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Founded in Rome, Italy in 1969 - Between 1997-2018 active playing Live - Reformed in 2016

One of the most important progressive rock bands to come from Italy, BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO, along with LE ORME and PFM are regarded as the big three of the RPI genre. This is not only because of their longevity and the level of success they achieved in their own country, but also because each were able to make considerable inroads abroad, something which didn't happen for most of their contemporaries.

Despite not releasing their first album until 1972, the band actually formed in 1969, their sound centering around the virtuoso dual keyboard work of the Nocenzi brothers, Gianni and Vittorio. The early line-up fluctuated with various members coming and going before any recorded output was released, including drummers Franco Pontecorvi and Mario Achilli, bassist Fabrizio Falco and guitarists Gianfranco Coletta (ex CHETRO & CO) and Claudio Falco. This early incarnation of the band did, however, record some material but this wouldn't surface until 1989 (see the "Donna Plautilla" album).

Joining the Nocenzi brothers for a more stable line-up in time for their first album was ex-FIORI DI CAMPO guitarist Marcello Todaro and three members of LE ESPERIENZE, vocalist Francesco Di Giacomo, drummer Pier Luigi Calderoni and bassist Renato D'Angelo. Their eponymous first album was a remarkably mature piece of inventive symphonic progressive rock with classical influences, featuring excellent musicianship and the emotionally charged vocal delivery of Di Giacomo. This was quickly followed up by the equally highly regarded "Darwin" and "Io Sono Nato Libero," forming a trio of albums that are essential listening for anyone with even the most casual interest in the RPI genre.

A change of guitarist followed shortly after the recording of "Io Sono Nato Libero," when Todaro left and joined CRYSTALS and was replaced by Rodolfo Maltese, formerly of HOMO SAPIENS. Around this time the band attempted to make inroads outside their native Italy and released the English sung "Banco" on ELP'S Manticore label. In reality this was largely a compilation, as it consisted of re-recorded songs from their first three albums with the exception of one track. To promote this they toured the USA and UK with limited success. "Banco" was followed in 1976 by the film soundtrack album "Garofano Rosso," and in the same year two versions of the same album, one Italian and one English...
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4.28 | 908 ratings
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
1972
4.38 | 1190 ratings
Darwin!
1972
4.38 | 1093 ratings
Io Sono Nato Libero
1973
4.05 | 261 ratings
Banco
1975
3.49 | 166 ratings
Garofano Rosso
1976
3.99 | 264 ratings
Come In Un'Ultima Cena
1976
3.33 | 80 ratings
As In A Last Supper
1976
3.76 | 220 ratings
...Di Terra
1978
3.73 | 175 ratings
Canto Di Primavera
1979
1.68 | 63 ratings
Urgentissimo
1980
2.12 | 56 ratings
Buone Notizie
1981
1.85 | 59 ratings
Banco (1983)
1983
1.26 | 55 ratings
...E Via
1985
2.25 | 46 ratings
Donna Plautilla
1989
2.13 | 35 ratings
Non Mettere Le Dita Nel Naso
1989
3.39 | 51 ratings
B.M.S. (Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, 1991 version)
1991
3.43 | 85 ratings
Darwin (1991 version)
1991
2.39 | 44 ratings
Il 13
1994
3.82 | 127 ratings
Transiberiana
2019

BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.08 | 55 ratings
Capolinea
1979
2.11 | 8 ratings
Live
1993
2.27 | 18 ratings
Papagayo Club 1972
1994
3.78 | 48 ratings
Nudo
1997
3.44 | 9 ratings
Nudo - Live In Tokyo
1998
3.71 | 23 ratings
En Concierto, May 1999 - Mexico City.
1999
3.73 | 30 ratings
No Palco
2003
4.12 | 60 ratings
Seguendo Le Tracce
2005
3.50 | 12 ratings
Quaranta (Live Prog Exhibition 2010)
2012

BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.32 | 25 ratings
In Concerto: Cio' Che Si Vede Č
1992
3.77 | 12 ratings
Live 1980
2007

BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.21 | 27 ratings
Da qui messere si domina la valle
1991
3.25 | 8 ratings
La Storia
1993
2.20 | 6 ratings
I Grandi Successi
1993
1.75 | 4 ratings
Banco d'accusa
1996
3.95 | 3 ratings
Le Origini
1996
2.07 | 5 ratings
Antologia
1996
1.00 | 2 ratings
Nudo (Japanese version)
1997
1.00 | 2 ratings
Musica pių
1997
3.94 | 8 ratings
Gli Anni 70
1998
3.75 | 4 ratings
Made In Italy
2004
3.92 | 3 ratings
I Miti Musica
2005
4.67 | 3 ratings
Collezione Italiana
2006
3.50 | 2 ratings
D.O.C.
2006
2.50 | 4 ratings
Le Pių Belle Canzoni Di... Il Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
Il Ragno
2008
4.56 | 9 ratings
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - 40 anni (Debut album 40th anniversary Deluxe Edition)
2012
5.00 | 2 ratings
Essential
2012
5.00 | 8 ratings
Darwin!
2013
4.00 | 12 ratings
Un'idea che non puoi fermare
2014
4.80 | 5 ratings
Io sono nato libero 1973-2017 (Legasy Edition)
2017

BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 2 ratings
Non Mi Rompete
1973
3.50 | 2 ratings
Canto Di Primavera
1979
3.50 | 2 ratings
Niente
1979
2.00 | 2 ratings
Paolo Pa / Ma Che Idea
1980
2.00 | 1 ratings
Paolo Pa
1980
2.00 | 1 ratings
Il Ragno
1980
2.00 | 1 ratings
Baciami Alfredo
1981
3.50 | 2 ratings
Lontano Da (DJ - Special Mix)
1983
1.50 | 2 ratings
Moby Dick
1983
1.95 | 3 ratings
Grande Joe
1985
1.50 | 2 ratings
Vedo Il Telefono
1989

BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO Reviews


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 Transiberiana by BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.82 | 127 ratings

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Transiberiana
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Lewian
Prog Reviewer

4 stars In Italy beauty counts more than provocation, sharpness, showing off virtuosity, and maybe even innovation. Although the Transsibirian railway, a journey by which is the theme of this concept album, isn't exactly in Italy, after a hiatus of 25 years and for the first time without singer Francesco di Giacomo, who passed away in 2014, Banco have produced a truly Italian album. Transiberiana certainly isn't going to revolutionise music, however it is mainstream progressive rock as it should be. Beautiful, complex, and competent (with most emphasis on beauty), showing supreme musicality and compositional skill. The album has stunning highlights (La discesa del treno is the perfect music for the beginning of an exciting train journey; Scampo di fragole is magically beautiful), but what really makes it worthwhile is the variety. Banco put together trademark elements of their at times melodramatic style with diverse influences from mainstream rock, jazz, classical music, a pinch of more aggressive and darker RIO-like prog and traditional Italian songwriting. Lasciando alle spalle and Il grande bianco, though not electronic music, even show some affinity to the melodic material and approach of Tangerine Dream and Edgar Froese in the mid-seventies. That Banco are able to pull all this off in such a relaxed and organic manner is no small feat. New singer Tony d'Alessio is maybe not going to be my favourite singer and not quite di Giacomo, but he fits the music very well and has the variety of skills in his voice to make it work.

Overall a very rewarding album and one that convinces me pretty much as strongly as their legendary work from the seventies. Even if this is not quite as innovative in 2019, it still sounds fresh and not like a thing of the past.

I have the version that has two added live bonus tracks. These are very well recorded, however together with them the album has 69 minutes and feels maybe a quarter of an hour too long (I'm not necessarily saying that overlength only comes from the bonus tracks; still I shouldn't complain that the band has given me more music than what was 100% up to their top standard). I had concert tickets for a Banco show in 2020 that was cancelled due to Covid-19. It would have been my first experience of them live. I'm gutted that this didn't take place and will surely take the next chance to see a band that still seems on top of its powers. 4.0 stars.

 Io Sono Nato Libero by BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.38 | 1093 ratings

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Io Sono Nato Libero
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by zeuhl1
Collaborator RPI Team

5 stars This is the third and final part of their inspiring three album arc to start their career. Their debut album, follow up Darwin and this album form one of the most essential trilogies of all Italian rock.

