Monday, December 15, 2014

Premiata Forneria Marconi - 2002 - Live In Japan

Premiata Forneria Marconi 
Live In Japan

101. Sea Of Memories (6:43)
102. Bandiera Bianca [Franco Battiato cover] (4:02)
103. La Carrozza Di Hans (6:52)
104. Rain Birth (Intro To The River) (1:25)
105. River Of Life (7:23)
106. Photos Of Ghosts (7:41)
107. Peninsula (5:11)
108. Out Of The Roundabout (7:29)
108. La Rivoluzione (4:07)
109. Suonare Suonare (5:50)
110. Promenade The Puzzle (7:20)
111. Tokyo Piano Solo (2:13)
112. Dove ... Quando (Part 2) (1:47)
113. Dove ... Quando (4:20)

201. Il Banchetto (3:05)
202. Dolcissima Maria (4:16)
203. Maestro Della Voce (8:18)
204. Si Pu? Fare (12:08)
205. Mr. 9 Till 5 (5:11)
206. Scary Light (3:00)
207. Tokyo Electric Guitar Jam including Altaloma 5 till 9 (5:23)
208. Tokyo Violin Jam (Part 1) (5:01)
209. Rossini's William Tell Overture (0:57)
210. Tokyo Violin Jam (Part 2) (2:44)
211. Impressioni Di Settembre (5:30)
212. E' Festa (Celebration) (5:46)
213. La Luna Nuova/Four Holes In The Ground (9:49)

Total Time: 143:51
Latest offering from PFM recorded May 12, 2002 in Tokyo Japan. The tracks marked with * appear only on the double CD release (i.e. not included in the same-name DVD).

Line-up / Musicians

- Franz Di Cioccio / drums & vocals
- Franco Mussida / electric guitar, acoustic guitar, 12 strings guitar, fretless guitar & vocals
- Jan Patrick Djivas / bass
- Flavio Premoli / piano, Hammond C3 organ, Fender Rhodes, synthesiser & vocals

Guest musicians:
- Lucio Fabri / violin, keyboards, guitar, backing vocals
- Piero Monterisi / drums

When there is a chance to listen a concert from a band long after their glory days have passed is usual and almost normal to feel a bit disappointed because normally it's never the same, but there are exceptions and Premiata Forneria Marconi - Live in Japan 2002 is one of those rare cases in which they sound even better on stage than 20 or 30 years before.

I have to be honest and tell you I don't own the CD yet (I already ordered it by internet and still not received it) but after listening a copy a friend lend me I bought the DVD which has almost the same tracks except Bandiera Bianca (A song by Franco Battiato that didn't impressed me too much) and Sea of Memory, a new track with Peter Hammill at vocals that should have been included in the DVD because it's an excellent way to travel back in time to the 70's.

It's true that an important member like Mauro Pagani isn't any more with the band but he's brilliantly replaced in the violin by Lucio Fabbri who is simply amazing and precise. Of course the production is impeccable and the 5.1 Dolby Surround is a great help.

The highlights are E' Festa (In which they mix the lyrics in Italian and the ones from the English version called Celebration), La Carroza di Hans and of course the violin trilogy Tokyo Violin Jam Part 1 that works as an excellent opener for the second track William Tell Overture and Tokyo Violin Jam part 2, simply delightful.

I heard an older version of this violin trilogy in 10 Anni Live (1971 -1981) Box Set CD 2 1973-1974 L'esperienza Americana; but the one from 2002 is simply 100% better.

Tokyo Electric Guitar Jam is another excellent song which includes a new version or to be honest a completely improvised one of Altaloma 5 Till 9," extraordinaire!!!!

The only song that disappointed me a bit was Dolcissima Maria, which loses a lot of its naive beauty when made more complex like in this album.

It will be a loss of time to talk about each member, because the years haven't passed for them, they are still at their top, something not usual for guys who are more than 30 years in the business.

I sincerely recommend this excellent album to anybody who ever liked true progressive music, and if you can get the DVD also, don't hesitate, it's a unique chance to listen the best music by one of the best Italian Progressive Bands.

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