Header

FLASH

Flash

Eclectic Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Flash Flash album cover
3.68 | 81 ratings | 15 reviews | 17% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
prog rock music collection


Write a review
Buy FLASH Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Small Beginnings (9:23)
2. Morning Haze (4:32)
3. Children Of The Universe (8:55)
4. Dreams Of Heaven (12:57)
5. The Time It Takes (5:48)

Total Time: 41:48

Lyrics

Search FLASH Flash lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search FLASH Flash tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Peter Banks / acoustic electric & Spanish guitars, Hooter, ARP synth, backing vocals
- Ray Bennett / bass, acoustic guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals (2)
- Colin Carter / vocals, percussion
- Mike Hough / drums, percussion, cymbals, badinage

guest musician
- Tony Kaye / organ, piano, ARP synth

Releases information

LP: Capitol SMAS 11040 (USA)
CD: One Way Records / CEMA Special Markets S21-17796 (USA, 1994)

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
and to Snow Dog for the last updates
Edit this entry

FLASH MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy FLASH Flash Music


FlashFlash
Import
Esoteric 2009
Audio CD$10.11
$10.13 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Mr Flash - Sonic Crusader [CD New] USD $14.98 Buy It Now 30m 4s
Grupo Flash Mix CD USD $4.03 Buy It Now 43m 7s
MC Breeze & Hand Master Flash - Another Sad Song 12" - Breeze - Rap very good USD $10.00 Buy It Now 46m 23s
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five On The Strength LP OG 1988 Elektra VG+ USD $6.99 [0 bids]
50m 32s
Queen - Flash Gordon Original Soundtrack LP - BRAND NEW - Vinyl Re-issue 180 Gr USD $18.98 Buy It Now 1h 6m
1968 Flash Wilson Arrives LP, sealed USD $9.99 [0 bids]
USD $20.00 Buy It Now
1h 8m
Laud Baud by Flash.Bat (CD) USD $0.99 Buy It Now 1h 9m
FAZE ACTION-pure braziliance-FAUNA FLASH/BEBEL GILBERTO/RUSS GABRIEL-RARE 2xLP USD $6.30 Buy It Now 1h 10m
ARETHA FRANKLIN jumpin jack flash 12" Mint- AD1-9529 Translucent Audiophile 1986 USD $11.25 Buy It Now 1h 11m
Michael Picton - Flash Gordon-Vol. 1: Original Television Score [CD New] USD $14.16 Buy It Now 1h 13m
Flash Gordon Vol.2 / O.S.T. [CD New] USD $14.03 Buy It Now 1h 13m
Flash by Red Five USD $3.96 Buy It Now 1h 14m
Saffire -- The Uppity Blues Women : Hot Flash CD (2000) USD $4.34 Buy It Now 1h 16m
BAEK JI YOUNG - FLASH BACK [DRAMA OST BEST] CD $2.99 S&H K-POP USD $16.99 Buy It Now 1h 26m
(BY477) Flash Fiktion, Me And Mr E - 2011 DJ CD USD $4.29 Buy It Now 1h 32m
(EK600) Flash Pan Hunter, OverCome Love With The Devil - 2013 DJ CD USD $4.67 Buy It Now 1h 48m
Tom Verlaine - Flash Light (1987 I.R.S. IRSC-42050) Used Cassette USD $3.50 Buy It Now 1h 57m
K-Tel International "Flash Back Greats of The 60's" LP USD $14.99 Buy It Now 1h 58m
Scott The Piano Guy Houston : Play Piano in a Flash! Book Examples Audio CD (US USD $4.00 Buy It Now 2h 7m
Flash Range : On the Way CD (2010) USD $10.00 Buy It Now 2h 12m
JEFF BECK Flash EPC26112 LP Bc8132 USD $4.99 [0 bids]
2h 13m
MACHINE THAT FLASHES Fog + Granite CD Rare Heavy Metal Album FREE SHIPPING USD $35.99 Buy It Now 2h 24m
NAOYA MATSUOKA Splash & Flash M-12522 OBI LP Ba7392 USD $0.99 [0 bids]
2h 33m
Flash Point - Randy Halberstadt (CD 2010) USD $10.00 Buy It Now 2h 45m
