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3.96 | 527 ratings | 52 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. From Under (7:25)
2. Harlequin (7:40)
3. Chocolate Kings (4:45)
4. Out of the Roundabout (7:53)
5. Paper Charms (8:29)

Total Time 36:12

Line-up / Musicians

- Bernardo Lanzetti / lead vocals
- Franco Mussida / guitars, vocals
- Flavio Premoli / keyboards, vocals
- Mauro Pagani / flute, violin
- Jan Patrick Djivas / bass
- Franz Di Cioccio / drums, percussion, vocals

Releases information

Artwork: Fabio Simion (photo) with Gianni Sassi & Ezio Colombo (art direction)

LP Numero Uno - ZSLN 55684 (1975, Italy)
LP Asylum - 7ES 1071 (1976, Canada) Different cover art from Italian original release

CD RCA - ND 71781 (1989, Europe)

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PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) Chocolate Kings ratings distribution

(527 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(48%)
Good, but non-essential (23%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)


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Review by loserboy
4 stars This is another one of my all time favorites and is in my opinion one of PFM's most complete offerings. "Chocolate Kings" is drenched in phenomenal musicianship with some superb song writing. "Chocolate Kings" is less symphonic than earlier releases, but offers a new prog challenge not unlike YES in many ways. Lyrics are in English here and work as well as earlier Italian recorded lyrics and vocals. As always, PFM employ amazing guitar and keyboard interplay which will certainly keep you amazed. This is a real classic!
Review by lor68
4 stars Well, except on some derivative parts in the vein of GENESIS, the performance by Bernardo Lanzetti, the remarkable singer from the band ACQUA FRAGILE, is good! Besides the compact romantic sound, sometimes replaced by such heavy instrumental excursions, makes this album well worth checking out... for example "Harlequin", the title track and "Out on the Roundabout" are immortal classics, often perfomed during their old live performances.


Review by greenback
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4 stars Compared to the previous outstanding albums "Photos of ghost" and "World became the world", this record is a bit less good: the PFM'S peak is passed, but it still remains a very good album: it is very complex, loaded and it contains intense passages. The band changed the singer here: the new singer's voice is more nervous & brutal, and it may sound irritating for many people including myself. The bass is absolutely complex, fast and impossible to play. The drums are very elaborated and never dull. There is always an aggressive & distorted organ that seems saturated, giving some power to the ensemble. The violins are well played. The technical performance is absolutely outstanding. Sometimes I find the keyboards a bit too gross, lacking some refinement. Unfortunately, I think there are also less subtle mellow parts here than on the previous albums.
Review by richardh
4 stars An excellent prog album that has two great tracks 'From Under','Harlequin' and one classic 'Out Of The Roundabout'.The playing is some of the best I've ever heard on a prog album.These guys are no slouches that's for sure! So why not 5 stars? 2 reasons.One is the vocalist clearly has a lot of difficulty singing in English.This is too much of a distraction to me.Second reason is the track 'Paper Charms' which fails to maintain the standard of the earlier peices and ends the album poorly.Maybe I'm being unfair deducting a star as I gave King Crimson 'In The Court' 5 stars despite 'Moonchild' but that said there is no Greg Lake here and more is the pity! Buy it for the instrumental qualities though and you won't be dissapointed.
Review by soundsweird
3 stars I'd wager that all of the glowing reviews posted here previously were written by people who were NOT already huge PFM fans when this album was released. My friends and I were very disappointed with this album back in 1975, and we remain so today. Though we all liked Acqua Fragile (well, SOME of their songs on the two albums they released), we all thought that Bernardo Lanzetti was a mediocre vocalist. His rough, gravelly voice simply does not fit PFM's lush, symphonic music. We also felt that the title track was, musically, a blatant attempt to capitalize on the popularity of"Celebration". Likewise, using the word "roundabout" in a song title is a bit questionable, yes? The lyrics took a huge dive in quality on this album, succeeding only in their obscurity. The four remaining tracks on the album (all of them over seven minutes) meander through forgettable melodies, sometimes echoing bits from their earlier albums. I keep going back to this album, giving it yet another chance. If it had been a debut album, or if I had never heard the earlier work, I might like it more. Tell you what, I'm going to go listen to it again....
Review by Easy Livin
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3 stars Little cause for Celebration

PFM's 1975 UK follow up to "The world become the world" and their live album "Cook", sees the band moving into a generally softer phase.

The first track, "From under" reflects the style of the album as a whole, with the influence of their mentors ELP still to the fore, particularly in terms of the keyboards. While the lead vocals are at times reminiscent of Peter Gabriel in his time with GENESIS, Bernardo Lanzetti voice is uncannily like the distinctive trembling tones of Roger Chapman (of FAMILY).

More of the tracks have soft acoustic intros. These tend to deceptive however, as the music builds to symphonic, jazz influenced or plain rock pieces. The title track for example has a soft flute intro, before a rather jarring simple rock theme is introduced. It ends with a pleasing synth section, similar to that on "Celebration" from their "Photos of ghosts" album.

Side two (of the LP) consists of just the two tracks, "Out on the roundabout", and "Paper charms". For me these are rather average tracks, which are somewhat directionless and rambling. There is certainly some good keyboard and violin work but the music, and especially the vocals, tend to ramble with no real sense of direction or purpose.

The album in total is only 36 minutes long, indicating perhaps that PFM were rapidly running out of the inspiration which had made their earlier albums so appealing. While there is enough good music on this album to make it "good", it is nothing more than that, and ultimately a bit disappointing.

Review by Certif1ed
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3 stars Chocolate Kings - but, sadly, no longer Prog Kings...

As usual, PFM deliver superb instrumentation and dodgy vocals with creative and imaginative music and slightly damp production.

Somewhat surprisingly, though, this album does wander into slightly lost territories after the first three tracks - which are up to PFM's usual high standards. Hence I would not say that this is an essential album, but it is nonetheless one that contains some great music and would appeal to most prog fans (remember that the rating system here is not marks out of 5, but an objective meaure of the albums relative quality).

