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BANCO (1983)

Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso

Rock Progressivo Italiano

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1.88 | 64 ratings | 4 reviews | 2% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1983

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ninna Nanna (4:22)
2. Lontano Da (3:51)
3. Moby Dick (5:19)
4. PioverÓ (4:43)
5. Allons Enfants (4:19)
6. VelocitÓ (5:18)
7. Moyo Ukoje (5:16)
8. Traccia III (2:44)

Total time 35:54

Line-up / Musicians

- Francesco Di Giacomo / vocals
- Rodolfo Maltese / electric guitar & Fx, trumpet, French horn, vocals
- Vittorio Nocenzi / keyboards (Chroma, Yamaha GS2, Roland Jupiter 4), vocals
- Gianni Nocenzi / piano, keyboards (Roland Jupiter 8)
- Gianni Colaiacomo / basses
- Pierluigi Calderoni / acoustic & Simmons electronic drums, percussion, Oberheim Dbv synth

- Beppe Cantarelli / rhythm guitar, backing vocals, co-arranger & co-producer
- Toto Torquati / Fender Rhodes (4)

Releases information

Although same title as the 1975 LP, it's not a re-recording but rather a totally new album.

Artwork: Mimmo Mellino

LP CBS - 25729 (1983, Italy)

CD CBS - 82876683722 (2006, Europe)

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BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO Banco (1983) ratings distribution

(64 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(2%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(8%)
Good, but non-essential (19%)
Collectors/fans only (38%)
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Review by ZowieZiggy
1 stars Third "Banco" nightmare in a row for a prog reviewer. For sure, the eighties were not "Banco" 's ones to say the least.

This album features the same "great" electro-pop sounds but is also more syrupous ballad oriented. Just listen to the "wonderful" trio : "Moby Dick", "PioverÓ" and the absolutely ridiculous "Allons Enfants" partially sung in French and which two initial words are the start of the national French anthem "La Marseillaise".

If ever a contest needs to be organized (any volunteer) to define which was their poorest output during this period it will be very difficult to determine which one will win the gold medal. "Urgentissimo", "Buone Notizie", "Banco 83" ? Or maybe the following one "...E Via" ? Who knows ? For the latter one, I will post my review first and then decide. But it will be a tough match, for sure.

In my review of their previous album, I was desperately looking for a good track. I was able to find two half ones. The exercise is even more difficult with this album. Actually, there isn't one. Or even a half one.

There is no need to write a thousand words about this release. It is totally useless. An insult to this good band (but THEY released it). Shame on you "Banco" for having gone so low.

Is there any more need to justify the rating for this "work" ?

Review by NotAProghead
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Errors & Omissions Team
3 stars In my opinion the best Banco album from the 80's.

Yes, the sound changed according to that time fashion. No improvisations, no long epics, in general no prog here. But songs are nice and memorable, Di Giacomo's voice is strong as ever. The only more or less prog song here is ''Moby Dick'', it stood the test of time and the band often plays it in concerts till now. Best album's track.

My other favourites are ''Lontano Da'', ''PioverÓ'' and ''Allons Enfants'', though I can't tell other songs are bad. Enjoyable record, I listen to it more often than to some BANCO's works from the 70's.

Anyway, this album helped the band to survive in hard years for prog. Perhaps not essential, but pleasant. 3 stars.

Latest members reviews

1 stars The time has time to grant one star to a Banco album, sadly on their eponymous second effort which should always be a kind of band's flagship. The biggest disappointment for me on this album is pure generic 80's drumming without creativity. Arrangements sound less lively than previously, the s ... (read more)

Report this review (#2272837) | Posted by sgtpepper | Thursday, October 24, 2019 | Review Permanlink

1 stars In March 2014, I went to Milan for a meeting. I stayed there for four days. In the same street of the hotel where I was staying there was a record store. So, I went there many times late in the afternoon, after work. You know how people say "When in Rome..." so I decided it was time to finally g ... (read more)

Report this review (#1948828) | Posted by opmanso | Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | Review Permanlink

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