The Ground, and Alta Loma Nine Till Five, which turns into a nice rendition of Rossini's William Tell Overture.

As it was for me, I recommend this as an introduction to PFM.

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5 stars Today's only review will be of a live record. I don't use to listen to live recordings but this was so interesting I didn't doubt to buy the vinyl when I say it for a decent price. Perhaps I should listen to more live one's - this one is the ultimate live record for me.It gives me some of the be ... (read more)

Report this review (#1068587) | Posted by Dr÷mmarenAdrian | Tuesday, October 29, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is my first meeting with PFM, which is - together with Banco and La Orme - often seen as the top of the Italian symphonic prog. In first instance I thought this was not as good as Banco, mainly because of the weaker vocal parts. The instrumental handling is obviously great however and this ... (read more)

Report this review (#928597) | Posted by the philosopher | Tuesday, March 12, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Now THIS is how a live album should be done! At the peak of their powers, PFM released this concert recording just before the addition of singer Bernardo Lanzetti on Chocolate Kings. An essential live sampling of the band, right up there with YesSongs and King Crimson's USA, Cook just misse ... (read more)

Report this review (#857695) | Posted by coasterzombie | Monday, November 12, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Manticore album that was recorded live in Ontario is the copy reviewed. This album had very good energy to it similar to the dance clubs in the present era. The combined electric accordion and fusion style drumming is a welcome reward to the usual sounding. There is a break to a flute and a ... (read more)

Report this review (#306396) | Posted by thewickedfall | Sunday, October 24, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The RPI (and related) live reviews series vol.1 The first Italian live album recoded in other country "Live In USA" (AKA "Cook") is a great classic. If the sound is poor the music is gold music. 6 song plus 2 interludes. Only "Dove... Quando" is in Italian. But all the songs represents the high p ... (read more)

Report this review (#129473) | Posted by Ely78 | Friday, July 20, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The album that introduced me to PFM and almost certainly one I would choose to take to a desert island. Although the sound quality may not match modern recording standards what really comes through is the fun these guys were having when they recorded it. Superb, tight musicanship plus (IMO) at ... (read more)

Report this review (#95826) | Posted by zedkatz | Thursday, October 26, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars It's amazing to me that after 3 decades, I am still hearing PFM played now on internet radio (radioio 70s channel to name one). It is certainly a testament to the staying power of progressive rock music. At the ripe old age of 15, I bought this album new (released on the Numero Uno label) wh ... (read more)

Report this review (#87771) | Posted by gr8sho | Sunday, August 20, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars One of the best by PFM! The lp is entitled COOK and that is what it does!More hard driven guitar rock(with lots of prog elements added for extra texture),than you can shake two sticks at! A high energy,high octane album that is full of twists and turns that should please both the prog fan and ... (read more)

Report this review (#74133) | Posted by bob x | Wednesday, April 05, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars If not pits for the sound... This masterpiece puts in stand out not only the immense Franz Di Cioccio, immense in all of the CD, but an immense band. If "Dove... Quando..." and "Celebration" are two masterpieces, experiences to listen to the pure crazy technique of "Alta Loma Five Till Nine" a ... (read more)

Report this review (#57604) | Posted by | Wednesday, November 23, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The first in group and live board announced in 1975 "Cook". After "L'isola di niente" is announced, the United States and it operates a tour. Collection from live done in New York on August 31 and live done in Toronto August 21, 1974. The mix is done in London. It is a wonderful exactly record ... (read more)

Report this review (#45550) | Posted by braindamage | Monday, September 05, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars "Live in Usa" is one of the best concerts that I have ever listened. PFM's music, geniality and musicianship makes their live exibitions amazing under all points of view. This album is really a masterpiece, but I've to give it only 4 stars (Di Cioccio, Mussida, Premoli, Djivas and Pagani, forg ... (read more)

Report this review (#16954) | Posted by dodaro | Thursday, May 05, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars First italian live album to be recorded abroad. It surely deseves a remastering but, anyway, few groups at the time could offer such a selection of songs. Symphonic rock at its best. Check this one out without esitation (after having purchased Storia di un minuto, Per un amico, Photos of ghost ... (read more)

Report this review (#16949) | Posted by | Thursday, May 27, 2004 | Review Permanlink

5 stars PFM's first visit to America. My introduction to the band (1976) Excellent live recording. I was very impressed with the musicianship and arrangemnets. Especially liked the Rossini ending, and the crowd chanting PFM.....PFM.....PFM ... (read more)

Report this review (#16956) | Posted by | Monday, December 22, 2003 | Review Permanlink

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