From Under carries the usual flavours of Focus, KC and ELP, with that symphonic extra that PFM always bring, but is in the mellow vein with suggestions of Procul Harum while somehow reminding me in places of David Bowie's "Starman". It's a very slick mix, and the bass/drums section towards the end is quite blistering, if a little repetitive.

Harlequin comprises two sections; The first another repetitive but uptempo, slick and rich-sounding jam around a bass/drum riff, and the second a short, gentle pastorale section. The first is unremarkable but very tight, the second is very beautiful.

The title track brings in an odd pop/rock flavour, hinting at all kinds of things, including a Scottish Jig, ABBA and the Beach Boys (more than once I thought they might break into a quote from "Waterloo" or "Good Vibrations"!), but ultimately PFM can't resist their prog roots, and the end result is quite fascinating.

Out On The Roundabout and Paper Charms lose direction quite significantly, and drag this album down a notch from previous PFM outings. There are one or two moments where it does all come together, but the bass tends to be altogether too busy - blustering rather than blistering, and the surrounding parts bland and unfocussed, even though you can hear all band members giving it their all.

In summary: worth buying, if you can find a cheap copy - but mainly for side 1. If you're new to PFM, check out their earlier albums.

Review by Guillermo
4 stars This is a very good Progressive album by this band.They spent some time living in the U.S. They met Bernado Lanzetti, who also lived some time in the U.S., so he didn`t have problems singing in the English language.The lyrics for this album were originally to be written by Peter Sinfield, but he declined, because some lyrics criticize the U.S. lifestyle and politics, so the lyrics were written by the members of the band, with some help from Marva Jan Marrow in two songs. This album is very enjoyable. There are a lot of melodies in the songs. Side One of the old L.P. (tracks 1, 2, 3) are the best part of this album. After this album, they still recorded one album for the English language market, before returning to Italy to concentrate in lyrics written in the Italian language and for the musical market of their own country.There are diferences in the cover art between the U.K. and the U.S. releases and the Italian release. In the Italian release, the songs are credited to individual composers only, not credited as composed by the whole band as in the U.K. and U.S. versions.
Review by memowakeman
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4 stars I got this album recently and have listened 4 times so far, i can tell you that this is another great album by PFM, despite it is sung in English it is very good, i always prefer when the lyrics are in their native language , the best PFM albums are sung in Italian obviously, but anyway this wont let you down at all, the music is what really matters not the lyrics.

Chocolate Kings is not a title i like but i know they had an excuse to put this name, this album is great musically talking, the line up is astonishing and the prog music is magnific, this album is from 1975 , that era and year are full of great albums, this is another one, it has only 5 songs but all are good, my favorite ones are "Harlequin" and "Paper Charms", great keyboards and guitars, the other songs are also excellent there is no weak song in this album, so when you listen to it you will probably like it a lot, this is not as awesome as L´Isola di niente or Per un amico, but give it a chance, 4 stars.

Review by slipperman
4 stars This amazing slab of PFM-ness marks a shift toward a more English style of prog. As other reviewers have mentioned, and one can't fail to hear, there's a heavy whiff of Genesis here, mostly due to the fragile yet expressive strength of vocalist Bernardo Lanzetti, who resembles Peter Gabriel. But, like Neuschwanstein, it's less a rip-off and more a case of inspiration (or even coincidence). 'Chocolate Kings' offers plenty of wonderful moments and it sees them avoiding the stereotypical Italian prog sound that they helped define, in an effort to evolve and not be trapped into a box of their own making. (Nothing wrong with '70s Italian prog of course, but once a band in any prog sub-genre becomes predictable, it's all of a sudden not that progressive anymore, is it?) All songs offer a steady balance of instrumentation, from the thunderous bass/drum syncopation between Franz Di Cioccio and Patrick Djivas (so rightly credited with "ripper bass"!) and the kinetic performance from woodwind/violin man Mauro Pagani. Plenty of activity, truckloads of dynamics, captivating vocals, and the kind of songcraft that shows a band its peak.

The last two songs capitalize on the great moments that come in the first half, with "Out Of The Roundabout" merging their newfound style with an element of their exotic early years, along with an approach that almost reaches into fusion at times. There is no weak point here. Every song offers something the others don't, yet all of them unify in a tight focus, which makes for very satisfying listening. Overall, 'Chocolate Kings' is a high point in PFM history, and for some fans represents their last great '70s album before stylistic rot started to set in.

Review by belz
5 stars 4.8/5.0

WOW. I can't believe I did not review this masterpiece yet! This is an absolute gem, a once in a lifetime achievement for this band of musicians. This album is a classic: it is a great improvement on the previous albums which are absolutely good, but not as great. The rythm is everything there, with great bass and wow: the vocals are awesome!

Just sit down, and when you hear the beginning of "From Under" you know you listen to something special, something different, something great! "Chocolate Kings" is PFM greatest achievement, with "Jet Lag" and "L'isola di Niente" as close second/third. But don't be fooled: this one is their peak, this is their time of glory. This is the pinnacle of inspiration, imagination and one of my all-time top ten, along with Camel, Harmonium and some other rare first-class near perfect gems.

Review by Moogtron III
4 stars "Chocolate Kings" may not be PFM's finest album, but there are some very good songs on it: Harlequin and Out On The Roundabout show that PFM still were going strong after high quality albums like "Per Un Amico" and "L'Isola Di Niente".

Still, PFM were over their peak. Some influences are a bit too clear (Genesis and Caravan come to mind), and although PFM proved themselves to be real musical chameleons (they already learned a lot from bands like King Crimson and Yes), "Chocolate Kings" will not go down in history as the album with the highest originality factor.

Also, their lead singer Bernardo Lanzetti, who was new to the band, was not the best lyricist, and his voice is a so Gabriel - like that it tends to be a bit irritating from time to time. He tends to bit a bit vulgar (e.g. "From Under", "Chocolate Kings", which doesn't help either. The ugly sleeve is also a downer.

