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PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM)

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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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Storia Di Un MinutoStoria Di Un Minuto
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Photos of GhostsPhotos of Ghosts
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L'isola Di NienteL'isola Di Niente
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Chocolate KingsChocolate Kings
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Paper Charms: Complete BBC Recordings 1974-76Paper Charms: Complete BBC Recordings 1974-76
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World Became the WorldWorld Became the World
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River of Life: Manticore Years Anthology 1973-1977River of Life: Manticore Years Anthology 1973-1977
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PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.55 | 35 ratings
I Quelli (pre PFM):
1969
4.38 | 975 ratings
Storia Di Un Minuto
1972
4.42 | 1241 ratings
Per Un Amico
1972
4.09 | 408 ratings
Photos Of Ghosts
1973
4.27 | 621 ratings
L'isola di niente
1974
4.01 | 278 ratings
The World Became The World
1974
3.94 | 356 ratings
Chocolate Kings
1975
3.17 | 230 ratings
Jet Lag
1977
3.06 | 131 ratings
Passpart¨
1978
2.64 | 106 ratings
Suonare Suonare
1980
2.07 | 85 ratings
Come Ti Va in Riva alla CittÓ
1981
1.99 | 59 ratings
PFM? PFM!
1984
1.95 | 66 ratings
Miss Baker
1987
2.73 | 72 ratings
Ulisse
1997
3.05 | 79 ratings
Serendipity
2000
3.57 | 134 ratings
Dracula Opera Rock
2005
4.09 | 332 ratings
Stati Di Immaginazione
2006
3.49 | 103 ratings
A.D. 2010 - La buona novella (Opera apocrifa da La buona novella di Fabrizio De AndrŔ)
2010
3.95 | 107 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 | 145 ratings
Cook (aka Live in the USA)
1974
2.51 | 26 ratings
Performance
1982
3.23 | 20 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
3.11 | 23 ratings
www.pfmpfm.it (il Best)
1998
3.33 | 12 ratings
A Celebration Live
1998
3.71 | 12 ratings
PFM - Live In Japan
2002
3.84 | 72 ratings
Live In Japan 2002
2002
3.98 | 47 ratings
PFM & Pagani - Piazza Del Campo
2005
2.18 | 15 ratings
PFM canta De AndrÚ (CD + DVD)
2008
4.49 | 41 ratings
Live in Roma (With Ian Anderson)
2012
4.33 | 9 ratings
Paper Charms: The Complete BBC Recordings 1974-1976
2014
4.11 | 18 ratings
Un' Isola
2014
3.80 | 10 ratings
Un amico
2014
4.00 | 12 ratings
A Ghost
2015
3.75 | 8 ratings
Un Minuto
2015
3.85 | 13 ratings
The World
2015

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

4.44 | 70 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
3.78 | 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
4.45 | 11 ratings
35.... E Un Minuto
2007
4.00 | 16 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
La Carrozza Di Hans
1971
0.00 | 0 ratings
Celebration
1973
0.00 | 0 ratings
The World Became The World
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Four Holes In The Ground
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dolcissima Maria
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Chocolate Kings
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Come Ti Va
1981

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 A Ghost by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Live, 2015
4.00 | 12 ratings

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A Ghost
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by admireArt
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4 stars Very real actually and very much alive!

In this PFM's streak of renacting live their past masterworks, "A Ghost", 2015 , comes of course from their "Photos of Ghosts" 1973 album. Inevitably one has to admire their energetic drive and impeccable performance. This live release proudly announces itself as a what it is. No cheap-tricks or disguises. A song by song tour through every single detail of the original work.

Now what makes it tick beyond that? Entirely the flawless performance but by far the way they can actually bring you back in time and yet project a future of that 70's Italian band. As if the world stopped or better yet was about to become the world.

Hard to rate it if you missed that period but an excellent start if so. What can I say? One of those 70's records that somehow represents one of my past life highlights, so as for me "essential memory piece, brought again through mastery and discipline to today's world, and it still rocks as new" .

****4 PA stars.

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4.42 | 1241 ratings

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

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This was my second foray into the exciting world of Rock Progressivo Italiano after Le Orme's "Felona E Sorona" and I have to say that I was impressed with this classic album by Premiata Forneria Marconi. It contains just about everything you could want or expect from an early seventies full-on prog album only with the Mediterranean flair that separates RPI from English prog.

