Artist

PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI

1970-73
Mauro Pagani (vocals, flute, violin)
Franco Mussida (guitar, vocals)
Flavio Premoli (keyboards, vocals)
Giorgio Piazza (bass, vocals)
Franz Di Cioccio (drums, vocals)

1974
Piazza replaced by:
Patrick Djivas (bass, vocals)

1975
enters:
Bernardo Lanzetti (vocals, guitar)

1976
Pagani quits, replaced by:
Greg Bloch (violin)

1977
Bloch quits

Much has been written and said in Italy about Premiata Forneria Marconi, and they have surely been the most popular band here for many years. No one who was in his teens in Italy during the 70's, doesn't know È festa or Impressioni di settembre. They were also the first (and last, probably) Italian band to have some success abroad, playing some good european and American tours, and even playing the popular Reading festival in England.

The band was formed in Milan around 1970 when the ex-Quelli (a popular beat band during the 60's) Mussida, Premoli, Piazza and Di Cioccio met multiinstrumentalist Mauro Pagani from Dalton
The four Quelli had a change in their musical style near the end of the 60's and even made a single as I Krel, before the new name was adopted.

The new band had a long name, as it was the tendency for the prog-oriented Italian bands of the time, and were usually referred to as "La Premiata" and later PFM. Their live beginnings, recently documented in the 10 anni live 71/81 box set, included many covers, especially by the likes of King Crimson and Jethro Tull that were among their strongest influences.

In June 1971 Premiata Forneria Marconi were invited at the first "Festival d’Avanguardia e Nuove Tendenze" in Viareggio, and they won it, along with Osanna and Mia Martini.

But their first single, coupling La carrozza di Hans with Impressioni di settembre, began a highly original musical style, where the foreign influences had been mixed with classical music and some typical mediterranean sounds, creating the distinctive "italianprog" sound that has been later perfectioned by many others.

First album, Storia di un minuto in 1972 is a milestone in the genre, the quintessence of the Italian prog, and few others can be compared with this that's surely one of the top five Italian LP's for its contents and energy. Tracks like the two on the single, È festa and Dove.. quando are still among the finest example of their distinctive sound. The fine playing of Mauro Pagani, Franco Mussida and Flavio Premoli, despite the lack of a good role singer (always one of their limits), create a highly regarding sound that's still valid today.

The same year saw the release of their second LP, Per un amico, containing the same elements as the previous one with cuts such as the title track, Generale, Il banchetto. Both the albums were very successful and, along with the first Banco del Mutuo Soccorso album, opened the way to a large audience recognition of the new musical style.

Third album, Photos of ghosts, contained mostly reworkings of old tracks in English version, and represented the first attempt by Italian rock bands to break the foreign markets. The LP was released abroad by ELP label Manticore (just like Banco's fourth eponymous album) and gave the band a huge success in the USA.

In 1974 the fourth album, L'isola di niente, also had an English version released with the same track listing, called The world became the world. A new bass guitarist had joined the band, Patrick Djivas from Area (Giorgio Piazza formed the short-lived Crystals), and English lyrics were by Pete Sinfield. The album was again very successful and the band embarked in their first US tour, documented in their Live in USA album.

The lack of a lead singer in the band had always been marked by the press as PFM's main defect, and for this reason the group enroled Bernardo Lanzetti from Acqua Fragile. Lanzetti had lived in the States and with his distinctive voice could solve the major problems for the band, singing and speaking English! The first (and sadly the only) release by the new six-piece was Chocolate kings, the first album only released with English lyrics (and their least successful so far for this reason in Italy). Containing some very good songs such as the title track and Out of the roundabout, the album had probably lost some of the typical Italian feel of their previous works, going closer to the foreign markets' taste. A successful album abroad, it gave the band new chances to play in foreign countries, with new tour in Europe, USA and Japan.

But after the long tour, Pagani, tired of the hard life on the road, decided to quit the band. The band tried to replace him with American violinist Greg Bloch (from Flock and It's a Beautiful Day) but their decline had started. Jet lag, released in 1977 on the new Zoo label, still has very discordant reviews, its sound being very far from past glories, and Passpartù in 1978, with lyrics written by Italian songwriter Gianfranco Manfredi, saw a strong turn towards pop music. 