Adventures of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & the Furious Five: More of the Best USD $14.59 Buy It Now 3h 24m
FLASH CADILLAC & CONTINENTAL KIDS 12" LP 33RPM PROMO "Sons Of The Beaches" 1975 USD $9.95 [0 bids]
3h 27m
Joan La Barbara . As Lightning Comes, In Flashes -SIGNED- USD $99.00 Buy It Now 3h 38m
Flash green label m- record GF LP same self title USD $9.75 [1 bids]
3h 41m
GRANDMASTER FLASH & FURIOUS FIVE Message 1982 Sugar Hill 1st US Press Shrink EX USD $9.99 [0 bids]
USD $24.99 Buy It Now
3h 41m
RONNIE ET LES FLASH BLACK Ce n'est pas tous les jours Rare French 7 70s Pop Glam USD $25.99 Buy It Now 3h 56m
QUEEN Flash French original 7 Listen USD $3.99 Buy It Now 3h 58m
JEFF BECK ~ There & Back, Flash, and Wired ~ Group of (3) Epic Record ~EX/NM USD $16.85 Buy It Now 4h 6m
Jeff Beck Flash Gold Foil Stamped PROMO 12"LP Epic FE 39483 NM Rod Steward Rock USD $12.99 Buy It Now 4h 24m
Rolling Stones Singles Collection London Years CD Disc Two Jumpin' Jack Flash USD $7.34 Buy It Now 4h 29m
JEFF BECK Flash LP Epic Rec. 39483 US 1985 VG++ STILL IN SHRINK W/ STICKER USD $8.48 Buy It Now 4h 55m
Snapcase - Bright Flashes (CD New) USD $11.61 Buy It Now 4h 58m
FLASH GORDON "ORIGINAL SOUNTRACK MUSIC BY QUEEN" EMI 1980 - INSERT MEXICAN LP USD $32.40 Buy It Now 5h 2m
Tom Petty and The Heart Breakers, Flash and the Pan, police and Motels, USA USD $30.00 [0 bids]
6h 11m
Jeff Beck Flash CD 11 Fabulous Songs!!! USD $5.98 Buy It Now 6h 48m
Queen Flash UK 7" vinyl single record EMI5126 E.M.I. 1980 USD $15.51 Buy It Now 7h 11m
ROLLING STONES "JUMPIN JACK FLASH / CHILD OF THE MOON" 45 USD $4.75 Buy It Now 7h 14m
KID FLASH "LOVE THING / SAME" 45w/PS PROMO MINT USD $3.75 Buy It Now 7h 14m
VG++ ARETHA FRANKLIN JUMPIN' JACK FLASH/INTERGRITY 1985 45 RPM ARISTA CLEAR VINL USD $4.98 Buy It Now 8h 5m
FREE U.S.sh/$3 int'l sh ~ NEW CD Grandmaster Flash: Melle Mel & Furious 5 USD $13.05 Buy It Now 8h 22m
Marty Stuart - Now That's Country / Me And Hank And Jumpin' Jack Flash 45 USD $0.99 Buy It Now 8h 40m
Flashes From The Archives Of Oblivion 0679076770102, CD, BRAND NEW FREE P USD $24.38 Buy It Now 9h 18m
FREE U.S.sh/$3 int'l sh ~ USED,MINT CD Grandmaster Flash: Ba-Dop-Boom-Bang USD $8.57 Buy It Now 9h 20m
Flash Fiktion ?- Leni CD Single Split Records 2010 Pop USD $1.56 Buy It Now 9h 55m
Hot Flashes! - Susan Mcdonald (2010, CD New) USD $18.04 Buy It Now 9h 59m
Unknown Artist Flash CD USD $4.47 Buy It Now 10h 21m
Unknown Artist Flash... the Beat Goes On CD USD $3.25 Buy It Now 10h 35m
SHIBUYA, TEPPEI jumping jack flash EX/EX JAPAN PK-148 | 15-0424-147 USD $10.99 Buy It Now 11h 33m
Queen Flash Gordon (Coll) Reissue 180Gm vinyl LP NEW/SEALED USD $33.74 Buy It Now 11h 38m
Grandmaster Flash Ba Dop Boom Bang CD USD $3.92 Buy It Now 11h 51m
Elvis Presley LP, 20 Love Songs, Flash-Back Records, Made in West Germany, USD $27.99 Buy It Now 11h 52m
GRANDMASTER FLASH & MELLE MEL : JESSE 12" 1984 SUGAR HILL RECORDS RAP OLD SCHOOL USD $11.69 Buy It Now 12h 34m
FLASH B*STARD - Burn 'Em Up - US promo CD Single - 1999 - 2 Tracks USD $6.16 Buy It Now 13h 16m
FLASH AND THE PAN ayla 651120 6 uk epic 1987 12" PS EX/EX USD $14.36 Buy It Now 13h 18m
The Jayhawks 45 MY ONLY DARLING / STRANDED IN THE JUNGLE ~ Flash VG r+b USD $12.75 Buy It Now 13h 21m
Pop Act - Flash - 12 Inch Vinyl USD $15.59 Buy It Now 13h 43m
