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RIO/Avant-Prog • United States


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PFS were conceived in 1983 in San Francisco, by Scott Brazieal (piano, keyboards and tapes), Herbert Diamant (saxes and bassoon) and Gary Parra (percussion and noises), all of whom had previously had a reasonably successful career in the instrumental avant-prog band CARTOON. However, musically, PFS are much darker in their sound and take more influences from classical composers, such as ROBERT SCHUMANN, BÉLA BARTÓK and LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN, rather than CARTOON's more quirky cartoon and chamber rock influences. PFS incorporate tape loops, courtesy of Brazieal (a former student of the San Francisco Conservatory) and with Diamant and Parra, they are primarily a three-piece instrumental chamber rock-style band who play with their own unique style, with flair and panache.

Altogether, PFS released two albums. Their debut album "Illustrative Problems" was released in 1986 on Cuneiform Records (Rune 06 - but has never been released on CD) and is less focussed and avant-garde than their follow-up album. As a live band, PFS played outstanding dark, apocalyptic and altogether dissonant music, that the crowds did not immediately adjust too.

Their second album "279" was recorded over several years (1985 to 1989) and was released on Cuneiform Records (due to their friendship with Steve Feigenbaum) in 1990. The album consisted of many improvised tracks based on a pre-conceived structure; it also included a cover of a 1982 Cartoon track "Leeward" and a version of Robert Schumann's very last composition "Theme In E-Flat". Many tracks also include clips from other composers, such as Schubert (Death and the Maiden), Beethoven (String Quartet Op. 59 #2), Bartók (1st String Quartet), Josquin (Missa Pange Lingua), Mahler (Second Symphony) and Mozart ("Dissonant" String Quartet). The track "War" includes a clip of arias by Verdi, as well as samples of gunshots from the U.S. raid on Libya, atomic tests in the Bikinis, the London Blitzkrieg and the voice of Adolph Hitler. Craig Fry (formerly of Cartoon) and Bill Johnston also added violin and 'cello respectively, as guest musicians, on many of the tracks. Despite the more classical and chamber rock influences, their sound is still avant-garde, courtesy of Brazieal's tape loops and piano style. Diamant's saxophone playing is also sometimes reminiscent of David Jackson and Gary Windo on occasions.

