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The pioneer of Italian Progressive groups, PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM for short) is one of the leaders of the 70s prog movement. PFM developed a style which is uniquely Italian while maintaining links with the rest of the prog world. A lyrical, romantic and delicate music, full of fineness. A great melodic and instrumental richness, somptuous compositions and arrangements. Sometimes compared with the early KING CRIMSON, the group had its own musical personality, with its elegant music.

"Per Un Amico" ("Photos of Ghosts") and "L'Isola Di Niente" as well as their first, "Storia Di Un Minuto" are all virtual classics of progressive music, obviously influenced by early KING CRIMSON and GENESIS yet sounding nothing like them. The instrumentation is superb with fluid guitar, highly original synthesizer sounds, beautiful violin and flute, and ethereal vocals that are so important to the music, that replacing them with English vocals becomes a detriment. "The World Became The World" is another English-language album, but this time with the same music, so it's not as bad as "Photos Of Ghosts".

"Marconi Bakery" is a compilation of music from the first three Italian albums. "Jet Lag", from 1977, had much of the original PFM spirit with a jazz inclination, akin to groups such as ARTI + MESTIERI, though somewhat more low-key. "Suonare Suonare" came out in 1980, and saw PFM turning back toward their original sound, from the style of "Passpartu". On "PFM - Live In Japan 2002 (Tokyo)" the band plays classic tunes from the Seventies. A must for all prog fans...!

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2.51 | 30 ratings
I Quelli (pre PFM):
1969
4.38 | 845 ratings
Storia Di Un Minuto
1972
4.42 | 1096 ratings
Per Un Amico
1972
4.09 | 362 ratings
Photos Of Ghosts
1973
4.27 | 528 ratings
L'isola di niente
1974
4.00 | 247 ratings
The World Became The World
1974
3.94 | 331 ratings
Chocolate Kings
1975
3.18 | 204 ratings
Jet Lag
1977
3.06 | 122 ratings
Passpart¨
1978
2.64 | 96 ratings
Suonare Suonare
1980
2.07 | 74 ratings
Come Ti Va in Riva alla CittÓ
1981
2.01 | 51 ratings
PFM? PFM!
1984
1.94 | 58 ratings
Miss Baker
1987
2.73 | 61 ratings
Ulisse
1997
3.08 | 66 ratings
Serendipity
2000
3.51 | 121 ratings
Dracula Opera Rock
2005
4.10 | 316 ratings
Stati Di Immaginazione
2006
3.45 | 86 ratings
A.D. 2010 - La buona novella (Opera apocrifa da La buona novella di Fabrizio De AndrŔ)
2010
3.86 | 91 ratings
PFM In Classic: Da Mozart A Celebration
2013

PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.13 | 131 ratings
Cook (aka Live in the USA)
1974
2.53 | 24 ratings
Performance
1982
3.22 | 19 ratings
PFM - 10 anni live 1971-81
1996
3.20 | 5 ratings
PFM - Absolutely Live 1971-1978
1996
2.95 | 2 ratings
PFM - The Best Of Absolutely Live 1971-1978
1996
3.12 | 22 ratings
www.pfmpfm.it (il Best)
1998
3.32 | 11 ratings
A Celebration Live
1998
3.83 | 9 ratings
PFM - Live In Japan
2002
3.86 | 63 ratings
Live In Japan 2002
2002
3.89 | 49 ratings
PFM & Pagani - Piazza Del Campo
2005
2.21 | 14 ratings
PFM canta De AndrÚ (CD + DVD)
2008
4.03 | 34 ratings
Live in Roma (With Ian Anderson)
2012

PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.40 | 71 ratings
Live In Japan 2002
2002

PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.09 | 3 ratings
PFM - The Award-Winnig Marcony Bakery
1976
3.31 | 7 ratings
Prime Impressioni
1976
4.50 | 2 ratings
PFM - Antologia
1977
5.00 | 2 ratings
L'album di... PFM
1988
4.00 | 2 ratings
PFM - I Grandi Del Rock
1993
1.61 | 8 ratings
P.F.M. Story
1995
2.50 | 4 ratings
I Miti Musica
2000
5.00 | 1 ratings
Pieces From Manticore
2000
5.00 | 1 ratings
Golden Collection
2001
3.78 | 7 ratings
Gli Anni Settanta
2002
3.75 | 3 ratings
I QUELLI (pre PFM): Flashback: I Grandi Successi Originali
2003
3.18 | 2 ratings
Cuore Rock
2006
3.56 | 16 ratings
35.... E Un Minuto
2007
3.83 | 20 ratings
River Of Life: The Manticore Years Anthology 1973-1977
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
Amico Faber
2011
3.40 | 7 ratings
Celebration 1972-2012
2012

PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.00 | 1 ratings
I Krel - Fin che le braccia diventino ali
1970

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 Per Un Amico by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.42 | 1096 ratings

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Per Un Amico
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ScorchedFirth

2 stars (5/10)

As a disclaimer I should just say that I'm pretty new to all this 'Rock Progressivo Italiano', and this is really my first time properly listening to an album from this subgenre. I chose Premiata Forneria Marconi's "Per Un Amico" because it's the highest rated RPI album and started there, as it seems to be pretty much acclaimed by most of this site. As you can see this is not quite the experience I have had, but I'm still exploring, so don't lose hope for me yet RPI fans!

A quick point before I talk about the actual music: given that PFM released two albums in 1972, they clearly weren't short of material. Why then is this album only 34 minutes long? That's an EP not an album! Still, it seems PFM is second to Le Orme in this regard (Uomo Di Pezza clocking in at a mere 31 minutes - about the same as your average Transatlantic ditty).

Anyway, the music. Immediately from the first song, "Appena Un Po", it calls to mind early King Crimson, Genesis, and Jethro Tull, as well as secondarily the rest of the general canon of British prog bands from around the same time. It's nicely familiar sounding, with a bit more of a pronounced classical influence, which I enjoy. I also liked how the flutes and violins were used. The singing is a bit dull though, and doesn't help with how the album sort of just plods along merrily for long sections without too much concern. There are a few more exciting sections though, which do stop the album from being overwhelmingly samey.

There are some quite catchy parts strung together in these songs, and it is all very pleasant to listen to. A lot of that has to do with the gentle acoustic and wind instruments, and the way the keyboards/synthesisers/etc. are handled. After quite a few listens though, I must admit, I cannot attain the enthusiasm for this album I was expecting, and my mind tends to wander quite easily from the music even with the short running time. I think the disjointed nature of some of the songs doesn't help with this. "Il Banchetto", for example, pretty much kills all of its momentum half way through and gets lost in some self-indulgent instrumental mess for the rest of the song before the brief conclusion. Possibly not enough thought was put into transitioning between the different segments of the songs.

So overall I'm pretty disappointed. I was told the RPI subgenre had a very distinctive sound, and I can't spot much here that wasn't already present in Britain around the same time. I was also told to expect extravagant expressive Italian vocals, but these are really quite standard to my ears. Supposedly other RPI bands are where the vocals are meant to get interesting, which seems to be the case from the little I've heard of Banco. Maybe this wasn't the best choice as an RPI gateway for me, so I'm looking at Banco and Il Balletto Di Bronzo soon, and possibly some more PFM eventually after that.

Still, as the top rated RPI album on this site I was expecting a lot more from "Per Un Amico". It was supposed to be some sort of gateway drug for me, and all I can say is that I can find absolutely nothing special about this at all, other than that fact that it's in Italian being a bit of a novelty that quickly wears off. It just sounds like lower tier standard 70s prog fare (with maybe a slightly different balance between the main prog influences than the other music I've heard from that era), but with little else to recommend it beyond that, and certainly nothing to get at all excited by. My apologies to all the many who obviously consider this some sort of flawless masterpiece, but I can't honestly call this a good album myself.

