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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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Cuneiform 1995
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EDMUNDO ROS this is my world PFS 4263 near mint LP PS EX/EX uk decca phase 4 USD $12.98 Buy It Now 2h 43m
FRANK CHACKSFIELD the incomparable jerome kern PFS 4308 LP PS VG/EX uk phase 4 USD $12.98 Buy It Now 2h 43m
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PFS " Illustrative Problems " LP, Cartoon, 5 UU´s, Thinking Plague, Cuneiform USD $24.42 [0 bids]
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Beethoven:Symphony No. 6 In F Major Op.68 "Pastoral" Henry Lewis DECCA PFS 4188 USD $11.57 Buy It Now 7h 15m
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Music of People Stanley Black DECCA PFS 4063 USD $8.68 Buy It Now 7h 18m
Tannhauser-Overture and Venusberg Music From Der Rosenkavalier DECCA PFS 4187 USD $13.01 Buy It Now 7h 23m
Thaikovsky:Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty Stokowski/N.P.O DECCA PFS 4083 USD $10.12 Buy It Now 7h 24m
Von Suppe Overtures Robert Sharples/LFO DECCA PFS 4236 USD $13.01 Buy It Now 7h 25m
Harry James The Golden Trumpet Of UK vinyl LP album record PFS4142 DECCA 1968 USD $20.17 Buy It Now 8h 8m
Stanley Black vinyl LP album record Black Magic UK PFS4374 DECCA 1976 USD $20.17 Buy It Now 8h 23m
Larcange Plays Trenet Maurice Larcange vinyl LP album record UK PFS4403 DECCA USD $27.40 Buy It Now 8h 34m
Tutti Camarata The Heart Of Tchaikovsky UK vinyl LP album record PFS4140 USD $20.17 Buy It Now 8h 34m
Claude Denjean vinyl LP album record Moog! UK PFS4212 DECCA 1971 USD $23.06 Buy It Now 8h 43m
PFS-illustrative problems-RARE 1985 CUNEIFORM RECs LP USD $14.88 Buy It Now 8h 51m
Werner MĂĽller Great Strauss Waltzes UK vinyl LP album record PFS4040 USD $20.17 Buy It Now 9h 10m
This Way 'In' Ronnie Aldrich UK vinyl LP album record PFS4152 DECCA PHASE 4 USD $27.40 Buy It Now 9h 20m
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Memories Are Made Of Music Ray Martin UK vinyl LP album record PFS4275 DECCA USD $20.17 Buy It Now 10h 32m
Stan Kenton Kenton Live In Europe UK vinyl LP album record PFS4393 DECCA 1977 USD $17.28 Buy It Now 10h 37m
Richard Strauss vinyl LP album record Also Sprach Zarathustra UK PFS4202 USD $27.40 Buy It Now 10h 39m
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Love Story Ronnie Aldrich UK vinyl LP album record PFS4222 DECCA 1971 USD $17.28 Buy It Now 10h 48m
Carlos PaĂŻta Rossini Overtures vinyl LP album record UK PFS4386 DECCA 1976 USD $17.28 Buy It Now 11h 12m
Will Glahe Oktoberfest! UK vinyl LP album record PFS4194 DECCA 1970 USD $20.17 Buy It Now 11h 21m
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Frank Chacksfield Opera's Golden Moments vinyl LP album record UK PFS4269 USD $23.06 Buy It Now 23h 47m
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO.5 SCHUBERT UNFINISHED LP Decca PFS 4197 USD $11.55 Buy It Now 23h 52m
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Chris Waxman Organized Hammond Organ 1968 NM/EX Decca PFS 4172 USD $14.44 Buy It Now 1 day
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Bernard Herrman Erik Satri & His Friend Darius Milhaud LP Decca PFS4286 EX/EX 19 USD $16.63 Buy It Now 2 days
Ted Heath Plays Beatles Bach & Bacharach LP Decca PFS4210 EX/EX 1971 Plays Beatl USD $16.63 Buy It Now 2 days
Johnny Keating Temptation LP Decca PFS4020 EX/EX 1962 Temptation, USD $25.30 Buy It Now 2 days