Somehow, it seems as if PFM was striving very hard to be heard on an international level, and that they didn't really know how to achieve that. Their chameleon-like musicianship sounds a bit restless, from time to time.

So why did I give the album 4 stars after all? That's because when PFM shine, they really shine. They still were one of the best bands in the world in the '70's, and on Chocolate Kings they really made some compelling music. However unoriginal their Hammond organ sound was, they knew how to use it. The guitar playing is beautiful, the violin playing is superb, and even lead singer Bernardo Lanzetti does strike a chord from time to time. And they were a very professional, fast rocking band, as well as a well-accomplished pastoral band. The music sounds very natural; the tempo changes also.

So, a mix of brilliance and professionality on the one side, and unoriginality and even a bit of vulgarity on the other side. But the positive aspects are much more weighing through than the negative aspects. Four stars, because taking all aspects into consideration, Chocolate Kings still is a powerful album, even sensational some times.

Review by Gatot
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4 stars I had been so long not listening to this legendary album by PFM. When I browse my CD shelf I found this album and I was stimulated to play this album to revisit the times in the past when rock was in its glory days. No one who follows the history of progressive music would dare to challenge the existence of this memorable album. PFM had been very unique with its music style by putting together the elements of symphonic music with the contributions of violin and keyboards (organ). The band had some similarities in style with Genesis. But the use of violin in their composition precluded that thoughts of being influence by Genesis.

"From under" (7:25) is relatively fast tempo music with multi breaks that demonstrate the virtuosity of violin work by Mauro Pagani. The music moves in energetic way that showcases excellent combination of violin, organ - played intertwiningly - backed up with rhythm section of drums, bass, and guitar. The vocal timbre of Bernardo Lanzetti sometimes reminds me to the voice of Peter Gabriel. The only different is that Bernardo never sing at low register notes. The song indicates energy and complexity but it's enjoyable. ""Harlequin" (7:40) starts mellow with nice acoustic guitar work and vocal line. The song moves faster in complex setting with powerful vocal by Bernardo. What I like about this song is that it has various styles and textures, and structurally is not straight at all.

The album title "Chocolate kings (4:45) brings the music back into full energy and drive with powerful vocal backed with keyboard based music in relatively complex arrangement. Musical segments which demonstrate the intertwining sounds of keyboard and violin are really nice and had then become the band's character. In fact, I like this song due to its varied textures, styles and changing tempos. "Out on the roundabout" (7:53) is no doubt an excellent track with stunning acoustic guitar fills and powerful vocal. The song moves into part with combined work of violin and keyboard. The keyboard /organ solo in the middle of the track is awesome. The concluding track is another excellent and memorable track "Paper charms" (8:29).

I would recommend you to purchase this album.

Review by Tarcisio Moura
3 stars After their peak, the slow downfall? Well, I believe an album like The World Became The World would be a hard act to follow anyway, as were the previous ones too. But now the band seemed to be trying to make albums to please the international market. Or so it seemed to me at the time. Maybe they were simply looking for something different. Anyway, the resulting album is not bad at all, I like it very much, but it is also not par to their previous two, at least.

Also the inclusion of singer Bernardo Lanzetti was not a move for the better. The guy is good, but sounds too much like Peter Gabriel, including many of his maneirisms. The musicians in the band had handled the vocal duties up till then and did a fine job. If they had to get another lead singer they should have chosen somebody else, and I´m sure Italy had plenty of better and more original vocalists.

As for the songs themselves they are good, if not exceptional. It looked like the band was losing the strong sense of direction they always had up till then. No wonder this would be the last album to feature original founder member Pagani. The playing in general is a little more restrained and less adventurous here too. Future releases were uneven and would further show the decline of Italy´s finest prog band ever. Highlights are the clever title track and the opener From Under.

Conclusion: a good album, but hardly essential. 3 stars.

Review by ZowieZiggy
4 stars "PFM" has been quite successful outside Italy with their English lyrics album; and for the very fist (and last) time, they decided to release an all English lyrics album with no Italian counterparts. It will be their least successful one in terms of Italy.

The vinyl album I have features the American flag surrounding some chocolate (hence the title) on the cover and is far much more appealing than the one featured here. Still, they will receive lots of criticism for this cover.

I was so in love with "The World." that I didn't hesistate for a second to buy this work. Without any listening as usual for me. I just bought albums either on recommendations or because I knew the band.

This release is probably less symphonic than its predecessor but the music is still very good. Some more jazzy influences (more to come, unfortunately) like during "From Under" or "Out Of The Roundabout".

The band is also writing their own lyrics in English. Their collaboration with Sinfield being past history.

Almost normally, with such a title "Harlequin" starts as a "Genesis" song during their early days ("Trespass"). Still, at mid-part, a strong and jazzy part completely disconnects with these origins. The vocals, though, are rather close to Gabriel's ones (especially during this song but not only). They seem a bit forced IMO.

One of my favourite song is the title track. Fully joyful and very close to the "E Festa" spirit. A festive song indeed with a great beat and a passionate melody.

If I had to point out a weaker point on this album, I would definitely say : vocals. Maybe a production problem. This is particularly true during "Paper Charms". It reminds me the poor vocals sound on the original version of "ELO II". But this problem was solved much, much later with the remastered version. Unfortunately, there won't be such a treatment for this "PFM" work.

And it is a pity, because this is probably my second favourite here. Complex, with several changes and a good violin solo. Synth are also well used and the rhythm is rather sustained.

Actually there is absolutely no weak track on this album. The bad news being that it will be the last one of their greatest and most creative period but that's another story.

Four stars for this "Chocolate Kings" even if everyone knows that we, Belgians, are the kings of chocolate...

