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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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Per Un AmicoPer Un Amico
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River of Life: Manticore Years Anthology 1973-1977River of Life: Manticore Years Anthology 1973-1977
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Live in JapanLive in Japan
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Storia Di Un MinutoStoria Di Un Minuto
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Live (www.pfmpfm.it) Il BestLive (www.pfmpfm.it) Il Best
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Photos of GhostsPhotos of Ghosts
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PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.55 | 38 ratings
I Quelli (pre PFM):
1969
4.36 | 1059 ratings
Storia Di Un Minuto
1972
4.42 | 1339 ratings
Per Un Amico
1972
4.08 | 430 ratings
Photos Of Ghosts
1973
4.24 | 675 ratings
L'isola di niente
1974
4.00 | 297 ratings
The World Became The World
1974
3.95 | 381 ratings
Chocolate Kings
1975
3.17 | 243 ratings
Jet Lag
1977
3.07 | 139 ratings
Passpartù
1978
2.63 | 111 ratings
Suonare Suonare
1980
2.05 | 92 ratings
Come Ti Va In Riva Alla Città
1981
1.96 | 66 ratings
PFM? PFM!
1984
1.95 | 73 ratings
Miss Baker
1987
2.72 | 76 ratings
Ulisse
1997
3.05 | 84 ratings
Serendipity
2000
3.56 | 141 ratings
Dracula Opera Rock
2005
4.10 | 344 ratings
Stati Di Immaginazione
2006
3.49 | 104 ratings
A.D. 2010 - La buona novella (Opera apocrifa da La buona novella di Fabrizio De Andrè)
2010
3.93 | 119 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 | 151 ratings
Cook (aka Live in the USA)
1974
2.51 | 26 ratings
Performance
1982
3.24 | 21 ratings
PFM - 10 anni live 1971-81
1996
2.86 | 7 ratings
PFM - Absolutely Live 1971-1978
1996
2.95 | 2 ratings
PFM - The Best Of Absolutely Live 1971-1978
1996
3.12 | 24 ratings
www.pfmpfm.it (il Best)
1998
3.36 | 13 ratings
A Celebration Live
1998
3.71 | 12 ratings
PFM - Live In Japan
2002
3.85 | 77 ratings
Live In Japan 2002
2002
3.98 | 48 ratings
PFM & Pagani - Piazza Del Campo
2005
2.18 | 15 ratings
PFM canta De André (CD + DVD)
2008
4.27 | 43 ratings
Live in Roma (With Ian Anderson)
2012
4.27 | 11 ratings
Paper Charms: The Complete BBC Recordings 1974-1976
2014
4.07 | 20 ratings
Un' Isola
2014
3.75 | 12 ratings
Un amico
2014
3.94 | 14 ratings
A Ghost
2015
3.55 | 11 ratings
Un Minuto
2015
3.80 | 15 ratings
The World
2015
4.33 | 3 ratings
Il suono del tempo
2015

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

4.42 | 76 ratings
Live In Japan 2002
2002

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

1.95 | 3 ratings
PFM - The Award-Winnig Marcony Bakery
1976
3.22 | 8 ratings
Prime Impressioni
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Celebration
1976
3.33 | 3 ratings
PFM - Antologia
1977
3.00 | 2 ratings
L'album di... PFM
1988
2.00 | 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
1.00 | 1 ratings
Golden Collection
2001
3.80 | 8 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
4.45 | 11 ratings
35.... E Un Minuto
2007
4.01 | 17 ratings
River Of Life: The Manticore Years Anthology 1973-1977
2010
3.00 | 3 ratings
Amico Faber
2011
3.43 | 9 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
3.50 | 2 ratings
La Carrozza Di Hans
1971
2.00 | 1 ratings
Celebration
1973
2.00 | 1 ratings
The World Became The World
1974
2.00 | 1 ratings
Four Holes In The Ground
1974
3.50 | 2 ratings
Dolcissima Maria
1974
2.00 | 1 ratings
Chocolate Kings
1975
2.00 | 1 ratings
Come Ti Va
1981

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 Storia Di Un Minuto by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.36 | 1059 ratings

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

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

5 stars 34 minutes in length, this album is about 3500% longer than the title would suggest! Barring this one mild creative misdirection from the band, I'd say that PFM just about nailed the Italian style of prog right on the head with this one.

