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Chocolate Kings: Expanded Edition Import, Original recording remastered

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Their 1976 album for the label, Chocolate Kings featured new vocalist Bernado Lanzetti and is arguably one of their finest works. This new edition of the album has been newly re-mastered and includes an additional CD of previously unreleased live material recorded at Nottingham University on the band s 1976 UK tour, along with a lavishly illustrated booklet, new essay and fully restored artwork.
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  • Audio CD (May 25, 2010)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Esoteric Recordings
  • ASIN: B003AJPXFK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,864 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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...to all the previous versions. I'm getting a little wary of being suckered into buying yet another "remastered/revised/new bonus material" release of cd's that I seem to rebuy every decade or so and I approached the "Manticore" PFM releases with extreme caution. I passed on "Photos Of Ghosts" and "The World Became The World" as I have always prefered the Italian versions so that narrowed it down to "Cook", "Jet Lag" and "Chocolate Kings". I bought "CK" first to test out my personal aged consumer gullibility theory and all I can say is that after one listen I immediately ordered the other two. The entire original album sounds crisper and better mixed than I dared hope and the second cd of live material recorded at the Univ. of Nottingham in 1976 is every bit as good as one would hope for with a really killer violin solo by Pagani on "Alta Loma..." and a wonderful acoustic guitar solo by one of the most underappreciated guitarists of the last 40 years, Franco Mussida.

Now I only wish that someone would do the same justice to "Per un Amico", "Storia di un Minuto", "L'Isola di Niente" and "Passpartu", ("Passpartu", IMHO being a vastly underrated recording} but hope springs eternal. If you're a committed PFM fan you will not be disappointed with this purchase. I'm still holding my breath on the new Camel 4CD box that I ordered yesterday but hopefully it will also prove to be a wise investment as opposed to making me feel like I'm once again contributing to someones continued bad behavior...
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Chocolate Kings was PFM's fourth studio album...sort of. The group recorded 3 Italian studio albums and those 3 were reworked into 2 albums released in the US. Some of the songs were reworked with English lyrics by Pete Sinfield who wrote the lyrics on many of the King Crimson songs.

On this album, to reach a wider audience, a singer who had a better understanding of the English language (Lanzetti) was brought in for this album and the ensuing concert tour. He was dumped by the time the fifth studio album was recorded. About 9 out of 10 fans believes he ruin the songs. I am in the majority (for once). If you don't believe me, listen to the songs from the album when they are played live on pfm.pfm or Live In Japan. The songs are so much better without Lanzetti on vocals.

The other problem with Chocolate Kings was the LP sound quality. It was muddy and muted. On most other PFM albums the sound it beautiful and has a wide dynamic range. On this CD, the sound is slightly improved over the original vinyl (somewhat of a rarity where the CD is better than the original vinyl....although lately, there have some been some very good sounding CDs).

If you can get past the vocals, the songs are fairly good. I think I would give the studio CD three stars.

What makes this special is the addition of the live CD. It is about 65 minutes long. PFM has always been great in concert. The nice thing is that Lanzetti does not do too much damage. In places, there are electronic effects on his vocals that make them less harmful. And, a PFM concert is less about the vocals and more about the music.

If you already have the 8 or so live albums from PFM, is this one worth getting? I think it is. They are a jam band.
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Take several rounds at full blast to inmerse into their sound. It is a sonic hemorrage, by all members. I have been a fan of PFM since Photos of Ghost released in the US. Later I acquired their Italian Releases. The six first albums are great.
Give this one a try if you like great music... if you are reading this you know what musical style (classic progressive jazzy.. etc) I do not categorize with a name creative expresionx.
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