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Poll: Banco del Mutuo Soccorso vs Premiata Forneria Marconi (10 member(s) have cast votes)

Who's the best italian speaking band

  1. Banco del Mutuo Soccorso (5 votes [50.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 50.00%

  2. Premiata Forneria Marconi (5 votes [50.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 50.00%

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#1 Akron162

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:47 PM

This is a hard one, isn't it?

At least for the ones who like italian prog rock. I enjoy both, but i like  Banco del Mutuo Soccorso a little more, i find it more focused and musically powerful, specially for Francesco Di Giacomo vocals.

So, whats your choice.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:58 PM

I love PFM.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:58 PM

I only have 3 PFM albums (L'Isola Di Niente, Per Un Amico, & Storia Di Un Amico) and 2 Banco albums (Darwin!, Io Sono Nato Libero) but from those, I enjoy PFM more. Both are great and I still need to delve deeper into their discographies.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:18 AM

Banco, if only for the fact that they have more great albums.  PFM has the incredible first two albums, and the third one has it's moments.  Banco's first three are all incredible, and then they have a handful of very good to great ones after that.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:27 AM

Ha ha! This time *I* am the one understanding the lyrics and you don't, right??
Actually, it's hard for me to say: PFM are more tight in their playing, Banco tend to be more loose. Both of their lyrics are terrible. Really. Cringe inducing. Darwin is such a mess of a theme, it's almost so bad it's good. Impressioni di settembre would make Pete Sinfield commit suicide.
As simpathy goes, I'm more for Banco. They also endured better. Both bands suffered terribly in the 80s and made horrible work.

I'd suggest the two live albums of PFM pairing with Fabrizio de Andrè, probably the greates italian singer-songwriter ever. You have stellar songs and great prog arrangements. Check this out.


Oh, and at least you should have included Le Orme in this poll! They are the italian EL&P!!!!

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:03 AM

View PostH. P. L., on 02 February 2013 - 06:27 AM, said:

Ha ha! This time *I* am the one understanding the lyrics and you don't, right??
Actually, it's hard for me to say: PFM are more tight in their playing, Banco tend to be more loose. Both of their lyrics are terrible. Really. Cringe inducing. Darwin is such a mess of a theme, it's almost so bad it's good. Impressioni di settembre would make Pete Sinfield commit suicide.
As simpathy goes, I'm more for Banco. They also endured better. Both bands suffered terribly in the 80s and made horrible work.

I'd suggest the two live albums of PFM pairing with Fabrizio de Andrè, probably the greates italian singer-songwriter ever. You have stellar songs and great prog arrangements. Check this out.


Oh, and at least you should have included Le Orme in this poll! They are the italian EL&P!!!!

Part of my enjoyment of PFM & Banco (and Le Orme for that matter) hinges on the fact that I have no clue what the lyrics are.  Every time I've heard an Italian prog album where they did a version in English (PFM's Photos of Ghosts, Banco by Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso and Latte E Miele's' Papillion), the English version has paled in comparison, but I don't know if that's because the lyrics were translated badly (sometimes the lyrics were rewritten entirely), or sung by people who didn't know English well enough, or other reasons.

Anyway, for those who haven't heard it, this is one of the best prog songs of all time - I couldn't find the entire song on it's own, but it's the first 15-16 minutes here (the whole album is amazing too):


Edited by rushgoober, 02 February 2013 - 03:13 PM.


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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:07 AM

Me too Goobs, I haven't a frigging clue what they're wittering on about, but it sounds great!

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:25 AM

View PostHatchetaxe&saw, on 02 February 2013 - 08:07 AM, said:

Me too Goobs, I haven't a frigging clue what they're wittering on about, but it sounds great!
That's exactly what every italian says about english-speaking bands! :laughing guy: :laughing guy:
That is, unless you're a nerd and actually READ the lyrics on the cover! :D-13:

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 10:07 AM

hard decision

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:15 AM

This is a great thread that I somehow overlooked!

I am playing some PFM tonight!

I own all of of the Banco and PFM stuff!

PFM WINS!

I just broke the tie to give PFM the lead!

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:18 PM

I just checked out Le Orme, i should have included them in the poll, really good stuff.

But i still prefer Banco del Mutuo Soccorso.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:57 PM

View PostAkron162, on 09 February 2013 - 01:18 PM, said:

I just checked out Le Orme, i should have included them in the poll, really good stuff.