In 1979 a successful tour brought PFM all over Italy as backing band to the singer-songwriter Fabrizio De André, and two live albums were released by Ricordi (Fabrizio De André e la PFM In concerto voll. I & II).

The band released the good Suonare suonare  in 1980 with new member Lucio Fabbri (on violin and keyboards, from Piazza delle Erbe) but some low level albums followed during the 80's, wit the group still continuing its successful live activity in Italy, and members Mussida and Di Cioccio also released solo albums. 
After Miss Baker in 1987, PFM members concentrated on their solo activities, without ever officially declaring the end of the group.
The reunion of the basic four piece of Mussida, Premoli, Djivas and Di Cioccio came in 1997 with the Ulisse LP, and the band had some successful tours in the following years, well documented by the live www.pfmpfm.it, a sort of "live greatest hits" album as stated in its subtitle Il Best.

A new studio CD, Serendipity, came out in 2000, followed by another double live CD, Live in Japan 2002 (better than the previous 1998 live), is another nice document of the group's concert energy, and this also includes two new studio unreleased recordings, a cover of Franco Battiato's Bandiera bianca (following Battiato's remake of Impressioni di settembre in his 2002 album) and a great Sea of memories with vocals by Peter Hammill. 
Summer 2003 sees the group playing all over Italy with renewed energy, with Mauro Pagani, Peter Hammill and other artists guesting in some dates. Another live album PFM+Pagani - Piazza del Campo was released in 2004: the live albums released by PFM during these years are surely better than the studio records.
In 2006 the group, always playing live all over Italy, had no less than three different shows going on, the classic PFM canta De André, the new Stati d'immaginazione, featuring improvisations built on original videos, and the rock opera Dracula. From these shows came three separate CD's, issued between 2005 and 2008.
In 2007, during the Stati di immaginazione promotional tour, keyboardist Flavio Premoli has left the group, replaced by Gianluca Tagliavini, who's still in the line-up now.

Since 2004 Di Cioccio has played from time to time with Slow Feet, a blues band featuring Lucio Fabbri, Vittorio De Scalzi from New Trolls, Paolo Bonfanti and Reinhold Kohl.

 

LP
Storia di un minuto Numero Uno (ZSLN 55055) 1972 gatefold cover with inner opening - later with single cover
  Numero Uno/BMG (NL 74059) 1989 gatefold cover with side opening
Per un amico Numero Uno (DZSLN 55155) 1972 gatefold cover - later with single cover
  Numero Uno/BMG (NL 71784) 1989 as above
Photos of ghosts Numero Uno (DZSLN 55661) 1973 gatefold laminated cover - later with single cover
  Numero Uno/BMG (NL 71785) 1989 gatefold cover
  Sony/BMG (5013929410916) 2011 new reissue with gatefold cover
L'isola di niente Numero Uno (DZSLN 55666) 1974 single cutout cover with inner
  Numero Uno (DZSLN 55666) 1975 second issue with standard cover
  Numero Uno/BMG (NL 71782) 1989 single cover with inner
The world became the world Numero Uno (DZSLN 55669) 1974 single cutout cover with inner
Live in USA Numero Uno (DZSLN 55676) 1974 single cover, early copies with booklet
  Sony/BMG (88883 70173 1) 2013 reissue with single cover
Chocolate kings Numero Uno (ZSLN 55684) 1975 single cover with poster - later without poster and with titles and recording notes printed on back cover
Jet lag Zoo (ZPLZ 34008) 1977 single cover with inner
Passpartù Zoo/Numero Uno (ZPLN 34032) 1978 single cover with inner
Suonare suonare Numero Uno (ZPLN 34092) 1980 gatefold cover with inner
Come ti va in riva alla città Numero Uno (ZPLN 34140) 1981 single cover with inner
Performance Numero Uno (ZPLN 34161-2) 1982 2LP - gatefold cover
PFM? PFM! Numero Uno (ZL 70442) 1984 single cover with inner
Miss Baker Ricordi (SMRL 6372) 1987  
Ulisse RTI (1146-1) 1997 single cover with inner
A.D.2010 - La buona novella Edel/Aereostella (02504951AER) 2010 2LP - new studio album
Celebration (1972-2012) Sony (887254 95951) 2012 3LP box set with booklet, including the two 1972 albums and a third LP with unreleased live recordings
PFM in classic. Da Mozart a Celebration Immaginifica (ARS IMM/1020) 2013 3LP box set
All albums reissued on CD


