Premiata Forneria Marconi is one of Italy's most important bands. They are also probably one of the most important Progressive Rock bands to emerge from a country that has contributed so much music to genre we like so much. There's no doubt that Italians were some of the first to see the potential of combining classical music with rock and roll. From the time Peter Gabriel's Genesis landed to perform there, an almost endless stream of Progressive bands started to emerge from the boot-shaped nation.
PFM (as they are known in the English speaking world) had the best results out of all the Italian Prog Bands trying to appeal to an audience outside of Italy. Fortunately, they are also one of the longest standing bands from that era. They are showing no signs of stopping. Their newest album "A.D. 2010 La Buana Nevella Opera Apocrifa" is yet another Rock Opera. This time, according to the only information I've found so far, will feature cover songs as well as new compositions. According to BTF.IT, the album will be released as a 2LP set. Click the link below if you're interested in pre-ordering.
BTF.IT >> Italian Distribution >> CD & DVD: "40 years since its first release PFM decide to read again the whole record with new arrangements and new music written right for this anniversary edition. “A.D. 2010 - La buona Novella” in PFM’s vision does not features only cover songs, but lots of new music written to bear and to attend the listener directly from the inside of the tale."