Thursday 12 October 2017
Premiata Forneria Marconi - Miss Baker (1987)
The 13th album from this Italian band.
The band was a sextet on this album with a lineup of keyboards, violin, guitars, bass, drums and vocals. The band also got help from guest musicians who provided saxophones, horns, keyboards and female vocals.
Miss Baker is off course Josephine Baker. This artist was the first ever coloured artist who became a major star in entertainment. She made the way for the likes of Prince and Michael Jackson. She is perhaps a bit forgotten. But she should never be forgotten as she was a great dancer and visionary.
And that is the best thing I can say about this album. It is also the only thing I agree with Premiata Forneria Marconi on this album.
The album starts out as a cheap and nasty version of Saturday Night Fever. It continues down the disco path until it changes to become a bit of a Phil Collins album. Phil Collins at his worst, that is. Phil Collins at his most cheasy and nasty songs.
Miss Baker is a mix of cheap and nasty disco, Italian pop and soul. And it is everything Premiata Forneria Marconi was not on their first albums. It is a terrible album indeed.
And it should never have had the Premiata Forneria Marconi name on it.