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Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso

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1.30 | 71 ratings | 7 reviews | 1% 5 stars

Poor. Only for completionists

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Studio Album, released in 1985

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Notte Kamikaze (4:20)
2. Ice Love (4:33)
3. Black Out (4:27)
4. (When We) Touched Our Eyes (5:08)
5. To The Fire (4:32)
6. Mexico City (4:00)
7. Lies In Your Eyes (4:23)
8. Baby Jane (3:22)

Total time: 35:25

Bonus tracks on 2007 Sony remaster:
9. Grande Joe (4:38)
10. Grande Joe (Mix version) (7:55)
11. Grande Joe (Instrumental) (6:57)

Line-up / Musicians

- Francesco Di Giacomo / vocals
- Rodolfo Maltese / acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, vocals
- Vittorio Nocenzi / keyboards, piano, vocals
- Gabriel Amato / bass, acoustic & electric guitars, vocals
- Pierluigi Calderoni / drums, percusssion

- Gianni Nocenzi / keyboards (7)
- Alessandro Centofanti / programming, drum machines
- Filippo Mascaio / viola (6)
- Mino Chirivi / cello (6)
- Fabio De Nido / contrabass (6)
- Anna Oxa / vocals (4)
- Ricardo Cocciante / vocals (4)
- Mike Francis / vocals (4)
- Marco Zucarolli / chorus vocals (4)
- Fabio Sinigaglia / chorus vocals (4)
- Elga Paoli / chorus vocals (4)
- Rita Chiarelli / chorus vocals (4)
- Simona Pirone / chorus vocals (4)
- Alessandro Giunta / child voice (8)
- Michela Giunta / child voice (8)
- Mario Valerio / vocals (8)

Releases information

Artwork: Mimmo Mellino

LP CBS - 26642 (1985, Italy)

CD Sony - MHCP 1319 (2007, Japan) Remastered (?)

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BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO ...E Via ratings distribution

(71 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(1%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(0%)
Good, but non-essential (8%)
Collectors/fans only (20%)
Poor. Only for completionists (70%)


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Review by silvertree
2 stars Just imagine Banco trying very hard to sound like, not the 80s Genesis... that would have been better... no. In this album, they're trying to sound like Phil Collins and his Sussudio album. Yes, it's that bad. Or is it ? To tell you the truth, I've seen Phil in concert for his Sussudio album tour and enjoyed it very much at the time. So if you're crazy enough about Banco like I am, well this album can't hurt you but be warned ! The poppy songs are quite well crafted as a matter of fact. I'd rather hear this Banco on the radio than the usual crap. Only for fans.
Review by ZowieZiggy
1 stars There is nothing as similar as a "Banco" album from the eighties than another one. If you are in electro-pop, you might like this one. Actually, back to the eighties I have been listening to some bands like "Human League" and alike and liked them quite well. But when "Banco" opted for this disco-pop beat, I just found it disgusting.

In my review for their previous "album" : "Banco, 1983" I promised to tell which album was their worse form this decade (the eighties). "Urgentissimo" held one good song "C'e' Qualcosa", ""Michele E Il Treno" was the one of two halves pleasant song from "Buone Notizie" (the other half one was : "Baciami Alfredo") and there were none featured on "Banco 83".

About this release now. The worst "Touch Your Eyes" sits aside with the horrorous "Black Out" as well as "To The Fire".

Actually, "Mexico City" is half good. Beautiful and inspired Giacomo vocals during the verse, but these awful beats will strike again during the chorus.

If you really want to suffer, I strongly advise you to listen to "Lies In Your Eyes". Dreadful. I thought that "Genesis" (83) or "Yes" ("Big Generator", "Union" or "Talk" reached the bottom but "Banco" has surpassed them quite of bit with their quatuor of the eighties.

Since this album holDs half a good song, the golden palm goes to "Banco '83" as the poorest output from this once good band.

One star for this one, of course.

Review by stefro
1 stars Oh god, it's always so horrible when prog heroes from the glory years of the early-to-mid 1970's desperately try to cling on to some kind of notion of being 'cool' and 'hip' by producing electro-pop dirge like this. Heard from a 21st century perspective it's even worse. There is no discernable link between this risible studio album and the glorious classics of yesteryear, such as the majestic 'Darwin!' or the beautifully-crafted 'Io Sono Nato Libero', so, in actual fact, if your close your eyes and wish hard enough, you may just wipe the fact that 'E Via' ever dared stain the resume of this once great group. However, you can't really blame the band themselves. Punk killed prog, punk died a natural(and rather young) death and was subsequently replaced by post-punk, then shimmering eighties synth-pop, which is the little and much-maligned window of history that this 1985 album has sprung from. It was a truely horrible affliction that affected many a great rock band, a kind of strange, vulgar desire to change with the times and speak to the kids coupled with a temporay absence of musical talent. Just look at Genesis' 1981-to-1991 period, or 'Love Beach' etc by Emerson, Lake & Palmer to name just a few. Again, once great prog behemoths reduced to peddling out mass-media cardboard confectionary posing as music. Happily, the 1980's finished and were replaced by the slightly cooler 1990's - which, to keep it simple, was basically grunge, britpop and then, right at the end, hip-hop - before the much more acceptable noughties engulfed us and suddenly prog was hip again and, hey presto, bands like Banco started to make better music again! Many have wondered about the strange time of the 1980's. One day, far in the future, generations of musologists will ponder over the terrible time of the 1980's, when cheap synth-pop stalked the earth and held our ears hostage in the gloom of the three-minute keyboard-orientated popular music single. They will refer to this time as 'the time of the dreadful crap' and will use it as an example so that never again will this world have to endure a decade of ghastly sin. So, just to re-cap: don't you dare go anywhere near this album. Fans of prog beware, fans of eighties pop rejoice!

Latest members reviews

1 stars One of the best Banco pop 80's albums. They really tried to come closer to the British new wave by using English title of the songs, additional more mainstream sounding vocals by Mike Francis and Mario Valerio. The sound is even more distanced from normal rock sound. Melodies are really good and ... (read more)

Report this review (#2272840) | Posted by sgtpepper | Thursday, October 24, 2019 | Review Permanlink

1 stars Atrocius. I have no other words to define this work other than "atrocious". As much as I like "Capolinea", the 80s were not that good for Banco, so I wasn't expecting a great album or something. But still, when I put that on the CD player I was like "YUCKKK!". All the other 80s albums had at lea ... (read more)

Report this review (#253269) | Posted by JethroZappa | Saturday, November 28, 2009 | Review Permanlink

1 stars This is the first Banco's album I've ever heard. After this listening I was a lot confused about Banco's music and fame. I like only one song of the album (I've buyed this album in LP) "(When we) touched our eyes" becaue is a sweet, electric dance for voice and keyboard. Is the only song who m ... (read more)

Report this review (#12604) | Posted by dodaro | Monday, March 21, 2005 | Review Permanlink

1 stars Yuck! avoid it if you don't want to have a heart attack! This album is like hearing FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD or NEW ORDER. Not bad if you aren't into prog music and like the 80's. but please, it isn't for any prog lover who likes the 70's releases of BMS (like me, for example). You've bee ... (read more)

Report this review (#12602) | Posted by akualung | Tuesday, August 3, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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