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PFS

RIO/Avant-Prog • United States


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PFS were conceived in 1983 in San Francisco, by Scott Brazieal (piano, keyboards and tapes), Herbert Diamant (saxes and bassoon) and Gary Parra (percussion and noises), all of whom had previously had a reasonably successful career in the instrumental avant-prog band CARTOON. However, musically, PFS are much darker in their sound and take more influences from classical composers, such as ROBERT SCHUMANN, BÉLA BARTÓK and LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN, rather than CARTOON's more quirky cartoon and chamber rock influences. PFS incorporate tape loops, courtesy of Brazieal (a former student of the San Francisco Conservatory) and with Diamant and Parra, they are primarily a three-piece instrumental chamber rock-style band who play with their own unique style, with flair and panache.

Altogether, PFS released two albums. Their debut album "Illustrative Problems" was released in 1986 on Cuneiform Records (Rune 06 - but has never been released on CD) and is less focussed and avant-garde than their follow-up album. As a live band, PFS played outstanding dark, apocalyptic and altogether dissonant music, that the crowds did not immediately adjust too.

Their second album "279" was recorded over several years (1985 to 1989) and was released on Cuneiform Records (due to their friendship with Steve Feigenbaum) in 1990. The album consisted of many improvised tracks based on a pre-conceived structure; it also included a cover of a 1982 Cartoon track "Leeward" and a version of Robert Schumann's very last composition "Theme In E-Flat". Many tracks also include clips from other composers, such as Schubert (Death and the Maiden), Beethoven (String Quartet Op. 59 #2), Bartók (1st String Quartet), Josquin (Missa Pange Lingua), Mahler (Second Symphony) and Mozart ("Dissonant" String Quartet). The track "War" includes a clip of arias by Verdi, as well as samples of gunshots from the U.S. raid on Libya, atomic tests in the Bikinis, the London Blitzkrieg and the voice of Adolph Hitler. Craig Fry (formerly of Cartoon) and Bill Johnston also added violin and 'cello respectively, as guest musicians, on many of the tracks. Despite the more classical and chamber rock influences, their sound is still avant-garde, courtesy of Brazieal's tape loops and piano style. Diamant's saxophone playing is also sometimes reminiscent of David Jackson and Gary Windo on occasions.