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4.42 | 1096 ratings

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Per Un Amico
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by JCDenton

4 stars "Appena un Po'" (8.5-9.0 / 10) - An epic that almost feels years ahead of its time. Everything's in place here. The mellotron, the expressive drumming, the dissonant sections, the dramatic sections, flute, harpsichord, but this is a track which has its own sound. A great opener that's really fresh, while holding many Progressive elements that its English counterparts established, there is its own sense of style with the guitar playing and lyrics (obviously). The timbre aspects don't prohibit it from being its own stand-alone sound. Great tune.

"Generale" (7.5-8.0 / 10) - A more hectic piece, more electric guitar, violin, and piano feature. Many passing and arpeggiated rhythms in a driving jam that make up this song. Many different sounds to be heard and followed. It's an exciting tune full of fast melodies and soloing until being taken over by a piccolo playing a fanfare and organ playing blocked chords in a transitional few segments concluding with an almost confused-sounding guitar-violin-piano segment before returning to the more hectic playing from the beginning of the tune to finish out. Not a bad piece.

"Per un Amico" (8.0-8.5 / 10) - So far one weight carrying through the album is tight, but expressive drumming. This piece even has a more ballady feel for some of its first half, and the performances are still interesting, almost even exciting! Again there is the impression of many textures creating a wall of sound through multiple instruments playing 16th notes. This song, much like the rest of the album, has a really good pace with some explosive, exciting moments. This piece flies by with many drum fills, melodies on acoustic, electic guitars, keyboard, and with a rocking rhythm section, it's just a very full tune. Big wall of sound created. Great, great sounding band.

"Il Banchetto" (8.0 / 10) - Most of my comments will remain the same with this tune as the previous ones. The musicians just all have great, balanced sounds. This piece features some acoustic interludes with some tension building in the first half of the song. Good melodies once again. The contrasting keyboard versus the acoustic sounds work effectively. The song pulls down into more confusion lead by the keys player in a random, unwarning transition. But the following piano section is luscious and flows despite being atypical with some unusual intervals between odd chord movements. The playing picks up, the sound thickens with tension before the rest of the band come in with the earlier verses and finishes out nicely.

"Geranio" (7.5-8.0 / 10) - A more relaxed tune at the start. Though the previous few tunes were very showy of the capabilities of the musicianship of the band, this song has a two-minute soft more soothing feel before the big swing rhythm comes in to set the tone for the rest of the piece. Some other sections are explored before terracing down to a dynamic low, where the build starts up to reach another section that serves as the actual buildup to the climax of the pie-wait, no. It actually just starts to fade out from there. Interesting choice for final track on the album.

This is a classic, and it is one of my favorite Italian Prog albums. It's overall very exciting and solid, very very thickly textured! "Appena un Po'" is, in my opinion, the best track, but do not stop listening right after it, cause the rest of the tracks are solid, too!

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 Storia Di Un Minuto by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.38 | 845 ratings

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Storia Di Un Minuto
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by siLLy puPPy
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5 stars After toying with the Italian pop world and then the first proto-incarnation of I QUELLI, several core members of PFM decided to steer their new musical vehicle into the symphonic progressive arena where they decided to keep some of the melody-making pop sensibilities that actually landed them a few hits in their native Italy. STORIA DI UN MINUTO was released in 1972 with fairly instant success and hitting the top of the charts in their homeland and worldwide success wasn't far behind.

The thing that strikes me most about this debut by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI which translates into 'Award-winning Marconi Bakery' (yeah, everything sounds better in Italian!) is that although they may have been influenced by modern progressive acts of the day such as Genesis and other symphonic acts, they are the group in all of prog that I have so far heard that seems to have incorporated the most obvious classical influences. At this stage they leaned less on rock as an influence and more on Chopin inspired piano runs, Paganini inspired violins and classical Spanish guitar to make some beautifully constructed music that clearly emphasized melody above all else. Despite being more influenced by the classical world, there are also many times when jazz, hard rock and beautiful Tull-like flute enter the picture making this something truly unique.