After PFS, Brazieal went on to play briefly with Dave Kerman's 5UU'S in the 1990s (featuring on one track ...
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Botticelli Unlimited and His Orchestra PFS 4312 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.30 [0 bids]
Ted Heath Big Band Themes Remembered vol.II 2 PFS 4304 Decca Phase Four Stereo USD $3.30 [0 bids]
DVORAK New World Symphony : ANTAL DORATI New Philharmonia Orch '67 Decca PFS4128 USD $6.59 [0 bids]
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Werner Muller & His Orchestra Sentimental Journey Vinyl LP Decca ?- PFS 4383 UK USD $17.13 Buy It Now
Ted Heath Swing Is King Vol.2 PFS 4146 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.30 [0 bids]
Maurice Larcange, Avec Moi a Paris PFS 4014 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $3.30 [0 bids]
Guitars Unlimited ?- The Fantastic Sound Of Guitars Unlimited LP - PFS 4201 - VG USD $9.22 Buy It Now
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Mantovani And His Orchestra With The Sammes Chorus ?- Kismet LP - PFS 4035 - VG+ USD $9.22 Buy It Now 2h 22m
PFS4050 ERIC ROGERS CHORALE AND ORCHESTRA Minstel Show LP VINYL UK Decca 1964 USD $6.58 Buy It Now 2h 33m
Fred Hartley - The Twin Pianos Of - Phase 4 Stereo - PFS4025 - VG+ USD $9.22 Buy It Now 2h 44m
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ETHEL MERMANSTANLEY BLACK annie get your gun PFS 4296 uk phase 4 LP PS EX/EX USD $11.86 Buy It Now 3h 18m
RONNIE ALDRICH all time piano hits LP PS EX/EX decca phase 4 stereo PFS 4090 USD $11.86 Buy It Now 3h 20m
LARRY ADLER Harmonica LP VINYL UK Decca 1978 11 Track LP (Pfs4429) USD $8.96 Buy It Now 3h 27m
PFS4144 STANLEY BLACK AND LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Overture LP VINYL UK USD $13.11 Buy It Now 3h 28m
WERNER MULLER Gypsy LP VINYL UK Decca 1966 12 Track Phase 4 Stereo (Pfs4105) USD $8.96 Buy It Now 3h 28m
PFS4252 FRANZ LISZT Piano Concerto No 1 In E Flat/No 2 In A LP VINYL UK Decca USD $6.58 Buy It Now 3h 28m
CHRIS WAXMAN Organized LP VINYL UK Decca 1968 12 Track Phase 4 Stereo (Pfs4172) USD $8.96 Buy It Now 3h 28m
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PFS4342 LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI Stokowski Conducts Beethoven LP VINYL UK Decca 1975 4 USD $8.96 Buy It Now 3h 29m
WILL GLAHE - Will Glahé In Bavaria [Vinyl LP,1965] UK PFS 4071 Polka Folk *EXC USD $6.57 Buy It Now 3h 41m
Chacksfield Plays Bacharach Frank Chacksfield UK vinyl LP album record PFS4230 USD $15.76 Buy It Now 11h 19m
Bernard Herrman MUSIC FROM GREAT SHAKESPEAREAN FILMS DECCA PFS 4315 Free UK Post USD $39.57 Buy It Now 12h 4m
WILL GLAHE AND HIS ORCHESTRA: OKTOBERFEST PFS 4194 CON EX USD $1.32 [0 bids]
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Overture! Stanley Black vinyl LP album record UK PFS4144 DECCA 1968 USD $24.99 Buy It Now 12h 50m
DECCA PFS.4359 MENDELSSOHN SYMPHONY NO.4 / MIDSUMMER NIGHT DREAM VONK RPO UK PRE USD $10.16 Buy It Now 13h 13m
Memories Are Made Of Music Ray Martin UK vinyl LP album record PFS4275 DECCA USD $18.40 Buy It Now 13h 14m
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Ronnie Aldrich For Young Lovers UK vinyl LP album record PFS4141 DECCA 1968 USD $18.40 Buy It Now 13h 37m
Mario Castro-Neves Brazilian Mood UK vinyl LP album record PFS4294 DECCA 1974 USD $24.99 Buy It Now 13h 40m
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Carl Orff vinyl LP album record Carmina Burana UK PFS4368 DECCA 1976 USD $18.40 Buy It Now 13h 54m
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Ronnie Aldrich Love Story vinyl LP album record UK PFS4222 DECCA 1971 USD $15.76 Buy It Now 13h 57m
Werner Müller Great Strauss Waltzes UK vinyl LP album record PFS4040 USD $18.40 Buy It Now 14h 5m
Stan Kenton Kenton Live In Europe UK vinyl LP album record PFS4393 DECCA 1977 USD $15.76 Buy It Now 14h 17m
Erich Leinsdorf - Mahler Symphony No.1 1972 UK Phase 4 Quad CD4 Decca PFS 4232 USD $15.64 Buy It Now 14h 41m
Will Glahé vinyl LP album record Will Glahé In Bavaria UK PFS4071 DECCA 1970 USD $18.40 Buy It Now 14h 43m
Stanley Black Sputniks For Orchestra vinyl LP album record UK PFS4133 DECCA USD $24.99 Buy It Now 14h 49m
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DECCA PFS 4355 PROKOFIEV LIEUT KIJE KODALY HARY JANOS LP DORATI NM- (1976) USD $5.28 [0 bids]
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Various ?- Phase 4 Stereo Sampler Vinyl LP Decca ?PFS 4058 UK 1964 31/28 USD $11.86 Buy It Now 20h 14m
Tchaikovsky,1812 Overture,Stokowski,vinyl 12" lp 1971 Decca PFS 4189 USD $10.54 [0 bids]
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Botticelli Unlimited LP. Decca Phase 4 PFS 4312. 1974. Exc+ Vinyl. USD $2.64 [0 bids]
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86 Prog/ Experimtal Rock OPPOSITION LP PFS Illustrative Problems CUNEIFORM Clean USD $9.50 Buy It Now 1 day
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Stanley Black vinyl LP album record Capriccio! UK PFS4055 DECCA 1964 USD $18.40 Buy It Now 1 day
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Harry James The Golden Trumpet Of vinyl LP album record UK PFS4142 DECCA 1968 USD $18.40 Buy It Now 1 day
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Viennese Carnival with Will Glahe PFS 4404 Decca Phase Four Stereo lp USD $1.98 [0 bids]
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London Festival Band, Eric Rogers, A Tribute To Satchmo, LP Record (L7) PFS 4231 USD $11.73 Buy It Now 1 day
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OPEN CIRCUIT LP - DECCA PFS 4279 USD $26.38 [0 bids]
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STANLEY BLACK Dimensions In Sound Vinyl LP Decca ?- PFS 4136 UK 48/69 USD $13.18 Buy It Now 2 days
Caramba! Los Machucambos, Decca Phase Four Stereo PFS 4089 lp Spain USD $3.30 [0 bids]
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VIENNESE CARNIVAL - WILL GLAHE - 1977 STEREO DECCA PFS 4404 USD $3.96 [0 bids]
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RARE CLAUDE DENJEAN L.P. 1971. 'MOOG! DECCA RECS - PFS 4212.' EX CON. USD $1.32 [0 bids]
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