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Formed in Milan, Italy, in 1970 - Still active (after many changes and a hiatus between 1987 and 1997) in 2017

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

2.53 | 49 ratings
Quelli (pre-PFM)
1969
4.36 | 1245 ratings
Storia Di Un Minuto
1972
4.42 | 1560 ratings
Per Un Amico
1972
4.06 | 501 ratings
Photos Of Ghosts
1973
4.23 | 800 ratings
L'Isola Di Niente
1974
4.00 | 354 ratings
The World Became The World
1974
3.94 | 442 ratings
Chocolate Kings
1975
3.18 | 289 ratings
Jet Lag
1977
3.07 | 168 ratings
Passpartù
1978
2.63 | 129 ratings
Suonare Suonare
1980
2.05 | 107 ratings
Come Ti Va In Riva Alla Città
1981
1.98 | 77 ratings
PFM? PFM!
1984
1.95 | 85 ratings
Miss Baker
1987
2.66 | 92 ratings
Ulisse
1997
2.99 | 101 ratings
Serendipity
2000
3.53 | 160 ratings
Dracula Opera Rock
2005
4.10 | 394 ratings
Stati Di Immaginazione
2006
3.47 | 116 ratings
A.D. 2010 - La buona novella (Opera apocrifa da La buona novella di Fabrizio De Andrè)
2010
3.89 | 149 ratings
PFM In Classic - Da Mozart A Celebration
2013
2.82 | 66 ratings
Emotional Tattoos
2017

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

4.15 | 179 ratings
Cook (aka Live in the USA)
1974
2.49 | 32 ratings
Performance
1982
3.26 | 23 ratings
PFM - 10 anni live 1971-81
1996
3.00 | 10 ratings
PFM - Absolutely Live 1971-1978
1996
2.86 | 3 ratings
PFM - The Best Of Absolutely Live 1971-1978
1996
3.13 | 27 ratings
www.pfmpfm.it (il Best)
1998
3.38 | 15 ratings
A Celebration Live
1998
3.78 | 14 ratings
PFM - Live In Japan
2002
3.87 | 82 ratings
Live In Japan 2002
2002
3.99 | 55 ratings
PFM & Pagani - Piazza Del Campo
2005
2.19 | 18 ratings
PFM canta De André (CD + DVD)
2008
4.28 | 48 ratings
Live in Roma (With Ian Anderson)
2012
4.36 | 14 ratings
Paper Charms: The Complete BBC Recordings 1974-1976
2014
4.16 | 28 ratings
Un' Isola
2014
4.05 | 20 ratings
Un amico
2014
4.05 | 20 ratings
A Ghost
2015
4.00 | 17 ratings
Un Minuto
2015
4.05 | 22 ratings
The World
2015
4.86 | 7 ratings
Il suono del tempo
2015
4.50 | 2 ratings
Live Collection - 25 novembre 1980
2015

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

4.42 | 84 ratings
Live In Japan 2002
2002

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

2.04 | 4 ratings
PFM - The Award-Winnig Marcony Bakery
1976
3.19 | 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
1.65 | 9 ratings
P.F.M. Story
1995
2.50 | 4 ratings
I Miti Musica
2000
5.00 | 1 ratings
Pieces From Manticore
2000
3.00 | 2 ratings
Golden Collection
2001
3.80 | 8 ratings
Gli Anni Settanta
2002
3.69 | 4 ratings
I QUELLI (pre PFM): Flashback: I Grandi Successi Originali
2003
3.09 | 2 ratings
Cuore Rock
2006
4.38 | 13 ratings
35.... E Un Minuto
2007
4.01 | 19 ratings
River Of Life: The Manticore Years Anthology 1973-1977
2010
3.00 | 3 ratings
Amico Faber
2011
3.49 | 11 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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 Dracula Opera Rock by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.53 | 160 ratings

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Dracula Opera Rock
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars Between 1972 and 1974 PFM produced five legendary albums, inspired by early King Crimson, Per Un Amico (1972) is generally considered as their finest effort. King Crimson ex-member Pete Sinfield even contributed with English lyrics to two PFM albums, and was the support-act (with Mel Collins) during their first European tour, in mid-1973. Then PFM started to sound more jazzrock inspired, and on this album from 2005 PFM even presents a blend of rock and opera! It took a few listening sessions before I go tinto this music, but gradually I started to appreciate PFM their musical adventure.