Mr. Flash - Blood Sweat and Tears (NEW 12" VINYL LP) USD $14.18 Buy It Now 13h 48m
Imminent Flash Chimango Imminent Flash Chimango CD USD $4.65 Buy It Now 13h 54m
Mark Morriss - A Flash of Darkness - AJXLP346X USD $26.58 Buy It Now 14h 56m
Dena - Flash - NS1LP USD $24.00 Buy It Now 14h 56m
Grandmaster Flash - Dance To The Beat - 12 Inch Vinyl USD $10.91 Buy It Now 15h 5m
Kipple Flashes of Irrational Happiness CD USD $4.33 Buy It Now 15h 23m
The Flash Faction - The Ride - 12 Inch Vinyl USD $6.23 Buy It Now 15h 44m
Flash Harry - Time To Rock - 12 Inch Vinyl - Listen USD $7.79 Buy It Now 15h 45m
The Grifters - Flash - 12 Inch Vinyl - Listen USD $4.67 Buy It Now 16h 21m
Stella Chang Burning in a Flash (Red) CD USD $10.00 Buy It Now 16h 30m
FLASH BASTARD 1991 'THIS MEANS WAR' RARE U.S. HARDCORE PUNK 7" YELLOW VINYL USD $10.49 Buy It Now 16h 47m
THE ROLLING STONES jumpin' jack flash 1960s UK DECCA 45 USD $15.61 Buy It Now 16h 51m
QUEEN FLASH GORDON SOUNDTRACK ORIGINAL TAPE RECORDING USD $7.79 Buy It Now 16h 55m
JEFF BECK "Flash" 1985 Epic (FE 39483) CANADA VINYL NM- USD $4.00 Buy It Now 16h 57m
DONALD BYRD Royal Flash JAPAN SHM CD USD $17.80 Buy It Now 17h
Grandmaster Flash & Furious Five - Its Nasty - Genius USD $15.59 Buy It Now 17h 2m
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - Gold - 12 Inch USD $10.91 Buy It Now 17h 2m
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message - 1 USD $12.47 Buy It Now 17h 2m
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message - 1 USD $12.47 Buy It Now 17h 2m
Grandmaster Flash - U Know What Time It Is - 12 Inch V USD $9.35 Buy It Now 17h 2m
ROYAL STRAIGHT FLASH - Japan CD - NEW MONG HANG wire USD $14.99 Buy It Now 17h 7m
FLASH CADILLAC ~ GOOD TIMES, ROCK AND ROLL ~ 1975 UK 7" USD $5.46 Buy It Now 17h 9m
Flash Out of Our Hands LP Peter Banks Gatefold SMAS 11218 USD $7.00 Buy It Now 17h 14m
Mdm & Mc Flash - Go Jam Hot - 12 Inch Vinyl - Listen USD $18.71 Buy It Now 17h 15m
CASSETTE: TOM VERLAINE Flash light NEW WAVE TELEVISION USD $4.67 Buy It Now 17h 15m
Flash Of Light - Mark Martin (2003, CD New) USD $8.73 Buy It Now 18h 3m
GRANG MASTER FLASH /FURIOUS FIVE- Scorpio - ELECTRO 12" USD $11.99 Buy It Now 18h 13m
Flash Fiktion (CD Used Very Good) USD $9.41 Buy It Now 18h 17m
BROTHERHOOD OF MAN - LIGHTNING FLASH - PORTUGAL 45 FREE SHIPPING USD $25.00 Buy It Now 18h 40m
Maurice André - Defaye: Flashes, Performances NEW CD USD $7.13 Buy It Now 18h 40m
JEFF BECK-FLASH-JAPAN BLU-SPEC CD2 D73 USD $18.50 Buy It Now 18h 42m
THE FLASH BROTHERS firm of entity 12" VG+ DISTR 011 Progressive Tech House UK USD $15.00 Buy It Now 18h 57m
Mcdonald,Susan - Hot Flashes! [CD New] USD $16.38 Buy It Now 19h 3m
Mark Morriss - A Flash Of Darkness NEW CD USD $9.19 Buy It Now 19h 7m
Grandmaster Flash - Ba-dop-boom-bang - Vinyl LP USD $9.35 Buy It Now 19h 8m
Lot of (2) FLASH Self Titled Debut Album + FLASH Out Of Our Hands Lp Albums USD $12.99 Buy It Now 19h 13m
Snapcase - Bright Flashes [CD New] USD $10.07 Buy It Now 19h 30m
Surfin' Jack Flash - Surf instrumental versions of Rolling Stones songs USD $4.68 [0 bids]
USD $12.48 Buy It Now
19h 43m
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - Scorpio - 12 In USD $12.47 Buy It Now 19h 49m
Rolling Stones Poster. Jumpin' Jack Flash Promo. Large A2 ( 40x60cm) Print USD $27.31 Buy It Now 20h 6m


