Wednesday 4 April 2012

Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso - Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso (1972)

The debut album from this highly influential Italian prog rock band.

In many ways, this album defines Italian symphonic prog. Bombastic symph prog like ELP, Genesis like pastoral prog (see their Trespass album), Italian beat music, pop, folk music and some hard rock. All with an Italian flavour and I am not only referring to the Italian vocals.

The opera like vocals is excellent. The same goes for the keyboards, guitars, bass and drums.

The result is in this case an album with a mix of church music like hymns combined with some more hard rocking melodies and classical music. This takes the music style invented in England to a new height again and I believe this was one of the first albums to do so.

The result is a great debut album that really sets the benchmark for Italian progressive rock. Great songs, great musicianship and an ideal album for fans of this genre. Enough said.

4 points

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