The lush instrumentals, the pastoral interludes, sweeping mellotrons, the romance, the passionate Italian vocals, the toying with classical ideas, it's really all here, and all executed to its fullest. Side one of the album is an example of the all-too-rare perfect side; after a brief "Introduzione", we're greeted by the nostalgic "Impressioni di Settembre", which takes just about every aspect of RPI I just listed and stuffs it into one 6 minute package.

And if you didn't think that the album could possibly live up to the standard that its opener set, the vibrant, jovial "E' Festa" delivers some stunning guitar and keyboard interplay in what starts out as almost a blues rocker, but soon weaves itself into a very creative mosaic of a track. The absolute gem of the album, though, in terms of beauty is the classically-influenced "Dove... Quando..., Pt 1", which tugs at the heartstrings like little other music can.

After the powerhouse first side, side two does seem a little bit weaker in comparison, but certainly not enough that this first entry in the classic PFM catalog can't be considered a masterpiece. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys symphonic prog or romantic music in general. 5 stars.

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 PFM In Classic: Da Mozart A Celebration by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.93 | 119 ratings

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PFM In Classic: Da Mozart A Celebration
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by arschiparschi

4 stars It's become a real fashion to perform your music with an orchestra again these days so I wasn't too sure what to think of this release when I first saw it, whether it would be pretentious and done just for the sake of it or a great collaboration. While I don't know about PFM's intention with this release I must say that I'm mostly very satisfied with what they've done. They haven't just done orchestral reworkings of their own songs but the first CD is filled with great classical pieces that have been rearranged to work together with the band and for the most part it works very well.

It goes without saying that the musical quality of the pieces selected could hardly be improved but PFM have treated them with respect and added their own ideas in between while some passages remain as in the original piece. Sometimes this also makes it seem a bit forced to mingle the classical orchestral piece with the band's performance so that they stand alongside each other a bit but for the most part their approach is very pleasant to listen to.

The opening of "Il flauto magico - Ouverture" with Djivas' great bass playing is absolutely gorgeous, I could listen to this bit many times in a row and still be delighted. They've included Mozart's themes so well that it could not have been a better opener. After that the quality drop a bit for me but not by a lot. Certainly Mussida's great guitar playing also really puts PFM's stamp on the music and his solo guitar opening of "Sinfonia no 5 IV mov" really comes as a highlight to me again. As Mahler's emotional symphony then sets in, the atmosphere becomes very intense (positively), followed by a great jazzy part, which balances this slow beginning nicely. The track then closes with the symphony again. While the two parts seem only formally connected, the track is still overall a nice bit two listen to, even if rather as two songs. Verdi's Nabucco Overture closes the first CD brilliantly and is again beautifully arranged. The first and last tracks on CD one are certainly the highlights to me.

Unfortunately, I find the second CD less interesting as the orchestral engagement seems a bit forced. While the classical bits were mainly orchestral with the band added later on, in this bit it's the other way round and I guess that makes it more difficult to give the orchestra cues that bring new excitement to the music. The songs themselves are no doubt great, which is why the CD is in no way bad. To me, it's just rather a rerecording of classic PFM tracks with a bit of the orchestra in the background. I don't know if they could have made more out of it but I see it more as a rerecording than an exciting new arrangement.

Finally, "Suite Italiana" is very disappointing to me. I got very excited when I heard Mendelssohn's 4th "Italian" symphony (1st movement), which is one of my favourite symphonies. It is then followed by "È Festa" (or "Celebration") but the two seem entirely unrelated. The music is great of course but it is entirely unclear to me what the link is supposed to be. So the disappointment only lies in the way the two pieces are arranged, not the pieces themselves.

