An incredible triple-header of Italian prog – three important albums from Premiata Forneria Marconi – packaged together in a single book-like set, with added note
s and photos – plus bonus tracks too! Photos Of Ghost
s is a record that got huge circulation at a worldwide level – maybe making PFM one of the most-exposed groups of the legendary Italian scene in the early 70s – a wave of groups that took strong inspiration from the sounds of Yes, Genesis, and other UK acts – but really pushed the music with their own sense of creativity! The cuts on the album aren't just jamming rock – but really show a more expansive view, as long instrumental passages almost seem to draw from jazz or soundtrack complexity – with especially nice guitar, flute, violin, and keyboard lines – and vocals come in at just the right moments to send things home. Titles include "Mr 9 Til 5", "Old Rain", "Celebration", "River Of Life", and "Photos Of Ghost
s". Next is L'Isola Di Diente – classic work from PFM – one of those groups that could be complex and compelling, yet never get too lost down all the many pathways they opened in their music! The album's got a blend of instrumental dynamics to match the very best of the British prog acts of the time – in a way that maybe leapfrogs the rest of the European scene for its sharpness, and the way it can balance out instrumental solos with just the right amount of vocals. Titles include "Is My Face On Straight", "Via Lumiere", "Dolcissima Maria", and "La Luna Nuova". World Became The World is a record that has an evocative title and cover – and an evocative sound to match – that heavenly version of prog that made PFM one of the few groups who could both be jamming and sensitive at the same time – often within the space of a single song on the record! The group's in their classic lineup here – awash in flute, guitar, violin, and keyboards – on songs that include a number of songs with help from Peter Sinfield – who maybe adds in some of the gentle lyricism he brought to his work with King Crimson. Titles include "The Mountain", "Have Your Cake & Beat It", "Just Look Away", "Four Holes In The Ground", and "Is My Face On Straight". 3CD set features 7 bonus live tracks too – including a great version of "21st Century Schizoid Man".