More places to buy FLASH music online Buy FLASH & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for FLASH DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

FLASH Flash ratings distribution


3.68
(81 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
17%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(49%)
49%
Good, but non-essential (27%)
27%
Collectors/fans only (6%)
6%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

FLASH Flash reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
3 stars Having been shown the door to slam by the rest of his Yes colleagues, Peter Banks spent a stint in Blodwyn Pig (most likely after Mick Abrahams had left) then built up his own group, made mostly from previous acquaintance though Yes, The Syn, Mabel Greer's Toy Shop etc.. No big names, except for Tony Kaye, that also had received the pink slip from Yes. Well Kaye was apparently never really a full-member of Flash, since he had his own projects to mind, including a David Bowie tour and his very own Badger group. So for this debut album, the line-up is your classic prog quartet, plus the singing belter. Released in early 72 on the small Capitol offshoot Sovereign Records with a shameless panty Hipgnosis gatefold artwork, the album was definitely aiming the charts, as did the album-opening track, released as a single. Actually, it did work somewhat as they were fairly successful in the US, where tons of kids bought the album mainly on account of the artwork.

It's quite obvious that Flash chose to open with their album capitalizing on their Yes heritage and Small Beginnings is a good shot at it, as you could almost believe it, if it wasn't for Carter's voice. As mentioned above, this track would see a shortened version released as a single and shot up to n°29 in the Billboard. It's fairly clear as well that Banks listened intently to the Yes albums that his former group did after his leaving and he obviously felt he had something to prove on this and the next album. Indeed most of the tracks on these two albums have more to do with Yes Album or Fragile than they had with Time And A Word or the Yes debut, which might have been less obvious. Morning Haze is a mostly acoustic ditty with almost delicate harmonies (I'm not a fan of Carter's voice or his dumb lyrics). The 9-mins Children Of The Universe returns to the Yes mould, mainly on the strength of Kaye's organ (both him and banks also play the ARP synth), but both Benett (bass) and Hough (drums) are capable as both had previous jazz-band experiences.

Just two tracks on the flipside and the almost 13?mins Dreams Of Heaven opens the hostilities on a semblance of Heart Of The Sunrise, before breaking abruptly into hard-rocking riff, veering jazzy just after wards, before changing again tempo and climate. Undeniably the album's centerpiece. The closing Time It Takes can only pale in comparison, but it's got its charms as well, even if the vocal lines are fairly uninspired

I find this relatively uninteresting but then again I seem to be in a minority. This is just derivative prog rock to me with "affirmative" leanings, with somewhat technical capabilities, but arriving nowhere-close to their target of Yes. I think that a lot of Yes-nuts like this because of the guitarist Peter Banks and the keyboardist Tony Kaye (later in Badger which is better) had their second chance after having received the boot. I'd never found the group worthy of owning an album of theirs, but had borrowed them from buddies, and borrowed the albums from my library system in order to write these baffling blunders. Maybe I would've been kinder to this band had they used more progish covers instead of blatantly appealing to young sex-hungry and virgins males teenagers

