Sunday, 6 January 2013

Il giardino del mago (Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, 1972)

One of the most influencial prog tracks ever, not only in Italy I mean. This 18 minute suite surely deserves its reputation of visionary work. From the beginning, with its first arpeggio variations, Vittorio Nocenzi's music and Francesco Di Giacomo's lyrics and stentorian performing style, Il giardino reveal itself as a long and unpredictable journey through different and colorful music landscapes. I'll always be astonished by this track's tempo changes and its abundance of keyboard stunts.

The Banco in a '70s photo.

But effects and surprising arrangements are but a garnish to the main course, that's the melodies themselves. How many good ideas, gentle compositions and - above all - that strong and airy main theme! What else? If you never did, please listen to that and let me know...