The shorter compositions sound elaborate, featuring compelling sumptuous parts (with classical orchestrations and The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra), strong vocals (loaded with the typical opera pathos) and powerful soli on guitar and keyboards.

Some pieces are more mellow or dreamy, like Non Guardarmi (warm melancholical vocals, classical guitar and violins) and Terra Madre (emotional vocals and sensitive guitar). Remarkable is the track La morte Non Muore: swinging with fiery guitar and a female choir, reminding me of the musicals Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar.

The long final compositions Un Destino Di Rondine (just over 11 minutes) is my highlight of this album: compelling and bombastic with intense, almost desperate sounding vocals from Dolce Nera, and a strong build-up tot a splendid, sumptuous grand finale with howling guitar runs and fluent synthesizer flights.

If you are up to this captivating blend of rock and opera, this is an interesting album to discover from the Classic Italian Prog formation PFM, always in the mood for scouting musical borders.

My rating: 3,5 star.

 River Of Life: The Manticore Years Anthology 1973-1977 by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2010
4.01 | 19 ratings

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River Of Life: The Manticore Years Anthology 1973-1977
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by TenYearsAfter

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

CD 1 focuses on the albums Photos Of Ghosts (1973) and The World Became The World (1974, the English version of L'Isola Di Niente) with additional the previously unreleased track La Carozza Di Hans (B-side of the UK single, this version fails to keep my attention) and songs from the live LP Cook (aka Live In The USA) from 1975. PFM their music has obvious hints of early King Crimson (mainly their debut album). But the inventive arrangements with captivating musical ideas, the both tasteful as virtuosic work on guitar, keyboards and violin and the shifting moods and changing styles turns PFM into an unique progrock formation. For example, in River Of Life PFM flowingly changes from classical with flute, acoustic guitar and harpsichord to mellow symphonic rock with Mellotron and Minimoog. And Photos Of Ghosts delivers a thrilling acceleration while in Il Banchetto we can enjoy a shift from classical to lush keyboard oriented symphonic rock in which the harp is subtly blended, concluded with virtuosic Grand piano. The way PFM succeeds to generate excitement and surprise is breathtaking! In the composition The World Became The World I notice a very delicate mix of Fender Rhodes electric piano and warm vocals, then a sumptuous eruption featuring majestic violin-Mellotron but the fat Minimoog flights give a special favour to the music. In the live track Four Holes In The Ground the band showcases their heavy side with fiery guitar leads and use of the wah-wah pedal.

But my highlight on CD1 is the long final track Alta Loma Nine Till Five (around 15 minutes). It opens with bluesy guitar and dreamy Mellotron, then the guitar gradually turns into more heavy, the interplay with the Mellotron is awesome. Halfway there's a break with bass guitar, then a strongly build-up violin solo, now the keyboard support is from the Hammond organ. In the end PFM delivers a grand finale with catchy violin work, culminating in a version of Rossini's Willem Tell Overture with fat Minimoog runs, goose bumps!

CD 2 opens with a 15 minute previously unreleased live version of Is My Face On Straight (USA 1974), the vocals lack a bit power but I am carried away by the cascades of solos, from flute and guitar (with biting wah-wah) to accordion, sensational Minimoog and delicate Fender Rhodes electric piano. The sound is not really optimal but PFM the remastering of the almost 35 years old material is good. The 3 songs of the LP Chocolate Kings (from 1975), immediately you can recognize Bernardo Lanzetti his distinctive, theatrical voice (like in Harlequin featuring an exiting break with swirling violin) and PFM their sound has move more towards early Yes (Howe and Wakeman sound), especially in From Under. Then 3 live previously non released tracks from 1976, these sound a bit sloppy but how classy PFM plays like the Fender piano intro in Dove Quando and the violin with Hammond in Out Of The Roundabout. Finally 3 tracks from the LP Jet Lag from 1977, now PFM their musical direction has moved more towards jazz-rock, especially in Storia In L.A. (fluent synthesizer solo) and the title track (wonderful Fender piano with powerful bass).

I don't know how many fans are pleased with both PFM their symphonic rock - as the jazzrock sound. But this double CD delivers a comprehensive view on their era between 1973 and 1977, embellished with interesting live material from 1974 and 1976.

 Cook (aka Live in the USA) by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Live, 1974
4.15 | 179 ratings

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Cook (aka Live in the USA)
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by TenYearsAfter

5 stars My review # 100 is a celebration with PFM.