Overall a nice CD to listen to, certainly for fans of classical music and of PFM. Some really nice arrangements can be found on CD 1 especially. A great addition to any PFM-collection without a doubt. Recommended!

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 L'isola di niente by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.24 | 675 ratings

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L'isola di niente
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Atavachron
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3 stars Drunk with the possibilities, or in espionage terms, the plausiblilities, of rock music that is in constant flux, the Milanese legends just let it go here, offering a set that is packed with promise. Most of that promise is fulfilled on this five-cut LP from '74, their fifth in the studio, and drunk is what one should probably be when hearing this puppy for the first time. The operetta that opens the 10-minute title requires some patience but it busts out soon enough with some heavy-ass guitar riffage from Franco Mussida and a complimentary vocal, trudging its way through a thicket of tin-can symph, neat ascending arpeggios, satisfying odd-metered rock, bumblebee synth/guitar lines, more forced operetta, and ambled beach-combing.

'Is My Face on Straight' is good, could've been better, features some appealing rhythms but also some awkward Greg Lake-derived singing and doesn't distinguish this ensemble. But it's still prog, what are you gonna do. A faux cash machine sets the pace for 'La Luna Nuova', taken over by synths, flutes, gonky basses, fluppy drums, an organ, all thrown together for a nice midsection and high-quality crescendo with bracing guitar/keyboard matches. Sleepy and smitten 'Dolcissima Maria' is acceptable (if you're on your honeymoon in Liguria), and Jan Patrick Djivas' bass bumbles out jazz-rock experiment 'Via Lumiere', a not-so-bad take on the fusion of the time.

This is both a very good and yet largely facultative album; it is a noncompulsory addition to a prog listeners collection, and should be among, but not the first of, the purchases a new RPI fan will make.

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 Chocolate Kings by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.95 | 381 ratings

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Chocolate Kings
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Groucho Barks

5 stars Ok, context: One wonderful summer, when I was young enough to do daft things like this, I spent with the perfect hippie chick and this was the soundtrack to those late night chats and drinking black coffee while watching the sun rise type interludes. So yes there may be a bias here but surely most music evokes a time and a place and people..... Anyhow, mumble, mumble years on, how does Chocolate Kings stand up? It was their first album as a 6 piece and featured the new vocals of Bernado Lanzetti...who was fluent in English...and this shows in comparison to the vocals on earlier albums (those versions sung in English). Also, as my intro to PFM then this was the touchstone and, as much as I like earlier output (discovered later), they don't work for me as the vocals are weak. Kings just transports me back but actually sounds astonishingly fresh, again listening to any 1975 prog as comparison. Actually that is my first problem here. Who to compare to? This has become so much my template that I usually compare others to PFM/Chocolate Kings! Ok, being on ELP's Manticore label then it is churlish not to mention them in passing....but this is not a keys heavy drum driven thing....PFM always had the light and shade balance of multi instruments. Yes it does have some real kick ass sections, the opening track 'From Under' as one example but they can segue seamlessly into gorgeous acoustic passages as in 'Harlequin'. The electric violin that appears throughout makes Curved Air (for one) sound rather limited and PFM used it as 'part of' rather than bolt on or 'lead' even allowing for its prominence in 'Out On The Roundabout'...so perhaps Jean- Luc Ponty has to be mentioned in passing.....without the fusion! The title track is the most 'commercial', perhaps looking for the 'Celebration' groove again. Everything bears the hallmarks of superb musician ship and the interplay between them, especially on the mirrored lines in 'Roundabout', is breathtakingly dexterous. No song has anything other than balanced dynamics and the longer 4 tracks make 7 plus minutes feel short, although they do perhaps allow 'Paper Charms' to over stay its suspended keyboard chord atmospherics welcome...for all the flute/sounding distractions...and it never quite breaks out in as smooth a way as previous tracks. But it does have a great Genesis type rolling hook once it gets in to stride. So being objective, how does the listening go, without the summer and previously mentioned person as accompaniment? It goes damned well and I had been guilty of seeing the album as the background when in fact it should have been the foreground! This is as good as it gets in a 4 000 album collection....although I would add an extra star if I could for Lady Stef...where ever she may be! Perfection!