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Review by Guillermo
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars This is the only FLASH`s album that I have. It was re-issued in CD by One Way Records in 1994, a label specialized in re-issues of out of print albums. I also have listened to their second album ("Flash in the Can", which I listened in a FM Radio station). This first album is better, because their second album lacks keyboards (piano and organ), but it has some synthesizers played by Peter Banks. Peter Banks said in one interview in 1994 (for the "Notes from the Edge" website, included in the yesworld.com website), that Tony Kaye was never an official member of FLASH. He was invited to play keyboards after he left YES in 1971 because the producer of the album wanted keyboards. So, FLASH was mainly a band formed by Banks, and in their first album Banks also composed most of the songs with singer Colin Carter, but also there are two songs by bassist Ray Bennett ("Morning Haze" and "Children of the Universe"), who became the main composer in FLASH`s second and third albums. Tony Kaye`s piano, organ and synth (Banks also is credited as synth player) are very good, but are more in the background, serving mainly as support.But the synth sounds very early 70s, dated, very "basic", used with the same sound for a few solos.Kaye plays a brief but very good organ solo in "The Time It Takes", the most "quiet" song in the album, with also a synth playing a "wind" sound in the background. Peter Banks`s guitars are very good in all the songs, being the main instrument, sounding with more "freedom" than when he was in YES. He also played a "classical guitar" in "Dreams of Heaven", maybe at the same time as Steve Howe in YES, as this album and "Fragile" were both recorded in late 1971. Ray Bennet was also a very good bass player, sometimes sounding "heavy" and "melodic" like Chris Squire and John Entwistle (and he also sang lead vocals in "Morning Haze"). Drummer Mike Hough plays a mixture of rock and jazz drums, sounding more in the style of Alan White than of Bill Bruford. Singer Colin Carter sounds for me sometimes like GTR`s Max Bacon, but he is also a good singer. There are some vocal harmonies similar to YES. The songs are very progressive, with a lot of changes. This album sounds similar to YES in some parts only. FLASH had their own style since the beginning.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Review by Cesar Inca
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars After his days in Yes and a very brief stay in Bloodwyn Pig, Peter Banks started Flash together with lead vocalist Colin Carter, soon to be joined by bassist Ray Bennett and drummer Mike Hough. Former Yes-colleague Tony Kaye agreed to play keyboards on this one, more as a special guest than as a proper member. So, the final result turned out to be pretty similar to "The Yes Album", regarding the melodic sensibility and the sense of excitement portrayed in the performances, but with a major presence of jazz swing and a general tendency toward working on a more concise number of musical themes. These elements make the listener aware of the caliber of Bank's input for the forging of the Yes sound: something that should be more acknowledge than it usually is. In fact, Banks seems to have found in Flash a proper vehicle for a freer expansion of his guitar skills and musical ideas, with Bennett acting simultaneously as the perfect companion for Hough and an effective partner for Bank's guitar riffs and harmonies. Bennett's role proves crucial in the foundation of a solid ground for the musical colours displayed by the guitar, the vocal melodies and the keyboards. Tracks, 1, 3 & 4 are the longest and most elaborated numbers. 'Small Beginnings' and 'Children of the Universe' are tight and cohesively structured, catchy enough to call the listener's attention, and complex enough to keep the progressive flame burning solidly. 'Dreams of Heaven' is the longest of the three, and also the least cohesive in terms of arrangement, but the jazz interlude jamming, the brief Spanish guitar solo that comes after the ad-lib opening, and the vocal melodies are really captivating - it seems as if the parts could shine brighter than the whole, while in tracks 1 & 3 the parts were fully integrated in the whole making it compact and fluid. The remaining two tracks are less ambitious, but not unattractive: 'Morning Haze' is a CSNY-ish acoustic piece with slight bluesy nuances, while 'The Time It Takes' is an eerie ballad in which the organ layers provide a proper landscape for Carter's introspective singing and Banks' soft picked leads. The whirling of a distant wild wind (played on ARP synthesizer) serves as a proper background for the fade-out, since it enhances the song's ethereal ambience. A great record this is, so it must be considered as an excellent addition to any good prog collection.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Review by Progbear
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars If nothing else, this record serves to provide listeners with a sort of answer to the hypothetical question, "What would Yes have sounded like had Peter Banks never left?"

The answer is, "Not too terribly different."

