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Premiata Forneria Marconi's third album, 1974's L'isola di Niente (the title means "the island of nothing"), is even more musically sophisticated than its renowned predecessors, which were pretty complex affairs themselves. The rate at which the band shifts between time signatures, textures, and moods here is enough to induce vertigo, and while PFM's aesthetic always incorporated the influences of rock, jazz, classical, and folk music, the band's multifarious inspirations bounce off each other here with a more intense, thrilling velocity than before. The relative respite of the muted, mellow "Dolcissima Maria" aside, L'isola di Niente is a nonstop rollercoaster ride through Flavio Premoli's careening synthesizer lines, Franco Mussida's angular-but-epic guitar licks, and Mauro Pagani's multicolored violin and flute tones. But PFM temper all the dizzying technical prowess with the kind of passionate romanticism associated with the best of '70s Italian prog, achieving an emotion/intensity balance that puts them on a par with their U.K. peers.

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One of PFM's classics.

Along with "Storia di Minuto" and "Per Un Amico", this is one of the holy trinity of classic era PFM albums. It is nearly up to the standard set by those other two classics and is essential to any great progressive rock collection. While PFM has recorded many other albums including English versions of this one and "Per Un Amico" (all worthwhile), the three first albums (recorded in Italian) are the ones to own if you can't afford them all. BTW, iTunes has priced these very reasonably, so what are you waiting for?

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Throughout the late '60s and early '70s, Premiata Forneria Marconi worked from their Italian homeland under the moniker of I Quelli. Their first album under the new name was Storia di un Minuto. They followed that one rather quickly with Per un Amico, which caught the attention of ELP's Greg Lake who invited them to visit London. During that visit, the group met Pete Sinfield (King Crimson, Roxy Music). Sinfield was so taken with the group that he decided to come on board writing lyrics and producing...
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L'isola di Niente, Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
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  • $4.99
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: 1974

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