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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - Live In Japan 2002 CD (album) cover


Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


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3.87 | 82 ratings

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2 stars IS THIS A JOKE ?

PFM released a good live album in 1998 called "" But one of this kind is enough, right ?

Actually there are two CD's here (like on "pfmpfm" should you say.). The difference is that "Live In Japan" is not well balanced AT ALL.

While the first CD contains some very good music like "La Carriozza di Hans", "Photos of Ghosts" or "Out of the Roundabout" and "Dove... Quando"; the second one features lots of dull and useless improvisations.

The worse being achieved by an ultra long and ultra boring (believe me!) "Si Puņ Fare". It was already the case in their previous live album, but here "PFM" just surpassed themselves. TWELFE minutes of a karaoke type of music and a band presentation while the background music is just painful!!!

"Scary Light" is on par but hopefully lot shorter.

The second disc is a copy of "pfmpfm". EIGHTY FIVE percent has been featured in this prior release or has to be considered as a jam!

Even if the "Tokyo Electric Guitar Jam" is great, it is just a repetition of the source one. It sounds very much as a "Santana" track. I mentioned "Caravanserai" while reviewing "pfmpfm". I could now compare it as a jam track from "Lotus" (a "Santana" live album recorded in . Japan).

And I'm not that impressed with the TWO "Tokyo Violin Jam" to be honest. Of course the encores are great. Starting with "Impressioni Di Settembre" one of my all time fave of the band

Needless to say that these three songs were also featured on "pfmpfm".

So, what's the use of this album ?

Basically none if you have listened to their previous live album which is anyway better than this one. Even if there the useless "Si Puņ Fare" was already featured, there were less jamming sessions. But if you like jamming, then maybe.

Not for me. Nor for what it holds, nor for their marketing approach. Shame on you "PFM". And I like the band very much.

Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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