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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


Rock Progressivo Italiano

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3 stars PFM - Live in Japan (2002)

Is it really impossible to revive that seventies magic nowadays? This dvd shows a group of very talented musicians playing mainly music from their progressive zenith live. The tracklisting is almost like a dream for fans of the band. And though I can much faults in the performence, I must admit I really did not enjoy this show. I love the musicianship, but I just dislike the sound and sterile performance of the band. The sound of the dvd isn't optimal, the amplification of the band isn't optimal and the crowd's cheering sounds as if it were recorded from a cell phone. What went wrong? I myself thing the sound was recorded directly from the main mix table. This excludes those who listen to the dvd from the live experience, because the sound was recorded BEFORE it was live. Furthermore the vocals are a bit dissapointing.

But hey, I'm a bit to negative here. These compositions are phenomonal and the band even manages to play songs like Mr. 9 Till 5 very good. The guitars and vocals of Franco Mussida are very good and his acoustic solo (derived from the opening section of Jet Lag) is amazing. The electric violin of Lucio Fabbri has it's great moments and rhythmical section is strong. And again, the tracklisting is real treat. I just missed some spark here an there and I disliked the recording. Perhaps PFM deserves a better and more professional dvd recording, something like David Gilmour's dvd's.

Conclusion. Great tracklisting, but the sound-quality and performance of the band is lacking greatness (except for the excellen guitar playing throughout). Three stars. A warmth recommendation to all fans of the band.

friso | 3/5 |


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