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1.72 | 65 ratings | 3 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1980

Songs / Tracks Listing

Side 1:
1. Senza riguardo (5:10)
2. Dove sarÓ (5:15)
3. C'Ŕ qualcosa (5:35)
4. Luna piena (2:40)

Side 2:
5. Paolo, Pa (4:50)
6. Felice (5:40)
7. Ma che idea (5:30)
8. Il cielo sta in alto (2:10)

Total Time: 36:40

Line-up / Musicians

- Francesco Di Giacomo / vocals
- Gianni Nocenzi / piano Yamaha CP 80, Synthd Promars Roland, Jupiter Roland, ARP Odissey
- Vittorio Nocenzi / Polysinth Yamaha CS 80, Minimoog, Multiman Crumar, organ Diamond, vocals (3)
- Rodolfo Maltese / guitar Ibanez, EKO M 24, Amp. EKO ST 800, Sintar Yen, trumpet, vocals
- Pierluigi Calderoni / drums Yamaha, percussion Ufip
- Gianni Colaiacomo / bass EKO & Fender

Guest musicians:
- Karl Potter / percussion

Releases information

LP CBS CBS-84677 (1980 Italy)

CD MHCP 1316 Remastered by Sony Music Direct (Japan) Inc. in 2007
Contains bonus track:
9. Paolo, Pa (English version) (5:08)

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BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO Urgentissimo ratings distribution

(65 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(6%)
Good, but non-essential (12%)
Collectors/fans only (42%)
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Review by ZowieZiggy
1 stars "Banco" entering the eighties...

The sound is now more on the electro-pop-disco side. Of course, Franceso sounds great (as always) but the new direction taken in this album is as worse as the one that "Genesis" or "Yes" took a little later. But this is no excuse. You won't find any emotional musical moments as during their early days. The great French band "Ange" did the same with their first post-classic album "Vu D'Un Chien". Totally different and not convincing to say the least.

Highlights are inexistant. Just one good song like "C' ╔ Qualcosa" and that's it !

The worse is also present, unfortunately : "Dove Sara", "Paolo Maledetto" which is fully disco oriented. Really poor. Hard to believe but true. But the whole of this album is of the same caliber. The jazzy-disco-electro "Felice" won't be kept in the memories for the decades to come. That's for sure.

The first few seconds of "Ma Che Idea" sounds like the start of "Soul Sacrifice" ("Santana) and you might believe me. I know that one by heart. These percussions will only last for fifteen seconds; when the band will join, the same disco / pop treatment will be inflicted to the listener. Please, stop this torture ! Good news, the closing number is very short (and very bad as well).

"Banco"already gave a hint on their future re-orientation (!) in their live album : "Capolinea". So, this album is only half a (very bad) surprise.

Only one rating possible. One star of course.

Latest members reviews

2 stars After a sudden change in 1979, the band had gone almost completely commercial on their first truly pop album. You will hear pleasant pop, lighweight forays into rock and jazz but ultimately, owned by disco temptations. Instruments are played masterfully but there aren't many playing challenges an ... (read more)

Report this review (#2272742) | Posted by sgtpepper | Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | Review Permanlink

2 stars 80's began and you can hear it in the music! 70's prog's dead and this is only the beginning. Banco, as most of the other great prog bands (ELP, Yes, Genesis, PFM, Gentle Giant, King Crimson and so on) didn't escape to the new wave and, perhaps, this renewal is the reason why the band is still ... (read more)

Report this review (#12597) | Posted by | Tuesday, December 7, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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