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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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FILM FESTIVAL LP *FRANK CHACKSFIELD * SOUNDTRACKS * DECCA PFS 4148 FREEPOST UK USD $8.34 [0 bids]
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RACHMANINOV LP * PIANO CONCERTO NO.2 * IVAN LEWIS * DECCA PFS 4214 FREEPOST UK USD $8.34 [0 bids]
2h 16m
ANATOLE FISTOULARI - TCHAIKOVSKY FOURTH SYMPHONY LP RARE (PFS 4225) USD $12.84 [0 bids]
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Ted Heath, Coast to Coast PFS 4049 Phase 4 Four Stereo Decca lp USD $3.21 [0 bids]
3h 13m
V/A Showcase - Phase 4 PFS-34001 Decca Phase Four Sampler lp USD $3.21 [0 bids]
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Roland Shaw Mexico! LP / Stereo Decca / PFS 4027 UK USD $14.05 Buy It Now 4h 18m
Will Clahe In Bavaria LP / Stereo Decca / PFS 4071 UK / 65 USD $14.05 Buy It Now 5h 37m
LARRY ADLER Harmonica vinyl LP Decca PFS 4429 NEAR-MINT USD $7.70 [0 bids]
5h 41m
Stanley Black Film Spectacular Vol. 6 Decca Phase Four 4 Stereo PFS 4350 lp USD $5.79 [0 bids]
6h 7m
Orff Carmina Burana Dorati Decca Stereo Phase 4 ED1 PFS 4368 UK LP USD $6.43 [0 bids]
6h 46m
Ted Heath Big Band Themes Remembered vol.II 2 PFS 4304 Decca Phase Four Stereo USD $3.21 [0 bids]
8h 15m
Bernard Herrmann LPO The Impressionists PFS 4224 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $4.50 [0 bids]
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Botticelli Unlimited and His Orchestra PFS 4312 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $4.50 [0 bids]
8h 15m
STAN KENTON LIVE IN EUROPE 1977 NM/EX (Decca PFS 4393) USD $12.84 Buy It Now 8h 20m
Larry Adler vinyl LP Harmonica plays EX Phase 4 PFS4429 USD $3.86 [0 bids]
8h 57m
OPEN CIRCUIT LP - DECCA PFS 4279 USD $25.72 [0 bids]
10h 3m
CLAUDE DENJEAN - LP - MOOG! - DECCA RECORDS UK - PFS 4212 USD $0.96 [0 bids]
19h 43m
PFS 4335 - SCHUBERT - Symphony No 9 VONK Royal Philharmonic Orch - Ex LP Record USD $10.27 Buy It Now 1 day
Ronnie Aldrich Two Pianos in Hollywood PFS 4108 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $1.93 [0 bids]
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Ronnie Aldrich Where the Sun Is PFS 4106 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $1.93 [0 bids]
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Guitars Unlimited ?- The Fantastic Sound Of Guitars Unlimited LP - PFS 4201 - VG USD $8.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Stanley Black Great Rhapsodies For Orchestra Vinyl LP Decca ?PFS 4175 27/49 USD $12.84 Buy It Now 1 day
EDMUNDO ROS AND HIS ORCHESTRA STRINGS LATINO PFS 4145 1968 DECCA PHASE 4 RECORDS USD $5.13 [0 bids]
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STANLEY BLACK Orchestra France Vinyl LP DECCA PFS4110 MONO 8/63 USD $10.27 Buy It Now 1 day
Ted Heath Swing Is King Vol.2 PFS 4146 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.21 [0 bids]
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Maurice Larcange, Avec Moi a Paris PFS 4014 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.21 [0 bids]
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PFS 4363 Bernard Herrmann conducts Great British Film Music USD $19.29 Buy It Now 1 day
PFS 4202 Richard Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra / Lewis / RPO USD $7.71 Buy It Now 1 day
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Fantasy Film World of Bernard Hermann 1974 LP Decca Phase 4 Stereo PFS 4309 USD $10.93 [0 bids]
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Camarata, The Heart of Tchaikovsky PFS 4140 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.21 [0 bids]
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Mantovani And His Orchestra With The Sammes Chorus ?- Kismet LP - PFS 4035 - VG+ USD $8.99 Buy It Now 1 day
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Stan Kenton Kenton Live In Europe UK vinyl LP album record PFS4393 DECCA 1977 USD $15.36 Buy It Now 1 day
Mario Castro-Neves Brazilian Mood vinyl LP album record UK PFS4294 DECCA 1974 USD $24.36 Buy It Now 1 day
Giacomo Puccini Puccini Spectacular vinyl LP album record UK PFS4115 DECCA USD $15.36 Buy It Now 1 day
Stanley Black vinyl LP album record Capriccio! UK PFS4055 DECCA 1964 USD $17.94 Buy It Now 1 day
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Chacksfield Plays Bacharach Frank Chacksfield vinyl LP album record UK PFS4230 USD $15.36 Buy It Now 2 days
Overture! Stanley Black vinyl LP album record UK PFS4144 DECCA 1968 USD $24.36 Buy It Now 2 days
Great Strauss Waltzes Werner Müller vinyl LP album record UK PFS4040 USD $17.94 Buy It Now 2 days
Ray Martin Memories Are Made Of Music UK vinyl LP album record PFS4275 DECCA USD $17.94 Buy It Now 2 days
