Per un amico

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Per un amico
Premiata Forneria Marconi - Per Un Amico.jpg
Studio album by
Premiata Forneria Marconi
ReleasedNovember 1972
GenreProgressive rock
LabelNumero Uno
ProducerPremiata Forneria Marconi
Premiata Forneria Marconi chronology
Storia di un minuto
Per un amico
Photos of Ghosts
Original Studio Album chronology
Storia di un minuto
Per un amico
L'isola di niente
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]

Per un amico ("For a Friend") is the second album from the Italian progressive rock band Premiata Forneria Marconi. Released in 1972 by all the initial members of the group, it is considered their breakthrough album that put them on the map. The album remains popular among progressive rock fans throughout Italy and the group will usually still perform all tracks on the album today.

The album, still progressive at heart, additionally borrows influences from a variety of rock genres and subgenres. In an Allmusic review, Per un amico was lauded as a classic within the genre and deemed par to the work of the biggest progressive rock acts of the 1970s. Many of the songs from this album would appear either in their original form or re-recorded with vocals in English on PFM's English-language album Photos of Ghosts.

Composition and critical reception[edit]

Per un amico is rooted within the progressive rock genre, yet includes elements of music ranging from avant-garde to hard rock.[1] The lyrics in the album are also sung in Italian.

Robert Taylor, in an Allmusic review, gave the album a four-and-a-half stars out of five and a positive review. Deeming it, along with its predecessor, as a classic, he claimed that it was as fine as the music of major groups such as Genesis, Yes, or King Crimson, and concluded by saying "Always intelligent, but without pretension, this is progressive rock in its most literal definition".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mauro Pagani, Franco Mussida, Flavio Premoli, except Generale!, by Mussida and Premoli.

Side one
1."Appena un po'"7:44
3."Per un amico"5:24
Side two
1."Il banchetto"8:39


All-Time Ranking[edit]

Rolling Stone listed the album at 19th in their "50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time" list.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Taylor, Robert. Per un amico at AllMusic
  2. ^ Reed, Ryan (17 June 2015). "50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 19 September 2016.