Premiata Forneria Marconi
Storia di un minuto


5.0
classic

Review

by menawati USER (94 Reviews)
October 18th, 2012 | 44 replies


Release Date: 1971 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the greatest works of progressive music of all time. An essential masterpiece.

PFM (Premiata Forneria Marconi) blazed onto the thriving prog rock scene of the early 70's with 'Storia Di Un Minuto'. They were one of the pioneers of the Rock Progressivo Italiano movement and went on to achieve almost legendary status before their decline in the 80's. PFM were sometimes compared to King Crimson but they certainly have their own distinctive personality and style which is demonstrated admirably on this debut release.

Greg Lake was so impressed with these guys he signed them to ELP's Manticore label and indeed there is a hint of ELP about some of the more pastoral passages on the band's most well known song 'Impressioni Di Settembre'. However, this isn't the sort of album where one can easily resort to comparisons with their contemporaries. British prog was very popular in Italy at the time and countless of the more experimental RPI bands of the age were no doubt influenced by the likes of Genesis, King Crimson and ELP but PFM's music clearly has an original quality about it. The passionate qualities that so we often associate with the Italians come into play with the beautiful melodies and romantic vocal style and there are times when the music almost approaches classical music in substance and style.

This isn't all pastoral passages, strings, woodwind and synth melodies though. PFM weren't afraid to rock out as is evidenced by the driving riffs of 'E' Festa' which wouldn't sound out of place within the context of a heavy prog band. Synth and flute weave in and out of the trundling riffs until the song closes with flute set against piano and harpsichord. 'Dove... Quando...(Parte I) ' opens with a haunting melody of cello, flute, acoustic guitars and solemnic multi-tracked vocals. This is without a doubt one of the most beautifully melancholic progressive songs ever penned. Part 2 of the piece feels almost akin to classical music in nature but features some jazzy flute soloing that might have brought a smile to the face of contemporary Ian Anderson. The epic 'La Carrozza Di Hans' is maybe the most progressive track on the whole album with its fusion of light and shade, tempo changes and pot-pourri of ideas. King Crimson-esque guitar riffs interspersed with calmer passages of acoustic guitar, flute, vocals and organ dominate this ever changing melange of inspired songwriting and lend it an almost grandiose feel.

An album called 'Photos of Ghosts' with vocals in English was released a year later than this and includes Anglicised versions of some of the songs on here but the Italian original is superior mainly due to the more natural vocal delivery. I cannot recommend this heartily enough to any fans of the more well known prog greats such as King Crimson, ELP and Jethro Tull. The album clocks in at a mere 35 minutes but I can guarantee that is will one of the finest half-hour's spent listening to music for any fan of the genre.



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menawati
October 18th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Intro/Impressioni Di Settembre/E'Festa - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayQq12a5_B8

Dove Quando pt 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lujc_kOGXKg

La Carrozza di Hans - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiGqeMiHa7s

fsharptrit0ne
October 18th 2012


4817 Comments


such a great album. pos

Ethics
October 18th 2012


4112 Comments


got this a few days ago, hopefully it's as good as your review makes it out to be
pretty excited and great review as always.

menawati
October 18th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

well im obviously biased but if u like all the usual prog greats ull at least find this worthwhile id think

KILL
October 18th 2012


80941 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great stuff but amicos my fav

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menawati
October 18th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

bout equal for me i think, those first 2 definitely their best tho

menawati
October 18th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"solid review bro, second paragraph is a little beefy but all good. Pos'd"



thx capt, hmm not sure about paragraphs sometimes, my first review on here was ripped for having too many, maybe i overcompensate now

menawati
October 18th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ye split it a bit, maybe it's less wall text hehe

YankeeDudel
October 18th 2012


9342 Comments


mena are you european

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menawati
October 18th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yes

wacknizzle
October 18th 2012


14520 Comments


whoa this is awesome menawati! good review as well man, pos'd.

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menawati
October 18th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

glad u like it man, check out their other famous one 'Per Un Amico' most people think its their best

sonofman7
October 18th 2012


60 Comments


Nice, I'm interested since I love King Crimson, and I'm a italian. :P We'll see, I'll check it out. Pos'd dude!

wacknizzle
October 18th 2012


14520 Comments


will do menawati, thanks.

menawati
October 18th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

hey sonof, loads and loads of good italian prog for you to explore even if you dont like this

sonofman7
October 18th 2012


60 Comments


matter of fact, gonna go throw some Crimson on right now >:D

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2012


22827 Comments


POS'D

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menawati
October 18th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thx buddy

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2012


26822 Comments


Great review man, pos'd.

menawati
October 18th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thx jt



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