5 Star Masterpiece-no doubt at all. Buy this album and cherish it with its two siblings "Per Un Amico" and "L'isole Di Niente".Right up there with the best Genesis in my view! First up,most reviewers seem to fall into two camps:English lyrics or Italian lyrics? Me,overall I prefer the Italian originals as the vocalist seems to struggle with the English ones,which is by no means a criticism.
PFM throw every "Prog" instrument into the mix to wonderful effect. Acoustic guitar, flute,Moogs and Mellotrons, and violin. It all blends so fantasticaly well,with wonderful melodies and moods.Magical.
Standouts, if you can call them standouts on an album this good:E Festa-a riotous, joyous, bombastic workout with its infectious keyboards and anthemic hooks. Impressioni di Settembre is beautiful and a masterpiece of 70's prog meets classical subtlety - this track is so wonderful. Heck, the two Dove Quando tracks are brilliant too and so is La Carrozza di Hans.
At 34 minutes the album is short but perfectly formed and as other reviewers have noted - it all still sounds so fresh. The songwriting and performance are right out the top drawer- definitely one to own and show off! http://www.progarchives.com
Track Listing: 1. Introduzione (1:10) 2. Impressioni di Settembre (5:44) 3. E' Festa (4:52) 4. Dove... Quando... (Parte I) (4:08) 5. Dove... Quando... (Parte II) (6:00) 6. La Carrozza di Hans (6:46) 7. Grazie Davvero (5:52)
The Band: - Franz Di Cioccio / drums, Moog, aggeggi, vocal - Franco Mussida / electric & acoustic guitar, dodici (12 String) guitar, mandoloncello, voice - Mauro Pagani / flute, ottavino, violin, voice - Giorgio Piazza / bass, vocal - Flavio Premoli / Organ, pianoforte, Mellotron, clavicembalo, piano a puntine, Moog, voce