PFM was my first musical encounter with Italian progrock, when I stumbled upon the LP The World Became The World in the late Seventies. It was the start of a long and captivating journey through the prolific world of the Italian progressive rock, from Formula Tre, The Trip and New Trolls to Nuova Era, La Maschera Di Cera and Pandora, etc. etc. an endless source! A few years ago a dream came true when PFM visited The Netherlands for a gig. I was blown away by their skills, variety, inspiration and live sound (more powerful and adventurous than the studio versions). And the fact that PFM played all their 'classic' compositions, including most of the Live In USA tracks, one of my favourite Classic Italian Prog albums. Full circle!

Four Holes In The Ground (7.22) : This Pete Sinfield song starts with swinging progressive rock featuring a lush instrumentation with fat Minimoog synthesizer flights, biting wah-wah guitar and folky flute. The interplay and the rhythm-section are awesome, these are very skillful and creative musicians. Then the music slows down to a dreamy atmosphere with majestic Mellotron violins, tender vocals and delicate work on the flute. Finally again that swinging rhythm and great interplay, the Minimoog shines!

Dove ... Quando (4.30) : This short but wonderful composition delivers a dreamy climate with the distinctive electric piano, blended with romantic Italian vocals and beautiful flute.

Just Look Away (8.05) : The long intro features acoustic guitar, ranging from dreamy with twanging and tremolo to propulsive rhythm guitar. Then a mellow Hammond organ joins, followe by the sound of the Minimoog and flute. The music turns into a beautiful ballad, with twanging acoustic guitar and flute, in the end a bombastic eruption in which the flute dominates.

Celebration (8.55) : This is PFM their 'stage favourite', even the most shy proghead start dancing, what a cheerfull and catch atmosphere. There is huge crowd participation, accompanied by drum beats and then the legendary fat Minimoog synthesizer runs, along vocal harmonies in English. Halfway a mellow part with wonderful Mellotron violins and then a dynamic rhythm-section and flashy Minimoog flights, culminating in the sumptuous eruption of the The World Became The World, I am carried away by the fat Moog and glorious Mellotron, this is Prog Heaven.

Mr. Nine Till Five (4.25) : This is a very varied track (with jazzrock overtones), delivering swirling electric piano, biting wah-wah guitar and powerful vocals, blending rock, jazz and classical. The interplay is awesome and we can enjoy lots of shifting moods and exciting soli.

Alta Loma Five Till Nine (15.20) : This extended version features a long and moving guitar solo that starts bluesy but gradually turns into an eclectic sound with howling runs, reminding me of Steve Howe his varied style. The guitar is accompanied by Mellotron violins, a compelling combination, emphasizing PFM their variety. Halfway Pagani his violin joins, then great interplay between the guitar, violin and Minimoog. This culminates into a bombastic grand finale with the catchy William Tell Overture, the swirling violin and Minimoog dominate, goose bumps!

Huge variety (from rock and blues to jazz and symphonic), outstanding musicians, awesome soli on a wide range of instruments, exciting breaks and shifting moods, this is top notch Classic Italian Prog!

More interesting Italian Prog bands to discover: Museo Rosenbach, Corte Dei Miracoli, Rustichelli & Bordini, Sensitiva Immagine, Germinale, The RedZen, Ubi Maior, Obscura, Hostsonaten, Aries, VIII Strada and Notabene, to name a few.

 Emotional Tattoos by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 2017
2.82 | 66 ratings

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Emotional Tattoos
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by peblo

1 stars This is the worst record PFM has put out in their entire career. Electronic, autotuned and un-imagintative. The only song I can enjoy is freedom square. The drums sound like garbage, I dont know how they managed to make that samples sound that bad in 2017. The keyboards sound like crap too, If I wanted a record with [&*!#]ty korg triton sound on it I'd be listening to El Payo Juan Manuel. Got the special edition vinyl as a gift from a fella at Metal Hammer who had it as a presskit and I confirmed its utter crap. I use it to calibrate my turntable and the CD's to keep the birds from [&*!#]ting at my window fence. Disgusting
 Emotional Tattoos by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 2017
2.82 | 66 ratings

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Emotional Tattoos
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars Legendary Italian proggers Premiata Forneria Marconi (P.F.M) need little introduction, the symphonic band delivering three of the defining RPI LP's back in the early Seventies, and then achieving a commercial momentum once they began offering albums exclusively performed in English in the middle of that decade. Decades of line-up shuffles and musical style changes have been part of the band's history ever since, but this latest version is now led by founding member/drummer Franz Di Cioccio, who also takes on the lead vocals due to the departure of guitarist and fellow founder Franco Mussida a couple of years back, with the rest of the band being comprised of a mix of long-time serving PFM members and newer musicians.

