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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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The Immortal Works of Ketelbey LP. Phase 4 PFS 4170. 1969. Exc Vinyl. USD $2.64 [0 bids]
5h 45m
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14h 39m
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16h 14m
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16h 18m
Frank Chacksfield plays Lerner and Loewe PFS 4356 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.32 [0 bids]
16h 18m
Viennese Carnival with Will Glahe PFS 4404 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $1.99 [0 bids]
16h 18m
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16h 20m
Ronnie Aldrich Melody and Percussion for Two Pianos PFS 34007 Decca Phase 4 lp USD $3.32 [0 bids]
16h 21m
Edmundo Ros Caribbean Ros PFS 4302 UK Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $1.99 [0 bids]
16h 21m
Claude Denjean ?Moog! Claude Denjean & The Moog Synthesizer Vinyl LP PFS 4212 USD $3.97 [0 bids]
16h 25m
Prokofiev - Peter and The Wolf+ more - Dorati - Connery - Decca Phase 4 PFS 4104 USD $6.62 Buy It Now 16h 41m
Mendelssohn, Hans Vonk ?- A Midsummer Night's Dream (PFS 4359) UK 1975 - H59 USD $6.62 [0 bids]
17h 38m
VERDI SPECTACULAR PHASE 4 STEREO SPECTACULAR CAMARATA PFS4107 1966 VG/EX USD $6.63 Buy It Now 19h 55m
Botticelli Unlimited LP. Decca Phase 4 PFS 4312. 1974. Exc+ Vinyl. USD $2.65 [0 bids]
20h 16m
WILL GLAHE in bavaria PFS 4071 LP PS EX/EX uk decca phase 4 stereo USD $11.92 Buy It Now 20h 48m
ETHEL MERMANSTANLEY BLACK annie get your gun PFS 4296 uk phase 4 LP PS EX/EX USD $11.92 Buy It Now 20h 58m
RONNIE ALDRICH all time piano hits LP PS EX/EX decca phase 4 stereo PFS 4090 USD $11.92 Buy It Now 21h
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PFS4050 ERIC ROGERS CHORALE AND ORCHESTRA Minstel Show LP VINYL UK Decca 1964 USD $6.62 Buy It Now 23h 2m
LARRY ADLER Harmonica LP VINYL UK Decca 1978 11 Track LP (Pfs4429) USD $9.01 Buy It Now 23h 2m
CHRIS WAXMAN Organized LP VINYL UK Decca 1968 12 Track Phase 4 Stereo (Pfs4172) USD $9.01 Buy It Now 23h 6m
PFS4252 FRANZ LISZT Piano Concerto No 1 In E Flat/No 2 In A LP VINYL UK Decca USD $6.62 Buy It Now 23h 6m
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PFS4342 LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI Stokowski Conducts Beethoven LP VINYL UK Decca 1975 4 USD $9.01 Buy It Now 23h 7m
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Guitars Unlimited ?- The Fantastic Sound Of Guitars Unlimited LP - PFS 4201 - VG USD $9.27 Buy It Now 1 day
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Caramba! Los Machucambos, Decca Phase Four Stereo PFS 4089 lp Spain USD $3.32 [0 bids]
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86 Prog/ Experimtal Rock OPPOSITION LP PFS Illustrative Problems CUNEIFORM Clean USD $9.50 Buy It Now 1 day
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Sputniks For Orchestra Stanley Black UK vinyl LP album record PFS4133 DECCA USD $25.13 Buy It Now 2 days
Stanley Black - Black Magic - PFS 4374 - LP Vinyl Record USD $13.25 Buy It Now 2 days
STAN KENTON LIVE IN EUROPE UK LP DECCA PHASE 4 PFS 4393 1977 JAZZ BIG BAND USD $5.29 Buy It Now 2 days
Stan Kenton Kenton Live In Europe vinyl LP album record UK PFS4393 DECCA 1977 USD $15.85 Buy It Now 2 days
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Avec Moi Ŕ Paris Maurice Larcange UK vinyl LP album record PFS4014 USD $38.40 Buy It Now 2 days
Ronnie Aldrich vinyl LP album record Come To Where The Love Is UK PFS4264 USD $15.85 Buy It Now 2 days
Ronnie Aldrich Love Story UK vinyl LP album record PFS4222 DECCA 1971 USD $15.85 Buy It Now 2 days
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Ronnie Aldrich Two Pianos Today vinyl LP album record UK PFS4132 DECCA 1967 USD $15.85 Buy It Now 2 days
Victory In Review - A Musical Epic Directed Eric Rogers - Decca PFS-4024 Ex USD $7.94 Buy It Now 2 days
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Ted Heath vinyl LP album record Big Band Themes Remembered UK PFS4303 DECCA USD $16.84 Buy It Now 2 days
Frank Chacksfield Beyond The Sea UK vinyl LP album record PFS4053 USD $25.13 Buy It Now 2 days
Richard Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra UK vinyl LP album record PFS4202 USD $25.13 Buy It Now 2 days
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Chacksfield Plays Bacharach Frank Chacksfield UK vinyl LP album record PFS4230 USD $15.85 Buy It Now 2 days
Ronnie Aldrich For Young Lovers vinyl LP album record UK PFS4141 DECCA 1968 USD $18.50 Buy It Now 2 days
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Ethel Merman - Merman Sings Merman (Decca - PFS 4266) LP USD $1.31 [0 bids]
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London Festival Band, Eric Rogers, A Tribute To Satchmo, LP Record (L7) PFS 4231 USD $11.33 Buy It Now 2 days
JAPAN K30Y 1019- STOKOWSKI, NPO- Beethoven: Symphony No.7 & Egmont CD (PFS 4342) USD $59.67 [1 bids]
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JAPAN K30Y 1512- STOKOWSKI- Bach Transcriptions Czech PO CD (1972 LIVE) PFS 4278 USD $59.67 [0 bids]
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Werner Muller plays Leroy Anderson PFS 4059 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.32 [0 bids]
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RONNIE ALDRICH AND HIS TWO PIANOS PLAYS THE THEME FROM LOVE STORY PFS 4222 1971 USD $6.62 [0 bids]
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UK Decca PFS 4394 Ben Hur Miklos Rozsa TAS List USD $14.99 [0 bids]
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EXCELLENT FILM SPECTACULAR Vol 5 - 12" PHASE 4 Stereo VINYL LP - Decca PFS 4336 USD $3.97 [0 bids]
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Roland Shaw Mexico! LP / Stereo Decca / PFS 4027 UK USD $16.10 Buy It Now 3 days
1971 UK NM DECCA PFS 4214 STEREO RACHMANINOFF CONCERTO 2 IVAN DAVIS RPO LEWIS USD $5.32 [8 bids]
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Will Clahe In Bavaria LP / Stereo Decca / PFS 4071 UK / 65 USD $16.10 Buy It Now 3 days
PFS 4430 Rozsa conducts Rozsa Quo Vadis TASEC USD $6.62 [0 bids]
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TCHAIKOVSKY LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI SYMPHONY NO.5 12" LP 1967 PFS 4129 USD $12.00 Buy It Now 3 days
Mario Castro-Neves Brazilian Mood UK vinyl LP album record PFS4294 DECCA 1974 USD $25.13 Buy It Now 3 days
MUCHO MACHUCAMBOS -PHASE 4 PFS-4056 LP USD $10.58 Buy It Now 4 days
PFS 4120 The Alan Tew Orchestra - This Is My Scene - 1967 LP USD $53.05 Buy It Now 4 days
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PFS 4437 Madama Butterfly Opera for Orchestra / Camarata USD $7.94 Buy It Now 4 days

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