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SIX (PIECES FOR ORCHESTRA)

Tony Banks

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5 stars Well Tony Banks has finally outdone himself, with his finest solo album to date, doing what he dles best, creating beautiful and engaging instrumental music. The opening piece, 'Siren' is the only one that may be repetitous, with some haunting melodies, but perhaps repeated a time or two too many. But the following piece, 'Still Waters' is pure magic. Very subtle, with the type of intrigue Tony brought to early Genesis albums. 'Blade' and 'City of Gold' are among the two best compositions he has ever done, the former highly emotional and with the insertion of one chord at the 7:13 to 7:14 mark, takes the piece from 'great' to 'rapturous', and the latter powerfully provocative. Compositionally there is some commonality with Delius and possibly a bit of Vaughan-Williams. One hears some similarity to his 2004 release 'Seven', but 'Six' is a fairly significant improvement, and will be a favorite of mine for many years to come.

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Send comments to snelling (BETA) | Report this review (#727249)
Posted Saturday, April 14, 2012 | Review Permalink
3 stars It is very difficult to review this album as progressive in any way. It is a purely instrumental album written and produced by Banks and very well orchestrated by Paul Englishby. It cannot be described as progressive in any way really. However, I cannot ignore the fact, that despite Banks' meanderings amongst many different musical genres, he is a musical genius, and undeniably the major force behind the best works of Genesis.

The music is classical in style and some of Banks' talent for brilliant melodies can be heard straining through here and there. There are some very nice tracks on here, but it simply is not progressive in any way. But still, I do really like it and have happily listened to it a few times now. It is a good piece of work. But it is not an essential part of any prog collection. However, I wouldn't say it is just for fans either. Hence, three stars.

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Send comments to Richens (BETA) | Report this review (#729299)
Posted Sunday, April 15, 2012 | Review Permalink
5 stars This cd is pretty much beyond beautiful. It is evident that Tony Banks has gained much confidence between his first orchestral cd, "Seven" (2004) and "Six" (2012). The magic of his earlier compositions with Genesis is here, in the dense details and emotive melodies. There is a haunting, and at the same time, pastoral quality to the music, even in the livelier pieces, such as "Blade" and "City of Gold". I'm reminded at times of a more complex "Forever Morning" (from "A Curious Feeling"), of course, orchestrated. Because this is an orchestrated album, it wont be for everyone, but for many of us, there will be a deep connection to this album, as it is unusually beautiful, and unusually poignant.

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Send comments to deedee (BETA) | Report this review (#847896)
Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | Review Permalink
5 stars Finally, the soul of Tony Banks , free as a bird, flying over our horizons... Confounded to walk to the shadows of Peter Gabriel, and Phil Collins, this is maybe the first time, when Tony shows and offer to our world his intentions , that he has always... As a composer, here is the time and the moment, that we can judge him fair... Wealthy compositions, make our views wider, and our soulworld bigger... A progressive mind, can compose even progressive music for full orchestra ... :-)

Tony Banks was born on 27 March 1950... Objectively speeking, he is in the second part of life... He is in the afternoon of the life... With his horizons wider, a big orchestra is the ideal tool (he is musician) , to tell us his emotions... That means not , that he can't be progressive mind ... :-) The bigger proof to that fact, is the tracks "Still Waters" , and "Blade" ... :-)

In those times we living, with poverty everywhere (pneumatically and physically) , the music of Tony Banks in 2012 , is a lighthouse, a coverture...

I think , we are lucky, that we living in an age so much poor emotional, and a progressive mind offer to us so many positively illuminated pictures for our world...

Recommended of course, to any progressive mind, all over the world... :-)

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Posted Sunday, April 07, 2013 | Review Permalink

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