Banco never really caught on in the States, which is unfortunate. The double keyboard attack of brothers Gianni and Vittorio Nocenzi are what got this band going and garnered much attention. But guitarist Marcello Torado was able to pull out the performance of his life on this record-giving the keyboard heavy and vaguely ELP influenced band a push into far more original territory. Drummer Pier Luigi Calderoni also gives a star turn on this record, which production wise is their finest to date.

The album starts with the epic 16 minute Canto Nomade Per Un Prigioniero Politico, showcasing all the bands talents in one place that has flickers of Genesis and PFM flowing through what at this point is a sound that can only be accurately described as 'the Banco sound. ' Singer Francesco Di Giacomo's distinctive vocals are also a highlight especially on the uncharacteristically catchy Italian melodies in Non Mi Rompete that ends side one.

Side two begins with some Emerson styled piano overlaying Renato D'Angelo's bass underpinnings in a song that is reminiscent of Le Orme. Complex symphonic arrangements and excellent synthesizer that shift to a spoken word section that is a break in tempo from their usual instrumental acrobatics. Song two is Dopo... Niente a Pia Lo Stesso, a return to the sprightly bucolic sound these guys excel at-this is another example of a band that transcends any Italian RPI labeling and is one of the best bands in 1970's prog. Vittorio is able to muster some very convincing flute lines from his synths as Di Giacomo sings over an elegant sounding lurching Italian Gentle Giant riff. Echoes of Yes sneak in here too from D'Angelo's bass. The Enid is also a reference point in the closing section of the album, Traccia II.

While some may debate this not coming up to the level of their first two, I can't say I'd easily agree. In some ways (recording quality being one, arrangements being another) this is their best and perhaps most varied effort of their career, but I'd have to say...all three of their original albums are insanely essential for all prog fans. But that's just me.

I recently found a first edition in the shaped cover to replace a recent reissue. I am surprised as to how good sounding these original Italian vinyl albums sound-far better than their 21st century reissues.

4.75 stars

 Banco by BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.05 | 261 ratings

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Banco
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by zeuhl1
Collaborator RPI Team

4 stars It's hard to consider this a compilation, as it is new recordings of older material along with some unreleased things. Banco IV from 1975 is an excellent way to get to know one of Italy's most beloved RPI bands.

This album, like PFM's Photo of Ghosts is an attempt by Manticore Records (ELP's label) to expose the band to US and UK audiences. LIke PFM, they re recorded their early material with English lyrics, which most RPI fans seem to agree is a bad move, however well intentioned.

Song two, L'Albero del Pane is the only song in Italian and is unreleased, a piece salvaged from a theater piece they were collaborating on at the time but had fallen apart. The big highlight is their reworking of the monumental Metamorphosis from their debut album. Weighing in at 12 minutes, this one song is a tour de force you can play to any prog friends and say "this is what Banco del Mutuo Soccorso sounds like'. As mentioned by others, it is odd they skipped anything from their second album, the powerful Darwin.

For those who have never really tried any Italian prog rock, this is a pretty good starting place. Likewise for anyone who wonders what Banco is all about, start here. The virtuoso dual keyboard work of the Nocenzi brothers always gave this band their distinctive sound, and this is perhaps their finest hour for showing off their chops. The album cover features the distinctive lead singer Francesco DiGiacomo, (one of the bettter known and loved singers in the RPI scene) in all his glory. It is hard to say this is my favorite Banco album, but if I had to keep one, this might be it. Sparkling clear sound quality is another characteristic that should be noted.

Reference points would be ELP on a really really good day. Make sure you get the gatefold version of the lp for the full experience.

4.5 stars

 Il 13 by BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO album cover Studio Album, 1994
2.39 | 44 ratings

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Il 13
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Il 13 is certainly not the unlucky number in the band's discography. As another reviewer noted, the band has return to its more authentic, lively sound with rockier sound as evidenced on the second song. Hints of higher complexity and vague progressive rock can also be heard in the instrumental intro and outro. The vocal is OK but does not always fit the rock/pop music; thankfully it sticks to Italian. Guitar and keyboard playing is better aligned.

When listening more carefully and going beyond melody, you can actually hear impressive short soloing by keyboards, bass or guitar. "Sirene" sounds fresh as the band hasn't sounded for a while.

However, as the record progresses, it reveals lack of substance although technically, some playing hooks are pleasure to hear.

Instrumental pieces remain highlights - listen to the complex "Emiliano" with a pleasant synth/piano runs and rhythm shifts. Even ELP could be happy to have such piece on their album in 1994.