Review by Nightfly
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4 stars Released in 1975, Chocolate Kings is perhaps my favourite release from PFM though admittedly my acquaintance with the band is somewhat limited but I prefer it to the often highly rated Per Un Amico and L'isola Di Niente, which although no doubt about it are great albums, this one has the edge for me. Chocolate Kings is Symphonic Prog of the highest quality that fans of Genesis and ELP are sure to enjoy. The standard of musicianship is excellent with Keyboards well to the fore including some wonderful Hammond Organ playing. Violin also adds a nice edge to the sound complimenting the usual Guitar, Bass and Drums. Vocalist Bernado Lanzetti has a decent voice reminding me a little of Roger Chapman of Family and it's worth noting that the vocals are sung in English, which is not always the case with PFM.

The two best tracks kick off the album. From Under and Harlequin are both explosive tracks though with quieter passages creating excellent dynamics against the heavier moments and with strong melodies too. The latter track is particularly powerful with an Organ led mid section that really takes off with some wonderful musical interplay between the band. Shortest and title track follows and ends side one of the original vinyl album. It's an up tempo song with some nice use of Violin and a worthy inclusion if not quite up to the standard set by the first two tracks.

Side two consists of just two songs, both around the eight minute mark and though not as strong as side one is still an enjoyable listen. Out on the Roundabout continues PFM's strong use of dynamics, Guitar arpeggio's complimenting swirling Organs and Violin, solid Bass playing and Drumming sometimes veering into Jazz territory. Paper Charms quiet Organ/Vocal intro builds with the adition of synth and flute before the full band join in for another powerful track to close the album.

By today's standards a fairly short album then but at least no fillers are present making the whole record a highly enjoyable listen. The perfect place to start for anyone wanting to check out this excellent Italian Sympnonic Prog band.

Review by Cesar Inca
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3 stars I always thought that the inclusion of Lanzetti in PFM (an excellent singer with a unique voice that was so crucial for Aqua Fragile's sound) was a mistake, and I keep on thinking this way. I mean no criticism against his powerful style, and I really admit that the now sextet is well adjusted as a whole for the arrangements and performances of the "Chocolate Kings" reperoire. What I find (slightly) disappointing is the fatc that PFM had to change their musical essence so much in order to find their own way to evolve and not repeat themselves after an amazing string of excellent albums (their first 3 studio efforts). I don't own a specidif formula, but I'd like to think that there were other potential options for PFM to evolve creatively without heading for a downslide. "Chocolate Kings" is a good album, indeed, but it is styilistically alienated from what could have been a softer transition to new ideas: it's like a part of Acqua Fragile's own magic had been imposed on the world of PFM. Le Orme's "Contrappunti", BMS's "Ultima Cena", Area's "1979": all these items are better examples of how you can evolve after a certain zenith and remain 100 % interesting in artistic terms and linked to a unique essence. This was not evolution in the case of PFM, but a transformation: quite reasonably, they found it necessary at the time, but I seriously doubt that this new direction is deeply connected to the peculiar grandeur that PFM created for "Per un Amico" and "L'Isola di Niente". The album kicks off with 'From Under', which is solid, effective and catchy, although it also has the difficult duty of announcing pretty soon the kind of sound that this augmented line-up was trying to achieve. Definitely, Franz di Cioccio is the most noticeable hero in the instrumental deliveries, since his foundations, rolls and assorted adornments are very featured in the mix. Next comes one of the album's highlights, 'Harlequin', a mesmerizing example of how well can symphonic prog and jazz-fusion merge into the powerful resolution of goos compositional ideas. The mood shifts are fluidly controlled, with a middle section that smokes with folk-inspired energy. Pagani shines on his violin and flute inputs, which is really no surprise - in both the delicate and rough passages, his deliveries cry their refinement. 'Out on the Roundabout' is the album's other gem, following a similar structure although with a higher dose of jazzy prog and less fusion - Mussida's polished guitar playing is featured on the nylon item, with the electric piano and violin providing additional textures in the instrumental interlude. The title track is an old-fashioned boogie rock provided with a suffcient amount of skill: this 4'45" album version is nos as impressive as the more expanded renditions that I once saw in a DVD (from a TV performance in 1975). The closure is a beautiful yet not remarkable exhibition of melodic prog, clearly the most symphoni-oriented track in the album: a good finale, indeed, but in terms of creativity, far from the weird climax that the closing track for each previous studio album. After this album, Pagani left in order to pursue a more folk-oriented kind of experimental music, both solo and other projects. Right in this album, with him still as a PFM member, there were already signs of artistic decline, but his ultimate departure was a clear sing of not so good things to come in future albums (although "Jet lag" is still enjoyable and has its moments): lack of direction, loss of that distinctive early sound, increasingly less genius in compositions (not performances, they're still top-notch). "Chocolate Kings" is simply a good album by a band that had started as a one of the definitive Demiurges of Italian prog rock.
Review by Andrea Cortese
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4 stars Chocolate Kings is the first album of PFM to divide fans. The reason is basically the introduction of a stable vocalist: BERNARDO LANZETTI from ACQUA FRAGILE. I never hated his voice. On the contrary I always found it interesting as it reminds me a sort of mix between PETER GABRIEL and DAVID COUSIN of SRAWBS. Not bad. Not bad at all. Ok, I still prefer to listen to an italian band who sings in THE native language, but that's not a serious problem for me.

On about the musicianship, Chocolate Kings is where the band touches the apex, in my humble opinion. I like soft electric piano here and there. I like also the exciting crescendos as you can hear in Harlequin, a classic with sparkling acoustic guitar playing. They seems to create a more liquid sound this time. Just slightly less pompous and more fluent, more elegant. This is probably the foreshadowing of what would have happened later with the album Jet-Lag. These jazz- fusion touches really enriches the whole work.

For now music is still very solid and mesmerizing thanks also to the vague GENTLE GIANT light reference and to the massive use of synth. This is also the last album to feature MAURO PAGANI as violin and woodwind player since his departure just after the recording sessions.

An essential record. The last great contribution of PFM during the seventies, just fefore entering the downfall phase.

