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Soundtracks Import

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin/Charisma Records
  • ASIN: B00004SKIE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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TONY BANKS Soundtracks (Rare out of print 1986 UK 12-track CD featuring a selection of material taken from the soundtracks to Quicksilver and Lorca And The Outlaws featuring guest vocals by Fish Jim Diamond and Toyah; picture sleeve and back inlay both listing 6 tracks CASCD1173)

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The production on this album is non existence. It seems as if they just cut and pasted bits of sound tracks onto this album without any thought for overall album concept. Nevertheless there are some wonderful tracks on this album. "You call this Victory" and "Lion of Symmetry" are some of the best songs Tony Banks has ever produced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome "Banksynths"! 29 Jun. 2001
By David Hugaert - Published on
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As you listen to "Soundtracks" by Tony Banks, you may be misled, as well as lost, because the number of tracks contained on the actual CD (twelve), are different from the number shown on the back cover (six), including two suites with eight subtitles between the two. It is the subtitles of the "Quicksilver" and "Redwing" suites which throws the actual number of tracks on the CD out of kilter. Don't let these inconsistencies prevent you from enjoying the wonderful "Banksynths" on this CD, many of which Tony brought to the forefront on the last Genesis album, 1983's self-titled LP of the same name, aka "Shapes". Once you hear "Shortcut To Somewhere" (featuring vocals from Tony's ole buddy Fish [of "Marillion"], "You Call This Victory" (with vocals supplied by Jim Diamond), as well as the last subtitle of the "Quicksilver Suite" - "Final Chase", you'll want to run a ten mile marathon, just to sweat the unsightly toxins out of your body! The singing featured on the third and final vocal track, titled "Lion Of Symmetry", is supplied by Toyah Wilcox, whose vocal stylings are eerily similar to those of Jayney Klimek, who can be heard on Banks' next two solo side projects - "Bankstatement" (1989) and "Still" (1991). In fact, one of the tracks on "Bankstatement", titled "Queen Of Darkness", contains a similar musical arrangement of one of the subtitled tracks featured on the instrumental "Redwing Suite" - "Lorca" (found here on the "Soundtracks" CD, originally released in 1986 prior to "Bankstatement", which was released three years later), but "QOD" is also supplied by Klimek's rich, ultra-powerful vocals. When you compare and contrast the musical arrangements of both "Final Chase" and "QOD", not only will you note many parallel similarities between the two, you will also notice some subtle musical nuances and differences as well. "Smilin' Jack Casey", another instrumental track featured on "Soundtracks", contains many of those same soft and gentle traits, too. Tony Banks would bring many of these same "Banksynths" to the next Genesis project as well, on the band's 1986 album titled "Invisible Touch". If you already have the two Genesis titles mentioned here, you might want to add "Soundtracks" to your Tony Banks/Genesis CD library, because this title is the pefect musical compliment to both "Shapes" and "Invisible Touch". "Soundtracks" is the only TB soundtrack title in print, as well. Make "Soundtracks" your essential purchase today!
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Genesis... 10 Jun. 2012
By W. D. Gagliani - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you like Genesis, middle to late period, you probably appreciated Tony Banks and his compositional expertise. While this album is in no way "a Genesis album," or really "a Tony Banks" solo album, it functions as something in between. You'll hear Banks's compositional and instrumental chops here, on display in a smattering of pieces from several movies, most of which went nowhere. The exception is "Quicksilver," which boasted Kevin Bacon and a sort of quintessential anti-greed 80s message (which gets muddled, but it's all for a good cause). The other movies were flops, more or less (though "The Wicked Lady," not represented here, was a costume epic that did boast a campy bit of swordplay and some sexy scenery, if not much else). But Tony's musical compositions far outshone these movies, and that's what you can say about most of the pieces here -- taken on their own, they're pretty great representations of what most of us liked best about Genesis (now that Steve Hackett had left). The "Quicksilver" theme, "Shortcut to Somewhere," includes lead vocal by ex-Marillion front man Fish and proves that an album project by the two of them would at least have been interesting ... a sense reinforced by the song "Another Murder of a Day," found on a later solo effort by Banks, "Still." Really, every song or piece here has its charms, but "Lion of Symmetry" could have been on any Genesis album of the period, sung by either Gabriel or Collins, and it would have been great. Toyah Wilcox completely does it justice and the song could be considered a minor classic, if only anyone other than devoted Genesis and Banks fans had ever heard it. What else can be said? If you like Tony Banks and what he did in Genesis, then this album belongs in your collection. Hey, his others have some greatness too, even if they might seem uneven. I am always flabbergasted at how they sound better and better after not having heard them in a while. The most recent, "Strictly Inc," while destined to flop, is also a minor classic. The afore-mentioned "Still" is excellent, and "Bankstatement" has grown on me greatly over the years. Of course "A Curious Feeling" is in a class by itself -- a true progressive record -- and "The Fugitive" is a sort of prequel to the "progressive pop" sound he was to employ from then on. His classical works are also of interest, if you don't mind not hearing his trademark keyboard sounds... but if you're like me, your mind will sort of provide those sounds as you listen to the compositions. (Because we know what Banks would do.) In any case, I just relistened to all of them in the last couple weeks and I can report that it made me pine for more music by Mr. Banks, the most underappreciated member of Genesis. What a shame to have to say that. I wish it weren't so. I think I'll listen to "And Then There Were Three..." now, only because his keyboards are literally layered on just about every recorded second. "Soundtracks" may a bit off the beaten path, but what proghead doesn't appreciate that?

