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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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AUT'CHOSE Le Cauchemar Americain LP 1976 CBS Canada French Quebec Rock PFS-90379 USD $14.54 Buy It Now
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FRANCE London Festival Orchestra Stanley Black 12" Stereo LP EX - Decca PFS 4110 USD $3.68 Buy It Now 9h 29m
Werner Müller And His Orchestra ?- Hawaiian Swing LP - PFS 4022 - VG USD $12.18 Buy It Now 13h 36m
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RONNIE ALDRICH AND HIS TWO PIANOS PLAYS THE THEME FROM LOVE STORY PFS 4222 1971 USD $6.76 [0 bids]
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Tchaikovsky,1812 Overture,Stokowski,vinyl 12" lp 1971 Decca PFS 4189 USD $10.82 [0 bids]
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15h 16m
OPEN CIRCUIT LP - DECCA PFS 4279 USD $27.09 [0 bids]
15h 49m
Guitars Unlimited ?- The Fantastic Sound Of Guitars Unlimited LP - PFS 4201 - VG USD $9.47 Buy It Now 16h 45m
Werner Muller & His Orchestra Sentimental Journey Vinyl LP Decca ?- PFS 4383 UK USD $17.59 Buy It Now 17h 8m
Gypsy! Warner Muller And His Orchestra - LP - PFS 4105 - Stereo - Excellent USD $13.54 Buy It Now 17h 50m
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PFS4050 ERIC ROGERS CHORALE AND ORCHESTRA Minstel Show LP VINYL UK Decca 1964 USD $6.76 Buy It Now 18h 21m
PFS4252 FRANZ LISZT Piano Concerto No 1 In E Flat/No 2 In A LP VINYL UK Decca USD $6.76 Buy It Now 19h 12m
CHRIS WAXMAN Organized LP VINYL UK Decca 1968 12 Track Phase 4 Stereo (Pfs4172) USD $9.20 Buy It Now 19h 12m
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RONNIE ALDRICH all time piano hits LP PS EX/EX decca phase 4 stereo PFS 4090 USD $12.18 Buy It Now 21h 53m
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Bob Sharples, Pass in Review PFS34002 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $2.03 [0 bids]
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V/A Showcase - Phase 4 PFS-34001 Decca Phase Four Sampler lp USD $3.39 [0 bids]
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Botticelli Unlimited LP. Decca Phase 4 PFS 4312. 1974. Exc+ Vinyl. USD $2.71 [0 bids]
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Various ?- Phase 4 Stereo Sampler Vinyl LP Decca ?PFS 4058 UK 1964 31/28 USD $12.18 Buy It Now 1 day
PFS 34004 - Ted Heath Big Band - Fully Signed/Autographed LP Record Sleeve USD $2.97 [2 bids]
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VIENNESE CARNIVAL - WILL GLAHE - 1977 STEREO DECCA PFS 4404 USD $4.06 [0 bids]
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Ted Heath Salute to Glenn Miller PFS4259 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.39 [0 bids]
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ANATOLE FISTOULARI - TCHAIKOVSKY FOURTH SYMPHONY LP RARE (PFS 4225) USD $5.40 [0 bids]
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CARTOON s/t LP Top U.S. Prog Rock/Avant w/ Gary Parra - pre-PFS, private press USD $26.50 [3 bids]
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CARTOON Music from Left Field LP Top U.S. Prog Rock/Avant-pre-PFS, private press USD $26.49 [3 bids]
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86 Prog/ Experimtal Rock OPPOSITION LP PFS Illustrative Problems CUNEIFORM Clean USD $9.50 Buy It Now 1 day
Botticelli Unlimited and His Orchestra PFS 4312 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.39 [0 bids]
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Ted Heath Big Band Themes Remembered vol.II 2 PFS 4304 Decca Phase Four Stereo USD $3.39 [0 bids]
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DVORAK New World Symphony : ANTAL DORATI New Philharmonia Orch '67 Decca PFS4128 USD $6.77 [0 bids]
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RACHMANINOV LP * PIANO CONCERTO NO.2 * IVAN LEWIS * DECCA PFS 4214 FREEPOST UK USD $8.79 [0 bids]
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Stanley Black - Black Magic - PFS 4374 - LP Vinyl Record USD $13.53 Buy It Now 2 days
STAN KENTON LIVE IN EUROPE UK LP DECCA PHASE 4 PFS 4393 1977 JAZZ BIG BAND USD $5.40 Buy It Now 2 days
Victory In Review - A Musical Epic Directed Eric Rogers - Decca PFS-4024 Ex USD $6.73 Buy It Now 2 days
1975 UK NM DECCA PFS 4362 STEREO TCHAIKOVSKY PIANO CONCERTO 1 STRAVINSKY 3 MOVEM USD $1.41 [2 bids]
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Ronnie Aldrich Where the Sun Is PFS 4106 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $2.03 [0 bids]
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Maurice Larcange, Avec Moi a Paris PFS 4014 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.39 [0 bids]
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EDMUNDO ROS AND HIS ORCHESTRA STRINGS LATINO PFS 4145 1968 DECCA PHASE 4 RECORDS USD $5.40 [0 bids]
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STANLEY BLACK Dimensions In Sound Vinyl LP Decca ?- PFS 4136 UK 48/69 USD $13.53 Buy It Now 3 days
Edmundo Ros Caribbean Ros PFS 4302 UK Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $2.03 [0 bids]
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MUCHO MACHUCAMBOS -PHASE 4 PFS-4056 LP USD $11.11 Buy It Now 4 days
Frank Chacksfield - Beyond The Sea - Decca PFS4053 - LP USD $11.11 Buy It Now 4 days
PFS 4120 The Alan Tew Orchestra - This Is My Scene - 1967 LP USD $54.18 Buy It Now 4 days
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Ronnie Aldrich Two Pianos Today PFS 4132 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $2.03 [0 bids]
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Viennese Carnival with Will Glahe PFS 4404 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $2.03 [0 bids]
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Frank Chacksfield plays Lerner and Loewe PFS 4356 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.39 [0 bids]
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Ronnie Aldrich Melody and Percussion for Two Pianos PFS 34007 Decca Phase 4 lp USD $3.39 [0 bids]
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Ronnie Aldrich and his Two Pianos PFS 4019 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $2.03 [0 bids]
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VARIOUS CLASSICAL SAMPLER (PFS 4102) LP ALBUM FFD USD $10.82 Buy It Now 4 days

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