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 Stati Di Immaginazione by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.10 | 344 ratings

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

Review by sagoth66

5 stars I've been listening to this a lot lately whilst travelling around and initially only really took to Il Mondo In Testa which is an excellent song fitting in well with early 70's PFM. I have found that repeated plays reveal that the whole album is indeed littered with the classic PFM sound and can be considered one of the best prog albums around.

The opener La Terra Dell'acqua is probably what you would expect PFM to sound like, an 00s update on the early style and a band who can start with an 8 minute song that goes through their whole range of styles, never gets dull and showcases a mastering of their genre but there are many highlights on the album, the aforementioned Il Mondo In Testa which I would consider to be one of the band's catchier tunes, La Conquista which starts with groove going through a lovely guitar solo towards 'Celebration' style keyboards. Il Sogno Di Leonardo starts very quietly, something PFM do very well and drops into one of those melting keyboard moments reminiscent of a slightly more uptempo Appena Un Po. Agua Azul takes time to get going but builds into another fantastic keyboard melody. The gentler side of PFM is what sets them apart from most other prog bands and Nederland 1903 peaks beautifully right in the middle of the song. Have I missed a couple? well Cyber Alpha and Visioni Di Archimede bring quite frenzied passages to the album which gives it something for every mood.

The band had a tough time in the 80's and it would be all too easy to sit on early success so I applaud the fact they kept going long enough and releasing new material until the winning formula returned on Stati Di Immaginazione. The more I listen to this album, the more I want to listen to it. If you are a fan of their earlier work then give it a good few formal listens.

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4.36 | 1059 ratings

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

Review by justaguy

1 stars Storia Di Un Minuto is another typical Premiata Forneria Marconi album. All compositions are on the same level, quite technical and wel played. However, I wouldn't dare to compare this album with the other prog rock classic offering of Genesis, Yes, Van Der Graaf or King Crimson. PFM is too much second hand, comparing to them, like a derivative, clearly a lower grade. I don't find one really enjoyable song on the album. It is too much main stream, too much average sound and too little actually enjoyable tunes. I think, this is more for the collectors and funs of Italian progressive.

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 Come Ti Va In Riva Alla Città by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 1981
2.05 | 92 ratings

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Come Ti Va In Riva Alla Città
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by stefro
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2 stars Prog legends in their own right, PFM's place in the gilded pantheon of progressive music is forever assured thanks to classic albums such as 'Per Un Amico' and 'Cook'. However, just like Yes, Genesis et al, the onset of the 1980's brought about a new sound aimed at a broader audience; prog-rock this really isn't. Issued in 1981 and sandwiched between the studio albums 'Suonare Suonare'(pretty decent) and 'Miss Baker'(execrable), this lightweight slab of slickly-proferred Euro-pop was the group's sixth Italian-language release, but only the third since 1978's 'Passpartu'. It was also the first PFM album to be released after guitarist-and-vocalist Franco Mussida had assumed control of the group following the sacking of former lead-vocalist Bernardo Lanzetti, the talented ex-Acqua Fragile frontman whose warbly tones had given the group's English-language albums such a unique flavour. With Mussida now augmented by Patrick Djivas(bass), Franz Di Cioccio(drums, vocals) and Lucio Fabbri(keyboards), the sound is all about melody, vocals and demographics. Melodies, to get that oh-so needed radio exposure; vocals, in Italian, for Italians; and demographics, because this is PFM the pop group, not PFM the prog-rock pioneers. As a result, there really is very little of interest for trye progheads here, yet 'Come Ti Va In Riva Alla Citta' is by no means a dreadful album. Those with a penchant for smooth melodies, upbeat pop hooks and slick production values may well find much to their liking, and fans of REO Speedwagon, Air Supply, Toto and Steve Perry-era Journey are all advised to take a peek. Comparing albums such as this and 'Suonare Suonare' to the group's early-seventies masterworks is, of course, a moot point. And we won't be doing that here. Suffice to say, unless you've a sweet spot for those bands previoiusly mentioned, you should probably look elsewhere for yout Italian prog thrills. As it says down below: 'collectors/fans only'. I couldn't agree more. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2015

