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The World Became The World

Artist: Premiata Forneria Marconi
Label: Manticore Records
Catalog#: MC 66673
Format: Vinyl
Country: Canada
Released: 1974-03
Tracklist
A1 The Mountain 10:42
A2 Just Look Away 4:00
A3 The World Became The World 4:44
B1 Four Holes In The Ground 6:21
B2 Is My Face On Straight 6:17
B3 Have Your Cake And Beat It 7:17
Credits

Engineer – Martin Rushent (tracks: A1 to B2)
Engineer [Assistant] – Declan "Food" O'Doherty* (tracks: A1 to B2)
Producer – Claudio Fabi, PFM*

Notes

Manufactured and distributed by WEA Music Of Canada, Ltd.
Released with a lyrics-insert

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PFM traveled to London and Advision Studio to record their third album, with Claudio Fabi producing both an English and Italian version of the same record (the latter released as Isola di Niente), and with Pete Sinfield again providing the English language lyrics. New to the band was bassist Patrick Djivas, previously with Italian fusion protagonists Area. The album presents a significantly harder edge than previous efforts, due in part to Franco Mussida stepping to the fore on electric guitar; the result is certainly one of PFM's finest. "The Mountain" opens the album with a foreboding choral section, followed quickly by a breakneck rhythm from Franz Di Cioccio and Djivas. Bold and intricate, it offers grandeur, in the finest of Italian progressive tradition. The gentle "Just Look Away" is a throwback to their previous album, while the title track (only on the English LP), chimes over a huge King Crimson-like chorus. The fanatical "Four Holes In The Ground" opens the second side; pacing through its several sections, Mussida adds some rather fine electric guitar to this new take on the tarantella of "Celebration", and "Is My Face Straight On" follows in similar tradition. Lyrically it's the strongest on the record, and features a sweet accordion solo from Flavio Premoli. The album closes with the powerful instrumental "Have Your Cake and Beat It". Shifting through several moods, it is one of PFM's most refined compositions, featuring virtuoso soloing from Mauro Pagani. The album was again commercially successful and afforded PFM the opportunity to tour North America for the first time, supporting the likes of Robin Trower, Poco and Dave Mason. Their self-professed highlight was playing before 250,000 fans at the Charlotte Speedway Festival in August. A live album from this period was issued on Manticore early the following year under the title Cook (a reference to their culinary abilities). Indeed, it was a capable showcase of their live performance.
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