An amazing assimilation of styles, songs, and textures, Per Un Amico sets the bar by which all Italian prog should be judged. The flow and melody here is delightful and all of the pieces fall into place. The band set the stage with their debut, then they burst through the doors of genius with Per Un Amico. Lovely lyrical passages give way to dynamic progressivism throughout the short trip. All of the first three PFM releases are classics–this is my favorite due to the strong beginning, the stronger middle, and a killer finale. All in all, a classic among classics – I agree with every pundit out there who agrees this work is on par with Close to the Edge, Selling England By the Pound,  In the Court of the Crimson King et al.

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