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 Jet Lag by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.17 | 243 ratings

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Jet Lag
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Guillermo
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3 stars After their "Chocolate Kings" album violinist and flute player Mauro Pagani left the band, and was replaced by Gregory Bloch on violin. The band was still living in the U.S., and maybe they were feeling a bit nostalgic about returning to their country (Italy), maybe being a bit tired of living in the U.S. Anyway, before returning to their country to live and to concentrate in their next albums in music more influenced by Pop Rock with Italian lyrics, they still recorded this "Jet Lag" album, their last real "International studio album" (still released by ELP's Manticore Records label in the U.K.) with most lyrics written in the English language (with the exception of "Cerco la Lingua", which has Iyrics written in the Italian language).

By 1977 Progressive Rock bands were still releasing some very good albums, but it was clear that the popularity of this syle of music was less than in previous years. So maybe some bands were having doubts on how to procede with their next albums. This can be listened in this "Jet Lag" album by PFM. There is no doubt that they were and stil are very good musicians. But in "Jet Lag" the music of the band became less influenced by Progressive Rock music and more influenced by Jazz- Rock Fusion music and even in some parts by Funky music. While all the then new musical influences sound well, there is the perception that the band was maybe having some problems in how to develop their new music. Maybe they were a bit tired of Progressive Rock music, or maybe some people related to the "musical corporations" of those days were saying to them that maybe they could record a Jazz-Rock Fusion Funky album to try to bring new things to their music. So this album sounds very different to their previous album, "Chocolate Kings", and even more distant to their other previous albums. The music is still very complex, showing their very good musical skills, but maybe the absence of Pagani made the band lose a bit the very melodic characteristics of their music. Anyway, they tried a new approach in this album, still sounding very well, but different.

Maybe the most Progressive Rock song in this album is "Traveller", and "Peninsula" is a very good acoustic guitar solo musical piece played by Franco Mussida (a bit "nostalgic" and maybe inspired by Italy). But the rest of the songs are very influenced by Jazz-Rock Fusion music, with a lot of use of the Fender Rhodes electric piano (a very popular musical instrument in the seventies and more associated to the Jazz and Jazz-Rock Fusion artists and their albums in the seventies). There is also the use of a lot of fretless bass by Patrick Djivas, who really shines in this album as a very good bassist using that instrument. Other Jazz-Rock Fusion influences are clear with the use of Moog synthesiser sounds and solos which sound a bit influenced by JAN HAMMER. This "Jet Lag" album also makes me remember a bit some other Jazz-Rock Fusion artists like JEFF BECK, JEAN-LUC PONTY, RETURN TO FOREVER, etc. Gregory Bloch's musical style was also more related to the Jazz-Rock Fusion musical style than to the Progressive Rock musical style. It is not a bad album, but also it is not a very "typical" album from PFM. So, if you listen to this album not really expecting to listen to the "old" PFM, you still can listen to some very good music played very well by very good musicians.

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 Live In Japan 2002 by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover DVD/Video, 2002
4.42 | 76 ratings

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Live In Japan 2002
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Having the chance to watch to this concert video for the first time gave me some additional views about this release, because I reviewed the CD version of this concert ten years ago (!).