OFFICIAL CD'S (relevant issues)
10 anni live 71/81 RTI (RTI 0217-2)  1996 box set with mostly unreleased live tracks
www.pfmpfm.it (Il Best) RTI (RTI 92002)  1998 new live recording
Serendipity Sony (S4 498901-2) 2000 new studio album
Live in Japan Sony (S4 505106-2) 2002 2CD -live recordings from May, 2002 + 2 studio unreleased tracks
PFM + Pagani - Piazza del Campo Sony (5194362000) 2004 live CD recorded in 2003
  Sony (5194363000) 2004 as above, CD + DVD version - digipack cover
Dracula - Opera rock Musiza (82876 72306 3) 2005 CD taken from the theatre play of the rock opera - also released in a limited issue as double CD
Stati di immaginazione Sony (88697026489) 2006 new studio CD + DVD
PFM canta De André Edel/Aereostella (0194502AER) 2008 CD + DVD recorded live in 2008
River of life - The Manticore years anthology 1973-1977 Esoteric/Manticore (MANTCD 21004) 2010 2CD compilation with unreleased live and studio tracks
The world became the world Esoteric/Manticore (MANTCD 1005) 2010 reissue of the 1974 album with 3 bonus tracks
Photos of ghosts Esoteric/Manticore (MANTCD 1006) 2010 reissue of the 1973 album with 6 bonus tracks
Jet lag Esoteric/Manticore (MANTCD 1007) 2010 reissue of the 1977 album with 1 bonus track
Chocolate kings Esoteric/Manticore (MANTCD 21008) 2010 2CD - reissue of the 1975 album with a bonus live CD
A.D.2010 - La buona novella Edel/Aereostella (0204902AER) 2010 new studio album - digipack cover
Cook Esoteric/Manticore (MANTCD 31011) 2010 3CD box set - reissue of the Live in USA 1974 album with two bonus CD's from the same concerts
Amico Faber Edel/Aereostella (0205604AER) 2011 box set with 2CD+1DVD including the albums PFM Canta De André and A.D.2010 - La buona novella
L'isola di niente Sony/BMG (88697-97689-2) 2011 reissue of the 1974 album with mini-LP cover
Live in Roma Immaginifica (ARS IMM 1008) 2012 live recording from 2010 Prog Exhibition
Celebration (1972-2012) Sony (887254 95942) 2012 3CD box set with booklet, including the first two studio albums and a third CD with unreleased live recordings
PFM in classic. Da Mozart a Celebration Immaginifica (ARS IMM/1019) 2013 2CD - digipack cover


BOOTLEG CD'S (relevant issues)
Live in concert Harlequin (HCD 101) - USA 1991 BBC live recordings from 1974-75
Impressioni vent'anni dopo Anthology (ANT 2112)  1994 live recordings from Modena 1971
  Aulica (A 2161)  ???? same as above
Bobo Club 2000 - 1972 Prehistoric (PR 02)  1994 live recordings from Modena 1971
Is my face on straight? Le Matango (LM 98005) - Japan 1998 live recordings from New York 1974
A celebration - Live Recall (SMDCD 130)  1998 2CD - live recordings from ???
London 1975 Spiral (003) 199? BBC live recordings from 1975 + US TV from 1974
Blowing from the Mediterranean PAR (52775 A/B) 199? 2-CD -  live recording from Paris 1975
Four holes in the chocolate ?? (ZA43) 199? live recording from Ravenna 1976
Anytime, anywhere TNT (90133/4) - Japan 199? 2CD - Japanese live recordings from 1975
Celebration TNT (90167/8) - Japan 199? 2CD - Japanese live recordings from 1975
The far east experience Le Matango (LM 96001/2) - Japan 199? 2CD - Japanese live recordings from 1975 + BBC tracks
Cool Highland (HL 376/7) - Japan 199? 2CD - Japanese live recordings from 1975
Cadence & cascade Il Yarinige ()  2000 2CD - live recordings from 1973 with Pete Sinfield and Mel Collins
Il concerto 2001 Highland (HL 546/7) - Japan 2002 2CD - live recordings from Rome 2001


