Album 0458: Banco Del Mutuo Succorso – Darwin!

BancoDelMutuoSoccerso-Darwin

Release Date: 1972
Genre: Progressive Rock

Tracklisting:

1. L’Evoluzione (Evolution) (14:03)
2. La Conquista Della Posizione Eretta (The Conquest Of The Upright Stance) (08:43)
3. Danza Dei Grandi Rettili (Dance Of The Big Reptiles) (03:43)
4. Cento Mani E Cento Occhi (One Hundred Hands And One Hundred Eyes) (05:23)
5. 750.000 Anni Fa… L’amore? (750,000 Years Ago… Love?) (05:39)
6. Miserere Alla Storia (Have Mercy To History) (05:59)
7. Ed Ora Io Domando Tempo Al Tempo Ed Egli Mi Risponde… Non Ne Ho! (And Now I Ask Time For Time And He Answers Me… I Don’t Have Any!) (03:29)

Total Length: 46:59

L’Evoluzione starts off with a neat atmosphere that is a mesh of things going on at the time with a heavy dose of some special bit that just feels Italian. The vocals are great as well, and the arrangement is amazing. The song takes off about a third of the way through and it’s a ton of fun and sums up what is amazing about this band. There’s so many strange little elements going on and they are all great. Really amazing song to start off the album.

La Conquista Della Posizione Eretta starts off fantastically as well, and is just chock full of fun proggy stuff akin to Gentle Giant. Danza Dei Grandi Rettili is a somewhat jazzy instrumental piece. It’s fun, but pretty much all the other tracks outclass it. Cento Mani E Cento Occhi gets nuts pretty quickly and stays that way the whole time, including one of the heaviest moments I’ve ever heard in a prog album from this ear.

750.000 Anni Fa… L’amore? is really a showcase for the singer, and it doesn’t fail on that front one bit. Miserere Alla Storia is a second instrumental track, and just as crazy as the first. It’s always inventive and never dull to listen to. Ed Ora Io Domando Tempo Al Tempo Ed Egli Mi Risponde… Non Ne Ho! has a bit of a circus flair to it and it just really nice and pleasant, though kind of creepy as well. This album grew on me pretty quickly, and now a lot of it won’t get out of my head, especially the vocals.

Final Rating: 9/10

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