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Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.29 | 925 ratings

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5 stars In 1972 Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso released no less then 2 albums. And both are masterpieces. The debut is such a fascinating album, sounding like an Italian sunshine mixed with the kind of dramatic dynamics that are only topped by VDGG and keyboard acrobatics that must have perplexed Keith Emerson. He sure must have asked himself why this Italian band was blessed with such a generous muse, one sharing all her best tunes with them and not with ELP. I guess muses prefer the Mediterranean over the North Sea!

I've been quite lengthy in my 5 star review for Banco's second album Darwin!, so I'll keep this one down to the bare essence. This album is a dazzling display of musical creativity, passion and adventure. This is what I want to hear in prog! Even with a slight preference for Darwin!, there is no other option for me but to hand out another 5 stars. Besides, I don't feel like analyzing what's going on here. Or should I say I've found myself incapable of it. I've tried many times but each time that I put this album on and sit down to review it, the words seem to fail me. This music simply absorbs me and makes it impossible to do anything else but sit still, listen and enjoy.

Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso is a classic album that should satisfy everybody that regrets VDGG called it quits in 1971 and didn't follow up H to He or Pawn Hearts with another album of such lyrical power and imagination. Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso is where you'll find the logical continuation. In my book, BDMS are one of the best of the classic Prog generation. Too bad it took me so long to discover them.

Bonnek | 5/5 |


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