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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc One
1. River Of Life
2. Photos Of Ghosts
3. Il Banchetto
4. Promenade The Puzzle
5. La Carroza Di Hans [Previously Unreleased On Cd]
6. The Mountain
7. The World Became The World
8. Just Look Away
9. Four Holes In The Ground [Live]
10. Alta Loma Nine Till Five [Live]

Disc Two
1. Is My Face On Straight [Live, Previously Unreleased]
2. Harlequin
3. From Under
4. Chocolate Kings
5. Dove Quando [Live, Previously Unreleased]
6. Out Of The Roundabout [Live, Previously Unreleased]
7. Celebration [Live, Previously Unreleased]
8. Storia In L.A.
9. Jet Lag
10. Traveller

Line-up / Musicians

- Flavio Premoli / piano, keyboards, Mellotron, Moog synthesizer, lead vocals
- Giorgio Piazza / bass
- Mauro Pagani / flute, piccolo, violin, vocals
- Bernardo Lanzetti / lead vocals, rhythm guitar
- Gregory Bloch / violin

Releases information

Original recording remastered
Label: Manticore

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PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) River Of Life: The Manticore Years Anthology 1973-1977 ratings distribution

(21 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(24%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(62%)
Good, but non-essential (10%)
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Review by lor68
4 stars Such an interesting reissue of some ever-green classic tunes by P.F.M, this time (fortunately) remastered, cause a typical defect of their old albums was represented by a group of weak recordings...if I think of their old tapes or vynils I'm not so enthusiastic about it and-moreover-I've always been quite disappointed talking about their old records. But this time the job of the sound engineer is good, often being able to clean the dirty traces of the original vynils and making them more brilliant (except on a few circumstances only, which could make you change idea and erase an half star from the evaluation at least). This 2cd anthology is focused on four studio albums and a live record between 1973 and 1977, without regarding of four previously unreleased recordings from their "hot" stage- during the MANTICORE years- indicating a true testament concerning their best music season!! Instead I'm not so glad about a rare B-side of a UK session (becoming a UK single), which has not been improved in comparison to the old tape; nevertheless an immortal track like "Alta Loma 5 to 9" (already being unforgettable inside their live USA) and of course the classic numbers from Chocolate Kings as well, make this anthology quite essential!! Besides their performance regarding the Electric piano, the violin and the flute (for instance do you remember the classic piano within "Dove Quando"? Well this time it's a live version, with a good execution to be remembered..), without forgetting the typical tone by B. Lanzetti too, not often remarked in the present anthology as a singer, are the best features here!! At the end, if you consider the support of an excellent musician like Mauro Pagani (always involved in the music plot), for sure you'll choose the present anthology!!
Review by richardh
4 stars I'm reviewing this as someone with only a passing interest.PFM are probably just too 'jazzy' for my taste although without doubt they are great musicians.There are some beautifull moments here including some tasty live performances.The first disc is perhaps the best even if it is supposedly the inferior re-recorded English versions.Can't really fault it although on a creative level if this is their best then I can understand why they never became as popular outside their own country as in.It all dissappears at times in a haze of wonderous noodling.Easy to see why they were so highly rated as a live band.Overall solid 4 stars but I'm not encouraged to explore any further.

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4 stars If you are (hardly) not familiar with PFM this double CD is an excellent introduction to the highly appreciated Classic Italian prog band. Because it spans the time between 1973 and 1977, PFM released four studio-albums in that era and were at their artistic pinnacle. This 2-CD also includes additio ... (read more)

Report this review (#1938945) | Posted by TenYearsAfter | Thursday, June 14, 2018 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This collection of PFM's Manticore-years I a fine one. It features higlight-tracks from all the LP's they recorded for the label. The first disc features the formation without a proper lead-singer. Except for the very strong attemt 'Il Banchetto", all is sung in worse English. It does not di ... (read more)

Report this review (#291189) | Posted by ProgRob | Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This compilation heralds Esoteric's acquisition of the Manticore catalogue. ELP became talent scouts (in much the same way as Led Zeppelin with Swan Song) and seemed to show particular fondness for Italian acts, signing Banco and the more recognised Premiata Forneria Marconi. Already Italy's ... (read more)

Report this review (#265921) | Posted by beebfader | Saturday, February 13, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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