VARIOUS ARTISTS COMPILATION ALBUMS
Qui giovani
(with È festa, Dove...quando parte I)
Numero Uno (2G2KY 19279) 1972 compilation, also featuring Demetrio Stratos, Alberto Radius, Formula 3, Adriano Pappalardo
Quelli della Numero Uno
(with La carrozza di Hans, Impressioni di settembre, Dove...quando, È festa, Il banchetto, Per un amico, Dolcissima Maria)
Numero Uno (CFD 01080-10) 1999 10 CD - box set with tracks from singles and albums
Prog Exhibition - 40 anni di musica immaginifica (with La luna nuova, Il banchetto, Harlequin, La terra dell'acqua, Intro Bach, Bourée, My God, Out of the roundabout, Maestro della voce, Cyber alpha 3.1, Impressioni di settembre, La carrozza di Hans, È festa, , Se le brescion, La tentazione) Immaginifica (ARS IMM 1004) 2011 7 CD + 4 DVD box set also featuring Sinestesia, The Trip, La Maschera di Cera, Tagliapietra-Pagliuca-Marton, Periferia del Mondo, Raccomandata con Ricevuta di Ritorno, Osanna, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso


SINGLES (with picture sleeve)
La carrozza di Hans
Impressioni di settembre
Numero Uno (ZN 50126)  1971 both tracks also on Storia di un minuto, but in different versions
Dolcissima Maria
Via Lumière
Numero Uno (ZN 50326)  1974 both tracks from L'isola di niente
Chocolate kings
Harlequin
Numero Uno (ZN 50342)  1975 both tracks from Chocolate kings, but Harlequin is in a shorter version
Come ti va
Chi ha paura della notte?
Numero Uno (ZBN 7229)  1981 both tracks from Come ti va in riva alla città
Impressioni di settembre
È festa
RTI (RTI 3327)  1998 both tracks from www.pfmpfm.it (Il Best) - issued on 7-inch vinyl with gatefold cover and as CD single


PROMO-ONLY AND JUKEBOX SINGLES (with blank sleeves)
La carrozza di Hans
Impressioni di settembre
Numero Uno (ZJN 50126)  1971 jukebox single with orange label
Il banchetto Numero Uno (JBZN 50270)  1972 split jukebox single coupled with Formula Tre - Aeternum
Celebration
Old rain
Numero Uno (JBZN 50315)  1973 jukebox single
Four holes in the ground Numero Uno (JBZN 50331) 1974 jukebox single, backed with Il Volo - Il calore umano
Cerco la lingua
Traveler
Numero Uno (ZBZ 7021)  1977 promo-only single from Jet lag
Si può fare Numero Uno/Una Sors Coniunxit (JPB 6456)  1980 split jukebox single coupled with Goran Kuzminac/Ehi ci stai
Come ti va Numero Uno/Spaghetti (JPB 6530)  1981 split jukebox single coupled with Marco Ferradini/Schiavo senza catene
Capitani coraggiosi
Sentimentalmente
Numero Uno (PB 6780)  1984 promo-only single from PFM? PFM!
Un amore vero
Prima che venga la sera
Ricordi (SRLM 2072)  1987 promo-only 12" - both tracks from Miss Baker
Il cavallo di legno RTI (FMJB 15048)  1997 one-sided promo single taken from Ulisse
Impressioni di settembre
È festa
RTI (FMJB 15056)  1998 jukebox single - both tracks from www.pfmpfm.it (Il Best)

 

QUELLI

LP
Quelli Ricordi (SMRP 9305) 1969 glossy single cover
  Ricordi/Orizzonte (ORL 8165) 1978 reissue with three different tracks and new cover
  Sony Music (88697 51247 1) 2009 new reissue with the original cover design


