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BANCO (1975)

Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.14 | 167 ratings

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thecoldflame
2 stars I'll be the first person to dramatically disagree with all the raters before me.

Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso does not need any intriducion and is one of the greatest progressive Italian prog bands and my favourite, by the way, which has A LOT to do with their vocalist - his great, emotional, deep, warm voice.

Vocals are exactly the problem with this record. If you remove all the old songs(well, new versions of old songs), you will not get a worthwhile album. Yeah, back to vocals. Di Giacomo is still at his best here, but singing in English, which is definitely NOT his thing, ruins it. The lyrics were picked well, but not only is it incredibly hard to understand what is sung, but the message is less emotional and more false than the original! I'm not too enthusiastic about the new sounding versions of the instrumental parts either.

I say that this album is great ONLY for fans of Banco, and anyone who is interested in Italian prog. But this is no way a good album to start, and not an album to last for a long time either. Like I said before, if you are a fan, YOU must pick it just out of pure curiousity (although the after-78' albums are something I recommend checking as much as I recommend checking after-78' Genesis albums. Get it?).

If you are new to Banco, start with Darwin! or Io Sono Nato Libero, both of which are outstanding albums and have a great lasting appeal. If you like what you had heard, get everything else, from the debut to Canto Di Primavera, including the album I just rated, but get this ONLY after you have not only heard, but also known the first three albums very well.

Picking between 2 and 3 stars was pretty hard, but I thought 'fans only' should be more appropriate and will warn people new to Banco NOT to begin the great experience of Banco music from this work.

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