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Paper Charms - The Complete BBC Recordings 1974-1976 Box set, CD+DVD
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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 1970s and certainly one of the most well known. A successful act in their homeland, they came to international attention when they signed to Emerson, Lake and Palmers label Manticore in 1973. A series of albums such as Photos of Ghosts, The World Became the World, Cook and Chocolate Kings earned the band a loyal following in the UK, the USA, Canada and Japan, with interest in PFM in Britain gaining enough momentum to see the band being invited to perform two radio concerts for BBC Radio in 1975 and 1976 (at the BBCs Paris Theatre in London) and to participate in the classic BBC 2 TV series The Old Grey Whistle Test on a number of occasions.
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And then there's the DVD ... It's painfully short but it's a joy to watch the band belting out some of the favourites of the period. I just wish that we'd been able to hear Bob Harris' comments after each piece. Only four tracks on the DVD but, as much as 'Celebration' has ALWAYS been my all-time favourite by PFM, I found myself tapping my foot and 'drumming' my thigh to the closing section of 'Chocolate Kings' more than ever before!
So all in all, it's a great package and well worth investing in. There's a plethora of PFM stuff out there now, and it's testament to the on-going quality of the musicianship, writing and the music itself that there seems to be no end in sight for this wonderful band. And incidentally, if PFM is your 'bag' then you really should look out for material by Banco del Mutuo Soccorso (usually referred to simply as Banco) and Le Orme; two more brilliant Italian prog-rock bands.
If you haven't heard PFM, then you're in for a treat, as this is them at their progressive peak, with slow building songs, some hard rocking instrumental passages and some glorious, catchy melodies.
The two live CDs are recorded at the BBC's Lower Regent Street studios (aka the Paris Theatre - I have dim memories of going to a couple of BBC concerts there in the early 70s by 'Tapestry' and 'Desmond Dekker & the Aces', as well as - of all things - some sort Emperor Rosko thing. A compact venue, as I recall. Do the BBC still possess this venue?). The first CD kicks off with 'Celebration', but to begin with the sound seems a little muddled and muted, as if the mix was not quite right. This seems rectified by the end of the track. We get Pete Drummond's radio intro's / commentaries between each track, which some might feel they could do without, but these are brief and to the point. He is knowledgeable and appreciative of the band. On the first CD from October 1974, vocal duties are handled by Flavio Premoli mainly. By the time of the second performance, Bernardo Lanzetti had been brought in to sing lead vocals. Personally, I prefer the band without Lanzetti's vocals, which can be a little over-strident at times. He has a Roger Chapman-like warble with not quite the same range and control, and this will not be to all tastes.
The DVD is not very long, although still very enjoyable. The first item is a promo film of the group in the studio performing 'Four Holes in the Ground', introduced by 'Whispering Bob'.Read more ›
In 1973 this band was introduced by ELP on the British market and in 1974, after their second LP with Manticore, they were sent to USA for more success culminated in their wonderful live album PFM Cook. CD1 belongs to this period and contains the same set of songs. But PFM was an incredible mix of quality musicians, improvisers, that make every performance was different from the previous, as in this case. That period will probably remain their best due to the originality of the mix, prog rock/Italian melody, "athletic" prowess of the young band components. All masters in their instrument: Di Cioccio, Premoli, Mussida, Djivas and the poly-instrumentist Pagani (flaute, violin, accordion... what else?). Alta Loma is their perfect synthesis of improvisation skills.
In 1976 PFM comes back to the UK to promote their Chocolate Kings album and CD2 is about that. With Chocolate Kings their direction becomes more Prog Rock oriented, thanks to the new english-speaker singer Lanzetti, not by chance a fan of Peter Gabriel and the Genesis. Apart for the tunes beloning to that album, their revisited songs, already in CD1, show what I was saying, about their ability to perform always in a different way.
Ice of the cake an additional DVD that show the men in action (how much hair "Yogi bear" Mussida! I love those 70ies look...).Read more ›
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OK, let me get two things out of the way, first, I love the first three Italian PFM (PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI) albums ('PER UN AMICO,' 'STORIA DI UN MINUTO' and 'L'ISOLA DI... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John H. McCarthy
Ultimately this was a disappointing set. The sound quality was variable. The music was good but insufficient variation between the two discs.
It was ok.
An excellent release and a must for all PFM/prog fans - just one word of warning, my first copy skips like crazy and as I write this I am waiting for a replacement, I hope the new... Read morePublished 20 months ago by John Hodgson
Given that this was their white-hot period, these are two curiously lacklustre live performances, (particularly compared to the similar set list of 'Cook') perhaps the band were... Read morePublished 20 months ago by R. Sims