 No Palco by BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO album cover Live, 2003
3.73 | 30 ratings

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No Palco
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars This is a quality and passionate but somewhat quieter live concert by Banco. The focus is on "hits" but also more modern pieces. The voice is still incredible, instruments sound very natural and even can bring some jazzy/fusion elements. The sound and choice of numbers is not always 70's compatible. The audio quality is excellent, all can be heard clear in the mix. Anyways, I still like other live concerts by BdMS better, for example Nudo has something special about its sound and choice of songs and also "Seguendo le tracce" offers pure 70's feeling, albeit with a worse sound. By all means, this is a good and competent live recording.
 Nudo by BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO album cover Live, 1997
3.78 | 48 ratings

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Nudo
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars One of the better live albums by the progressive rock legend. The only subject of acquired taste is the subdued first half with 1 new studio recording (the title track) and acoustic live tracks. I recommend listening this album during more reflective moments when its musicianship and focus on atmosphere rather than flamboyance impresses more listeners. Tracks played are chosen greatly with old classics but also forays into 80-90's. All instrumentalists are highly competent but I would highlight the keyboard prowess and power of multiple styles. However, unexpectedly good acoustic guitar is also tempting. The missing dynamism of the first CD is compensated by the second CD with richer sound and intensity contrasts - short light tracks and almost full-blown epics. It's also positive that the singer leaves enough room for unspoken music.

Recommended for all Banco fans of later sound.

 Seguendo Le Tracce by BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO album cover Live, 2005
4.12 | 60 ratings

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Seguendo Le Tracce
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars A solid live album from Banco del Mutuo Soccorso at the height of their powers - with their international album of English-language renditions emerging on Manticore records the same year. The immediate difference I can pick up between this and the studio renditions of the material in question is in the keyboards, which sound somewhat tinnier and thinner to my ears - perhaps not surprising, given that this was an era when synths and keyboards didn't travel nearly as well as they do these days, and so rearranging songs to suit a more reliable keyboard rig might be a sensible move. I tend to prefer the studio versions, but this release is worth getting if you dig them.
 Donna Plautilla by BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO album cover Studio Album, 1989
2.25 | 46 ratings

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Donna Plautilla
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by sgtpepper

2 stars This is a very late 60's sounding music with some traces of British psychedelia. Arrangements are stripped down, quite lively and playing is mature but not virtuoso, so typical for late 60's rock, or let's call all ambitious British psychedelia. Hammond organ and piano are the prominent key-based albums, guitar is also audible. Vocals are alright and don't stand in the foreground the way it was with Giacomo, so it's like a band of 5 equal players. I would like to highlight good rhythm section by muscular bass guitar and busy drumming, so much better than the lazy 80's Banco albums.

Despite all this glorification, there isn't much for a proghead to be searched for, so 2 stars for this forum, otherwise 3.5 it is.

 ...E Via by BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO album cover Studio Album, 1985
1.26 | 55 ratings

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...E Via
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by sgtpepper

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 vocals fulfill the pop music more than enough. Instrumentally, it is a wasted time for all players as it shows a fragment of their chops.

The first song is a very catchy pop song that must have suited the pop market and radio waves well. "Black Out" features good grooving bass guitar, also good vocals but terrible drums especially fill-ins are dreadful. "When we touched your eyes" sounds quite like Spandau Ballet - a good but not authentic song by Banco. This is their first ballad attempt on the record but contradicts quite dynamic guitar. Another slow song by worse by far is "Mexico city" that only has acoustic guitar to be different from the rest of the pack and some chorals. "Lies in your eyes" is another very typical British mid 80's song with mildly interesting keyboard accompaniment. "Baby Jane" tries to be less commercial and does sound more authentic but still does not save the album.

 Banco (1983) by BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO album cover Studio Album, 1983
1.85 | 59 ratings

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Banco (1983)
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by sgtpepper

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 sound is artificial and dated by now, not worth such quintessential band in the progressive rock. Melodies are fine, actually more playful than on the previous 2 80's albums. Pop tendencies are undeniable and lead the way. Although there are no real highlights, two so-so tracks are the last one instrumental, still miles away from the 70's heyday and the rocking Velocita with good guitar soloing and electronic piano.
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