After PFS, Brazieal went on to play briefly with Dave Kerman's 5UU'S in the 1990s (featuring on one track ...
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PFS 4124 Vivaldi The Four Seasons Hugh Bean New Philharmonia Leopold Stokowski USD $12.92 Buy It Now 2h 19m
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V/A Showcase - Phase 4 PFS-34001 Decca Phase Four Sampler lp USD $3.23 [0 bids]
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Ted Heath, Coast to Coast PFS 4049 Phase Four Stereo Decca lp USD $5.82 [0 bids]
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Edmundo Ros Today PFS 4421 Phase Four Stereo lp USD $4.53 [0 bids]
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The Golden Trumpet of Harry James PFS 34142 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp gatefold USD $5.82 [0 bids]
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Ted Heath Salute to Glenn Miller PFS4259 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.88 [0 bids]
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JOSEF SAKONOV Great Violin Encores UK DECCA PHASE 4 STEREO PFS NEAR MINT USD $19.95 [0 bids]
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Werner Mueller & Orchestra: Portrait Of The Moody Blues.'74 Decca PFS 4293 USD $5.18 Buy It Now 15h 3m
Werner Muller: The Latin Splenor Of.. 1969 Decca PFS 4199 USD $5.18 Buy It Now 15h 3m
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Frank Chacksfield - Beyond The Sea - Decca PFS4053 - LP USD $10.47 Buy It Now 17h 20m
Schubert - Symphony 9 / Hans Vonk / Decca PFS 4335 / Stereo ED1 UK 1975 / NM/EX- USD $0.99 [0 bids]
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VARIOUS CLASSICAL SAMPLER (PFS 4102) LP ALBUM FFD USD $8.78 Buy It Now 21h 55m
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Folk Chris Barber Style PFS 4070 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $4.53 [0 bids]
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Ted Heath Big Band Themes Remembered vol.II 2 PFS 4304 Decca Phase Four Stereo USD $4.53 [0 bids]
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Stanley Black LFO Bolero Polovtsian Dances PFS 4048 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $1.94 [0 bids]
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Grenadier Guards Band Sousa Marches PFS 4134 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.23 [0 bids]
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Ronnie Aldrich Two Pianos in Hollywood PFS 4108 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.23 [0 bids]
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Botticelli Unlimited and His Orchestra PFS 4312 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $5.82 [0 bids]
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Ronnie Aldrich Where the Sun Is PFS 4106 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.23 [0 bids]
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VINYL LP - JACQUES LOUSSIER TRIO - BACH - RPO - PFS 4176 USD $11.63 Buy It Now 1 day
Paul Livert's Orchestra Country Style PFS 4164 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $5.82 [0 bids]
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Viennese Carnival with Will Glahe PFS 4404 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.23 [0 bids]
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Camarata, The Heart of Tchaikovsky PFS 4140 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.23 [0 bids]
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ETHEL MERMAN - MERMAN SINGS MERMAN PFS426 VINYL LP ALBUM RECORD USD $1.93 [0 bids]
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ETHEL MERMAN ETHEL'S RIDIN' HIGH PFS 4324 1974 DECCA PHASE 4 RECORDS VINYL LP USD $3.87 [0 bids]
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Frank Chacksfield plays Lerner and Loewe PFS 4356 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $4.53 [0 bids]
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PFS 4176 Jacques Loussier Trio Bach Brandenburg no. 5 EX/EX Decca Phase 4 Stereo USD $7.75 [0 bids]
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Werner Muller, Vienna PFS 4153 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.23 [0 bids]
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Tead Heath Swing Is King Vol.2 PFS 4146 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $4.53 [0 bids]
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Werner Muller, Germany PFS 4073 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $1.94 [0 bids]
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Ronnie Aldrich Melody and Percussion for Two Pianos PFS 34007 Decca Phase 4 lp USD $3.23 [0 bids]
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Maurice Larcange, Avec Moi a Paris PFS 4014 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.23 [0 bids]
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DECCA PFS 4218 Stereo:FRANCK Symphony in D: RAVEL L'Eventail De Jeanne:STOKOWSKI USD $2.57 [1 bids]
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New Big Band, Today in the Old Fashioned Way PFS 4417 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $4.53 [0 bids]
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Eric Rogers, The Sizzling Twenties PFS 34003 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.23 [0 bids]
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Decca phase4 stereo Rachmaninoff RPO Ivan Davis cond.Henry Lewis UK LP PFS 4214 USD $59.83 Buy It Now 1 day
1966 UK Decca Phase 4 PFS 4096 Munch, NPO: Offenbach: Gaite Parisienne. MINT! USD $15.99 [0 bids]
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Frank Chacksfield Plays Hoagy Carmichael. Vinyl LP PFS 4392 USD $2.57 Buy It Now 1 day
ERIC ROGERS: AT THE KINGSWAY HALL ORGAN 1965 Decca Phase Four LP PFS4074 USD $11.63 Buy It Now 1 day
