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  • Audio CD (29 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Manticore
  • ASIN: B0035KGDS0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,249 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. The MountainP.F.M10:46Album Only
  2. Just Look AwayP.F.M 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. The World Became The WorldP.F.M 4:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Four Holes in the GroundP.F.M 6:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Is My Face On Straight?P.F.M 6:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Have Your Cake and Beat ItP.F.M 7:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. La Carrozza di HansP.F.M 5:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Four Holes In The Ground (Unreleased Single Edit)P.F.M 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Celebration (Unreleased 1975 Single Version)P.F.M 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 

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PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI, better known in English speaking countries as P.F.M. , were arguably the finest Italian Progressive rock band of the 1970's and certainly one of the most well known. A successful act in their home land, they came to international attention when they signed to EMERSON, LAKE and PALMER's label MANTICORE in 1973.

They recorded the album "THE WORLD BECAME THE WORLD" in 1974. With English lyrics, some penned by ELP and KING CRIMSON lyricist PETE SINFIELD, this edition of PFM's second album for Manticore has been re-mastered from the analogue tapes and includes three bonus tracks, ( two of which are previously unreleased), a lavishly illustrated booklet, new essay and fully restored artwork.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jim on 15 April 2010
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The very first time I listened to the mighty, rousing refrain of the title track of `The World Became the World' I was nearly plunged into a full-on prog trance. Which wasn't ideal, as I was driving at the time. When I got home my newly acquired Esoteric release went straight on the stereo - I whacked it up and I was away!

I like to keep my ears pinned for lost musical treasures from the 70s and beyond, and Esoteric have certainly turned up plenty of gems with their ongoing programme of reissues. But for me this one tops them all. Listening to `The World Becomes the World' and the other equally good PFM albums now on Esoteric I couldn't believe that somehow this band had hitherto passed me by. I'm certainly making up for lost time now.

Despite PFM being an Italian band, the lyrics (by Peter Sinfield, of King Crimson fame) are sung in English. The music is very well played and recorded, being an eclectic blend of 70s prog stylings, perhaps having most in common with early King Crimson on this particular album. However, it is certainly not derivative, and has a unique sound of its own - in my view, the equal of almost anything produced by the prog giants of the 70s.

The album has been remastered by Esoteric and sounds good. The CD comes in a jewel case with an extensive booklet with photos and notes that help fill in the bands history for those who missed them first time round (though apparently they're still going strong in Italy).

This is awesome, classic progressive rock; classic, that is, both in terms of its era and quality.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By IceBear on 17 May 2010
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OK let me just make it clear. I was a teenager and a student in the 70s so its probably inevitable that I grew up loving prog-rock. And of course you can never really forget a first love....

The first time I heard the title track of this album, I too was blown away by it and played it endlessly for days afterwards. This is British prog-rock of the finest quality, that just happens to be played by a great bunch of Italians. You get all the cliches - rolling synths, all manner of other non-rock-band instruments and completely inexplicable lyrics by Pete Sinfield. But if you like the original King Crimson when he was still at court then you'll almost certainly like this too.
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The Italian '70s prog rock masterpiece. PFM have done some great stuff, but this, their first English album on the ELP Manticore label, is a genuine piece of rock art. Operatic embellishments and instrumental arrangements that could only come out of Italy combine with an art rock proficiency to wow the senses. These guys are amazing musicians, and to this day I rate the title track and The Mountain as indispensable examples of what's best in progressive rock and where, emotively, it can be taken. Renaissance rock?
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