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3 stars The first thing that must be said about this album is that, despite of the release date, it is a collection of previously unreleased songs by the very first line-up of the band, which didn't include the wonderful voice of Francesco Di Giacomo. The lyrics are quite simple and so it's better to point the attention to the music that, although far from the complex textures of the first period albums, is very fine and includes some themes that had been developed in the following albums (the last notes of "E io Canto" are the main theme of "Non mi rompete" in "Io sono nato libero", the music of "E luce fu" later became the one of "Quando la buona gente dice" from "Come in un'ultima cena"). The title track is an extremely mature instrumental jazzy work, which can remember, for the structure and the execution, a little gem by Sting "The dream of the blue turtle". At the end, even if it is not a masterpiece, this album is an important historical witness to explore the origins of this milestone band. Line-up: Vittorio Nocenzi: organ, vocals; Gianni Nocenzi: piano; Claudio Falco: guitar, back vocals; Fabrizio Falco: bass guitar, back vocals; Franco Pontecorvi: drums.
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Posted Friday, November 26, 2004 | Review Permalink
2 stars Very old "Banco" stuff. Pre "Banco" should I say.

Maybe that it was a good moment to release such a compilation since the band produced some extremely poor albums during this decade (the eighties). But these songs really sound outdated and little interesting. Just old Italian rock music.

The poorest ("Piazza Dell'Otro") will be mixed with the best ("Ed Io Canto") which is a fully psychedelic track and very much early Floyd oriented.

If you feel that there is something weird with this release, don't look further : the lead vocalist is not yet the great Francesco. So don't expect any great and passionate vocals on this album. Just average ones. Like the music featured.

It is superior to any "Banco" album of the eighties (but doesn't actually have nothing to do with them; only the release date). This sounds as a childish late sixties / early seventies album. Anecdotal. If it weren't referenced as a "Banco" album, I guess that no interest would raise (and even as such, there are extremely few reviews for this release. And when you would listen to it, you might understand why.

"E Luce Fů" is probably the best song from this release. The most "Banco" one. Complex structure, jazzy parts, beautiful vocals (probably the only song featuring such ones). I would have liked to get more of this type. "Mille Poesie" starts on a jazzy mood for a minute but shifts to a really beautiful and melodic song. Keyboards sounds really old but it is another of the good song. The childish chorus is also typical of these psychedelic years. Pleasant. These are the two best songs from "Donna Plautilla"

This album is more a curiosity than anthing else (but there are apparently very few curious guys when I count the "many" reviews for this album : three (including this one). This is a collector item. Very little inspired songs and almost no premonitory signs of what will come next. Two stars.

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Posted Friday, September 28, 2007 | Review Permalink
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.

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