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BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO

Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

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RisingForce
5 stars Banco del Mutuo Soccorso is the eponymous debut album by Italian Progressive rock band "Banco del Mutuo Soccorso".

The album was recorded for "Dischi Ricordi" in 1972.

The beautiful and original cover of the original vinyl was shaped like a piggy bank; a slit was extracted from a strip of cardboard with the faces of the members of the group.

The image on the cover is by illustrator "Mimmo Mellino".

The album "Banco del Mutuo Soccorso" also called (il salvadanaio) "Money Box" contains six songs, that start with a medieval epic dreamy intro "In Volo", which ends with an obvious what announcement is coming;"Entro il cratere ove gorgoglia, il tempo".

"The time" (Il Tempo), of course, is to "RIP", which comes with all its power Prog and the famous start of timing/tempo on 5/4, which supports a well the tenor voice clear and decisive, which clearly enhances every refinement of musical arrangements and of the lyrics set in a medieval battle and that focuses on the horrors of war.

Each instrument takes place in the solid sound without any prevalence and this, despite the potential timbre of the virtuoso dual keyboards work by the Piano, Hammond organ and Moog of the Brothers "Nocenzi" "Vittorio and Gianni" plus the use of flute reeds (played by some of the members of the band,in addition to their usual instrument), made the sound of "Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso" increasingly.

The personal solos are relatively limited and give the work a solid and consistent groove.

The voice of "Big" Francesco Di Giacomo arrives and retracts like a wave alternating moments of calibrated power to more subtle dynamics.

Follows a short interval Baroque "Passaggio" where "Vittorio Nocenzi" enters an empty room, he plays the harpsichord and singing the melody softly and after comes out the other side of the room, slamming the door.

Closes the first side the album "Metamorfosis" masterful demonstration of balance and skill in which the "Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso" attests to both its complete independence from preconceived Anglo-Saxon and creating an Italian Progressive rock with its ability to make the most its characteristic high skill of "first Mediterranean group in two complementary keyboards."

Only after 8 minutes of articulated Progressive rock of classical and medieval references with baroquisms never extremes that blend in a immovable nucleus where the guitar with counterpoints and original arrangements it leans on an always powerful rhythm section; It appears in the sound the poignant voice of "Francesco Di Giacomo", which is the premise, with a powerful final, to the second side of the album.

The second side of the album is occupied almost entirely (over 18 minutes), from "Il Giardino Del Mago" song in which the band experiments with all its musical narrative potential by developing a balanced symphonic different variants of the theme.

Very tense and romantic moments alternate with break atmospheres of symphonic rock, epic, classical or even space.

The end of the song, pure epic Progressive rock which flows into the closing track "Traccia", synthesis of Baroque rock with radical hard sound and Italian Mediterranean character.

A classic great epic debut album, a load-bearing column of the genre Progressive that keeps the future.

In the same year 1972 "Il Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso" publishes their second album "Darwin!" an evolution of Progressive rock.

RisingForce | 5/5 |

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