Ted Heath Big Band Themes Remembered UK vinyl LP album record PFS4303 DECCA USD $16.33 Buy It Now 2 days
Will Glahé Will Glahé In Bavaria UK vinyl LP album record PFS4071 DECCA 1970 USD $17.94 Buy It Now 2 days
Also Sprach Zarathustra Richard Strauss vinyl LP album record UK PFS4202 USD $24.36 Buy It Now 2 days
Harry James The Golden Trumpet Of vinyl LP album record UK PFS4142 DECCA 1968 USD $17.94 Buy It Now 2 days
Tutti Camarata The Heart Of Tchaikovsky UK vinyl LP album record PFS4140 USD $15.36 Buy It Now 2 days
Two Pianos Today Ronnie Aldrich UK vinyl LP album record PFS4132 DECCA 1967 USD $15.36 Buy It Now 2 days
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Ronnie Aldrich Love Story UK vinyl LP album record PFS4222 DECCA 1971 USD $15.36 Buy It Now 2 days
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BACH Brandenburg Concerto LP STEREO Jacques Loussier Trio DECCA UK 1970 PFS4176 USD $6.36 Buy It Now 2 days
THE BIG BRASS BAND " THE BIG BRASS BAND " VINYL LP VG/VG+ DECCA PFS 4143 USD $7.70 Buy It Now 2 days
OBSESSION OST BERNARD HERMANN DECCA RECORDS PFS 4381 PHASE 4 UK PRESSING SUPERB USD $25.70 Buy It Now 2 days
TED HEATH, POW - UK DECCA PHASE 4 LP PFS 4099 USD $5.00 Buy It Now 2 days
STANLEY BLACK & Orchestra Exotic Percussion Vinyl LP DECCA PFS34008 10/74 USD $12.84 Buy It Now 2 days
Edmundo Ros Caribbean Ros PFS 4302 UK Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $1.93 [0 bids]
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Ronnie Aldrich Two Pianos Today PFS 4132 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $1.93 [0 bids]
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Frank Chacksfield plays Lerner and Loewe PFS 4356 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.21 [0 bids]
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Ronnie Aldrich and his Two Pianos PFS 4019 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $1.93 [0 bids]
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Viennese Carnival with Will Glahe PFS 4404 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $1.93 [0 bids]
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Ronnie Aldrich Melody and Percussion for Two Pianos PFS 34007 Decca Phase 4 lp USD $3.21 [0 bids]
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PFS 4113 Handel Messiah Selections London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Stokowski USD $12.84 Buy It Now 2 days
Gerard Lenorman: Au Dela Des Reves LP CBS Canada 1977 PFS 90453 USD $17.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Les Paul - Now! LP - PFS 4138 - VG USD $10.27 Buy It Now 2 days
ERIC ROGERS AT THE KINGSWAY HALL ORGAN (PFS 4074) LP ALBUM DDK USD $6.43 Buy It Now 2 days
Ben Hur Miklos Rozsa Decca PFS 4394 TAS Audiophile USD $15.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Presenting Botticelli LP. Decca Phase 4 PFS 4281. 1973. VG+ USD $1.93 [0 bids]
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Ronnie Aldrich This Way In PFS 4152 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $1.93 [0 bids]
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Johnny Keating's Combo Percussive Moods PFS 34013 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.21 [0 bids]
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AUT'CHOSE Le Cauchemar Americain LP 1976 CBS Canada French Quebec Rock PFS-90379 USD $14.25 Buy It Now 3 days
Caramba! Los Machucambos, Decca Phase Four Stereo PFS 4089 lp Spain USD $3.21 [0 bids]
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ROGER LAREDO AND HIS ORCHESTRA - ITALY 12" LP EX - GROOVED 1962 - DECCA PFS 4015 USD $4.19 Buy It Now 3 days
PFS 4176 Jacques Loussier Trio Bach Brandenburg no. 5 EX/EX Decca Phase 4 Stereo USD $7.70 [0 bids]
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PFS 4115 - PUCCINI - Puccini Spectacular CAMARATA Kingsway SO - Ex Con LP Record USD $11.56 Buy It Now 3 days
GREAT STRAUSS WALTZES WERNER MULLER AND HIS ORCHESTRA VINYL LP DECCA STEREO PFS USD $12.20 [0 bids]
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WERNER MULLER PLAYS LEROY ANDERSON VINYL LP PHASE4STEREO SPECTACULAR DECCA PFS 4 USD $9.39 [0 bids]
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THE TED HEATH BAND IN CONCERT- Vinyl LP - PFS4408 USD $1.27 [0 bids]
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Maurice Larcange, Paris for Lovers PFS 4168 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.21 [0 bids]
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Ronnie Aldrich, Destination Love PFS 4179 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $1.93 [0 bids]
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Werner Muller plays Leroy Anderson PFS 4059 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.21 [0 bids]
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