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Two Sides Of Peter Banks [Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued]

Peter Banks Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Esoteric
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,095 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Visions of the KingPeter Banks 1:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The White House Vale: On the Hill/Lord of the DragonPeter Banks 7:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Knights: The Falcon/The BearPeter Banks 6:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. BattlesPeter Banks 1:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Knights (reprise)John Wetton (Asia) 2:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Last EclipsePeter Banks 2:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beyond the Lonliest SeaPeter Banks 3:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Stop That!Peter Banks13:47Album Only
Listen  9. Get Out of My FridgePeter Banks 3:230.79  Buy MP3 

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RE-PRESS: CD ORIGINALLY RELEASED IN 2010 Upon his departure from YES following the release of the album ‘Time and a Word’, guitarist PETER BANKS formed the Progressive band FLASH. The band enjoyed a degree of success in the USA which afforded BANKS the chance to record this solo album with a cast of guest musicians which included JAN AKKERMAN, PHIL COLLINS, STEVE HACKETT and JOHN WETTON. Sadly Peter passed away a few months ago. Long sought after by devotees of YES and GENESIS, This Esoteric Recordings release is a remastered edition.

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Peter BANKS Two Sides Of... CD

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars maybe 20 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
Being a big fan of Yes back in the seventies i bought this at the time purely because of Peter Banks' link to that band, albeit before they became (in)famous. To be honest i was underwhelmed and after a couple of plays it was consigned to the racks of vinyl.
Having come across it again recently i thought it deserved another chance. It hasn't aged too badly and i think it has grown on me over time. He certainly surrounded himself with some top notch musicians with Jan Akkerman co-writing many of the songs and playing guitar on most of the LP with minor guest appearances from Phil Collins, Steve Hackett & John Wetton.
It understandably has a Yes feel to the music and the guitar work throughout is excellent but it's let down by the absence of vocals and lack of a truly memorable piece.
The best track is probably "knights" where the guitars really shine and side one as a whole isn't too bad at all but the second side mostly just contains two "spontaneous jams" (to quote the liner notes) which are not very cohesive and one of them "get out of my fridge" is just dreadful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 0-for-Peter Banks 6 April 2014
By ds
Format:Audio CD
I guess I'm 0-for-Peter Banks. But I tried. First with his two Yes records. Both decent enough and surely reflective of the times but neither wowed me much either. Next (sometime in the later '70s) I tried Flash's IN THE CAN for the same reasons that I suspect many Yes fans did. I felt that instrumentally they were a step down from Yes (not nearly as melodic or dynamic) but vocally, several notches down. Even though I was never a full-on Jon Anderson devotee I found Colin Carter's vocals nearly unbearable, akin to Wishbone Ash's when they sunk into their endless abyss in the mid-seventies. TWO SIDES crossed my path routinely through the years but I was always a little gun shy. It didn't help matters either when, in the not too distant past, I purchased Banks' REDUCTION from a budget bin. To this day I'm not sure what his aim was on that album. And since I'm no longer much interested in the musical bohemia or studio experimentation for the mere sake of filling album space I may never appreciate REDUCTION.

On paper this album contains a '70s progressive rock fan's dream lineup but due to the unfocused nature of Banks' compositions, they are vastly underutilized. Guitarist Jan Akkerman appears on 5 tracks and his fusion style of guitar is evident but in a refined manner. He isn't going to upstage Banks on his solo debut afterall. Bassist Ray Bennett appears on as many tracks and his contribution is also noteworthy here as it was with Flash - strong and steady. Not unlike that of Chris Squire. But one gets the feeling that this album unfolded on-the-fly, as they were recording it.

'White Horse Vale' with it's nice acoustic intro offers the most melodic segment on this record.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars peter banks' rock masterpiece 15 Mar 2011
By Ken - Published on
Format:Audio CD
banks rock masterpiece, with some awesome dueling guitars w/jan akkerman, along w/other prog rock stars. i just can't explain how many times i've sat back and marvelled at the phenomenal prog rock which this is.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better solo albums from the YES family. 6 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Even though Peter was replaced by the great Steve Howe as guitar player in YES,it's ironic that Steve has never made a solo album better than this fine effort.Certainly not a perfect album,but very cohesive and not a "guitar album" like one would expect...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was very pleasantly surprised 15 May 2011
By Lee J. Davito - Published on
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you enjoyed YES's debut album.....Then you will be sure to like this album.....Banks's playing is an improvement over his YES contributions and the mastering exceeds YES's album.

John Wetton offers up some incredibly creatikve bass work.....His chops and tones are easily identifiable.

You wont be disappointed with this one
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant, but not overwhelming 29 Aug 1998
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Format:Audio CD
After Peter Banks had been sacked from Yes and been replaced by Steve Howe, he formed Flash (with former ex-Yes member Tony Kaye). They produced three albums and after that he made this first solo-album, along with the likes of Phil Collins on drums and then well-known Dutch-guitarist Jan Akkerman, who was famous for a while with Focus. 'Two Sides Of...' is a pleasant album, with lot of Banks' high-string picking, it's jazzy, rockin', laid back and up tempo, to be enjoyed late at night, with only a single light on and with a good glass of wine.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not a legit CD 5 Jun 2013
By a proghead - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This review is for the release of this CD by Purple Pyramid Records. This is NOT an authentic CD (made with a thin layer of aluminum), it's a CD-R that's been professionally screen-printed. There's no mention of this in the product description. As such there's no way to tell how this is going to hold up to scratches or the environment. I doubt it'll last as long as a real CD. Beware before you buy.
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