TED HEATH: BIG BAND PERCUSSION 1962 Decca Phase Four stereo LP PFS34004 USD $19.39 Buy It Now 1 day
LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA OVERTURE! STANLEY BLACK (PFS 4144) LP ALBUM HHF USD $12.08 Buy It Now 1 day
Ronnie Aldrich and his Two Pianos PFS 4019 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.23 [0 bids]
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Edmundo Ros Caribbean Ros PFS 4302 UK Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $4.53 [0 bids]
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Werner Muller, Great Strauss Waltzes PFS 4040 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $4.53 [0 bids]
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Ronnie Aldrich This Way In PFS 4152 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $4.53 [0 bids]
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Ronnie Aldrich Two Pianos Today PFS 4132 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $1.94 [0 bids]
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Johnny Keating's Combo Percussive Moods PFS 34013 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $4.53 [0 bids]
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Frank Chacksfield Film Festival PFS 4148 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $1.94 [0 bids]
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Stanley Black Broadway Spectacular PFS 4077 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $2.59 [0 bids]
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VINYL LP - TED HEATH - SWING IS KING VOL . 2 - PFS 4146 EX / EX USD $4.53 Buy It Now 2 days
WILL GLAHE AND HIS ORCHESTRA STRICTLY OOMPAH (DECCA PFS 4166 VINYL LP ) USD $4.20 Buy It Now 2 days
PFS 4389 - PUCCINI - La Boheme CAMARATA Kingsway Symphony Orch - Ex LP Record USD $7.76 Buy It Now 2 days
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PFS 4401 - VERDI - Aida CAMARATA National Philharmonic Orchestra - Ex LP Record USD $10.34 Buy It Now 2 days
PFS 4437 - PUCCINI - Madame Butterfly CAMARATA National Phil Orch - Ex LP Record USD $10.34 Buy It Now 2 days
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Stanley Black - Film Spectacular Vol.3 - Phase 4 Stereo - Decca PFS-4088 Ex+ LP USD $11.80 Buy It Now 2 days
Bob Sharples, America on the March PFS 4042 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.23 [0 bids]
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Mussorgsky Stokowski Pictures at an Exhibition PFS 4095 Decca Phase Four Stereo USD $31.70 [0 bids]
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THE TED HEATH ORCHESTRA "4CH" TED HEATH SALUTES THE DUKE PFS4328 LP Gk3418 USD $4.99 [0 bids]
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PFS4175 STANLEY BLACK AND LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Great Rhapsodies For USD $12.86 Buy It Now 2 days
PFS4252 FRANZ LISZT Piano Concerto No 1 In E Flat/No 2 In A LP VINYL UK Decca USD $6.46 Buy It Now 2 days
CHRIS WAXMAN Organized LP VINYL UK Decca 1968 12 Track Phase 4 Stereo (Pfs4172) USD $11.50 Buy It Now 2 days
WERNER MULLER Gypsy LP VINYL UK Decca 1966 12 Track Phase 4 Stereo (Pfs4105) USD $10.14 Buy It Now 2 days
PFS4144 STANLEY BLACK AND LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Overture LP VINYL UK USD $16.94 Buy It Now 2 days
PFS4342 LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI Stokowski Conducts Beethoven LP VINYL UK Decca 1975 4 USD $11.50 Buy It Now 2 days
PFS4050 ERIC ROGERS CHORALE AND ORCHESTRA Minstel Show LP VINYL UK Decca 1964 USD $6.46 Buy It Now 2 days
PFS 4226 Claude Monteux Ravel Bolero La Valse etc NEAR MINT Decca 1971 USD $12.87 Buy It Now 2 days
PFS 4044 Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture & Nutcracker Suite London Festival Orch Grvd USD $16.81 Buy It Now 2 days
WERNER MULLER PLAYS LEROY ANDERSON VINYL LP PHASE4STEREO SPECTACULAR DECCA PFS 4 USD $9.96 [0 bids]
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PFS 4197 : Beethoven : Symphony No. 5 : London PO - Leopold Stokowski : Stereo USD $8.78 Buy It Now 2 days
Frank Chacksfield Opera's Golden Moments UK vinyl LP album record PFS4269 USD $20.64 Buy It Now 2 days
Capriccio! Stanley Black vinyl LP album record UK PFS4055 DECCA 1964 USD $18.05 Buy It Now 2 days
Mantovani Kismet UK vinyl LP album record PFS4035 DECCA USD $11.58 Buy It Now 2 days
Love Caterina Valente vinyl LP album record UK PFS4257 DECCA PHASE 4 1972 USD $20.64 Buy It Now 2 days
Will Glahe Will Glahé In Bavaria vinyl LP album record UK PFS4071 DECCA 1970 USD $18.05 Buy It Now 2 days
Beyond The Sea Frank Chacksfield UK vinyl LP album record PFS4053 USD $24.52 Buy It Now 2 days
Werner Müller Great Strauss Waltzes vinyl LP album record UK PFS4040 USD $18.05 Buy It Now 2 days
PFS 4069 PHASE 4 STEREO- Robert Merrill/Stanley Black- Americana LP (Stereo) VG USD $6.62 Buy It Now 2 days
Stanley Black Overture! vinyl LP album record UK PFS4144 DECCA 1968 USD $24.52 Buy It Now 2 days
Ronnie Aldrich For Young Lovers UK vinyl LP album record PFS4141 DECCA 1968 USD $18.05 Buy It Now 2 days
Avec Moi Ŕ Paris Maurice Larcange vinyl LP album record UK PFS4014 USD $37.45 Buy It Now 2 days
Ray Martin Memories Are Made Of Music vinyl LP album record UK PFS4275 DECCA USD $18.05 Buy It Now 3 days
Harry James The Golden Trumpet Of vinyl LP album record UK PFS4142 DECCA 1968 USD $18.05 Buy It Now 3 days
Ted Heath Big Band Themes Remembered UK vinyl LP album record PFS4303 DECCA USD $16.43 Buy It Now 3 days
The Twin Pianos of Fred Hartley PFS 4015 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.23 [0 bids]
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Moog! Claude Denjean PFS 4212 Decca Phase Four Stereo synthesizer lp USD $4.53 [0 bids]
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