5 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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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.

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PFM in Italian

Wonder Italian Progressive rock!

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Great Deal for a Great Album!

I was astonished by the price of $4.49, so I had to purchase this album. I like this much better than Photos of Ghosts and I find this to be a pinnacle Italian prog release. Sure, it has it's problems, but tracks like the title track and Appena Un Po make relistens of the album possible. My personal favorite track is Generale.

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