Howe and Banks have nearly congruent sets of influences, and oddly, very similar bags of riffs. This whole album has the weird feel of a Parallel Universe version of THE YES ALBUM. Of course, Tony Kaye's at the organ stool has a lot to do with that, but likewise Banks' guitarwork and arrangements are eerily similar to those found on THE YES ALBUM. On the other hand, Colin Carter, while a fine vocalist in his own right, is pretty far removed from Anderson stylistically. And the lyrics certainly lack Anderson's spacey charm.

Of course, this does look a bit pallid in the end when compared to its illustrious companion. But I don't accuse Banks of "imitating" Yes, nor cashing in on their success. He was IN Yes, so it's only fitting that his own band should sound similar.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Review by Trotsky
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This is an album clearly made in the shadow of that great progressive rock band Yes. However, unlike Starcastle and other such followers, Flash have a genuine excuse. The band was founded by Peter Banks and Tony Kaye, both of whom were unceremoniously ditched by Yes despite also being founder members of that esteemed group. While it's hard to dispute the fact that both Banks and Kaye were replaced by superior musicians (Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman respectively), neither deserved to be treated with such disrespect, and this album is an excellent riposte to their critics.

Flash preserves that sound of 60s Yes which somewhat ironically reached its zenith on 1971's The Yes Album. Small Beginnings in particular is an epic track which could have slipped quite comfortably onto that masterful album. It has all the hallmarks, with storming riffs (with some of Banks's best ever playing), an inventive rhythm section (bassist Ray Bennett and drummer Mike Hough), and even a nice organ solo from Kaye, while vocalist Colin Carter sounds very much like Yes frontman Jon Anderson.

The two other epics Children of The Universe and Dreams Of Heavens aren't quite as consistent but both have moments of great power. I love the break that occurs halfway through Children Of The Universe which leads into a Moog solo, with Banks then reasserting his general dominance of proceedings. Dreams Of Heaven is a piece that begins with some solo classical guitar by Banks before the whole band comes stomping through with a rhythm that screams Roundabout rip-off, but once again, around the 5 minute mark there are some excellent solo exchanges, with a breathtaking jazz solo from Banks a real highlight. The outro of this piece is also scintillating with Bennett and Hough propelled Banks to new heights.

The two shorter pieces are quite different in style from the storming epics. Morning Haze is a laid-back acoustic jam, with Banks playing some beautiful acoustic guitar, strong vocal harmonies too, while The Time It Takes is a moody, atmospheric ballad full of volume swells, guitar and keyboard washes and the sound of waves hitting the shore. It works surprisingly well as the album closer.

I would recommend this strongly to any prog fan in general, and deem it absolutely essential for those who enjoyed the first three Yes albums. ... 78% on the MPV scale

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Review by ghost_of_morphy
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars As I read the reviews for this album, I find that they are all slightly deceptive about the Flash sound.

Of course Flash had strong roots in Yes. But the Flash sound does not harken back to A Time and a Word (except for Dreams of Heaven), and neither does it echo the new style that Yes established beginning with the Yes album, wth one exception (that being that parts of Dreams of Heaven seem to foreshadow the "word pictures" that Jon began including in Yes lyrics, most notably in Siberian Khatru.) In fact it sounds like they took off from Time and a Word and then started moving in the same direction that Camel was to follow in a year or two, but with a nod towards the early prog band Fantasy.

Nevertheless, this is excellent prog. Peter Banks has really cleaned up his playing and Kaye is still at the height of his skills. Ray Bennett adds a lot to this grouping, with his strong bass and acoustic playing.

Dreams of Heaven is an epic as worthy of mention as anything else that other prog groups have released. It's a great piece of music that I enjoy often. Children of the Universe is another extremely strong song.

Sadly, Flash was quickly to fall back into mediocrity. But they started out great. 4 stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Review by SouthSideoftheSky
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
4 stars Flashy!

Flash tends to get compared to Yes, which is not strange since two ex-Yes members are in this group; Peter Banks and Tony Kaye. When Banks was replaced by Steve Howe he formed this group and Tony Kaye (who was replaced by Rick Wakeman at the same time) joined him.

There are some similarities between Flash and the first two Yes albums but it also bears some strong similarities to The Yes Album, I would say. Especially on the first track here, Small Beginnings, this song is not very far away from Yours Is No Disgrace in its style. The music of Flash also sometimes reminds me of the band Nektar.

