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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - Storia Di Un Minuto CD (album) cover


Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.35 | 1304 ratings

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4 stars PFM are far and away the most popular of all Italian prog rockers, Le Orme coming in a distant second. On this, their debut album, these seasoned musicians would craft one of the all-time classics and become highly successful in their native country, eventually leading to international fame. In my opinion one of the five essential groups in Progressive Rock, the others being King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, and ELP. It may not be fair to compare a band to itself, but PFM would perfect their sound on the next album, Per Un Amico, leaving Storia Di Un Minuto a hair short of perfection. Still an excellent listen for any symphonic rock fan, and one of the best from the classic Italian period (1971-1973).

The dreamy "Introduzione" gives way to "Impressioni Di Settembre," which is still to this day the band's most well-known song. An English version would later appear on The World Became The World. Analog synth freaks will love this one, as there is slippery Moog all over the chorus. Pay close attention to the drums and guitar in the second verse: the level of musicianship is so high and the playing so inventive I still smile every time I hear it, and I've probably heard it hundreds of times. "E'Festa," or Celebration, takes the energy up a notch. Always a concert favorite, there is more amazing musicianship on display here. PFM really was a band's band. "Dove...Quando" Parts 1 and 2 are probably my least favorite songs on the album, but still very good.

"La Corrozza Di Hans" features some astounding acoustic work by Franco Mussida, one of the true virtuoso guitar players, maybe ever. Check out some live PFM on YouTube if you don't believe me. I can't single him out though...the entire band, but particularly Mussida and Pagani on violin, are wonderful players; not just in the technical sense but in a compositional and emotional context as well. "Grazie Davvero" brings a close to one of the most important rock albums in Italy's history.

coasterzombie | 4/5 |


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