These five tracks here present a good range of sounds and music thanks to a variety of instruments and the free crossing of rock, classical and folk music. PFM wisely stay within certain limits, however, and the music never gets too heavy or weird, though there is some playful fuzz-toned guitar on "Generale!" and some synthesizer experimentation on "Il banchetto" which really sounds like what some musicians were toying with back in the day.

I noticed a formula that is true for four of the five tracks. There is a main theme at the beginning, a different theme carried out over the instrumental section in the middle, and a brief return to the main theme before the piece wraps up. "Generale!" is an instrumental but follows this pattern. The final track, "Geranio" deviates from this formula as it spends over a minute slowly fading with a dark musical motif played out on piano, synthesizer, and bass to a steady thumping of the drums. It's an unanticipated ending to an album that mostly played out with gentle acoustic guitar, violin, and piano or shifted gears into more lively and active music with more electric sounds.

One thing I found though was that for every track there will be some abrupt change in the music and each track has some pleasant surprises. My favourites are the title track for its mandolin-like strummed guitar and synthesizer solo part and "Appena un Po'" which is a great introduction to this beautiful album.

The only part that doesn't appeal to me is the synthesizer experimentation part in "Il banchetto". The song itself is a beautiful piece of work; however, the synthesizer sounds seem harsh and intrusive. They get replaced by a piano solo before the song returns but it doesn't make up for it. Still, you can't blame them for trying out the equipment. I just wish they had done it without interrupting the fine flow of music that had come thus far.

This is a wonderful work of classic prog and a great album to hear as an intro to Italian prog. The lyrics are all in Italian and I like it that way. The vocals are soft and smooth and go well with the acoustic parts of the music. Recommended!

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4.42 | 1241 ratings

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

Review by assasinan

5 stars Premiata Forneria Marconi's (PFM) highly popular full-length "Per Un Amico" ("to a friend") released in 1972 played a role as a manifesto of Prog-Rock subgenre, Rock Progressivo Italiano. It neither the first album of PFM nor of the subgenre; but, it is essentially the most influential album of the whole Prog-Rock culture in Italy. Along with 50s-60s 'booms' in the US and the UK, Italy has experienced an economic boom during 60s. Economic growth also comes up with several developments in civil rights (acts and passed laws about worker's rights, women's rights, and family life) which are both libertarian and profound. Also together with the musical movements in the UK, Italian high-skilled well-educated musicians were extensively influenced by psychedelia and ongoing (mostly left-wing) political movements of the time. They combined psychedelic sounds and classical music components melted into the august local traditional music pot of Italy. Interestingly, almost all of the Rock Progressivo Italiano bands and artists such as PFM, Museo Rosenbach, Il Balletto di Bronzo have used Italian lyrics instead of English lyrics. This characteristic also reoccur in Scandinavian and French Prog-Rock lyrics.

The sense of pastoral romanticism with dominant symphonic themes is the most remarkable feature of Rock Progressivo Italiano. PFM used these elements also in their grabby album "Per Un Amico". Tranquil vocals of Franco Mussida often goes hand-in-hand with choir vocals of the other group members throughout the album and nourish the romantic timber. ELP-style keyboard partitions in both independent ways and collaboration with the ongoing riff are notable. Unlike the other critics, rather than "Il Banchetto", I figured out the Keith Emerson style in "Generale" especially in introduction part. Ethnic-inspired Mellotron melodies feel a never-ending musical feast, even the songs last less than ten minutes, and the whole album is thirty four minutes. Jerky rhythmic arrangements and funny dissonant melodies in the album, so to speak, display Gentle Giant influences on the PFM. And "Il Banchetto" from King Crimson atmospheres (Starless/Lizard) presents us one typical and prominent examples of experimental rock of PFM.

"Per Un Amico", after 40+ years, still remained as Progressive Rock classic and the pioneer of the further works in both Italy and rest of the world. Flavio Permoli presented us one of the best illustrations of Prog-Rock keyboards with his contemporaries Rick Wakeman and K. Emerson. Mauro Pagani's ethereal flutes influenced various European musicians such as Camel. I essentially recommend this album to all Rock, Jazz, and classical Folk listeners. Starting with "Per Un Amico", the whole Rock Progressivo Italiano scene should be re-promoted in a way to reconsider current Prog scene.

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 Un' Isola by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Live, 2014
4.11 | 18 ratings

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Un' Isola
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by gr8dane

4 stars Have another cup of reality,drink and drink some more.