For me the melodic nature of this music is just so addictive that it makes me think of the perfect amalgamation of two time periods of music, namely the classical periods of yesteryear which actually encompasses several centuries and the newer more modern-day era of the 70s when this was created. This is a beautifully orchestrated and crafted masterpiece that will surely be as well-known centuries from now like the influences that inspired it. For me personally, it just gets better after every listen.

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4.42 | 1096 ratings

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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ebil0505

5 stars What a masterpiece of music. Rarely have I ever seen an album with such a perfect balance and variety of songs. PFM have proved themselves expert musicians and masterful song writers. What always gets to me is the beginning of the first track, Appena Un Poco. If ever there were to be an example of what progressive rock is, I would choose this segment in a heartbeat. From the graceful mellotron and harp duet to the climaxing harpsichord, this introduction shows just how serious PFM is this time around. Each track in this album offers something unique and different, which gives the album a distinctive balance (as mentioned earlier). If you've never cared for the Italians or music in general, I'd still recommend this album because it is too perfect to ignore. It goes down in my book as one of the greatest musical accomplishments I have ever heard, and therefore deserves to be awarded five stars. If I could, I'd give it six.

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 Come Ti Va in Riva alla CittÓ  by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 1981
2.07 | 74 ratings

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Come Ti Va in Riva alla CittÓ
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Dr÷mmarenAdrian

2 stars I haven't been disappointed of Premiata Forneria Marconi, until now. I though "Suonare Suonare" was a fantastic album. Even if they had been more populistic, had they preserved a true spirit of their own music. PFM's eighth work "Come Ti Va in Riva alla CittÓ" from 1981 though is quite bad. Much had happened just in one year and it is very clear when I hear the music. Just like Ange took a strange direction in the eighties, PFM seems to have done. On the cover can we see the coloured faces of the four members: Franz di Cioccio(drums, vocals), Lucio Fabbri(keyboards, violin), Jan Patrick Djivas(bass) and Franco Mussida(guitars and vocals). It is a boring cover, very white and non-proggy.

The music relating to past PFM is pale. Even is the violin exists, is it not very present and absolutely not in its former style. The symphonic keyboards/organs are gone and even if the guitar flaunts one time to another isn't it protruding in any way. So, my over all impression of this record is a distinct disappointment, or just misunderstanding. I do not music have to be advanced and I do not dislike pop music from the eighties, but who is a fan of PFM particularly for this?

"Come ti va" starts a a very ordinar rock song but it works(6/10) and "Rock in LA" is a dashing nice little thing(6/10). Otherwise do some of the tracks work such as "Quartiere Otto", "Indian" and "Poeta Mancato" (all 5/10) with at least good instrumentation. The rest: "Weekend", "Chi ha paura della notte" and "Meno male che ci sei" were rather boring in my opinion. Though is I still hopefull to hear next PFM record to see if I can find some delights. This can only get TWO stars.

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2.64 | 96 ratings

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Suonare Suonare
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Dr÷mmarenAdrian

4 stars The fiddle is back!

Yes I think that is extremely important for my review of this record. The violin was missing on Passpart¨, a record I felt was quite weak and not especially exciting. The virtuos violin is something of the most specific with Premiata Forneria Marconi's music. Along of course with the excelent participation of the other instruments, but the violin marks out the band among others.

"Suonare suonare" is PFM's seventh studio album and their first record in the eighties. In many ways I think the cover fools the listener. It shows four elderly gentlemen playing folk music and in the bottom we see the flashy PFM sign. Probably those guys sitting along the table is Premiata Forneria Marconi. Well, the cover says this is not a prog album and the music isn't directly progressive. But it's still very clear it's PFM that plays and they still sound great. On Suonare Suonare we have Lucio Fabbri on violin, viola and cello, Flavio Premoli on keyboards and lead vocals(2,7), Franco Mussida on guitars and lead vocals(4), Patric Djivas on bass and Franz di Cioccio on drums, percussion and lead vocals(1,5,8).

