Reviewed by Nuno on 13 Jul 2002
The English version of Per Un’Amico presents us with a fine shaped PFM, both in producing melodies made to be listened with someone by your side (really close) and some more uptight parts where the musicians are free to express their abilities and interplay capacities.
Produced in 1973, Photos of Ghosts is still a classic of the Italian vintage prog stream and Premiata Forneria Marconi remain as one of the bands that founded that ever flowing stream of emotions and surprises.
Most of the Italian Sympho Prog relies on PFM’s leanings from the early 70’s and traces of their influence are still to be found in many of the current progressive bands coming from Italy.
Though I believe that, with time, Italian Prog has conquered a very special place of its own in the gallery of Prog styles, by 1973 this genre was still flourishing and so, maybe in order to capture a wider scope of listeners, PFM found it reasonable to transport the magical aura of its music, used to its charming and romantic Italian language, into the English idiom. The result is no lesser fascinating or unworthy of attention, but I must confess I rather prefer listen to heir music while sung in the mother language.
The long instrumental passages are rich in content. The symphonic hallow often provides the music with an idyllic suit. The apparently superficial instrumentals are, in fact, deep in feeling as in capacity to proportionate delicate sound landscapes where the traveler (listener) can capture the essence of melody and sense real tranquility.
The piano sets the pace upon which the guitar strokes compose the landscape painting. The other instruments serve as motifs and PFM’s signature is done in colorful yet almost discreet tones. Like painting a ghostly but beautiful morning on a shore, upon a sea of blue waters and wind driven waves.