L'isola Di Niente was my introduction to PFM way back in 74. To this day it is my favourite album by them and I would give it a near 5 star rating. Now after 40 years Franz,Franco and Patrick (w/ the help of 3 other players) has recorded a live version of this album. The sound is great with a beefed up quality with few variations here and there. And of course the 3 main players have had four decades to become better players. 4 of the songs are the Italian version (which I prefer) and with 1 in English. I would not normally go for this kind of recording,but I am glad I did with this one.

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 Stati Di Immaginazione by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.09 | 332 ratings

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

Review by Neu!mann
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3 stars Even a casual Prog connoisseur (if such an animal actually exists) should know how often PFM has changed its musical wardrobe over the band's ongoing career, from Symphonic Rock finery to Jazz Fusion trappings, and from World Music flirtations to local Italian Pop, and beyond. But this year 2006 album doesn't quite fit anywhere along the same colorful graph, and that fact alone is reason enough to recommend it.

The "eight musical stories" collected here are entirely (and atypically) instrumental. And the focus on music alone makes the album a richer experience than usual for PFM. The band, for once, was thinking visually instead of lyrically, performing in a style unrelated to this, that, or any other influence. It's all just music, purely and simply illustrating eight separate "states of free imagination", quoting the album's sub-title: a reflection of what ought to be the bedrock for all Progressive Rock.

The surviving trio of Di Cioccio, Djivas and Mussida gave themselves ample room to display their chops during these sessions, in the polite but still vital manner of veteran rockers aging more gracefully than expected. And the guest players (old friend Lucio Fabbri on violin, and youngster Gianluca Tagliavini, aping the jazzier mini-moog runs of the truant Flavio Premoli) helped fill out the sound in classic manner, echoing some of the band's better work from the 1970's. The lively middle section of the album closer "Visioni di Archimede", in particular, is an effective blast from the Marconi Bakery past.

But the music lacks the youthful passion of the band's earliest efforts, hardly surprising after nearly half a century in the business. Even at its heaviest, in tracks like "Cyber Alpha", the playing is unfailingly polite, never venturing too far onto any precarious aesthetic limbs. To its credit there isn't a hint of anachronism anywhere on the album, but after repeated exposure little of it sticks to memory the way their quintessential '70s stuff still does.

Of course it isn't really fair to measure the album against the yardsticks of "Per un Amico" or "L'Isola di Niente". On the other hand, comparisons to some of the band's more lackluster later efforts might have inflated the prevailing opinion of this one. But even allowing for diminished expectations it remains the strongest PFM studio album in years.

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 Miss Baker  by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 1987
1.95 | 66 ratings

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Miss Baker
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Dr÷mmarenAdrian

2 stars Wow, the last song on "Miss Baker" is a bambastic Premiata Forneria Marconi song in the style of the eighties. A funny song but a playful melody. I am talking about "Colazione a Disneyland"(7/10). It's the record's best song and a thankful ending of this record. It's a song from the thirteenth disc from this band, from 1987. The musicians who did this was Franz di Cioccio (drums and vocals), Franco Mussida (guitars and vocals), Jan Patrick Djivas(bass) and Lucio Fabbri(keyboards and violin) and Walter Calloni(drums). The cover is a typical eighties cover, fatigue and blank.

Miss Baker is the name and unfortunately the band is Premiata Forneria Marconi and the musicians have I already named. A marvelous band with splendid musicians. But what is this? The band which has done so extraordinary great rock songs such as "La Luna Nuova" which I listened to just before this, has not done a very boring and not progressive album. The thing is that I here from time to time, good work from drums, guitar and the vocals. But it feels not cohererent and it's not fitting at all. I see some played energy on every track but the fine musical glimpses are few. One of them are "Finta lettera di addio di una rock star per farsi propaganda" which I like. It's a rocky song with a bit symphonic feeling and fine violin(6/10). "Tempo tempo" is also rather decent to hear and understand that bands change and that is naturally(6/10). The title track though can't I understand at all. The rest of this record is very boring. Perhaps I would listen again and reconsider my low rating but right now I am just disappointed. This is usually one of my favourite prog bands. Listen to "Colazione a Disneyland" and if you want the two other approved songs that save this from total disaster.

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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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 Per Un Amico by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.42 | 1241 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 | 975 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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Per Un Amico
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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