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Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso

Rock Progressivo Italiano

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3.17 | 64 ratings | 2 reviews | 9% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. At Supper, For Example (6:19)
2. The Spider (4:56)
3. John Has A Good Heart, But (3:34)
4. Slogan (7:25)
5. They Say Dolphins Speak (5:52)
6. Voilą Midae! (5:52)
7. When Good People Counsel (1:53)
8. The Night Is Full (4:11)
9. Towards My Door (4:30)

Total time 44:35

Music: Vittorio Nocenzi (1 - 4, 7, 9), Gianni Nocenzi (5, 6, 8)
Lyrics: Francesco Di Giacomo and Vittorio Nocenzi

Line-up / Musicians

- Francesco Di Giancomo / lead vocals
- Rodolfo Maltese / electric & acoustic guitars, trumpet, French horn, vocals
- Vittorio Nocenzi / Hammond organ, synthesizer, harpsichord, Solina, Mellotron (?), vocals
- Gianni Nocenzi / electric & acoustic pianos, synthesizer, clarinet, recorder
- Renato D'Angelo / bass, acoustic guitar
- Pierluigi Calderoni / drums, percussion

- Angelo Branduardi / violin, English lyrics adaptation

Releases information

Version musically unaltered but with English lyrics of the album "Come In Un'Ultima Cena"

Artwork: Caesar & Wanda Monti with Mimmo Mellino

LP Manticore - XOT 28004 (1976, Germany)

CD Victor - VICP-64035 (2007, Japan) Remastered
CD Esoteric - MANTCD 1010 (2010, UK) Remastered by Ben Wiseman

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BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO As In A Last Supper ratings distribution

(64 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (34%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
Poor. Only for completionists (8%)

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Review by Prog-jester
3 stars Not rated yet? Good Lord!

3,5 stars actually...

OK , this is post-classical BANCO album, an English version of "Come di un'Ultima Cena". Concept can be clearly seen here,and English lyrics are very good (though I prefer Franceso when he sings in Italian). Very symphonic and marked with great talent, though not my personal favourite. Best tracks here are "Slogan","They say dolphins speak" and "At a supper for example".A Must for every BANCO/Italian Prog collector, but not that necessary thing for most of us. I got it by chance and left in my collection - why not?

Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars In 1974, I discovered PFM thanks to their album "The World Became the World". Almost a faithful English version of their album "L'Isola Di Niente". In those days, it was the only way to get a PFM album at a normal price (at least in Belgium).

I guess that it should have been the same story for "Banco" (but I can not speak for them, since I did not know them at that time). So, it is a bit weird that there is only ONE review for this album before mine. Isn't "Banco" one of the prominent Italian band ? Even an English production of their work should be more on the foreground, no ?

The band already did such an experience with "Banco" released in 1975. It was a compilation work from two of their earlier releases and since there were two instrumental tracks as well as an unreleased song which was sung in Italian, I could not really speak of a true English "Banco" album.

This one is of course totally different since "Banco" reworked the lyrics of their album "Come In Un'Ultima Cena" and transcripted them fully into English.

Quite frankly, Francesco (their lead singer) sounds so much passionate that you hardly notice whether he sings in English or in Italian (well maybe I am exaggerating). I rated the original album with three stars because there were little great moments featured. The grandiose flavours of this style were really scarce IMO. I far much prefer other Italian bands, but I do admit that "Banco" was a pioneer and has influenced lots of bands. Only therefore, they definitely deserve a lot of consideration.

Like usual, Francesco is the highlight. I am so found of his vocals...

I will rate this album with three stars (same as the original album). A good effort, but nothing incredible, really. I made already a comment about the ridiculously low amounts of full reviews for "Come In Un'Ultima Cena " (the Italian version of this work). What to say about this one ???

At least, the amount of reviews have doubled...

Come on ! Even if this album is not a masterpiece, it should deserve more interest.

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