2017's `Emotional Tattoos', the first album for PFM since signing to worldwide prog distribution specialists InsideOut Music, is an equally reliable and inconsistent listen, despite having plenty that can be praised about it. The musicianship, especially Marco Sfogli's guitars, Patrick Djivas' nicely fat upfront bass and Di Cioccio's busy driving drumming are never short of superb, and the latter's voice is confident. However, despite a few exceptions, the prog-rock sophistication of old has been replaced by a collection of melodic yet dignified mid-tempo AOR vocal rockers with little traces of proggy soloing mostly only worked into little thirty-odd second bursts here and there. That's not to say that this is a bad album in any way, just that it's really not what the majority of their fans would have been looking forward to from a new PFM work (although offering both an English version and Italian version is appreciated!), and it's especially disappointing when you consider that their last few studio works, `Stati di Immaginzione' from 2006 and 2010's `AD 2010: La Buona Novella', were superb and full of progressive rock majesty.

Looking at some of what's on offer (and the Italian version should be the preferred edition, which is the one discussed here), opener `Il Regno' evolves out of its weary dreaminess into tough whirring keyboards, heaving guitars and Franz's raspy croon. Lovely murmuring bass from Patrick, Lucio Fabbri's elegant violin licking at the edges and Alessandro Scaglione's zippy keyboarding soloing throughout `Oniro' are the first hint of the classic PFM sound, and sleek darker rocker ` La lezione' pulses with a tougher danger with its strident drums and frequently reprising twisting guitar runs.

`Mayday' is a fairly dull moody rocker lifted by fleeting tense themes, but `La danza degli specchi' is a big improvement. While some of the groovier funky spots try a little desperately to be cool, it sure jumps around in endless different directions and tempo changes in only six minutes, and there's traces of those chiming guitars, vocal flamboyance and racing darting synth runs of the PFM of old scattered throughout! `Il cielo che c'è' is a classy ballad that's easy to enjoy, and `Quartiere generale' is a catchy pop-rocker lifted by fancy reprising violin themes.

The greatest moment of the disc arrives with `Freedom Square', a folk-flecked instrumental loaded with all the spirited acoustic guitars, twirling violin jigs and keyboard driven fanfare pomp that fans forever associate with the classic PFM sound - what a shame that it's one of the shortest pieces on the album at only four and a half minutes! The busy `Dalla Terra alla Luna' grafts an easily melodic tune to heavy crashing bluster with plenty of humming Hammond organ, keyboard wig-outs and rambunctious drumming, `Le Cose Belle' is a sweet romantic ballad with tasteful playing, and closer `Big Bang' is simply another reliably enjoyable tune elevated by sparkling piano, crisp guitar and fluid bass runs (the final minute is truly sublime, and another example of `what could have been' if the album had been made up of more winning moments like this).

It's not surprising to see PFM playing in a mostly fairly straightforward rock manner here, like so many older acts do. But it's a shame when other renowned vintage Italian bands such as Metamorfosi, Cherry Five and Maxophone have all delivered extravagant and ambitious recent works of great vitality, and in comparison there's very little to associate `Emotional Tattoos' with the symphonic rockers of legend that are PFM. Sadly, the album is also overlong at 62 minutes (does InsideOut Music put demands on all the artists that sign for them that the music must have enough material to cover a double vinyl release?) when a nice 45 or so minute single-LP length, with a couple of more overtly `proggy' or symphonic pieces would have made this a much more approachable affair to be replayed more often. Still, it's nice that the band are still active, but perhaps PFM should look to their own past next time for future inspiration on where to take the band in this modern era.

Three stars.

 Emotional Tattoos by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 2017
2.82 | 66 ratings

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Emotional Tattoos
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by proghaven

1 stars PFM? PFM?! No not PFM! Far from PFM. The world monitors their activity for almost half a century and knows very well that there's PFM where and when there's Franco Mussida. No Mussida means no PFM. Mussida was their creative driving force for their best decades and wrote most of their best music. Mussida is missing on Emotional Tattoos - and, as a result, PFM is in fact missing on their newest album... as figuratively so literally. Only one original member participated, the drummer Franz Di Cioccio, and another long surviving (since 1973) member, the bassist Patrick Djivas. I don't know who wrote those 11 primitive and musically lightminded songs, but they clearly show that now, instead of Mussida, the leader of the band is Miss Baker. No matter if she is just a virtual character from long gone 1987, her spirit is still alive, revived and brought back into activity with the PFM's new release. Only Freedom Square reminds music; the rest is straight FM rock mixed with straight FM pop slightly camouflaged with prog of moderate quality. What a pity that this album was released under the holy name of Premiata Forneria Marconi.
 Emotional Tattoos by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 2017
2.82 | 66 ratings

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Emotional Tattoos
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Phipz-97

4 stars Since there hasn't been any review of PFM's latest record, I might well just start with my very first review.

