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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)

Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
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Premiata Forneria Marconi (widely known as PFM) (translation: Award-winning Marconi Bakery) is an Italian progressive rock band. PFM were the first Italian group to have success abroad, entering both the British and American charts. Between 1973 and 1977 they released five albums with English lyrics. They also had several successful European and American tours, playing at the popular Reading Festival in England and on American television. The band's roots go back to the 60s, when Franco Mussida (guitar), Franz di Cioccio (drums), Flavio Premoli (keyboards), and Giorgio Piazza (bass) worked together in backing bands for various Italian pop singers. In 1970, the four moved to Milan and met Mauro Pagani (flute, violin), who brought new sounds to the music. This quintet became the first incarnation of PFM. Their first album was released in early 1972 and achieved a great deal of success in Italy, being one of the first releases by an Italian rock band to chart so well. They released a second album later in the same year, featuring higher production values and refined sound, and expanded their popularity to other parts of Europe. Greg Lake heard the band while ELP was on tour in Italy, and PFM was signed to the Manticore label, leading to a series of English-language releases. A number of personnel changes have taken place since then, notably the addition of singer Bernardo Lanzetti in 1975, but (barring a lull in activity from 1987-1997) the band has continued into the 2000s, modifying their style to fit the times.
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Various Artists — Prog Exhibition – 40 Anni di Musica Immaginifica Various Artists — Prog Exhibition – 40 Anni di Musica Immaginifica
(Edel ARS IMM / 1004, 2011, 7CD+4DVD)
Premiata Forneria Marconi — Live in Japan 2002 Premiata Forneria Marconi — Live in Japan 2002
(Sony Music S4 505106 2, 2002, 2CD)
PFM — Serendipity PFM — Serendipity
(Sony Music Italy 498901 2, 2000, CD)
Premiata Forneria Marconi — Live www.pfmpfm.it (il Best) Premiata Forneria Marconi — Live www.pfmpfm.it (il Best)
(Columbia PCCY-01633, 1998, 2CD)
Premiata Forneria Marconi — Ulisse Premiata Forneria Marconi — Ulisse
(RTI 1146-2, 1997, CD)
Various Artists — Supernatural Fairy Tales Various Artists — Supernatural Fairy Tales
(Rhino Records R2 72451, 1996, 5CD)
Premiata Forneria Marconi — Miss Baker Premiata Forneria Marconi — Miss Baker
(BMG Italy 74321441552, 1987/1996, CD)
Premiata Forneria Marconi — PFM? PFM! Premiata Forneria Marconi — PFM? PFM!
(Numero Uno ZL 70442, 1984, LP)
PFM — Performance PFM — Performance
(RCA Victor Italy 74321 100822, 1982/1991, CD)
Premiata Forneria Marconi — Come Ti Va in Riva alla Città Premiata Forneria Marconi — Come Ti Va in Riva alla Città
(RCA Victor Italy 74321 100802, 1981/1991, CD)
Premiata Forneria Marconi — Suonare Suonare Premiata Forneria Marconi — Suonare Suonare
(RCA Victor Italy 74321 100812, 1980/1988, CD)
Premiata Forneria Marconi — 10 Anni Live 1971-1981 Premiata Forneria Marconi — 10 Anni Live 1971-1981
(RTI 0217-2, 1978/1996, 4CD)
PFM — Jet Lag PFM — Jet Lag
(Esoteric Recordings MANTCD 1007, 1977/2010, CD)
PFM — Chocolate Kings PFM — Chocolate Kings
(Esoteric Recordings MANTCD 2008, 1975/2010, CD)
PFM — Cook (Expanded Deluxe Edition) PFM — Cook (Expanded Deluxe Edition)
(Esoteric Recordings MANTCD 31011, 1974/2010, 3CD)
Premiata Forneria Marconi — L'Isola di Niente Premiata Forneria Marconi — L'Isola di Niente
(BMG 74321 896062, 1974/2001, CD)
Premiata Forneria Marconi — Live in U.S.A. Premiata Forneria Marconi — Live in U.S.A.
(RCA Victor ND 71838, 1974/1989, CD)
Premiata Forneria Marconi — The World Became the World Premiata Forneria Marconi — The World Became the World
(Manticore MANTCD 1005, 1974/2010, CD)
Premiata Forneria Marconi — Photos of Ghosts Premiata Forneria Marconi — Photos of Ghosts
(Esoteric Recordings MANTCD 1006, 1973/2010, CD)
Premiata Forneria Marconi — Bobo Club 2000 Premiata Forneria Marconi — Bobo Club 2000
(Prehistoric PRO 2, 1972/1994, CD)
Premiata Forneria Marconi — Impressioni Vent'Anni Dopo Premiata Forneria Marconi — Impressioni Vent'Anni Dopo
(Aulico A 2161, 1972/1992, 2CD)
Premiata Forneria Marconi — Per un Amico Premiata Forneria Marconi — Per un Amico
(Sony 88697921422, 1972/2011, CD)
Premiata Forneria Marconi — Storia di un Minuto Premiata Forneria Marconi — Storia di un Minuto
(BMG 74321 765422, 1972/2000, CD)

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