Any of you who are up for the ride are in for some seriously classic prog here. First of all, you need to be aware of a couple of things; Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, if you couldn’t tell by the name, are an Italian rock band. There home is Rome. Therefore, it would be extremely helpful if a person – oh, say, a writer, a blogger, a critical, cynical old fart, like myself, would KNOW how to speak Italian!! Well, sad to say, I do not, but I do know a bit of Spanish, and I studied French in high school. Believe it or not, both of these languages have bearing on learning Italian. Needless to say, I WANT to learn Italian. Banco have been around forever (since 1968, if memory serves), and the only cohorts that I know of to speak of would be Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) and Le Orme.
Second, since we are dealing with an Italian band, there are Italian lyrics and vocals, natch. Don’t let that stop you from listening. Listening to the language is a thing of beauty, in my opinion, and we are stepping out of our comfort zone, so don’t be afraid. Also, the music is worth staying for. There is only one brief interlude (Lasciando alle spalle is only a minute and 45 seconds), but it is a lead piano interlude, if you will, and actually could develop into an entire song if allowed the opportunity.
Aside from the studio tracks, the two closers are definitely worth sticking around for, particularly Metamorfosi. That tune and Il ragno were both recorded at the Festival Prog di Veruno 2018. Sounds like a wonderful place to listen to some old school Italian prog! Any of you who are still questioning whether or not it would be worthwhile to check out an Italian prog act need only listen to Transiberiana for the answers!
1. Stelle sulla terra
3. La discesa dal treno
4. L'assalto dei lupi
5. Campi di Fragole
6. Lo sciamano
7. Eterna Transiberiana
8. I ruderi del gulag
9. Lasciando alle spalle
10. Il grande bianco
11. Oceano: Strade di sale
12. Metamorfosi (Live @ Festival prog di Veruno 2018)
13. Il ragno (Live @ Festival prog di Veruno 2018)
Playing Time: 68 minutes and 54 seconds
Nicola Di Già