I have been a huge fan of PFM ever since I listened to 1972's Per un amico about one and a half years ago. I wasn't only wonderful 34 minutes spent, but also my entry to the world of RPI. And when I heard that they are going to release a new studio album this fall, I was a very lucky guy. One thing more before we begin, as an aforementioned big fan of the band (liking every record from Storia 'till Jet Lag, Suonare Suonare and Stati di Immaginazione) I may just be a little more tolerant than your average RPI fan

Premiata Forneria Marconi is a very strange band, after releasing dozens of albums during the 70s and 80s, just one in the 90s they are a real chameleon in the new millenium, releasing only two real studio efforts with 2000's Serendipity and 2006's Stati Di Immaginazione and some what I call creative experiments with their Dracula Album, Mozart Album and that A.D thing. Stati was a huge thing, entirely instrumental but as the score can tell you it stands with their best, so the level of anticipation was high. 2017's Emotional Tattoos will be a very devisive record - and your attitude towards it will depend on your personal preferences. If you can cope with the first side of 1980's Suonare Suonare and it's fusion of light prog with pop and rock and some killer chroruses, you'll probably like Emotional Tattoos as well - if you can't well you will probably not rate this among 2017's finest records. The first two singles available at this moment give a relatively good impression on what is to be expected. Emotional Tattoos is released in two forms, English and Italian - I never listened to the English Version and probably never will, those vinyl fans out there be warned, only the orange vinyl is italian.

Emotional Tattoos is not as progressive for instance the new Maxophone record, but it's not a simple pop album. First off the albums sounds great though the instruments sound vastly different than those found on Stati but after the first synths on opener "il regno" you'll notice that Patrick Djivas bass playing is incredible, very upfront and varied. The violin is also very dominant much to the dismay of guitar fans - this being the first PFM record without founding member Franco Mussida and though Mario Sfolgi plays just fine, he is barely noticable on this album. With Mussida gone, dummer Franz di Cioccio assumes the role of the sole lead vocalist with is fine from a vocal standpoint - the guy sound great for being 70 - but much less pleasent from a drumming standpoint. Franz is a very skilled drummer, but he is not a god, he probably can't sing a whole song while playing complicated progdrums. This is very noticeable on this album with the only complicated drum pattern being on the instrumental "Freedom Square" which is fantastic by the way.

What we have here is over 60 minutes of good music with sprinkles of prog in it, mostly noticable on the aforementioned instrumental, the middle part of the albums second track "Oniro", the fast and frantic "La danza degli specchi" and "Dalla Terra alla Luna". Other than that we have the pounding bass playing of the albums second single "La Lezione", a very dominant violin on "Quartiere Generale", a beautiful ballad with "Le cose belle" and little bits of filler with "Il cielo che c'è", "Mayday" and sadly the albums closing track "Big Bang". The album would have definetly benefited of a shorter running time. What all of these tracks have in common are killer choruses, giving me earworm after earworm all weekend.

Is Emotional Tattoos good? Well it depends, I liked it quite a lot, it is not as good as Stati, the classic albums or Suonare Suonare's first side, but if you can live with the fact, that the band's not that quiet pastoral acoustic band of the first two records and neither the eclectic one of records three and four and Stati, nor the jazzy one of Jet Lag, you'll find a fine collection of songs with this late years release. Let's hope there will be future records maybe in the vein of old in the future.

(sorry if there are any grammatical errors in this review, I'm a native Austrian)

 Storia Di Un Minuto by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.36 | 1245 ratings

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

Review by Luqueasaur

5 stars My favorite debut in prog rock: 9/10

This album is meaningful to me because it was the first I bought without having prior listened to it (and I paid mere 13 dollars!). Until then, I had little contact with PFM other than their long and eccentric name - as the band members say, ''the more difficult to remember a band's name, the more difficult to forget it" - and the high rating of their first two albums. Assuming this is a debut, the acclaim is at the very least suspicious, "how can a new band start right off the bat so strongly?". Well, thing is that by the time PFM released their first album in Jan, 1972, the band members had experience on jamming various genres in their earlier band I Quelli ("Them [Weirdos]"), including prog rock. It is no surprise that their first release would be as strong as a veteran band's at their prime, mostly because they were so.