But i still prefer Banco del Mutuo Soccorso.
If you haven't already, check out Museo Rosenbach, Celeste, and Alphataurus. I'm only familiar with a handful of Italian prog bands, but those are three of my favorites so far.

Edited by ColdFireYYZ, 09 February 2013 - 01:59 PM.


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 12:44 AM

View PostColdFireYYZ, on 09 February 2013 - 01:57 PM, said:

View PostAkron162, on 09 February 2013 - 01:18 PM, said:

I just checked out Le Orme, i should have included them in the poll, really good stuff.

But i still prefer Banco del Mutuo Soccorso.
If you haven't already, check out Museo Rosenbach, Celeste, and Alphataurus. I'm only familiar with a handful of Italian prog bands, but those are three of my favorites so far.

Those albums have good material on them, but here are my fave Italian prog albums VERY roughly in order of favorites:

Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - Per Un Amico
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso - Io Sono Nato Libero
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - Storia di un Minuto
Il Rovescio della Medaglia - Contaminazione
Le Orme - Contrappunti
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso - Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
Area - Crac!
Latte E Miele - Papillion
Semiramis - Dedicato a Frazz
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso - Darwin!
Quella Vecchia Locanda - Il Tempo Della Gioia
Reale Accademia Di Musica - Reale Accademia Di Musica
Arti & Mestieri - Tilt
Osanna - Palepoli
Le Orme - Felona e Sorona
Quella Vecchia Locanda - Quella Vecchia Locanda
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso - ...di Terra
Le Orme - Uomo Di Pezza
Campo di Marte - Campo di Marte

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 01:40 AM

View Postrushgoober, on 10 February 2013 - 12:44 AM, said:

View PostColdFireYYZ, on 09 February 2013 - 01:57 PM, said:

View PostAkron162, on 09 February 2013 - 01:18 PM, said:

I just checked out Le Orme, i should have included them in the poll, really good stuff.

But i still prefer Banco del Mutuo Soccorso.
If you haven't already, check out Museo Rosenbach, Celeste, and Alphataurus. I'm only familiar with a handful of Italian prog bands, but those are three of my favorites so far.

Those albums have good material on them, but here are my fave Italian prog albums VERY roughly in order of favorites:

Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - Per Un Amico
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso - Io Sono Nato Libero
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - Storia di un Minuto
Il Rovescio della Medaglia - Contaminazione
Le Orme - Contrappunti
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso - Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
Area - Crac!
Latte E Miele - Papillion
Semiramis - Dedicato a Frazz
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso - Darwin!
Quella Vecchia Locanda - Il Tempo Della Gioia
Reale Accademia Di Musica - Reale Accademia Di Musica
Arti & Mestieri - Tilt
Osanna - Palepoli
Le Orme - Felona e Sorona
Quella Vecchia Locanda - Quella Vecchia Locanda
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso - ...di Terra
Le Orme - Uomo Di Pezza
Campo di Marte - Campo di Marte
From those, I have the first 3, Darwin!, Reale Accademia Di Musica, and Felona e Sorona. I'll have to check out some of the others soon.

Edited by ColdFireYYZ, 10 February 2013 - 01:42 AM.


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:07 AM

You're always overlooking Biglietto per l'Inferno. Only two albums made. Then the singer went and became a friar.
They were the italian Jethro Tull (minus the flute)!



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Posted 23 October 2017 - 07:54 PM

Resurrecting this thread to say that I'll interview Premiata Forneria Marconi later in the week. Does anybody have a question for them?

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 07:57 PM

View PostH. P. L., on 12 February 2013 - 05:07 AM, said:

You're always overlooking Biglietto per l'Inferno. Only two albums made. Then the singer went and became a friar.
They were the italian Jethro Tull (minus the flute)!


I dig.

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 08:01 PM

View PostRod in Toronto, on 23 October 2017 - 07:54 PM, said:

Resurrecting this thread to say that I'll interview Premiata Forneria Marconi later in the week. Does anybody have a question for them?
Dove il gabinetto per huomini?

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 12:14 AM

Are you sure you're interviewing PFM?  I dont see a Toronto tour date for them.  

But Goblin is playing on 10/26.

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 12:22 AM

View PostProg snob, on 24 October 2017 - 12:14 AM, said:

Are you sure you're interviewing PFM?  I dont see a Toronto tour date for them.  

But Goblin is playing on 10/26.

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