Review by LinusW
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3 stars Being the first album with vocalist Bernardo Lanzetti onboard, Chocolate Kings is an important point of PFM history, marking both increasing stability and a change in sound. Released in 1975 after a couple of amazing and also commercially successful albums, much of the fiery intensity and passion from the earlier efforts are now replaced with a sense of maturity and tightness. Compositions are kept on a shorter leash, which inhibits the qualities of the band as I see it. It's still intricate, but not as outgoing and sweeping on Chocolate Kings.

Furthermore, if L'Isola Di Niente felt like an alignment with the British school of symphonic prog, PFM now turn to the jazz-rock/fusion scene for some extra inspiration. It's still not as evident as on the unjustly maligned Jet Lag, but still noteworthy. It manifests itself in a set of fast, complex guitar arrangements, a different use of the keys (lighter, more poignant), intense drumming and the fact that the whole album has a lot of that stressful, sweaty atmosphere I always find in jazz-rock/fusion. From Under, the opening track, makes this clear right from the start, and most of the other songs follows the concept to various degrees.

There is a disappointing adaptability on Chocolate Kings, an ongoing search for a sound that will keep the popularity of the band alive, and this immediately leads to a number of disjoint ideas. PFM wants to prove a lot here; dense, jazzy passages flow into melodic symphonic ones only to break up in a clumsy attempt at more direct hard rock. Of course they really succeed sometimes, but not in such a grand way that you're likely to forgive past mistakes. Harlequin, with a sweet, mellow intro that almost reaches Per Un Amico's style grows into a rocking, rumbling, Hammond-driven middle section with some of that sweaty jazz-improvisations on top of it, but also an interesting Yes-like bridge before descending down into mellow, symphonic territory again. Complete with flute and all. But most of the other songs can't compete with this one in terms of timing, flow and ideas. What they suffer from is not lack of ideas, but that most of the ideas feel just a little too basic. It's a freshness without foundation, it lacks depth, and thus the initial surprise of the album quickly fades out into acceptance.

Uninspired melodies, repetition and a musical marriage that only works at times doesn't make a great album, even if the band works hard to make it appear like one. A fair effort, a slightly failed experiment. I honestly recommend going straight for Jet Lag if the musical ideas expressed on Chocolate Kings interest you. There they have grown even more into jazz-rock territory, but it's a lot smoother and tighter.

A very transitional album from a band that can do better. 3 stars.


Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars This was a surprise for me mainly because they just sounded different. The romance is all but gone, and in it's place a more Symphonic / GENESIS flavour. Even the new vocalist (the former ACQUA FRAGILE singer) reminds me of a cross between Gabriel and Collins. It took a while to get used to this change, but once I did, I have to say I am impressed. It will be another 30 years before we get anything as classic as this.

"From Under" opens with outbursts of instrumental sections which are contrasted with calmer passages. Vocals and flute then lead the way until it kicks into gear after 2 minutes. Violin 4 minutes in followed by mellotron and synths before 5 minutes. It picks up again with some nice bass. The drumming is fantastic here. "Harlequin" features those quivering vocals with bass, acoustic guitar and drums standing out. The tempo picks up 4 minutes in thankfully as we get some killer bass and drum work. Violin starts to rip it up. A calm 7 minutes in as flute and keys take over to end it..

"Chocolate Kings" is a bright and uptempo track. The bass is killer ! Fun song. Aggressive guitar before 1 1/2 minutes with violin coming in a minute later. "Out On The Roundabout" opens with gentle guitar and a mellow sound before it kicks into gear after 1 1/2 minutes with vocals. This contrast continues. Violin 3 minutes in. An uptempo melody of guitar and keys before 5 minutes. Vocals are back a minute later. Liquid keys after 7 minutes as it settles again. Great tune. "Paper Charms" opens with a slow paced melody of synths, organ and vocals for 3 minutes. Then it becomes faster paced as violin and some active drumming comes in. It settles again with violin leading the way this time after 5 minutes.The contrast continues.

I prefer their earlier albums for sure, but this really is certainly worth having. A low 4 stars.

Review by poslednijat_colobar
4 stars Premiata Forneria Marconi finally decided to try with full time vocalist, instead of a couple of vocalists. And so they bring in Bernardo Lanzetti, a man who speaks english fluently. They decided to make original album in english, instead of english cover version. I think this decision was made, because of the willingness to broke the international market. I think the english language experience for such a band is not the right decision. This italian band cannot arrange its music, when the vocal is in english as well as in italian! The new vocalist is something absolute different for the band. His voice reminds me Peter Gabriel. And the whole music on the album reminds me Genesis, too! Not only because of the vocals, but because of the compositions as whole. In my opinion, this is the last negative moment on the album. Everything else is so fresh and mercurial. All songs of the album have the same high quality. The album is lined with very courageous progressions and musical virtuosity. The violin and guitar solos are remarkable. Of course, Chocolate Kings is weaker than Storia di un minuto, Per un amico and L'Isola di niente, but not quite much! 4 stars!!!
Review by ProgShine
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars 01. From Under (Excuse the expression) Damn! This introduction is even or false? This is the first question that comes to mind listening to the beginning of From Under therefore know is true! The voice of Bernardo is unusual, somewhat anasalado which only enriches the sound, in my humble opinion. And for the first time I saw a school of the bassist Chris Squire (Yes), Patrick Djivas is a virtuoso of the bass as long I have not heard. The following is a Q melody of urgency and outflow. What then to take the almost silent, and a violin to give it all back leaves from the moorings. The final is a wonderful instrument. Without a shadow of a doubt this band could do music, the final part with low battery and marking a frenetic pace (and copied difílcimente) that gives the tone for violin and guitar and keyboard solos against eating soltoem- soils. Whew!

02. Harlequin A beautiful keyboard starts the song with the bass, and then enter the guitar making a beautiful fingering, enter the voice complementing the song with the battery. Everything has been gathering since the beginning. Bernardo sings with a beautiful entonamento. The beginning is calm, and soon gives way to a sound crazy, (just after the 2nd verse and melody of a calm with vocalizations), a gradual increase in the time of the song in the music involves a pitch full of keyboards and strong, with with the melody of the violin and bass, fully present and marked, some flutes can be heard if the fund pay much attention. Only then enter the vocal track for this part. A completely astonishing passage of stops and returns. A confusing solidification, I would say it is an organized mess for a final beautiful and contemplative.