The guitar work of Peter Banks is very good here, perhaps even a bit flashy at times, and it has clearly improved compared to his playing on Time And A Word. However, Banks guitar sound is not at all as distinctive and unique as that of Steve Howe. Tony Kaye has also expanded his horizons, while coming from only playing Hammond organ and piano he also plays a Moog solo in Children Of The Universe. Certainly not Wakeman-flash, but it adds to the piece.

Another similarity with Yes is in the tendency towards Yes-like harmony vocals. However, the actual lead vocals are very different compared to those of Jon Anderson, which gives some uniqueness to this group. There is nothing wrong with the vocals here, but they are not very distinctive (again, similar to the vocals by Nektar).

The material is melodic and strong and everything is very well performed. Judged as a successor to Time And A Word this is indeed a very good album. But in comparison with The Yes Album, Fragile and Close To The Edge, however, this falls very far behind - but then again, in my opinion, almost everything falls very far behind those incredible masterpieces! While Yes evolved with each subsequent album, Flash seems to have been stuck somewhere between Time And A Word and The Yes Album. But that is not a bad place to be stuck in and they do also add their very own touch to it making it worthwhile for all Prog fans.

Flash still holds up pretty well in the extended Yes family-tree among band like The Syn, Badger, Asia, GTR, ABWH, Conspiracy, etc. But they are not at the very the top of my Yes-related top list.

If Peter Banks had stayed in Yes and Steve Howe had never joined, this album gives us a very good idea of what Yes would have sounded like. And what we hear is very good. But still, luckily Steve Howe did join Yes and the rest is history, as they say.

This album is recommended for Yes fans and fans of early Symphonic Prog. It took some time for me to realise how good this was, but now I see its beauty.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars After leaving (or getting kicked out of) Yes, guitarist Peter Banks and keyboardist Tony Kaye formed this band. Not surprisingly, Flash sounds quite a bit like early Yes. The opening track Small Beginnings appears to have been written after numerous listens to Roundabout. The two songs have a very similar structure. And copying Yes' hit did Flash well. A single edit of Small Beginnings managed to get a reasonable amount of airplay back then.

Unfortunately, the rest of the album doesn't fare as well. While the tracks all still have a fair amount of that early Yes sound, the songs are all quite forgettable. And the recording quality is very rough.

But still, if you are a big Yes fan, this is a must.

2.5 stars, rounded up.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Review by b_olariu
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars First Flash album selftitled from 1972 is to me a little underrated. like their second onea swell. Formed by two ex Yes members Peter Banks and Tony Kaye. This first Flash release sounds almost like The yes album but without the complexity of Yes album. Flash to me sounds a bit more rockier then Yes, but keeping the progressive elements on every piece. Tracks like Small Beginnings or Children of the universe are perfect Flash pieces, great and smooth in same time. I like that the pieces are complex enough not to become boring and are very well performed and written in same time. A good album in my book that worth 3 stars, but I don't think is their best out of 3. To me their most acomplished album is In the can, their second one, but I think I'm in minority here. So, a good album that worth be investigated for sure.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Review by stefro
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars After being unceremoniously booted out of Yes, guitarist Peter Banks licked his wounds and set to work forming a progressive rock band of his own. Having been an integral member of Yes during their formative years, when they produced albums such as 1968's eponymous debut and it's orchestrally-themed follow-up 'Time And A Word', Banks was therefore well- versed in the rhythmic complexities of prog-rock. His distinctive guitar style had helped form Yes' very own musical identity and still to this very day Banks is considered one of the genre's foremost axemen. Despite being dumped by the band he helped found and replaced by Steve Howe, he remained positive; Flash was the result. Featuring another Yes refugee in the shape of ex-Badger member and Hammond organist extraordinaire Tony Kaye, as well as bassist Ray Bennett, drummer Mike Hough and vocalist Colin Carter, Flash sparked into life with this vibrant, self-titled debut album in 1972, the same year that would unfortunately see Bank's former employers release one of progressive rock's greatest records - the sublime 'Close To The Edge'. One wonders what kind of legacy 'Flash' would have if, say, it had been released a year or so later, but the fact remains that 'Close To The Edge' completely overshadowed pretty much everything back in 1972, and for good reason. However, despite the spectre of his old outfit hanging over him, Banks did manage to produce the goods; 'Flash' is a colourful and skilfully-played album with searing guitars and Carter's semi-screeched lyrics combining to impressive effect, and the album's eclectic nature means that it is much more than just another Yes-clone(here's to you you Druid and England). Though the album features just five tracks, pretty much all of them rock. 'Children Of The Universe' is suitably epic, with Banks impressive playing to the fore, whilst the beautifully simple 'Morning Haze' eschews the prog in favour of the rock with spectacular results. Only the over-ripe 'Dreams Of The Universe', with it's 13-minute running time, fails to truly set the pulse racing, but it still contains enough instrumental verve to fill most 'rock' albums several times over, with Ray Bennett's throbbing bass-lines particularly noteworthy. When compared to the true big beasts of prog, 'Flash' does maybe seem slightly lightweight. It lacks the complex nature of Yes' best moments, and, at times, comes across as more of a rock album than a creation of prog, but that's the nature of the genre. 'Flash' probably belongs in that second tier of great prog albums, alongside the likes of Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' or Gentle Giant's 'Free Hand', which is certainly no bad thing. It may not be brilliant, but Banks and co came pretty close. Recommended.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars After his departure from Yes in mid-1970 and some brief appearances with Blodwyn Pig and Chris Harwood, Peter Banks met with singer Colin Carter and decided to form his own band.It was found in London during the summer of 71' under the name of Flash and the line-up became complete with Ray Bennett on bass and Mike Hough on drums.Original Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye was sucked by the band around the same time and was asked to join Flash, but he only appeared as a guest in the debut's sessions, before forming Badger.Flash'es first, self-titled album was recorded in November 1971 at the De Lane Lea Studios in Wembley with Martin Birch and Derek Lawrence as sound engineer and producer respectively, both were long-time collaborators of Deep Purple.''Flash'' was eventually released on Sovereign Records in February 72'.