I think this was a great release of Premiata Forneria Marconi. The wild, both folky and progressive violin does a great job to polish the record's sound. Especially "Volo a vela", which is partially instrumental has wonderful fiddle(8/10) and I hear some passages I recognized from other songs. The violin is also very good on "Topolini" which also contains significant guitar play(7/10) and on "Tanti Auguri", a very ordinary song(6/10). Another favourite is "Bianco e nero"(7/10) which has wide sweeping patterns which is think is special for PFM. "Si pu˛ fare" (7/10) is a fast and pleasant rock song just as "Maestro della voce"(7/10). The least interesting piece here is "Sogno Americano" which I don't find especially good. The very best song is a very popular sounding one, the first "Suonare suonare" which is sung by Franz di Cioccio. It is a lovely song which is some ways is traditional but has a great power(9/10). I am surprised that the guys sung so great on this album. I like listening to this record, perhaps my rating is too high but this actually gives me so nice feelings! Four stars.

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 Passpart¨  by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.06 | 122 ratings

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Passpart¨
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Dr÷mmarenAdrian

3 stars 1978 had one year passed since the great record "Jet Lag" by the band Premiata Forneria Marconi. Passpart¨ was then the next PFM' record to come out to conquer the world. I though don't think it did. The cover is colourful and shows some men with curly hair and different expressions in their faces. At that time PFM featured Franz di Cioccio, Patric Djivas, Bernardo Lanzetti, Flavio Premoli and of course Franco Mussido and five guests: Claudio Fabi, Claudio Pascoli, George Aghedo, Roberto Colombo and Roberto Haliffi.

Passpart¨ marks a change in direction for Premiata Forneria Marconi and unfortunately, a change I am not possitive to. I was surprised by Jet Lag's jazzy touch but there is nothing of that on this one and not either sweeping symphonics. So I am quite sure this record was the way down for this marvelous band.

Still it is a good bunch of songs that makes up the record. I recognize the brave guitar and bass play here and the compositions are pleasant. I don't find any piece here boring or uninteresting. It is a sweet feeling it gives the listener when he, after all, here this PFM play and some of the songs are really good. "I cavalieri del tavolo cubico" is best as something in the instrumentation there is done is the same mood as earlier PFM. Also "Viene il santo" and "Passpart¨" are very nice items. Well, actually I think it's hard to find things to pick on here. Everything is good, it's just that it's after all obvious that a decline has been taking place. A record fans will like but not a record who'll recruit new fans. Three stars!

And one more thing: how I miss a fiddler! Their music isn't whole without a crazy fiddler.

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 Jet Lag by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.18 | 204 ratings

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Jet Lag
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Dr÷mmarenAdrian

4 stars Jet Lag from 1977 is Premiata Forneria Marconi's fifth full status studio record or their seventh if we count the two English versions of already existed albums. It was released two years after "Chocolate Kings" and I recognize some of the music from just the spirit of that album. In one way the music is less powerful and symphonic but on the contrary the music now is more varied and experimental. PFM uses jazz passages, classical guitar and of course their famous symphonic glory to make one more fantastic album.

The cover shows a flying paper aeroplane and the musicians listed here are Franz Di Cioccio (drums, percussions, wood), Franco Mussida(guitars), Patrick Djivas(bass, Moog B12), Bernardo Lanzetti(vocals, percussion), Flavio Premoli(piano, organ, moog) and Gregory Bloch(violins). The record lasts for almost 43 minutes and I loves my listenings of it.

