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Per Un Amico [Import]

PFM (Premiata Forneria Marconi)Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 27, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony/Bmg Italy
  • ASIN: B0000072VM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Premiata Forneria Marconi were at the forefront of the Italian prog-rock scene during the 1970's; this is their 1972 imprint.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Progressive Classic July 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you like progressive music, you really owe it to yourself to check this album out. It is truly beautiful and stands up to anything by Yes, ELP, Genesis or King Crimson. Don't be put off by the Italian vocals either, they are beautiful and sublime. Also forget the English language remix of this album, "Photos of Ghosts". This album is far superior. Most of the tracks have a mellow, pastoral feel to them, but these boys could rock too and there is some keyboard work on here that would make Keith Emerson blush. An unforgettable highlight of the album is the first track, Appena un Po', there is nothing else like it. This is one of the best albums ever, and the disc sounds great. It's hard to find though, I got their discs when I was in Italy recently. Do yourself a favor.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll keep the 5 star streak going! July 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Of PFM's two best albums; this is the better one compared to Storio de Minute. The 5th track, in particular, is awesome with great keyboarding. It reminds me of Chris Squires' Canon Song on Fish out Of Water - including a heavy bass synthesizer and orchestral counterpoints.
It really is some of the very best Prog Rock ever produced. Italian lyricks add to the overall effect.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! December 28, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
PFM were a brilliant Italian progressive-rock outfit. This album is one of their finest. Each composition is rich with a strong sense of melody, intricate composition, diverse instrumental interplay and originality. More than perhaps any other prog-rock outfit they were successful in marrying the influences of classical and chamber music to that of rock to present a unique and exceptional product. There is not a weak number in the collection. The only thing one will wish for in listening to this fine disc is an understanding of Italian as on this recording they had yet to break from singing in their native tongue. Highly recommended...Simon
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best ! December 5, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I've been an avid music collector all my life, and have thousands of CDs and LPs.
The other reviewers have mentioned specifics, which I won't bother to repeat, except simply to say that this is on my Dozen Desert Island Discs list!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BELIEVE IT August 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
THE HYPE IS REAL THIS TIME. A CLASSIC MASTERPIECE. AVOID THE ENGLISH VERSION "PHOTOS OF GHOSTS." NO COMPARISON WHATSOEVER. OWN ONE OF THE BEST WORKS OF MUSIC EVER MADE. GO AHEAD, YOU NEED IT.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious piece of Italian prog May 26, 1999
By Jorge
Format:Audio CD
This album is a blessing for fans of progressive music. I rank Per un Amico as the best PFM album ever. The pastoral beauty of this music will simply amaze you, it has everything a prog fan needs: lush keyboards, violin, flute, acoustic and electric guitars, solid drumming and beautiful vocals. Definitely among the top 10 Italian progressive albums of all time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest Italian prog albums November 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
PFM gets hyped up as one of the greatest prog bands to come out of Italy, and once you hear Per Un Amico, their second album, released in 1972, you'll know why. Their music is prog with folk, classical and some jazz thrown in. There isn't a bad song on this album, but "Il Banchetto" is my favorite and really shows PFM at their best. There's even some piano in there that sounds like it came right off ELP's Brain Salad Surgery (although be aware, BSS was not released until a year after Per Un Amico). But what I really love of "Il Banchetto" was the wonderful use of Moog and even harp. There's a lot going on here and it might need a few listens to appreciate this piece. "Appena Un Poco" (at least that's what it says on my LP copy, as it's also called "Appena Un Po'") is very much in typical PFM fashion, acoustic, pastoral, and great vocal harmonies. This cut does remind me a little of King Crimson, it bears a small resemblance to "Epitaph". There are influences from other bands like Genesis and ELP, but rarely does these influences become obvious. What more can I say of this album? If you're a lover of Italian prog, this album must be in your collection. But forget that pale English language version of this album called Photos of Ghosts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A master piece of Progressive Rock. June 26, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A combination of beauty and complexity, Per un Amico is one of the best Progressive Rock album ever. You will love this CD if you like Yes, King Crimson, Emmerson Lake and Palmer, etc...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great album, great band, love it
I recently discovered PFM by accident, and I love them.
I am a big Kansas fan, and a progressive rock fan, this
was a fantastic album to discover, and im still finding... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Angelo Coiro
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece!!!
Beatiful and perfect prog album, this is one of the best albums in this gender, i simply close with just two words in Spanish... MAGNIFICO E IMPRESIONANTE!!!
Published 21 months ago by CAARSABU
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album for PMF beginners, like me.
I was very lucky to pick "Per Un Amico" as my first PMF purchase. Great music, revealing more details every time I listen to it.
Published on July 8, 2011 by Marcio Almeida
3.0 out of 5 stars Progress and excess
3 1/2

Like many bands of its ilk, PFM's compositional tendencies can become sporadic and lead to disconnect, but unlike many others, these musicians are adept enough to... Read more
Published on December 5, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars As some one put it a masterpiece.
I had the album when it first came out, I thought it was great then and I feel it is still a classic piece of music now!
Published on August 22, 2009 by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Progressive
Ever been asked "What is Prog" ?
This is. This is one of those albums that defines the category.
Published on September 24, 2008 by Freddie Anson
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece
Wow, now THIS is quite an album! If ever there was an album to prove to people who hate progressive rock that yes, the genre DOES have some really good bands and albums, Per un... Read more
Published on August 20, 2008 by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Progressive and Very Italian
One of the things I love about this group is despite the obvious influences of Genesis, ELP and Yes that permeate all through their music, is they still project their Italian... Read more
Published on June 23, 2008 by Dr. O'Boogie
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic prog album for the Italian ELP
In my opinion, this album is an indisputable classic. The emotions flow throught the album, with the best and coolest effects -for a 70's record. Read more
Published on October 4, 2006 by A. Gallegos
5.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Storia di un Minuto
As you probably know, PFM is an Italian progressive rock band. This is their second album. The sound quality on the CD is excellent. It is 35 minutes long. Read more
Published on August 6, 2003 by kireviewer
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