PFR - The Late Great PFR

Wednesday 1st April 1998
PFR - The Late Great PFR
PFR - The Late Great PFR

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Vireo 724385163128

Reviewed by Robin Budgell

Their sound ranges from the mellow, with hints of Dire Straits/Crowded House, through the obvious Beatles influences, to the wild and heavy side that would give Kings X a run for their money. But now eight years of PFR has come to an end... far too soon for a band of this quality. The explanation is not obvious but as the inlay acknowledges, 'To have this all end must seem foolish to many. Fools, of course, is what we are. To follow Christ always looks like folly." The music still remains for us to savour - 17 cracking songs. PFR leave us with at least two genuine classics -"Goldy's Last Day" being their finest moment and a reason to buy this album if you don't have this song in your collection. "Wonder Why" is a perfect rock song that almost saw PFR, via the might of EMI, breaking into the mainstream. Alas, they remained another hidden gem in the CCM pond. There are three new songs here to tempt the most avid fans - all are typically PFR - highly melodic with lashings of harmony. "Fare Thee Well" captures the spirit of this album, although sounding scarily Phil Keaggyish, with one of those sing along choruses. A hidden track rewards the patient listener, 'The Keeper" is a spoof country track - quirky to the end! From the ashes rises at least one phoenix - look out for Eager, Patrick Andrew's new band with an album due out in July on Questar/Mission Records.

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5. Forever [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 16:54 on May 29 2010

I got this cd when it was just released in October of 1997; Great collection of all their best songs!! The cd starts off with one of my favorites, "Great Lengths" even tho' the song is not great in length as far as time goes; a 2 1/2 min. song. Their first hit "Pray for Rain" I have luved from the start, the chorus I never forget. "That Kind of Love" was actually the first song that I recall hearing by them play on ccm radio.
3 new songs are also included on this collection; I am glad "Wonder Why" was included. And just when you thought this cd was the end of them; well a few years later they recorded again. GOD Bless! -Don

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