The first thing that called my attention on STORIA DI UN MINUTO is its eclectism, far broader than other contemporaneous Italian bands such as BANCO or MUSEO. They, as usual, syncretizes symphonic classical and traditional Italian music to the rock context of the 70s, except that they take a step further and also pour in healthy doses of blues and folk, the latter taking the limelight on most occasions. Also, their vocalist isn't the strongest point, differently from the aforementioned bands. That brings in a vacancy of prominence, solidly taken by the instruments, which range from heavy synthesizers (an innovation for Italian music) to pastoral flutes and further beyond. Long, varied instrumental parts are the norm.

While most songs aren't inherently complex, at least on a technical level, the intricate melody and its metamorphic nature confer a continuous flow of varied influences and sections, all unique to their own, almost in an incoherent fashion. Such as on È Festa, bringing the hardest rock La Premiata offers that, after dissolving into a jazzy interlude, changes yet again to a folksy recap of the intro. Things of this nature are common in STORIA and that makes me think the musicians forgot about the quality of bonding (musical) concepts together, opting instead to just jam whatever they felt like. Another point that diverges PFM from their contemporaneous counterparts. They're far more dynamic.

Perhaps the first distinguished RPI record, both home and abroad, something that probably has to do with their mildly solid fan base prior to its release. Nonetheless, PFM's success was a moral victory to all aspiring prog Italians, as they observed a fellow of theirs triumphantly roaring. I can only imagine what wonders must it have been to finally see prog penetrating in their peninsular homeland as they played PFM's record once and twice and thrice and so on to capture every nuance and absorb every song at its fullest. To this day, PFM remains as a legend, rightfully so, because this stuff is, plain and simple, legendary.

 Jet Lag by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.18 | 289 ratings

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Jet Lag
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Walkscore

2 stars Decent music, but the singing ruins it.

This is the second album w/ singer Bernardo Lanzetti. The music is actually pretty decent in most places, but the singing RUINS it. Unfortunately, on this album Lanzetti really exaggerates his vibrato at every turn, making otherwise just-weak vocals now completely unlistenable. Maybe they thought this would differentiate the new electric PFM sound from the other prog-rock bands, or make PFM sound identifiably Italian, or something, but it just doesn't work. Songs like "Jet Lag" and "Traveler" could have been decent, but are *completely* ruined. In fact, the only vocal song I can listen to on this album is "Cerco La Lingua", on which the vibrato is not quite so over-done. Otherwise, it is the instrumentals that are worth hearing. The opener, "Peninsula", a short acoustic guitar instrumental, is the best track on the album, followed by the fusion-y Meridiani (which has some great jazzy bass playing and a good guitar solo). The song "Left-Handed Theory" has a vocal, but that only appears in the middle third of the piece, so if you cut that out (easily done in the age of digital nowadays), you get another great instrumental track. But those 4 pieces are pretty-much it. This is on the low end of 2 PA stars. I give it 3.6 out of 10 on my 10-point scale.

 Chocolate Kings by PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.94 | 442 ratings

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Chocolate Kings
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Walkscore

3 stars A Step Down.

Thinking PFM could compete with/mirror the success of the big UK prog-rock bands like ELP and Yes, they were encouraged to hire an English singer, and to switch completely to English-language lyrics. To do this, they brought on Bernardo Lanzetti as lead singer. They also went full-tilt electric. The result is a big shift in their sound, but it is a major step down from the beauty that defined their earlier work. There is by now very little subtlety, and they go for a louder arena-rock style. They are still writing decent music though. "From Under", "Harlequin" and "Out on the Roundabout" provide good examples of mid-70s progressive rock. Lanzetti's vocals, however, are really inferior, and to my mind would ruin their subsequent album (Jet Lag). On this album, they were able to rain him in enough to make listening to the singing here passable, but at every turn you are just waiting for the instrumental passages. "Chocolate Kings" is OK, but goes on to long and the singing makes one want to hit skip. "Paper Charms" would have been great music, but the singing here is the worst on the album, thus leaving a bad taste in one's mouth, particularly after repeated listenings. After many years, I can hardly sit through this in one go. I give it 6.3 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which is on the low side of 3 PA stars.

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