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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - The World Became the World CD (album) cover


Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.02 | 382 ratings

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5 stars I have expressed my deepest admiration for the Italian version of this album. But this English one holds a very special place in my heart.

In those remote times (prehistory?), it was not easy (impossible?) to get "PFM" albums outside Italy. Thanks to their Manticore deal, albums in English were distributed worldwide and the "PFM" name could be spread out.

During each holiday break, I use to go to my cousin's home and we exchanged our musical discoveries. I introduced him to "Genesis", "Floyd", "Van Der Graaf Generator", "Led Zep", "Yes", "Renaissance" amongst others. On his hand, he made me aware of "Crimson", "Gentle Giant", "Ange" and "PFM". Being Italian, Marco had heard from the band and had purchased "The World.".

I felt immediately in love with it and purchase it a week later; Like with several albums of that era, it reminds me lots of souvenirs and I am completely biased about them.

But when you listen to such beautiful songs as "The Mountain" with its fantastic opening part, its light flute and great mellotron and the sweet "Just Look Away" you can only applaud.

As a nice present, "PFM" is also converting an old song from the "Storia di un Minuto" album. One of their most melodic songs ever : "Impressioni Di Settembre". Mellotron lovers : on your marks. You are embarked for a very pleasant trip.

All songs are special and is a highlight on its own. Melodies, delicate passages, jazzy parts (but not too much), imposing keys (argh, the mellotron.). Since I have grown with this album (I was fifteen at the time of purchase), I could not really blame them for the vocals and even today, I have no problems with them. Pete Sinfield wrote the English lyrics for this album. But the collaboration which had started with their previous English effort ("Photos Of Ghosts") will stop after this one.

I would definitely recommend this album even if you are new to "PFM". Enjoy it as much as I did (and still do). A jewel in my discography and a poignant illustration of what Italian prog brings to music. Major influences for "The World" are "Crimson" and "Genesis".

Do I need to tell you that I will rate this album with five stars ?

ZowieZiggy | 5/5 |


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