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Paper Charms - The Complete BBC Recordings 1974-1976 Box set, CD+DVD

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  • Audio CD (29 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD
  • Label: Manticore
  • ASIN: B00M3IVCKO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. CELEBRATION
  2. FOUR HOLES IN THE GROUND
  3. DOVE...QUANDO
  4. MR. NINE 'TIL FIVE
  5. ALTA LOMA FIVE 'TIL NINE INCLUDING P.F.M.'S ARRANGEMENT OF ROSSINI'S WILLIAM TELL OVERTURE
  6. LA CARROZZA DI HANS

Disc: 2

  1. PAPER CHARMS
  2. OUT OF THE ROUNDABOUT
  3. FOUR HOLES IN THE GROUND
  4. DOVE...QUANDO
  5. ALTA LOMA 5 'TILL 9
  6. CHOCOLATE KINGS
  7. ALTA LOMA 5 'TILL 9 (REPRISE) INCLUDING P.F.M.'S ARRANGEMENT OF ROSSINI'S
  8. WILLIAM TELL OVERTURE

Disc: 3

  1. FOUR HOLES IN THE GROUND (OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST 22nd OCTOBER 1974)
  2. CELEBRATION (OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST 23rd MAY 1975)
  3. MR. NINE 'TILL FIVE (OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST 23rd MAY 1975)
  4. CHOCOLATE KINGS (OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST 13TH APRIL 1976)

Product Description

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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At last! At long last! I had these two BBC programmes on cassette for many years until the tapes basically became unplayable and were consigned to the dustbin, the music lost forever. Until now! I'm thrilled that the BBC has finally seen fit to release these fantastic sessions in beautiful quality over two CDs. The level of musicianship never dips over the two discs and takes me back to the heady days of the mid-1970s, a glory period for prog-rock. As has been stated before, the make-up of the band differs slightly in the two sessions and that might to some degree account for the 'overlap' of tunes played as several pieces appear on both discs, but that's not a problem at all. Classic tracks such as 'Celebration', 'Four Holes in the Ground', 'Dove ... Quando', 'Out of the Roundabout', 'Chocolate Kings' and 'William Tell' make at least one appearance and are most welcome.

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.
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An excellent set of live recordings taken from 1976 and 1975. The lineup is different with the 1976 sessions featuring the distinctive vocals of Bernardo Lanzetti. Their studio albums from this period are often quite mellow, but these live recordings are much heavier and rockier. On disc two the band appear to be heading towards jazz fusion sounds, with long instrumental passages that are vaguely reminiscent of Mahavishnu Orchestra due to the violin/guitar interplay. It shows how the band evolved - by the end of the 1970s they were playing Italian pop/rock music and almost completely ditched the 'progessive' structure.

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.
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Another excellent compilation to go alongside the reissued 'Cook' live album, which had lots of extra material. The quality of performance and musicianship exhibited is excellent throughout. This groups stand comparison with the finest UK based prog acts, but were victim of some 'anglo-centric' attitudes towards their music, otherwise they surely would have been more successful than they were.

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'.
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The raise of PFM from the beginnings in Italy in 1971 to the successes to Uk, US and even Japan upt to 1976 is something amazing. And, according an interview I read from Di Cioccio, unexpected for an Italian band playing prog rock. Sentence that I recollected once I hear Jon Drummond's introduction of the band in CD1. Something that today would be considered politically extremely incorrect.
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...).
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