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Italian prog rock giants PFM were on a roll in their early phase, unleashing both their classic debut and the equally stunning follow-up, Per un amico, within the same year. The latter even more firmly staked PFM's claim as international prog princes. Like the first album, the band's second record mixes fragile folk touches, jazz fusion firestorms, classical-influenced intricacy, and visceral rock riffs. But if anything, the process is even more finely distilled on these five lengthy tracks. Even amid all the fleet-fingered musicianship on display here, Mauro Pagani's flute and violin are among Per un amico's most distinctive colors, whether he's evoking bucolic splendor on the folk-flavored "Appena un po" or stoking the jazzy, intense flames of "Generale." Flavio Premoli's multi-keyboard mastery is nothing to sneeze at either; he cooks up a crazed carnival frenzy on "Il Banchetto" and lays down almost-impressionistic piano lines on the closing cut, "Geranio." With this level of achievement, it's hard to believe that this band's career was still headed upward.

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PFM in Italian

Wonder Italian Progressive rock!

An old treasure!

Don't know how long PFM has been available here, but it's a gift to me. I won't go into the music … if you know PFM, you love or hate. I love. Only in Italian. Never could stand the Pete Sinfield stuff, regardless of good intentions.

It's about the recordings and these versions: Elegant. I remember the outstanding quality of the original Italian LP pressings in the '70s. I make my living as a sound engineer, and I can clearly hear (and see, under the microscope) that someone decided not to fix what wasn't broke. The usual "remastering", as in applying a massive compression-hammer, is delightfully absent. These might well have been made by digitizing playback of one of those Italian vinyl originals.

If you're a PFM fan, you won't be disappointed.

Versatile and dynamic rock

Not available to imagine the next loop until you don't feel. The great and various feeling...


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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Per un amico - EP, Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
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