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

4.28 | 866 ratings
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
1972
4.38 | 1131 ratings
Darwin!
1972
4.37 | 1044 ratings
Io Sono Nato Libero
1973
4.07 | 250 ratings
Banco
1975
3.50 | 160 ratings
Garofano Rosso
1976
3.99 | 253 ratings
Come In Un'Ultima Cena
1976
3.34 | 76 ratings
As In A Last Supper
1976
3.77 | 214 ratings
...Di Terra
1978
3.74 | 170 ratings
Canto Di Primavera
1979
1.72 | 60 ratings
Urgentissimo
1980
2.14 | 52 ratings
Buone Notizie
1981
1.88 | 57 ratings
Banco (1983)
1983
1.29 | 53 ratings
...E Via
1985
2.28 | 45 ratings
Donna Plautilla
1989
2.20 | 33 ratings
Non Mettere Le Dita Nel Naso
1989
3.44 | 45 ratings
B.M.S. (Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, 1991 version)
1991
3.43 | 82 ratings
Darwin (1991 version)
1991
2.33 | 41 ratings
Il 13
1994
3.80 | 105 ratings
Transiberiana
2019

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

2.09 | 53 ratings
Capolinea
1979
2.00 | 6 ratings
Live
1993
2.35 | 18 ratings
Papagayo Club 1972
1994
3.80 | 46 ratings
Nudo
1997
3.56 | 9 ratings
Nudo - Live In Tokyo
1998
3.72 | 21 ratings
En Concierto, May 1999 - Mexico City.
1999
3.73 | 28 ratings
No Palco
2003
4.12 | 59 ratings
Seguendo Le Tracce
2005
3.58 | 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
3.80 | 11 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
4.25 | 4 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
4.08 | 12 ratings
Un'idea che non puoi fermare
2014
4.75 | 4 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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 No Palco by BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO album cover Live, 2003
3.73 | 28 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
3.80 | 46 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 | 59 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
2.28 | 45 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
1.29 | 53 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
1.88 | 57 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.
 Buone Notizie by BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO album cover Studio Album, 1981
2.14 | 52 ratings

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Buone Notizie
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by sgtpepper

2 stars Another mainly pop effort by Banco with some echoes of mild radio-friendly progressive rock. Vocals seem to be more in the foreground to me than on the previous album. Array of electronic keyboards including Yamahas Cx 80 sounds promising, however they are only used to accompany music.

Melodies are OK, arrangements very good for a pop music. It's a pleasant pop album without clear highlights. The hit "Baciami Alfredo" can be considered catchy and the short pulsating instrumental AM-FM has nice synths in the background. "Buone notizie" has irregular rhythm and good keyboard work on Yamaha.

Good for pop songs but only for progressive collectors.

 Urgentissimo by BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO album cover Studio Album, 1980
1.72 | 60 ratings

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Urgentissimo
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by sgtpepper

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 anyway. The good thing is at least that the band still sticks to progressive rock instruments without going electronic.

The first track "Senza Riguardo" is a very good pop track with guitar riffs and fresh piano/keyboards chords, the melody is memorable. "Dove Sara'" reminds me of Elton John hooks; however for a progger, this simplified track is disappointing. "Luna piena" has some good background keyboard layers. "Paolo Maledetto" is a catchy but awful cheesy track that is maybe good for a apre-ski party in the Dolomites but good enough here. "Felice" has jazzy and rocking counterpoles and is one of the few instrumentally challenging tracks. "Ma che idea" has a longer instrumental outro, not bad either.

Overall, avoid this album unless you can accept pop with some progressive hooks.

 Capolinea by BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO album cover Live, 1979
2.09 | 53 ratings

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Capolinea
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by sgtpepper

2 stars The live album and double shock for a listener. A progressive rock band that has released solid prog rock albums now, comes with a disco-beat based live album? Let's be open, the live performance is solid, even though there are no echoes of their first three albums. There are new songs and some short older cuts from the second half of the 70's. Their hit "Canto di primavera" with distinct southern flavour is well accepted and it has a nice percussion section. "Capolinea" are two instrumental tracks, of course simplified to fit into 1979 but still worth listening. I can't grant 3 stars because I would have to reclassify all my previous reviews, so 2 it will be :-).
 Canto Di Primavera by BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.74 | 170 ratings

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Canto Di Primavera
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars The last really good BDM album that was released and still distinctly bears traces of progressive rock, in this case, rock progressivo italiano and a handful of Jethro Tull. Giacomo is back and he is inspired as ever. The vocals are passionate and operatic as usual and the keyboard duo has a leading edge to electric guitar. The songs have more songwriter feel and are more accessible by being shorter and melody oriented. For example, "E Mi Viene Da Pensare" has an electric piano and vocals as main elements. "Interno Citta" changes the electric piano for normal piano before the full band enters on stage and the song reaches the climax towards the end with clarinet. Instrumental prowess has stepped into background.

"Circobanda" is a fine instrumental track with jazz-rock touches to finish this era of Banco del Mutuo Soccorso. Percussions add to the intensive drumming.

Overall, you can feel more commercial aspirations that would prevail in the next releases. BDMS could do a very good pop music too, but that is for a different portal ;-).

Thanks to Todd for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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