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BANCO

Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.12 | 182 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars This should be regarded more as a compilation than a true new effort from Banco. In English this time. But there are two fully instrumental numbers as well : the opening and closing numbers. There is also an unreleased song featured here : "L'Albergo Del Pane" sung in ...Italian. So, there is only four tracks that are sung into English.

The choice of the songs of this album is a bit strange. Anyway, the best improvement to be featured here is probably during "Metamorphosis". Much longer than the original. The introduction (and long instrumental part, over thirteen minutes !) is Fully ELP-ish (remember, this is their first album on the Manticore label).

Fantastic piano part which shows all the meastria of Banco to integrate classical passages into their numebers. You know, like Keith Emerson for example...It should have been a definite asset while signing for Manticore. It is the highlight on this album. Some jazzy touches, some spacey moments, some beautiful guitar notes during the final part. A grandiose piece of music. Almost fully instrumental. Franceso entering the scene at 13'08 and finishing at 14'03. So, this is no big deal of an English vocals, right ?

"Outside" (RIP) also features limited vocals, so there is really no big deal in this "English" album finally. The best songs of the early Banco are not featured either. Wonderful finale, with so passionate vocals. I really like Franceso. Being in Italian or in English.

This album is good, but hardly essential. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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