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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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WILL GLAHE - Will Glahé In Bavaria [Vinyl LP,1965] UK PFS 4071 Polka Folk *EXC USD $6.45 Buy It Now 1h 3m
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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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86 Prog/ Experimtal Rock OPPOSITION LP PFS Illustrative Problems CUNEIFORM Clean USD $19.00 Buy It Now 23h 35m
Brazilian Mood Mario Castro-Neves vinyl LP album record UK PFS4294 DECCA 1974 USD $24.53 Buy It Now 1 day
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Ronnie Aldrich Where the Sun Is PFS 4106 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.24 [0 bids]
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Bernard Herrmann LPO The Impressionists PFS 4224 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $6.47 [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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Camarata, The Heart of Tchaikovsky PFS 4140 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.24 [0 bids]
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Ted Heath Swing Is King Vol.2 PFS 4146 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.24 [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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Johnny Keating's Combo Percussive Moods PFS 34013 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $4.53 [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 and his Two Pianos PFS 4019 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.24 [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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Ronnie Aldrich This Way In PFS 4152 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $4.53 [0 bids]
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Mussorgsky Stokowski Pictures at an Exhibition PFS 4095 Decca Phase Four Stereo USD $31.72 [0 bids]
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VIENNESE CARNIVAL - WILL GLAHE - 1977 STEREO DECCA PFS 4404 USD $3.88 [0 bids]
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EXCELLENT FILM SPECTACULAR Vol 5 - 12" PHASE 4 Stereo VINYL LP - Decca PFS 4336 USD $3.87 [0 bids]
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Tchaikovsky Piano concerto No1 B Flat Minor Vinyl LP Ivan Davis Decca PFS 4196 USD $6.47 Buy It Now 3 days
Grand Canyon Suite LP. Decca Phase 4 PFS 4036. 1964 stereo. VG+. USD $2.58 [0 bids]
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Frank Chacksfield - Beyond The Sea - Decca PFS4053 - LP USD $10.45 Buy It Now 3 days
Tchaikovsky,1812 Overture,Stokowski,vinyl 12" lp 1971 Decca(PFS 4189)EX+ USD $12.95 Buy It Now 3 days
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VARIOUS CLASSICAL SAMPLER (PFS 4102) LP ALBUM FFD USD $9.31 Buy It Now 3 days
The Immortal Works of Ketelbey - Phase Four - Eric Rogers (PFS 4170) LP USD $9.71 Buy It Now 3 days
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Stanley Black, Spain PFS 4017 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.24 [0 bids]
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Frank Chacksfield Globetrotting PFS 4061 Decca Phase Four Stereo Spain lp USD $4.53 [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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Ronnie Aldrich, Destination Love PFS 4179 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $2.59 [0 bids]
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Caramba! Los Machucambos, Decca Phase Four Stereo PFS 4089 lp Spain USD $4.53 [0 bids]
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T CHAIKOVSKY "4CH" PFS4362 LP GM6391 USD $4.99 [0 bids]
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SCHUBERT Symphony No 9 VONK Royal Philharmonic Orch Decca PFS 4335 USD $8.50 Buy It Now 4 days
PFS 4340 Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 23 Ilana Vered LPO Uri Segal USD $16.82 Buy It Now 4 days
PFS 4124 Vivaldi The Four Seasons Hugh Bean New Philharmonia Leopold Stokowski USD $12.93 Buy It Now 4 days
PFS 4407 Rossini-Respighi La Boutique Fantasque Suite: Rossiniana RPO Dorati USD $12.93 Buy It Now 4 days
PFS 4202 Richard Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra New Philharmonia Orch Lewis USD $12.93 Buy It Now 4 days
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