Premiata Forneria Marconi — commonly known by the acronym PFM — are an Italian symphonic-rock band from Milano, Lombardia, formed in 1970. The band released four albums and a live disc on Numero Uno between 1972 and 1975, followed by two further titles on Zoo Records during the latter half of the decade. After a two-volume live collaboration with singer–songwriter Fabrizio De André, PFM returned to Numero Uno for another round of albums during the 1980s.
Members: Franco Mussida (guitar, vocals, 1970-2015), Franz Di Cioccio (drums, vocals), Flavio Premoli (keyboards, vocals, 1970-79, 1995-present), Mauro Pagani (vocals, flute, violin, 1970-75), Giorgio Piazza (bass, vocals, 1970-73), Patrick Djivas (bass, vocals, 1973-present), Bernardo Lanzetti (vocals, rhythm guitar, 1975-78), Gregory Bloch (violin, 1977), Lucio “Violino” Fabbri (violin, keyboards, 1979-87, 2001-present), Walter Calloni (drums, 1982-87)
Premiata Forneria Marconi evolved from beatsters I Quelli, which issued numerous singles on Ricordi between 1965 and 1969, culminating in a self-titled album. In 1970, three Quelli members — guitarist/singer Franco Mussida, keyboardist Flavio Premoli, and drummer Franz di Cioccio — teamed with I Dalton violinist Mauro Pagani and session bassist Giorgio Piazza (Fabrizio De Andrē, Lucio Battisti).
At Pagani’s suggestion, the new band named itself Forneria Marconi, Italian for “Marconi Bakery.” Producer Alessandro Colombini, an associate of the band, insisted they affix the word Premiata (“Award-winning”) to the nameplate.
In June 1971, PFM was one of three winners (along with Osanna and Mia Martini) at the first Festival d’Avanguardia e Nuove Tendenze, a talent festival held in Viareggio. Their prize was a contract with Numero Uno, an Italian division of RCA Records. They issued their first single, “La Carrozza di Hans” (b/w “Impressioni di Settembre”), that October. It’s notable as the first charting Italian record to feature the Minimoog synthesizer, which Premoli demonstrated that year on an RAI television broadcast.
Storia di un Minuto
Premiata Forneria Marconi released their debut album, Storia di un Minuto, in January 1972 on Numero Uno.
Per un Amico
Premiata Forneria Marconi released their second album, Per un Amico, in November 1972 on Numero Uno.
Photos of Ghosts
In October 1973, Manticore released Photos of Ghosts, an English-language version of Per un Amico with lyrics by Peter Sinfield. The album also includes a new instrumental, “Old Rain.”
L’isola di Niente
Premiata Forneria Marconi released their third proper album, L’isola di Niente, in March 1974 on Numero Uno.
The World Became the World
Cook / Live in U.S.A.
Cook appeared in the UK, France, German, Japan, and North America. In Italy, Numero Uno released the songs with different cover art as Live in U.S.A., which also appeared in South America on RCA.
In concerto – Arrangiamenti PFM (live, 1979 • Fabrizio De André con PFM
In concerto – Arrangiamenti PFM, Vol. 2 (live, 1980 • Fabrizio De André con PFM)
Come ti va in riva alla città
- Storia di un Minuto (1972)
- Per un Amico (1972)
- L’isola di Niente (1974)
- Live in U.S.A. (live, 1974)
- Chocolate Kings (1975 • PFM)
- Jet Lag (1977 • PFM)
- Passpartù (1978 • PFM)
- In concerto – Arrangiamenti PFM (live, 1979 • Fabrizio De André con PFM
- In concerto – Arrangiamenti PFM, Vol. 2 (live, 1980 • Fabrizio De André con PFM)
- Suonare suonare (1980)
- Come ti va in riva alla città (1981)
- PFM? PFM! (1984 • PFM)
- Miss Baker (1987)
- Discogs: Premiata Forneria Marconi
- Italian Albums Directory (page 6)
- 45worlds: Premiata Forneria Marconi
- 45cat: Premiata Forneria Marconi
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