03. Chocolate Kings Chocolate Kings starts hit! Keyboard and voice a heady melody, hard not to sing along. The chorus then, even more captivating. Soil arrasadores keyboards and repetitive mark the back. This music gives prominence to Franz and his battery, full of rolls, face, broken and bumbos. Sensacional the keyboards this band! Fade out sensational.

04. Out Of The Roundabout The kitchen is welcome to Out Of The Roundabout, total focus of Franco Mussa this track. Then the band returns to its Art Rock, then to make the instruments convensões unified and leave always amazed with the talents of musicians. From now on the way a guitar melody is ultra-fast and the keyboard is a touch almost percussivo the music. The final is a quebradeira alone, almost like a Gentle Giant each is alone, and would at the same time as the mutants' a single person. To finish it in one single moment of beauty in a convention of instruments.

05. Paper charms Paper charms is beginning with a unique timbre of keyboards and a beautiful vocal melody. Many synthesizers around a certain time and the flute back again, a half-moon tambourine gives the rhythm of the song and then .... Pulsating rhythm, accelerated heart violins ... .. What bass! In a crazy rate hikes by the band heard on a masterful, well embedded belíssimamente guitars. The final full of violins still full of urgency and an almost desperate to be expected, almost a hallucination of the way things are slowly returning to its rightful place after we heard one of the coolest records of the movement and Italian prog world.

There is nothing that put this disc here, has significant memories for me and for sure who else to hear it.

Review by Rune2000
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars I guess that Premiata Forneria Marconi got a bit tired of releasing both an Italian and an English version of their album's so they went for a completely Engligh-sung performance on Chocolate Kings!

Since the band knew their limitations in the vocal department they made a wise decision of recruiting a professional vocalist by the name Bernardo Lanzetti who possessed a much better English pronunciation and gave the music a completely new spin. I'd also like to mention that he tends to sound a lot like an Italian Cat Stevens on this album which is a definite compliment on my part!

From Under is the energetic opener and probably this album's biggest highlight where the music plays like an interesting mix between the Jazz Rock/Fusion and the familiar sounding sections from the band's early albums. The production and Bernardo Lanzetti's English-sung vocals make it almost sound like a completely different band and had it not been for those softer section I wouldn't even know that this actually was the good old Premiata Forneria Marconi!

Harlequin is another great ballad-styled composition which gains a lot of momentum halfway through the composition and turns into a crazy instrumental jam which really pleased me immensely. This was the kind of music I was expecting to hear more of after the band's performance on Via Lumiere from their previous album.

I can't really say that I'm a big fan of the album's title-track which reminds me of an extreme version of Celebration/E' Festa from the band's debut album. It does feature quite a few great instrumental passages but ultimately plays a bit like one of those instrumental compositions from the classical Genesis era which were then enhanced by a slightly out of place sounding vocal track from Peter Gabriel (Get 'Em Out By Friday and The Battle Of Epping Forest, to name a few).

Out On The Roundabout is the tune that has grown the most on me lately especially after I had my Gentle Giant-phase were every new well-executed acoustic guitar number received a whole lot more appreciation from me then it would have before. This is another performance that would have probably worked a whole lot better as a completely instrumental number since the vocals don't enhance the music all that much and the instrumental section has instead the difficult task of maintaining a high quality performance while still making the vocal sections sound coherent.

Paper Charms is where my analogy about Bernardo Lanzetti sounding like an Italian Cat Stevens really comes well into place. This performance plays like another roller-coaster ride with a lot of tempo changes and a very strong concluding section which serves as a great end to the album.

I can't say that I love Chocolate Kings as much as I probably should since there isn't anything particularly wrong with the performance. What I do lack are the strong highlights which can probably be explained by all the changes that the band had undergone with this release. It's a solid but non-essential album that I would rather recommend to those who have already established a taste for Premiata Forneria Marconi.

**** star songs: From Under (7:31) Harlequin (7:50) Out On The Roundabout (7:56) Paper Charms (8:33)

*** star songs: Chocolate Kings (4:41)

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars This album and "Cook" were my first exposure to Premiata Forneria Marconi. I found both at a used record store in the late seventies, and bought them solely because they were on Emerson Lake and Palmer's Manticore label. And, strangely enough, it was years before I found out just what P.F.M. stood for, as neither of these U.S. albums has the full band name printed anywhere on the cover, sleeve or label.

The music is spectacular, and since this was the first I heard of this band, it hold a special place in my collection. It it a wornderful form of symphonic prog. The keyboards sound a bit like Keith Emerson, but the variety of sounds Flavio Premoli uses is closer to Yes or Genesis. Guitarist Franco Mussida often reminds me of Steve Howe's phrasing when he solos. And drummer Franz Di Cioccio play with a Carl Palmer-like energy and precision throughout. This isn't to say that the music is derivative, just that it ranks up there with some of the best of it's time.

My only complaint is lead vocalist Bernardo Lanzetti. I've often wondered if he was hired because he sounds similar to Peter Gabriel. But his thin, reedy voice, and constant tremolo don't match the music, tend to get annoying by the end of the album.

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Heavy Prog & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
5 stars Had I never heard of PFM and happened to stumble upon this album first, I would have thought, "Oh! Here's a very good Genesis imitator!" The employment of Bernardo Lanzetti for the English lead vocals duties was pretty ingenious considering his amazing Trespass-era Peter Gabriel voice similarities. I understand (and forgive) the band for abandoning their native tongue as its use had, perhaps, supplied an impediment to their non-Italian album sales.

