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Fabrizio De André - Fabrizio De André + PFM In concerto CD (album) cover


Fabrizio De André


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3.78 | 25 ratings

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2 stars Fabrizio de Anre & PFM - In Concerto (1979)

It has rained stars on the page of this live album of Fabrizio with arrangements of RPI giant PFM. I was happy to find a vinyl copy on the second hand markets of our Dutch Queensday feast. Soon I found out I might have had wrong expectations.

On this record we get to listen to Italian pop/folk/world-music songs of songwriter Fabrizio that would normally have been to interest to me at all. The fact that the instrumental part of the gig is played by PFM doesn't change this at all. There isn't one progressive moment (except for the last track), there are few beautiful instrumental passages and none of PFM's true qualities are shown. Perhaps the songs sound better with PFM then the originals (I haven't listened to them), but another back-up band could have played this concert just as well as PFM.

This is by no means a bad album, but it just has nothing to do with prog or even rock. People who like accessible world-music played professional might like this very much, but others should avoid this. Even if you are a hard-core PFM fan, this isn't important to have. This is only for fans of Frabizio. Two stars then, but no hard feelings. This is enjoyable world-music.

friso | 2/5 |


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