With ''The Yes album'' already out, having a trully captivating sound, you can only think that Banks was partially influenced by his former band's innovative work, as the debut of Flash draws resemblances with the legendary album of Yes.The sound is dominated by tons of electroacoustic interplays, irritating Jon Anderson-like vocals, multi-vocal singing lines and frenetic changes between tempos with the guitar in the forefront.On the other hand Flash'es debut was much guitar-oriented with supporting performances on keyboards with Tony Kaye as a guest and Banks even handling some ARP synth flashes.So expect a YES-like style with lots of complex themes and shifting moods, showered by light acoustic flavors and discreet psychedelic moves.Flash combined the poppy sensibilities and some intense organ and synth runs with the emerging power and charm of Progressive Rock, the result was captivating compositions, always highlighted by Banks' complicated guitar lines and the trully dynamic bass playing of Bennett.The long tracks are quite great with more keyboard emphasis towards a more balanced sound and lots of jazzy plays on guitar, maintaing the rock component in a high level but also delivering a unique atmosphere filled with tricky plays.

Great debut by Flash, on the same level as ''The Yes album'' to my ears.Dense, guitar-driven Prog Rock with minor Pop and keyboard-based stylings, very interesting and strongly recommended.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Latest members reviews

4 stars Since I heard FLASH for the first time, one question stay "hammering" in my mind; "Why Peter Banks was so limited in YES?... and I reply ... Is very difficult to understand !!! Although, I think which the progressive fans must be thanked for Steve Howe comes in YES, at the same time I recognize ... (read more)

Report this review (#526598) | Posted by maryes | Sunday, September 18, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars When guitarist Peter Banks (and Tony Kaye) had to leave Yes after their second album ('Time And A Word'), Banks formed Flash; a band who made three albums in 1972 and 1973, of whom this self-entitled one was the first one. Meantime, Yes created their three historic albums that became the all t ... (read more)

Report this review (#126700) | Posted by Paul de Graaf | Sunday, June 24, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The unfortunate thing about this band was they were gone in a flash. They were that good, in my humble opinion, they were worthy of at least 3 more albums in addition to the 3 they produced. Not as tight as Yes the musicians were granted relative freedom to express themselves. Tony Kaye's role ... (read more)

Report this review (#25290) | Posted by DAVE M | Wednesday, February 09, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars this offspring from YES..had indeed their own style...that is to say..the style of Yes was partially thanks to Tony Kaye & Peter banks...as they were founder members of Yes. This record (and the 2 other outings from "FLASH")are actually their own "Yes-style" its...sort of...prog. with a fresh-Ye ... (read more)

Report this review (#25286) | Posted by Tonny Larz | Thursday, November 27, 2003 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of FLASH "Flash"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 1.17 seconds