1. "From Under" (7:31) Hearing this for the first time--without knowing who or what I was listening to--I'd be thinking, "When did Peter Gabriel get together with Keith Emerson, Steve Howe, Lenny White, Jerry Goodman, and John Entwistle?" (14/15)

2. "Harlequin" (7:50) is all Genesis, with some "Knife"-like sounds and motifs--especially in the heavily-effected vocals of Bernardo Lanzetti. There's even a little JTULL-ishness in the final couple minutes. (15/15)

3. The high-powered "Chocolate Kings" (4:41) feels like a cross between a GENTLE GIANT and STRAWBS or even THIN LIZZY song (despite the use of violin and other more folk-oriented instruments). Not my favorite. (8.5/10)

4. "On the Roundabout" (7:56) a delicate opening allows the listener to really get a taste for the GENTLE GIANT-like instrumental prowess of the band members. The equally delicate vocals run between The Strawbs' DAVE COUSINS And Nursery Cryme-era Peter Gabriel. The instrumental passages definitely breathe more Gentle Giant (or Spirogyra/Dixie Dregs) than with the second half of the fifth minute being particularly spectacular for the instrumental displays. These guys could certainly go toe-to-toe with countrymates CERVELLO or AREA as well as the Mahavishnu Orchestra. (14.5/15)

5. "Paper Charms" (8:34) though a little less cohesive of a song than some of the previous masterpieces, this is a mulit-faceted song that definitely continues to put on display the virtuosity of these musicians. Wow! (18.75/20)

Though I'd never heard of PFM before I joined ProgArchives in 2008, I quickly fell in love with Per un amico and L'Isola di niente but resisted trying this album out (despite its high ratings) because I had read from several reviewers that this album was nothing more than the Anglicized version of Per un amico. Now I know that THIS IS NOT TRUE. This music and album are unique phenomena in their own right.

A/five stars; a certifiable masterpiece of progressive rock music with musicianship and composition of the highest possible quality. Definitely an essential addition to any self-professed "prog lover"s music collection.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars By mid-70's PFM had big time international success both with releasing English versions of their studio albums and recording a live performance in the USA.These facts led the band to give the lead singer role to ex-Acqua Fragile frontman Bernardo Lanzetti,who had a sensitive Gabriel-esque tone in his voice but could also sing in sufficient English.In 1975 PFM decide to record a full-length album only with English lyrics and so ''Chocolate kings'' was born.

This brand new PFM chapter begins with ''From Under'',one of the most complex tracks ever written by the band but with the familiar PFM sensitivity,featuring complex violin breaks and bass lines along with nice organ.''Harlequin'' continues the old school PFM style with evident GENESIS-influences throughout like the pastoral opening notes,the good use of mellotron before the violin-based explosion after the middle.''Chocolate Kings'' is perhaps the most energetic but also the weakest track of the album with early YES overtones in the guitar and vocal section and some strong KANSAS-like violin work,yet the track is not really conveincing,maybe beacause it sounds so far from the classic PFM style.With ''Out of the Roundabout'' the band presents a new face,some light yet nice electric piano makes its appearance on the GENTLE GIANT-influenced soft parts while the choruses have a DIXIE DREGS-like edge led by Pagani's violin.What was somewhat suspicious on the last track becomes more evident with ''Paper charms''.The track opens with a GENESIS-sounding flute- driven pastoral intro with Lanzetti almost copying Peter Gabriel,but soon the track will transform into a jazzy orgasm in the vein of MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA with beautiful violins,romantic piano passages,excellent interplays and attractive guitar solos.

The whole new PFM world in front of your eyes (or ears) remains adventurous, romantic and intricate but not that ''Italian'' compared to the past work.Yet the composition level is absolutely georgeous with plenty of fantastic interplays and will make the listener overcome both the obvious foreign influences and Lanzetti's unpersonal style of singing.Highly recommended!

Review by Conor Fynes
4 stars 'Chocolate Kings' - Premiata Forneria Marconi (7/10)

In the early 70's, Premiata Forneria Marconi quickly made an indelible mark on the Italian prog rock scene with a handful of albums that have since been labelled as classics. 'Per Un Amico' and 'Storia Di Un Minuto' are huge landmarks for the Italian scene, and they even released some material for their English-speaking audience that wasn't too shabby either. 'Chocolate Kings' is another English-language album for PFM, but it holds the greater distinction of being the final album in a string of classics; the band's golden material would get fairly intermittent from here on. While the signs of the band's downward slide are evident here, 'Chocolate Kings' is still a great album from PFM, and right to sit next to the band's golden throne, albeit not on it.

For one reason or another, PFM's work would be less and less acclaimed after 'Choclate Kings'; their work after this generally ranges from receiving a lukewarm response, to be outright panned by its audiences, with few notable exceptions. Indeed, Premiata can be heard somewhat losing their individual grasp of symphonic prog here, but even so, 'Chocolate Kings' has alot to offer. When you look past the intriguing (read: ridiculous) album title, there is a very classic sound here, full of dramatic build ups, atmosphere, and even melodies that hold fairly steady in a listener's mind. There is much more energy than on earlier work, and I might even say that at this point, the band was going for a more technical, conventionally proggy direction. The decision to go for English language lyrics is not something that has ever worked particularly well for the band, but does not necessarily weaken the album.

Premiata Forneria Marconi have had quite a few different sounds even within their classic material, and the addition of vocalist Bernardo Lanzetti gives a new incarnation to the sound of this band. Lanzetti's performance is very memorable here, if only for the fact that he is a dead ringer for Genesis' Peter Gabriel. Even with the band's history as one of the heavyweights for prog and despite the strength of the music, I cannot help but feel that PFM were trying a little too hard to nail down the British sound of Genesis, rather than sticking to their own ideas. Even the pompous instrumental displays here are reminiscent of Genesis. Although bands who try to emulate Genesis or Yes are fairly common by today's standards, hearing one of the classic bands who so many now look up to copycatting a particular sound is a little jarring, to say the least. Suffice to say, this is a great deal of the reason why I cannot consider 'Chocolate Kings' to be on the same playing field as some of their earlier stuff. The quality is here, but the identity is not.