Three original members of the band (Franz Di Cioccio, Franco Mussida, Flavio Premoli) and a long time member (Patrick Djivas, playing with the band since 1974) appear together in this video which was recorded in Japan in May 2002. Also appearing with them are multi-instumentalist Lucio Fabbri (a member of the band during the eighties, and appearing with the band as guest in this video) and drummer Piero Monterisi.

This concert video is very good, with the band playing very well mostly songs from their best period (the seventies), plus three songs from their 'Suonare Suonare' album from 1980 (the title track of that album, 'Maestro Della Voce' and 'Si Puo Fare') and one song from their 'Serendipity' album from 2000 ('La Rivoluzione'). Most parts of the concert are really very good for my taste, playing the songs with a lot of energy and feeling, with all the members of the band playing very well, and with some visual interactions and smiles between the musicians, giving the impression that they were enjoying playing in the concert very much. Most of the lead vocals and interaction with the audience are done by Di Cioccio, (with Monterisi playing the drums while Di Cioccio sings at the front of the stage), giving a very 'dynamic' and enthusiastic performance, with him smiling, dancing and moving around the stage playing percussion and / or carrying the mic stand. Other lead vocals on other songs were done by Mussida and Premoli. But after 'Dolcissima Maria' is played (with Djivas playing a bit of soprano recorder in that song, remembering a bit former original member Mauro Pagani, who played flute and violin with the band until he left them in 1976), for me the concert begins to be less interesting (and a bit boring), with the band playing long versions of 'Maestro Della Voce' and 'Si Puo Fare', playing a lot of improvisations in these two Pop Rock songs from the eighties (their less interesting period for my taste). After this, the band plays 'Mr. 9 to 5', in a very good version, but after this, the band starts again to improvise a lot (from 'Scary Light' to 'Tokyo Violin Jam - Part Two') with only some parts of 'Alta Loma 5 Till 9' being interesting for my taste. Fortunately, the band recovers the 'inspiration' very well to play three very good songs as Encores ('Impressioni Di Settembre', 'E Festa ' Celebration' and 'La Luna Nuova - Four Holes In The Ground'), bringing the concert to a very good end.

It was very good to have this line-up of the band playing together for some years (from 1997 until 2005 when Premoli left the band again). As I mentioned before, all the members play very well. Fabbri really has a lot of work in some songs, with him playing violin, rhythm guitar and keyboards (all in a same song!) plus also singing some backing vocals. The band appears playing really as a team, doing very good arrangements to the songs (particularly by Fabbri and Premoli on keyboards), and giving space to each other, sounding like they rehearsed a lot and with a lot of experience as musicians. Di Cioccio really works very well as lead singer and communicator with the audience and with the other musicians.

The recording and mixing of the sound are very good, and the camera angles and editing of the video are also very good.

In general, this is a very good concert video.

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 Live in Roma (With Ian Anderson) by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Live, 2012
4.27 | 43 ratings

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Live in Roma (With Ian Anderson)
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars A live album by PFM with IAN ANDERSON (JETHRO TULL) recorded in Rome in November 2010. At first, it may look a bit "strange" to have a musical combination like this, at least for me. But this musical combination appears in three tracks ("Bourée", "My God" and "La Carrozza di Hans") and works very well, with Anderson playing the flute very well with the band, and also singing lead vocals in "My God" (which was originally recorded by Anderson with JETHRO TULL for their "Aqualung" album from 1971). He also plays a bit of acoustic guitar on "My God". It seems to me that they reheased very well these songs together. The band has a new keyboard player, Gianluca Tagliavini, replacing original keyboard player Flavio Premoil. Tagliavini is a very good keyboard player. The band plays some "old" songs very well, but also including two very good instrumental songs ("La terra dell'acqua", "Cyber alpha 3.1 ") from PFM's album from 2006 titled "Stati d'immaginazione", their first studio album with Tagliavini on keyboards.

This is a very good live album from this very good Italian band, recorded and mixed very well.

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