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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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Import
Sony Import 2012
Audio CD$16.67
$16.66 (used)
Photos of GhostsPhotos of Ghosts
Import
Sony/Bmg Italy 1998
Audio CD$2.98
$2.96 (used)
Live in JapanLive in Japan
Extra tracks · Import
Sony/Bmg Italy 2004
Audio CD$5.49
$5.48 (used)
Per Un AmicoPer Un Amico
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Sony/Bmg Italy 1998
Audio CD$4.81
$2.90 (used)
Stati Di Immaginazione-ReissueStati Di Immaginazione-Reissue
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Imports 2014
Audio CD$5.55
$5.54 (used)
World Became the WorldWorld Became the World
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Imports 2014
Audio CD$5.12
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UlisseUlisse
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River of Life: Manticore Years Anthology 1973-1977River of Life: Manticore Years Anthology 1973-1977
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Manticore UK 2010
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PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.55 | 37 ratings
I Quelli (pre PFM):
1969
4.36 | 1030 ratings
Storia Di Un Minuto
1972
4.41 | 1306 ratings
Per Un Amico
1972
4.09 | 425 ratings
Photos Of Ghosts
1973
4.26 | 656 ratings
L'isola di niente
1974
4.01 | 294 ratings
The World Became The World
1974
3.95 | 375 ratings
Chocolate Kings
1975
3.17 | 240 ratings
Jet Lag
1977
3.07 | 138 ratings
Passpartù
1978
2.63 | 110 ratings
Suonare Suonare
1980
2.05 | 91 ratings
Come Ti Va in Riva alla Città
1981
1.96 | 63 ratings
PFM? PFM!
1984
1.94 | 71 ratings
Miss Baker
1987
2.73 | 75 ratings
Ulisse
1997
3.05 | 83 ratings
Serendipity
2000
3.56 | 138 ratings
Dracula Opera Rock
2005
4.10 | 339 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 | 115 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 | 150 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
3.12 | 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 | 76 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
4.30 | 42 ratings
Live in Roma (With Ian Anderson)
2012
4.30 | 10 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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 Chocolate Kings  by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.95 | 375 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 | 339 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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 Storia Di Un Minuto by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.36 | 1030 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 | 91 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 | 240 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
4.30 | 42 ratings

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

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

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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 Per Un Amico by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.41 | 1306 ratings

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

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

5 stars After only ten months in 1972 after the January release of their debut "Storia Di Un Minuto," Italy's most revered progressive rock band PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (or PFM for us multisyllabic slackers) released their second outstanding release PER UN AMICO (For A Friend). While the big bang of progressive rock was only a few years old, it is astonishing how so many bands diversified their sounds and perfected them in such a short span of time. While King Crimson went more in the direction of jazz influenced rock with avant-garde composing techniques, Pink Floyd went the space rock direction, Jethro Tull into the progressive arenas of folk and others like Genesis opting for a more vocally led theatrical style, PFM whole heartedly went into the classical music direction and i have to say that although other bands like Yes and Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso would also incorporate a lot of classical ideas, no other band seemed quite as dedicated to a historical classical feel that married the best aspects of early 70s progressive rock so perfectly including rocking percussion, bass and guitars, gossamer flute and piccolo and even a touch of jazz-fusion with the violins and of course the huge palette of themes, complex arrangements and bursts of the energetic avant-garde with swaths of tempos and torrents of musical tones.

This masterpiece begins with a beautiful and instantly addictive Bach-esque Baroque melody on flute and piccolo by the master of his game Mauro Pagani. Once this little ear worm is properly lodged in your ear drums, the progressive rock kicks in with aggressive guitars, energetic percussion and spastic time signatures that obfuscates the leading melody but is clearly buried under the mix as the layers of complexity that build and evolve can suddenly drop reverting back to the recognizable piano melody. Whereas Italian prog artists rarely became popular outside of their homeland mostly due to their recalcitrance of adopting English for their lyrics, PFM found success around the whole continent of Europe with PER UN AMICO which attracted the attention of Greg Lake of ELP who would not only arrange PFM to be signed onto their label Manticore Records but were invited to go on tour with them. The result is that PFM were one of the few Rock Progressive Italiano bands to actually become known worldwide and universally revered as one of the most intricately complex and interesting bands to emerge from that scene.

PER UN AMICO is simply a perfect album. It has an uncanny balance of ingredients where every progressive idea under the early 70s sun is represented in perfect doses. The melodies develop but never become too sickening sweet, the avant-garde elements present themselves likewise and never outstay their welcome. Everything added to the worktable is careful sorted out as how to perfectly fit into the giant progressive puzzle and the respective members of this band are so utterly brilliant on their chosen instruments that they pull of the most jaw dropping musical acrobatics with ease not ever losing the pace of a sophisticated graceful poetic dance of sounds. Flavio Premoli's keyboard playing is amongst the best ever to grace any album that is in the rock world. His playing is every bit as sophisticated and complex as Keith Emerson or Rick Wakeman and effortlessly changes styles, tempos, chromatic complexities and shades of sonic colors.

As with many Italian prog bands, PFM was very adept at mastering the pastural acoustic parts with the harder rocking segments and the passionate vocals of Franco Mussida perfectly fit in with the music at hand. Mauro Pagani's ethereal flutes and piccolo runs are the perfect contradicting sound effect for the heavy distorted guitars, steady rock percussion and spastic organ runs often soaked with layers of Mellotron, tubular bells and also with the occasional unfretted fingerboard abuse of the violin. The rhythm section that incorporates Franz Di Cioccio's outstanding drumming abilities with Girogio Piazza's bass skills alternates daring musical twists and turns that are perfectly pulled off. Just listen to the second track "Generale" and be floored by how tight this band is creating simultaneously some of the most chaotic- while-being-mathematical and gentle-in-the-midst-of-turbulence music i've ever heard. PFM took the ideas of their debut and just went to town! PER UN AMICO is a testament to some of the most bold and adventurous early 70s prog that has ever been laid down to tape all the while being highly addictively accessible. This is one of those albums that i never tire of and has deservingly become one of the most beloved examples of progressive rock's early years. Mega-masterpiece to the max.

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 A Ghost by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Live, 2015
3.94 | 14 ratings

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A Ghost
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

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 what it is. No cheap-tricks or disguises. A song by song recreation 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 the world stopped below their feet 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 represent 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" release .

****4 PA stars.

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4.41 | 1306 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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