Review by Warthur
3 stars Here's where the PFM magic began to fade for some listeners, and after giving it due consideration I have to declare myself one of them. The addition of Bernardo Lanzetti from Acqua Fragile to the lineup could have been an interesting opportunity to shake up the band's sound - certainly, his raw vocals don't quite fit the band's gentle, pastoral style of previous albums - but the realignment seems to have been pitched to gain more widespread appeal amongst the international prog-listening community (remember, this came out at the commercial peak of prog) rather than to properly incorporate Lanzetti's voice into the band's sound. There's a Roundabout reference here, an ELP keyboard flourish there, and of course the vocals are all in English. It's pleasant enough stuff, but we all know they can do better.

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Report this review (#1525135) | Posted by Groucho Barks | Thursday, February 4, 2016 | Review Permanlink

4 stars "Chocolate Kings" is Premiata Forneria Marconi's seventh studio record (fifth if you don't count "Photos of ghosts" and "The World became the World") and it was released in 1975. I've got a version of the record with a chocolate bar in many incarnations on the cover. The band was made up by Fr ... (read more)

Report this review (#963707) | Posted by DrömmarenAdrian | Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars My first review of a PFM album. One could say that perhaps it would be better to start with the two first albums... ou Isola de Niente... but I love so much Chocolate Kings... The album has a heavy historical background. The tile of the album and of the main song refers perhaps to the Marshall Pl ... (read more)

Report this review (#930068) | Posted by GKR | Thursday, March 14, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Having discovered PFM relatively late in the game, I don't possess any fervent allegiance to any particular lineup. Thus I'm somewhat surprised by the intense lambasting of Lanzetti's vocals in these reviews. I can understand why some may find his delivery off-putting, but he's no Peter Hammill! ... (read more)

Report this review (#817011) | Posted by muddymouth | Saturday, September 8, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars There are two clear epochs for progressive symphonic rock in the 1970s, one during King Crimson's reign and a second after King Crimson. The second half of the seventies is marked by the adoption of new technologies that relegated the mellotron and greatly improved in the quality of the recordings ... (read more)

Report this review (#593866) | Posted by Luis de Sousa | Wednesday, December 21, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I am a big Premiata fan, so I will say up front this review is somewhat biased. And although this record marks a departure from the King Crimson-influenced style of progressive rock that made them famous from 1971 to the time this album was released, it represents the band at it's zenith from a ... (read more)

Report this review (#196897) | Posted by gr8sho | Friday, January 2, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Absolute perfection from PFM. The way these songs develop leaves my spine tingling. We're talking about an album with 5 gems. 4 of the tracks are flat out masterpieces and the title track is a nice little diversion that kind of takes you back to the fun of E Festa. So many reviews on this one ... (read more)

Report this review (#196834) | Posted by Jeff Carney | Friday, January 2, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Never accept sweets from strangers I think this album was titled after the nickname given to American GI's stationed in Italy during the 2nd World War who attempted to endear themselves to the local children by handing out bars of American candy. However, as the members of PFM and the Beatles ... (read more)

Report this review (#172774) | Posted by ExittheLemming | Sunday, June 1, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The album starts off with the enjoyable, yet unspectacular, tracks From Under and Harlequin but this album is really about the masterful works that follow that. Chocolate Kings and Out On The Roundabout carry this album over the threshold passed enjoyable and into pure listening bliss. Chocola ... (read more)

Report this review (#159998) | Posted by manofmystery | Sunday, January 27, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars "Chocolate Kings" is a great album, maybe one of the best into PFM discography: awsome symphonic compositions, superb and powerful instrumental sections leaded by keyboards and guitar and at least a pair of songs which could be in the PFM Top 10 Songs of All Time (From Under and Harlequin). But ... (read more)

Report this review (#147284) | Posted by progadicto | Friday, October 26, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars 4.49/5 stars, purely because there are no incredible tracks on the album.This is not to say, however, that this is in any way a bad album.One of progs most underrated albums. "Chocolate Kings" is an excellent all rounder, and although I haven't heard much of the band (Per Un Amico, Chocolate Kings ... (read more)

Report this review (#146907) | Posted by cynthiasmallet | Thursday, October 25, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Is brilliant, they are released two albums in english three whit this. But this is not a reedition of any album in Italian. Is almost Genesis, jazzy feel like Yes and Focus a little of King Krimson but after all is very particular, the voice is like Peter Gabriel but most finest. Have exelent guit ... (read more)

Report this review (#134720) | Posted by aqualung71 | Friday, August 24, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is a real PFM masterpiece, not less the early band efforts like "Storia di un minuto". The new singer Bernardo Lanzetti exalts the strong English lyrics, extremely critics about American system, and is a value added to the great qualities of the Italian band. Mauro Pagani violin and flute, M ... (read more)

Report this review (#127938) | Posted by armapo | Monday, July 9, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Can't see the Gentle Giant connection as one reviewer suggested... plus - and let's be honest - poor old Bernardo Lanzetti was one of the worst prog vocalists ever, achieving the considerable feat of taking good singers like Lawton, Gabriel, Chapman and only taking the worst out of them all. B ... (read more)

Report this review (#98479) | Posted by Paul Stump | Sunday, November 12, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I was already a fan of PFM when this first came out, albeit only on the basis of having heard and exhaustively played "Cook". Maybe as result of that I wasn't so set in my expectations of what a PFM studio album would produce. Well, after Cook came "Chocolate Kings" and the addition of Bernado ... (read more)

Report this review (#96091) | Posted by zedkatz | Saturday, October 28, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I have always thought that PFM were one of the best progressive bands from the seventies era. I saw them live in Athens, OH in late '74. At the time, they were touring with Robin Trower. They were the reason that I drove 120 miles to see this show. Of course, this was right before Bernardo Lan ... (read more)

Report this review (#66054) | Posted by | Sunday, January 22, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Simply their best album I have discovered "chocolate kings" many years ago and i was fascinated about the completeness. It's like a movie; even the songs stands for itself the whole album is really a "concept". Iwas a terrible fan of pfm in my youthness; now i have no great simpathy for them ... (read more)

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