--W.D. Gagliani, Author of Savage Nights
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tony's Soundtracks 24 Jun. 2005
By Alan Caylow - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks has always expressed interest in composing music for films, but, regretfully, he hasn't been given the opportunity too often (his score for the film "2010" was ultimately dropped in favor of David Shire's, which I still consider a great musical loss). But when Tony *does* get to do a film score, he totally delivers. For starters, his music for the 1983 Faye Dunaway flick, "The Wicked Lady," was brilliant and the *only* good thing about that movie (alas, the soundtrack album is out-of-print and still hasn't made it to CD, but do seek out an old vinyl copy if you can). Tony's 1986 release, "Soundtracks," is a compilation of film music he recorded for a pair of movies from that same year, "Quicksilver" (the one with Kevin Bacon on a bicycle), and an obscure British sci-fi movie, "Lorca And The Outlaws," which I don't believe ever got a release in the U.S. "Soundtracks" has a late-80's feel to it that will remind you of Tony's keyboard work with Genesis on their "Invisible Touch" album, also from 1986. The music is quite excellent. Guest vocalists include ex-Marillion singer Fish on the poppish "Shortcut To Somewhere," Jim Diamond on the greatly melodic "You Call This Victory," and Toyah Wilcox (aka Mrs. Robert Fripp) on the sinister "Lion Of Symmetry." The instrumental pieces also shine on the album, such as the driving punch of "Smilin' Jack Casey," the mysterious air of "Gypsy," and the powerful "Lorca" (which Tony would later re-work as "Queen Of Darkness" for his album, "Bankstatement"). If you're a diehard fan of Tony Banks, you should definitely pick up "Soundtracks." (And a message to filmmakers---if you need some great original music for your film, give Tony a call!)
3.0 out of 5 stars Time to Give Tony His Due 22 May 2002
By jrmspnc - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Tony Banks never could catch a break. It seems the more successful bandmate Phil Collins became, the less success Tony had, commercially speaking. Soundtracks is a case in point - after trying for years to get the opportunity to do soundtracks, Tony ends up writing for two movies that were duds (Quicksilver wasn't bad, but it hardly lit up the box office).
Fortunately, the music on Soundtracks is anything but a dud. "Smilin' Jack Casey" shows us that Tony is more than capable of writing a catchy pop tune, but the true highlight is "Lion of Symmetry." As we would expect from Tony, "Lion" is replete with both interesting music and evocative lyrics ("The office walls are closing in . . . feel the sensation"; a feeling we can all relate to!). This song alone is worth the price of admission.
The instrumental suites are equally well-done, with fine pacing. They are not as powerful or as moving as Genesis' "Duke's Travels," of course, but then nothing can be. They are a blend of musical ideas that flow seamlessly and blend in well with the album as a whole.
This is not the album to buy for a first Tony Banks album. It takes some time to truly appreciate how good it is. It is, however, very much worthy of a place in the Genesis extended family.
3.0 out of 5 stars Soundtracks Are Hard Sells, Aren't They? 9 April 2002
By Bassidol - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I saw the movie "Quicksilver" years ago, and thought Tony's compositions and keyboard work worked well (BTW, Tony Banks' participation on the soundtrack makes him a fairly close degree to Kevin Bacon). I have not seen "Lorca and the Outlaws," but from the music it sounds like a pretty gloomy movie. The album culls the best moments from these two soundtracks. Fans of Fish will enjoy his vocals on the jaunty "Shortcut to Somewhere." The majestic "You Call This Victory" is also outstanding. The trouble with listening to soundtrack albums, it seems, is that outside of a few songs with vocals, you get a lot of instrumental music that can be better appreciated in the context of the film. Banks has admitted that scoring a movie can be a frustrating experience because he has to place his musical desires second to what is needed in the particular movie. My recommendation: find the videos to rent to see how his compositions are placed in context; completists (like myself) can listen to Tony's compositional capabilities. Banks is soon coming out with a "classical suites" album of his own compositions with an orchestra. That may hew more closely to Banks' artistic visions.
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