PFM - L'isola Di Niente

Year of Release: 1989
Label: RCA/BMG Ariola
Catalog Number: ND 71782
Format: CD
Total Time: 34:23:00

If we consider Per Un Amico and Photos Of Ghosts as two different albums, L'isola Di Niente is the fourth album of the Italian band PFM. Maybe the best known outside of Italy.

L'Isola Di Niente is also the first PFM release I bought in 1995. And it was a great start. In fact, this record, which was published in the Anglo-Saxon market as The World Became The World with Pete Sinfield's texts (Sinfield also worked with King Crimson and EL&P), reaches that maturity which the band hadn't before. There are more complex and longer songs and the sound is more convincing. To explain what I just said, "L'Isola Di Niente" is PFM longest piece ever and it contains a lot of themes, rhythmic changes and a church choir at the start.

This disc sees also the first appearance of Patrick Djivas on the bass, replacing "Fico" Piazza. Djivas, who previously played in another Italian prog group, Area, is an excellent performer and has is more oriented toward fusion (speaking of his style). He reminded me a lot of Jaco Pastorius, the great bass player from Weather Report who died some years ago.

This work makes us understand how much the group was interested in the stronger market, if you note there is a song only written in English, like "Is My Face On Straight."

However, this release is a step ahead, making a contrast with the previous ones: there aren't that many influences of some of the English bands (King Crimson, Jethro Tull) that we can hear in the past records. This a completely PFM disc, and one of the best. In my opinion, it's a five star rating.

Originally released in Italy by Numero Uno (DZSLN 55666) in 1974 ; reissued by RCA/BMG Ariola (ND 71782) in Italy in 1989; by King Records (KICP89) in Japan in 1991; and by Si Wan Records (on LP, SRML 1014) in Korea in 90-something

L'isola Di Niente (10:42) / Is My Face On Straight (6:38) / La Luna Nuova (6:21) / Dolcissima Maria (4:01) / Via Lumiere (7:21)

Franco Mussida - guitars, lead vocals
Franz Di Ciocco - drums, percussion and voice
Patrick Djivas - bass, voice
Mauro Pagani - violin, flute, voice
Flavio Premoli - keyboards, accordion, lead vocals

Quelli - Quelli (1969)
Storia Di Un Minuto (1972)
Per Un Amico (1972)
Photos Of Ghosts (1973)
L'Isola Di Niente (1974)
The World Became The World (1974)
Live In The USA (1974)
The Award-Winning Premiata Bakery (1976)
Prime Impressioni (1976)
Celebration (1976)
Chocolate Kings (1976)
Jet Lag (1977)
PFM - Antologia (1977)
Passpartù (1978)
Fabrizio De Andre / PFM - In Concerto Vol 1 (1979)
Fabrizio De Andre / PFM - In Concerto Vol 2 (1979)
Suonare Suonare (1980)
Come Ti Va In Riva Alla Città (1981)
Performance (1982)
PFM? PFM! (1984)
Miss Baker (1987)
L'Album Di...PFM (1988)
PFM - I Grandi Del Rock (1993)
P.F.M. Story (1995)
10 Anni Live - 1971-1981 (1996)
Absolute Live - 1971-1978 (1996)
Ulisse (1997) (Il Best) (1998)
I Miti Musica (2000)
Pieces From Manticore (2000)
Golden Collection (2001)
Serendipity (2002)
Live In Japan 2002 (2002)
Gli Anni Settanta (2002)
I Quelli: Flashback: I Grandi Successi Originali (2003)
Piazza Del Campo 2004 (CD+DVD) (2005)
Dracula Opera 2005 (2005)
Stati Di Immaginazione (CD+DVD) (2006)
Cuore Rock (2006)
35... E Un Minuto (2007)
PFM Canta De André (2008)
A.D. 2010 La Buona Novella (2010)
River Of Life: THe Manticore Years Anthology 1973-1977 (2010)
Amico Faber (2011)
Live In Roma with Ian Anderson (2012)
Celebration 1972-2012 (2012)
PFM In Classic - Da Mozart A Celebration (2013)
Paper Charms: The Complete BBC Recordings 1974-1976 (2014)
Un'isola (2014)
Un Amico (2014)
Il Suono Del Tempo (2015)
Un Minuto (2015)
A Ghost (2015)
The World (2015)
Live Collection - 25 Novembre 1980 (2015)
Marconi Bakery 1973-1974 (box set) (2016)
Emotional Tattoo (2017)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin IT

Added: March 24th 2003
Reviewer: Davide Guidone
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