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In Public [Import]

Flash , Peter Banks Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B00FY84OAK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,762 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 12 July 2014
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Great to hear Flash as they were at their peak. Good album and quality Flash fans will enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars FLASH GOES PUBLIC 2 Nov 2013
By J. Hall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
2013 is turning out to be a great year for new rock releases. While there have been plenty of new music releases, we now have an excellent concert from 1973 made public (pun intended) for the first time. Flash In Public is an amazing snapshot of a band in their prime. For those that do not know, Flash was the band formed by Peter Banks after he left Yes. Peter was the original guitarist for Yes. I never got the chance to see Flash in concert and the music on this cd makes me sad that I was too young to do so at the time. This album burns with excitement. From the initial song, "Small Beginnings" to the masterpiece "Dreams of Heaven", this concert cd rocks. It is a mixture of prog and hard rock that declares to me that Peter Banks was one of the best guitarists of the 70's.

I understand that Peter Banks was working on getting this concert released at the time of his untimely death. It is a fitting memorial to his musical legacy.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Banks a great guitarist (1947-2013) 4 Nov 2013
By THOMAS ARENA - Published on Amazon.com
Wow !! Fantastic !! I've waited 10 yrs. for this release since Peter mentioned the tapes in his book (Beyond and Before) !! A true must for all fans of Peter Banks as he shines throughout this live Flash Concert from Jan. 1973. The band is firing on all cylinders !! Banks was a very unique and individualistic guitar player well respected by his peers. Thanks must go to Peter's production partner George Mizer (Adequate Sounds) for finishing the project after Peter's death. 5 stars for me !! The music business was not kind to Mr. Banks after 1973. 2 tries to get his Empire albums released failed from 1975-79 (they were finally released in the mid 90s). It took almost 20 yrs. until he was heard again in the 90s with strong solo efforts such as Instinct, Self-Contained (my personal favorite),and Reduction. He will be missed. Tom A. Nov.4,2013
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE - PERFECT SOUND! 8 Nov 2013
By Nic Caciappo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
“Flash In Public” starts right out of the box with a very fast yet tight “Small Beginnings” showcasing Mike Hough’s drumming with furious snare work, tom rolls and kick peddle at what seems like 100mph.

The band is obviously tight and boasting of the benefit of having recorded their first two albums and a lot of gigs under their belt. There’s a lively energy to this performance perhaps even outdistancing the original studio recordings, and certainly better than the previous archival live release, “Psycosynch”.

Besides the fact that Peter Banks is indeed the focal point of the band and one of the best guitarists of his generation, other points stand out as well, such as the spot-on harmonies with such intricate music. It’s hard to believe that the band playing the instruments here was only a trio, without benefit of a keyboardist! Again, Mike Hough never lets down on his amazing drumming with a very demanding set of Flash favorites.

The enclosed booklet is worth the price of admission alone, which contains quote from many important comments from friends of the sadly departed Peter Banks. Amongst the names are Jan Akkerman of Focus fame and Steve Hackett of Genesis, both whom performed with Banks on his first solo album, “Two Sides of Peter Banks”, Mike Hough former Flash drummer, The Who’s Pete Townshend who was also Banks’ own idol, Keith Emerson of ELP, ex-Yes mate Tony Kaye and many more friends. Banks’ own liner notes, sadly written a mere one month before his sudden death, end with a tongue in cheek signature with a written “Pete ex-Syn”, as if he would only be remembered for his time Yes and developing the band’s own guitar sound. He is truly remembered for more than Yes, and this live album proves it. - Nic Caciappo
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4.0 out of 5 stars "OUR SONGS WERE LONG AND OUR TROUSERS WERE TIGHT" 13 Nov 2013
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Once again I have to break my rule of not reviewing something that's already been reviewed because I don't like wasting anyone's time. But this live set from Flash, recorded in 1973, deserves more attention than it's getting. But I'm not really surprised. The band never got the attention it deserved when it was a living, breathing, working band. Sadly time has claimed another fine musician, Peter Banks, so this great live set will stand as a fitting memorial to one of the finest guitarists from that whole period. I heard the band live in the Fall, after this show. I remember Banks' guitar playing and Carter's vocals, but not who else was on the bill--possibly a good L.A. band. Sadly many of those great memories have blurred together a bit with time. And I have a sneaking suspicion that I went to hear equally whoever else was on the bill besides Flash. Hmmm.

The band's first two albums ("Flash" and "In The Can"--both with very cool, sexy album covers for the times) are still relevant today. I remember when I brought home the original vinyl gate-fold album--the cover was cool--but the music turned my head around. I knew guitarist Peter Banks was from Yes (I still think that their first two albums, though derivative in spots, are two of Yes' better releases), and had heard of both Ray Bennett (bass) and Mike Hough (drums) from other progressive albums of the period. Vocalist Colin Carter was new to me, and to be honest, at the time of the original album and my age and preferences, his vocals were an acquired taste. Thankfully that has changed, and I think Carter (like the band) has never gotten the notoriety he deserved.

And yes, Flash sounds similar to Yes. How could it not--with Banks and (on the first album) Tony Kaye on keyboards. Plus the arrangements were similar to Yes, but they had an exciting, "alive" quality missing from the more produced (over produced?) sound of Yes. Needless to say both albums are well worth having in your library. The third album (and here Flash fans will not be happy) didn't seem to have that certain magic, that I heard in the first two albums. To each his own I suppose.

And now we have this great live set from 1973, from a concert in Kansas City. In a nutshell, this set embodies everything that was great about this band. Each player gets a chance to shine--Banks has many scintillating, sometimes incendiary guitar solos, both Hough (with a drum solo track) and Bennett are always on the mark, keeping everything on tempo while adding flourishes of their own. And Carter's vocals soar above all the firepower with seeming ease. As on the studio albums his voice shows no straining to hit the high notes, and his musical tone fits in with the other band members instrumental work.

The recording itself is very good--clean and crisp without any harshness or compression to make things sound "big" and impressive. Plus Banks has said that there's no overdubs on this set--which makes this album even more astounding. The booklet has several reminiscences from road crew, managers, and musicians like Pete Townshend ("I don't like Yes at all. I used to like them when Peter Banks was in the lineup."), Steve Howe ("I really liked what he played...he was quite an original guitarist."), Jan Akkerman, Keith Emerson, Tony Kaye ("Without Peter, Yes would have been Maybe."), Steve Hackett, and others, plus notes on each song. Plus the album graphics are very cool and fit the music and that whole period perfectly. All in all, a nice package with some great music.

If you're a fan of progressive guitar (Banks was one of the best in that era) along with a band that was his equal, you need to give this a listen. The more you hear this set the more you'll hear--the time signatures that change at the drop of a dime, the soaring vocals, and the musicianship (especially Banks' use of his volume pedal)--all combine into one fine band. Why they never "made it" is a bit of a mystery, but at least fans (like me) have this live set and their studio albums (which have been remastered) to remind all of us just how good this band was. Check it out.

And while you're at it check out "Two Sides Of Peter Banks", a solo album from Banks with some great progressive tunes, with Jan Akkerman, Steve Hackett, John Wetton, Mike Hough, Ray Bennett, and others from the era. Another good relatively unknown album from that same period. The jams are quite intelligent and exciting. Plus, there's a book by Banks, "Beyond and Before: The Formative Years of Yes", which lays out Banks' life in music, including the band Flash. It's pretty good reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Way Good! 1 Dec 2013
By Mike Butler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Flash. A brilliant coda if you are into this band. Really enjoying it.I have listened to this several times and each time something different catches and holds my attention. A very underrated band. Thank you Peter Banks and Flash.
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