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Darwin [Import]

Banco Del Mutuo SoccorsoAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 5, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony/Bmg Italy
  • ASIN: B000006Z8E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,373 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2002 reissue of 1972 studio album from the Italian Progressive Rock band. Sony.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only one of the greatest Italian prog albums October 3, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Banco's second album is a real grower and is a totally amazing masterpiece of Italian prog. The album's production and music has improved over their debut, released earlier the same year as Darwin! in 1972. The synthesizers are much more present as well. The band continues on the same classically-influenced, duo keyboards from the Nocenzi brothers and the semi-operatic voice of Francesco di Giacomo. Darwin! is a concept album about evolution and the rejection of Creationism. Unlike the original LPs of their previous album and their following (Io Sono Nato Libero), which were issued in gimmick packaging, the original LP of Darwin! was issued in normal gatefold packaging. Anyway, the album opens up with "L'Evoluzione" which is totally amazing. It's the longest piece on the album, and it's stuffed with great themes and solos. Some of the passages reminds me a little of ELP, or even Gentle Giant, for that matter. The next cut, the largely instrumental "La Conquista Della Posizione Eretta" is totally stunning. The synth sound has gotta be heard to be believed, it just sounds so dramatic and big. This cut alone is what made Banco one of the greats of Italian prog. I am also reminded of "Metamorfosi" from their previous album, as it's structured similarly: as about three quarters of the cut consists of lengthy solos, then the end part ends with vocals, only I think the vocal section here works better than on "Metamorfosi". "Danza dei Grandi Rettili" is a instrumental jazzy piece, rather laid-back, sounding a little different from what I'm accustomed to from Banco. There's an amazing ballad, "750.000 Anni Fa... L'Amore" which is by far the best Banco ballad I ever heard. Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evolutionary Progressive Music January 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This LP proved beyond doubt that Italian prog bands could be much more than derivatives from the UK bands like Genesis, Gentle Giant or Yes. The Banco del Mutuo Soccorso (or Banco, as everybody here in Italy calls them) was able to mix classical influences, electronic sound and astounding live performances. The gorgeous musical structures engineered by the musical minds of the band, the Nocenzi brothers (keyboards) were the background for the wonderful vocal performances of the singer, Di Giacomo, one of the greatest Italian voices ever. In case you like prog music, have enjoyed the likes of VDGG, Emerson, Lake & Palmer etc. and wish to try something a bit different, do try Darwin.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darwin! February 1, 2003
By MMM
Format:Audio CD
I would not compare this album to the works of either Premiata Forneria Marconi or Le Orme. While PFM, a great group, is quite different in style, Le Orme's widely praised Felona e Sorona presents nothing extraordinary and the band itself is a pretty mediocre musical enterprise. Darwin is a masterpiece. Brilliant work, it's a step above the BMS's first eponymous album. The structure of the compositions is more complex and some influence of Gentle Giant can be seen in the rhythmical switches and melody turns. L'Evoluzione and La Conquista are certain favorites, but also listen to Cento Mani, Cento Occhi, it's an excellent piece. The balladic 750,000 Anni Fa is beautiful but too simplistic and rather atypical for them. Misere Alla Storia with sinister-sounding Di Giacomo is as close to Italian opera as it could be (in that part only), great track. The last piece, Ed Ora, in barrel-piano style creates atmosphere of last-century Italy as we know it from films. Their musical dexterity really shines throughout the entire album. Darwin and their third album are probably their best efforts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I still remember the day my brother's friend, owner of an excellent music store in Ottawa, ON, gave me a copy of Darwin based on my love of neo-progressive bands such as Marillion, Pendragon, Jadis, IQ, etc. Those bands I now consider "gateway" bands to the older symphonic marvels of Italian prog rock in the early to mid 1970s. I was immediatelt struck by Banco's intensity of songwriting and finesse of the muscianship. The twin keyboard set-up gives the music a richness and color that paints the album from beginning to end. Branching out from the obvious symphonic prog touchpoints, this album also features some jazz and folk influences, particularly in the guitar, all the while maintaining a distinct Italian identity. The soaring vocals can easily be linked to the classical / operatic tradition, but the phrasing and emotion give the singing a strong rock edge. Hard-charging, with moments of quiet, jazz-influenced brilliance, this is a great introduction to one of prog rock's finest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Italian Group October 5, 2000
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best albums of Banco. If you like prog you should try this album. The voice of Vittorio is amazing, specially in 750,000 Anni Fa l amore. This group with PFM showed us that not only England had good prog.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Beautiful Second Album June 6, 2001
By Progboy
Format:Audio CD
I give this disc a five star rating simply because B.M.S. is one of my all-time favourite bands;so call me biased! Seriously speaking,this recording shows a slightly more mature band than the one that recorded their first LP only months before this.As the title suggests,this record deals with man's evolution,with all lyrics in Italian. The opening tune,"L'Evoluzione" opens slowly,and progresses in a manner not unlike that of "Il Giardino Del Mago" on their first album. Beautifully melodic keyboard solos,(courtesy of the brothers Nocenzi),are the order of the day here. The next piece,the 8-minute-plus "L'Conquista Della Posizione Eretta" sounds in places like a spaghetti western,but is nonetheless mesmerising;model perhaps as an up-date on "Metamorfosi" from their previous record. The rest of the CD is composed of shorter pieces in the five minute range,highlighted by the haunting and mysterious "750,000 Anni Fa...L'Amore?" featuring some of the sweetest singing that lead vocalist Francesco Di Giacomo has ever commited to tape. All in all the band is in fine form,and while this recording has its flaws,they are obviously poised to launch their next effort IO SONO NATO LIBERO.The future looked bright indeed...and you didn't even have to wear shades!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Darwin! is from prog's goldenest age
I still remember discovering this LP back in '72, along with their first album, while riding the heady progressive wave to its peak, arguably only a year later. Read more
Published on August 3, 2010 by R. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars 2^recording of the original 1975 DARWING
This is a new recording 20 years after the original one
as many examples in music we have better aspects and worse ones
The bad point is Franchesco di Giacomo voice, now... Read more
Published on November 25, 2009 by Salvador A. Villazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps one of the finest albums to emerge from the Italian prog scene
Banco (del mutuo soccorso) is a wonderful prog band and along with groups including PFM and Osanna certainly represent the high point of the Italian prog scene. Read more
Published on October 18, 2007 by Jeffrey J.Park
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE
Classically influenced compositions;depth of feeling;subtle nuances and shadings...as only Banco can do..Highly recommended Italian prog.
Published on August 10, 2005 by allesandro ferramonte
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars
This recording is an improvement over the strong but flawed debut B.D.M.S. Where it has yet to reach the levels of the next recording Io Sono Nato Libero it is still quite good... Read more
Published on February 2, 2002 by S. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Maravilloso
En la linea de los grandes grupos ingleses del rock progresivo tales como genesis, yes, king crimson, ELP, Jethro tull y otros este album es una delicia para escucharlo, con ese... Read more
Published on June 13, 2001 by Wilmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Long time Banco fan. 1975
This is excellent Prog Rock at it's best. For the longest time I only had the American "Maticore" release (now Japanese Import Only), till last year. Read more
Published on October 17, 2000 by J. Hort
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