1977 was PFM still a band in progress. They had left their most grandiloquest melodies and now their explores jazz worlds in another way than before. It's still very powerful and even if the almum isn't as good as the three first, I would absolutely not say this marks a decline. It starts with the acoustic and beautiful "Penninsula", a classical guitar piece(10/10) and follows up with "Jet Lag", the album's longest and best track which is in parity with the best moments of their earlier records. It is a powerful and adorable song with fantastic vocals too(10/10). "Storia in LA" then is very good and has a lot a great instrumentals(8/10). "Breakin In" is the least interesting track, perhaps just worth (6/10) stars. "Cerco la lingua" is wonderfully sung in Italian and a whirling thing(8/10). "Meridiani" is more uneventful but we can hear a flaunting guitar solo last for long here(7/10). "Left-Handed theory"(8/10) and "Traveler"(8/10) are wonderful PFM songs to close this album.

Premiata Forneria Marconi is such a fantastic band with so much integracy and waywardness and that is intact. I look forward to see if the following record will please me as well as this. Four stars!

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 Stati Di Immaginazione by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.10 | 316 ratings

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Stati Di Immaginazione
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by admireArt

4 stars Ambiguous reviews, extraordinary album!

I myself, thought that after the "Chocolate Kings" & "Jetlag" decadent albums, Prermiata was more than dead. Their posterior works prove me right, until I read the last PA review on this 2006, "Stati Di Immaginazione" effort. I usually do not give 5 stars, unless, the work itself, breaks ground in the whole "planet" of Prog, not only in that artist or group's discography. But I do rate those works which are close of doing so, with my fractionized "stars".

Anyway, if you thought that PFM was "more than dead", this work, I can bet, will prove you wrong. They again, after a zillion years, remembered that nothing compares to excellent songwriting, and that its absence, no matter how well you hide it, if it is not there, nothing will move you away from mediocrity.

The best I have heard in a long time, it is Symphonic, it Rocks, it "Jazzes" ( a very nice tribute to Django Reinhardt's spirit, along the way), and it flows with "imagination", clean thought, non-stop inspiration in both composition and masterful unpretentious performances. Add up to that, this one is flawless, as far as the song by song repertoire goes, something that never (IMO), had happened, in PFM's glorious days. That is what I call EXPERIENCE, nothing makes you stronger than failures, and this guys are here again for good.

Easy 4.5 PA stars! Flawless, non stop inspiration!

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 The World Became The World by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.00 | 247 ratings

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The World Became The World
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Dr÷mmarenAdrian

5 stars I am not too found of the fact that Premiata Forneria Marconi did two of their records twice in both Italian and English, I think the originals are enough. So I was hesitating before I listened to "The World Became the World" because I didn't thought the Englishg version "Photos of Ghosts" was as good as the Italian. "L'Isola di niente" is one of my favourite progressive records with so beautiful and magic songs that it isn't almost posible to do it better. Then I have enjoyed the live record "Cook" some times and adore it. Many of the songs on "Cook" is studio recorded on this blue "island-record" and when I started listen to this I was amazed.

If we count this as a full status studio record is it PFM's fifth one and I like it's designed appearance. The guitar and lead vocals are done by Franco Mussida, the keyboards and lead vocals by Flavio Premoli, the woodwind, violin and vocals by Mauro Pagani, the bass and vocals by Jan Patrick Djivas and the drums, percussion and vocals are done by Franz di Cioccio.

This is marvelous collection of songs, amongst the best prog rock ever recorded, at least when I consider to what touches my soul most distinct and serious. I find so much beauty in PFM's music that I want to spread their music out in the world. "Four holes in the ground" for examples in an explosion of symphonic(almost classical) melodies in a line. It is also worth to listen to live recordings of this song. "Is my face on straight" is very neat and funny is a similar way as Gentle Giant. "The Mountain" is a powerful long track that I find exciting and "Just look away" and of course "The World became the world" are so fine and beautiful. This record should be heard as another side of "L'Isola di niente" and perhaps please another target group. I am so thankful for this wonderful music. Highly recommended!

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