SINGLES (with picture sleeve)
Via con il vento
Ora piangi
Ricordi (SRL 10409)  1966  
Una bambolina che fa no no no
Non ci sarò
Ricordi (SRL 10443)  1966  
Per vivere insieme
La ragazza ta ta ta
Ricordi (SRL 10459)  1967  
Tornare bambino
Questa città senza te
Ricordi (SRL 10479)  1967  
Mi sentivo strano
Dettato al capello
Ricordi (SRL 10502)  1968  
Lacrime e pioggia
Nuvole gialle
Ricordi (SRL 10525)  1968  
Dici
Marilù
Ricordi (SRL 10544)  1969  
Dietro al sole
Quattro pazzi
Ricordi (SRL 10590)  1970  

 

KREL

SINGLES (with picture sleeve)
Fin che le braccia diventino ali
Il mondo cade giù
Ricordi (SRL 10573)  1970 also released in jukebox issue, with white label and blank cover


VARIOUS ARTISTS COMPILATIONS LP's
Sanremo 70
(with Pà diglielo a mà)
Ricordi (SMRL 6070) 1970 Sanremo Festival compilation, also featuring Bobby Solo, Supergruppo, Donatello, Roberto Soffici, Franco Say, Ricky Gianco, Fiammetta, Tony Del Monaco, Dik Dik, Antoine

 

 

All the PFM albums have printed in large quantities in Italy and are all still easy to find now. No particular rarities exist, nor any counterfeits. 
The first two albums were originally issued with gatefold cover, but later pressings came with single covers and same catalogue numbers (which was shortened to
ZSLN 55155 in the case of Per un amico).

The original issue of Chocolate kings had a single cover with no titles and info, which were printed on the poster included; a later issue had no poster and all the credits printed on the back cover.
Some copies (probably promotional) of Jet Lag contained a 12-page illustrated booklet entitled Comunicante n.1, with information on the album, on the group's history and discography.

Storia di un minuto has been reissued on CD in March 2003 by BMG with mini-LP cover and obi, as part of their "Dei di un perduto rock" series, and later repressed in October of the same year when a second batch of those CD's came out.
The CD was announced by BMG as being also available with standard jewel case (cat.no. 74321-98784-2) but was probably never issued in this form.
A new edition of this CD came out in 2011, again with a mini-LP cover (BMG 88697-85368-2).
All the albums are now easy to find on CD.

They've also been issued abroad, in Japan, USA, and various European and Southamerican countries. 
Per un amico
even had a brazilian issue, Photos of ghosts, The world became the world and Chocolate Kings were issued in UK on Manticore, Live in USA was issued abroad as Cook (in USA on Manticore MA6-502-S1 distributed by Motown!), while Chocolate kings and Jet lag had international releases with different covers. An US-only compilation, called The Award winning Marconi bakery (that's the English translation of the band's name) was also released by Peters.
A canadian issue of Photos of ghosts also exists, on Atlantic (MC 66668).
In Brazil Live in USA (RCA - 104.7059 , released in 1977) and Chocolate kings were released on both LP and CD, while Storia di un minuto and Photos of ghosts came out on CD only.
Venezuelan issues exist of Storia di un minuto (Historia de un minuto on label, RCA LPVS 1556, issued in 1975 with gatefold cover), L'isola di niente (RCA Victor LPVS 1471, with a gatefold cover containing Italian and Spanish lyrics), Per un amico (reversed gatefold cover containing the original issue's inner picture on the front) and Chocolate Kings (RCA LPVS-1592, again a gatefold with a band picture in the inner, some copies with poster; the cover contains the lyrics in Italian, though the record is sung in English!).
Storia di un minuto (AVS 4577), Per un amico (AVS 4476), Photos of ghosts (AVS 4546), Live in U.S.A. (AVSS 4479) and Chocolate Kings (AVS 4440) all came out in Argentina on RCA Victor with single cover, no inserts and, as usual with Southamerican releases, Spanish translation of the song titles (still sung in Italian).
The world became the world was reissued in 2013 by the UK label Cherry Red (CRP114LP) with the original cutout cover.