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Ronnie Aldrich Invitation To Love LP Decca PFS4242 EX/VG 1972 Invitation To Love USD $14.46 Buy It Now 2 days
Ronnie Aldrich Great Themes To Remember LP Decca PFS4233 EX/EX 1972 Great Themes USD $14.46 Buy It Now 2 days
Ronnie Aldrich It's Happening Now LP Decca PFS4159 EX/EX 1969 It's Happening Now USD $14.46 Buy It Now 2 days
Ronnie Aldrich The Way In LP Decca PFS4152 EX/EX 1968 The Way In, sleeve has han USD $16.63 Buy It Now 2 days
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Maurice Larcange Largange Plays Becaud LP Decca PFS4369 EX/EX 1976 Largange Play USD $14.46 Buy It Now 2 days
Stanley Black Broadway Blockbusters LP Decca PFS4114 EX/VG 1966 Broadway Blockbu USD $14.46 Buy It Now 2 days
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Ethel Merman Merman Sings Merman LP Decca PFS4266 EX/EX 1972 Merman Sings Merma USD $25.30 Buy It Now 2 days
Ethel Merman Ethel's Ridin High LP Decca PFS4324 EX/EX 1974 Ethel's Ridin High USD $25.30 Buy It Now 2 days
Stanley Black Dimensions In Sound LP Decca PFS4136 EX/EX 1968 Dimensions In Soun USD $16.63 Buy It Now 2 days
Jacques Loussier Plays Bachs Brandenburg Concerto No 5 LP Decca PFS4176 EX/EX 19 USD $25.30 Buy It Now 2 days
Stan Kenton Kenton Live In Europe LP Decca PFS4393 EX/EX 1977 Kenton Live In Eur USD $14.46 Buy It Now 2 days
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VIVALDI: THE FOUR SEASONS- LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI/NPO. Decca/Phase 4 Stereo PFS 4124 USD $25.00 [0 bids]
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Frank Chacksfield Chacksfield Plays Irving Berlin LP Decca PFS4366 EX/EX 1976 Ch USD $16.63 Buy It Now 2 days
Frank Chacksfield Chacksfield Plays Rodgers & Hart LP Decca PFS4331 EX/EX 1975 C USD $16.63 Buy It Now 2 days
Frank Chacksfield Plays Lerner & Loewe LP Decca PFS4356 EX/EX 1976 Plays Lerner USD $16.63 Buy It Now 2 days
Frank Chacksfield The Music Of Cole Porter LP Decca PFS4250 EX/EX 1972 The Music USD $16.63 Buy It Now 2 days
Frank Chacksfield New York LP Decca PFS4190 EX/EX 1970 New York, USD $16.63 Buy It Now 2 days
Frank Chacksfield The Incomparable Jerome Kern LP Decca PFS4308 EX/EX 1974 The I USD $16.63 Buy It Now 2 days
Norman Candler Candler By Candlelight LP Decca PFS4360 EX/EX 1976 Candler By Can USD $16.63 Buy It Now 2 days
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Frank Chacksfield Beyond The Sea 1964 NEAR MINT Decca Phase 4 Stereo PFS 4053 USD $14.44 Buy It Now 3 days
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Seguin: Festin D'Amour LP NM/VG++ Canada CBS PFS 90385 USD $5.99 Buy It Now 3 days
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HENRY LEWIS RICHARD STRAUSS Also Sprach Zarathustra Decca Phase 4 PFS4202 EX/EX USD $4.96 Buy It Now 3 days
PFS Illustrative Problems Excellent Condition LP USD $6.50 Buy It Now 4 days
RONNIE ALDRICH Melody And Percussion For Two Pianos 1962 UK Vinyl LP PFS 34007 USD $9.82 Buy It Now 4 days
The Big Brass Band : Compilation Album : Vinyl Album : Decca :PFS 4143 : Stereo USD $11.26 Buy It Now 4 days
Gilles Valiquette Vol De Nuit CBS Records PFS 90440 1978 Canadian Import EX/EX USD $9.45 Buy It Now 4 days
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Great Rhapsodies for Orchestra Stanley Black/London Orchestra DECCA PFS 4175 USD $11.57 Buy It Now 4 days


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