This premise leads to the album itself. It's important to understand the background from which Banco entered into this recording. And let's not forget the 1976 landscape in general, where progressive rock in Italy were in their last throes of survival. And that provides the story here. This is Banco neutered and ready for a domiciled life. No more hunting in the wilds for their food. Once that premise has been accepted, then the album can now enter your stereo for a proper listen. It's the name Banco del Mutuo Succorso that usually holds this album back. But a careful listen on its own, demonstrates the same intense progressive rock composition style. Di Giacomo is also in fine form here, perhaps a bit more strained than prior. But the edge of the instrumentation is gone, along with the youthful exuberance. It's progressive rock by professionals. Which means, it's an excellent album throughout. And yet, you know they can do better. My rating reflects more an objective viewpoint in this case, rather than my usual subjectivity. Perhaps 3.5 is more accurate, but I won't give up on it. I owe them that.
CD: 1976 Manticore
CD: 2005 Strange Days (Japan)
I've owned this album in one form or the other since the 1980s. Currently I own the Italian original which comes with a fine 16 page booklet, as well as the Japanese mini-LP on Strange Days (2005) that replicates the packaging to the finest detail. I currently do not own the English language version, and I'm not including and discography info for it,since I consider it a separate album.