A single with Celebration and Mr 9 till 5 was released in USA on Manticore (MC-2002) in 1973.
Another single with a nice picture sleeve, coupling Celebration with Old rain from the Photos of ghosts album, was released in France and England (HEVY2) by Manticore in 1973; a second English issue with cat.no K 13501 came out soon later with Manticore company sleeve. The same single, with different cover, appeared in Spain (12.275 A) and Japan (P-1283M). Another issue of the same single came out in Chile in 1974, reputedly in a limited pressing of just 250 copies (RCA Victor XXPBO 702) with blank cover
.
A single containing The world became the world backed with an unreleased live version of La carrozza di Hans (it is in fact a 1973 recording with fake audience effects), was issued in 1974 in the UK (Manticore K 13505 - with company sleeve), in Spain (Manticore 13268) and France (Manticore 13505 - B-side erroneously written as La carroza di Hans with a single "z").
Four holes in the ground and The world became the world appeared together on single in 1974 in Germany (Manticore 13 439 AT, picture sleeve) and in the UK (Manticore K 13506 - company sleeve).

Old Korean bootleg reissues of The world became the world (cat.no. 14) and Storia di un minuto (cat.no.114) also exist, both with single cover (unknown label reproduced original designs).

The box set 10 anni live 71/81 has also been released in Italy as four separate CD's, and also had a Japanese issue as Absolute live 1971-1978 on King label.
The 2005 CD Dracula, taken from the rock opera composed by the band, has also been issued in a limited release box set with 2CD's entitled Dracula Opera Rock - Original Cast Recording, and includes the entire play.

In the Quelli/Krel discography almost everything is rare, expensive and sought after. 
The top rarity is their 1969 Ricordi LP, that mostly included tracks from singles and mainly covers of foreign hits (among them Deep Purple's Hush and Aphrodite's Child's Rain and tears
translated in Lacrime e pioggia). 
Even the LP reissue on the budget price series Orizzonte is now particularly rare, but it includes only nine of the original LP's 12 tracks, along with three more from singles, and has a revised cover design.
Both tracks from the Krel single, Fin che le braccia diventino ali and Il mondo cade giù appear on a Japanese 9-track promo compilation on Nexus, called Nexus International Italian Rock Special (cat.no.SSY-17) that also includes singles' tracks by Hunka Munka, New Trolls, Ricordi d'Infanzia and Patrizio Alluminio (Alluminogeni).
I Krel also appeared on the Sanremo 70 compilation singing Pà diglielo a mà, that was originally performed during the Festival by Rosalino Cellamare.

An oddity in the PFM discography is a single from 1981, Flash...Gordon...Flash, theme of the Italian TV series Flash Gordon (RCA BB6501), sung by one Donno but surely played by the band members. On the B-side the nice instrumental Far away is credited to the Ianpatrick Group (Ian and Patrick are the first names of bassist Djivas!).

Storia di un minuto - gatefold cover

Per un amico - gatefold cover

Per un amico - Venezuelan issue LP

Photos of ghosts - LP

Photos of ghosts - Argentine issue LP

L'isola di niente - cutout cover and inner

The world became the world - cutout cover and inner

Live in USA - LP and booklet

Cook (US issue) - LP

Chocolate kings - LP

Chocolate kings - US issue LP

Chocolate kings - poster

Chocolate kings - Venezuelan issue inner gatefold

Jet lag - LP

Jet lag (US issue) - LP

Jet lag - Promotional booklet

Passpartù - LP

Suonare suonare - LP

Come ti va in riva alla città - LP

Performance - LP

The award winning Marconi bakery (US-only compilation) - LP

La carrozza di Hans - 7" single

Dolcissima Maria - 7" single

Harlequin - 7" single

 

Celebration/Old rain - French 7" single, front and back cover

 

The world became the world - 7" single (Germany)

The world became the world - 7" single (Spain)

