Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso - 1976 - Come In Un'ultima Cena

Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso 
1976 
Come In Un'ultima Cena




01. ...a cena, per esempio (6:20)
02. Il ragno (4:55)
03. È così buono Giovanni, ma... (3:32)
04. Slogan (7:23)
05. Si dice che i delfini parlino (5:50)
06. Voilà Mida (Il guaritore) (6:14)
07. Quando la buona gente dice (1:57)
08. La notte è piena (4:14)
09. Fino alla mia porta (4:30)

- Francesco Di Giancomo / lead vocals
- Vittorio Nocenzi / organs, synthesizers, harpsichord
- Gianni Nocenzi / el. and ac. piano, synthesizers, clarinet, recorder
- Rudolfo Maltese / el. and ac. guitars, trumpet, French horn and vocals
- Pierluigi Calderoni / drums and percussion
- Renato D'Angelo / bass, acoustic guitar




This album seems more mature and refined than their earlier albums, but that just might be because of the subject matter. This is a concept album about Christ, from the last supper to the crucifixion. So one can understand why it's more subdued. Fancesco has a more prominant role vocally which is great news.

"...A Cena, Per Esempio" takes a while to really get going. Finally vocals and piano arrive before 2 minutes as tasteful guitar and drums join in. Synths before 3 minutes. A calm a minute later. Vocals are simply other- worldly. "Il Ragno" is my favourite song on here. Instrumentally it's just a joy to listen to, and don't get me started about the vocals. It's so cool that the Nocenzi brothers both play keyboards, as we can hear organ and piano at the same time. "E Cosi Buono Giovanni Ma..." opens with piano as reserved vocals come in and then recorder. Some mellow horns before 2 minutes. "Slogan" sounds really good once it gets going. It's kind of dark and intense. It changes before 2 minutes to an uptempo soundscape with vocals. A calm before 4 minutes. Piano and incredible vocals 6 minutes as guitar follows lighting it up 6 1/2 minutes in. Organ follows. Nice.

"Si Dice Che I Delfini Parlino" opens with some dramatic instrumental work including piano and violin for the first 2 minutes. It then settles down with vocals. What a pleasing section this is. It's almost jazzy with piano and restrained vocals. They get pretty passionate though as the contrast continues. Great track ! "Viola Mida (Il Guaritore)" opens with some beautiful piano before organ and drums join in. Awesome sound 2 1/2 minutes in, we get some guitar too. Vocals after 3 minutes. The tempo picks up later. "Quando La Buona Gente Dice" is a fantastic uptempo vocal led tune. "La Notte E Piena" opens with recorder as we can hear heavy breathing. Sad. Acoustic guitar then comes in gently. Reserved vocals 2 minutes in. Violin and some melancholic piano follows. "Fino Alla Mia Porta" is an uptempo song once it gets going. Some nice guitar in this section. Spoken words before 2 minutes. Vocals follow as it calms down some with some deep bass. Synths are prominant.

A must for BANCO fans, and for people who love Italian music.



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