10 anni live 4CD box set

www.pfmpfm.it - CD

Live in Japan 2002 - CD

PFM+Pagani Piazza del Campo - CD

  
Dracula - standard issue CD and Original Cast Recording box set

Stati di immaginazione - CD

A.D.2010 - La buona novella - CD

PFM in classic - CD
Bobo Club 2000 - 1972 - CD
  

Quelli - LP and label

I Krel - Finché le braccia diventino ali - 7" single

Donno/Ianpatrick Group - Flash...Gordon...Flash - 7" single

 



Click on pictures to enlarge

Live in Mondavio (PU) 
11-jul-2003
Live in Mondavio (PU)
11-jul-2003
Live in Mondavio (PU)
11-jul- 2003
Live in Mondavio (PU)
11-jul- 2003 
with Peter Hammill on vocals
Live in Mondavio (PU)
11-jul- 2003
Live in Siena
29-aug-2003
with Mauro Pagani
Live in Siena
29-aug-2003
with Mauro Pagani and Solis string quartet
Live in Siena
29-aug-2003
with Mauro Pagani and Piero Pelù
Franz Di Cioccio with Enrico Capuano
16-aug-2005
in Gubbio (PG)
Franz Di Cioccio at 70's Flowers Festival, Fano (PU)
29-set-2005
 
"PFM canta De André" - Città di Castello (PG)
16-dec-2005
"Stati di immaginazione" - Terni
8-feb-2006
 
 
"PFM canta De André" - Sesto Fiorentino (FI)
1-sep-2007
 
 
Live in Quebec City, Canada
23-nov-2008
Photos by Charles Terenzio
  
  
"35 e... 1 minuto" - Pietrafitta (PG)
6-aug-2009
Promotional photo 2010
    
   
Live at ProgExhibition 2010
Teatro Tendastrisce, Roma, 5-nov-2010
    
PFM with Ian Anderson at ProgExhibition 2010
Teatro Tendastrisce, Roma, 5-nov-2010

 

 

JET LAG - We're in 1977, and close to the death of progressive rock. A difficult style, a difficult story…and it's difficult to review a record like this. 
Jet Lag is the discomfort of the traveller going from a time zone to another, from a country to another, strained by check-ins and changes. 
Jet Lag is the discomfort of a band that's losing its roots, in a nation, the USA, that has little to give them. 
Jet Lag is a record that absorbes the grooves of the new refined music that's coming out in the States, jazz-rock and fusion. 
In fact this is a fusion album, rather than a progressive one, the Rhodes electric piano replaces the acoustic piano, the Moog shifts toward a Zawinul-inspired sound, there's much use of a fretless bass by Djivas. 
The American line-up includes a role singer (but for a short time), Lanzetti, and they take in Greg Bloch on violin to replace Pagani. 
This is the last record before the terrible fall that took them to release such albums as Miss Baker
To appreciate it, you must be broad-minded, and forget the band that gave us E' festa.
  Leonardo Gabrielli

 

 

The band has an official website at http://www.pfmpfm.it in Italian and English with detailed discography, information, lyrics.

The band's official fanclub also has its own website at http://www.fanzine.net/fanclubs/pfm/cw/
Founder member Mauro Pagani has an official website at http://www.mauropagani.com/  
Bernardo Lanzetti's official fanclub website is at http://digilander.iol.it/luctonal/bernardo_lanzetti/itaindex.html
Franz Di Cioccio's own label Immaginifica has a website at http://www.immaginifica.com, and they've released the second album Prismosfera by Italian band Stereokimono.
In the summer of 2005 Franz Di Cioccio guested in some concerts of the rock singer-songwriter Enrico Capuano, whose own website is www.enricocapuano.it 

 

 

Thanks to Manuel Da Achada, Pedro Leal, Massimo Caserio, Olivier Boigey, John Elvis Gualtieri, Mick Wilding, Alessandro Bronchi, Guilherme Tofani, Marzio Barbieri, Valerio D'Angelo, Charles Terenzio, Lorenzo Pittan of Amarcord, Marco Bonacchi, Gianluca Gallinelli, Massimo Pozzi, Lorenzo D'Angelo, Paolo Calbini, Paolo Manca, for info and pictures for this page.
Also a big GRAZIE to Franz Di Cioccio for friendship and encouragement.