Header

EMPIRE

Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Empire picture
Empire biography
EMPIRE was a band project, or rather three band projects, set up by former Yes guitarist Peter Banks when his band Flash folded. The initial start of this venture came to be while Banks was out recruiting musicians for a brand new line-up of Flash. While meeting various possible candidates he met singer Sydney Foxx (Sidonie Jordan), and they soon developed a strong personal and professional relationship, the former leading to them marrying and the latter to the band assembled given a unique moniker - Empire.

The first album was recorded in 1974. However, the record labels weren't at all interested in the final result, and Empire disbanded. Banks and Foxx moved to the US shortly after. In 1977 a new line-up was assembled and a second album made. The record labels didn't take much interest in this second effort by the band either, and Empire dissolved yet again.

A third attempt with a new line-up came to be in 1978, but yet again the record labels found the end result wanting. Empire eventually dissolved in 1980, ending the professional relationship between Banks and Foxx - their personal one had disintegrated some time before.

In the 1990's US Record label One Way Records took an interest in these recordings, and decided that these titles were worth releasing. In 1995 they issued the first of these under the moniker Empire featuring Peter Banks as Mark I, with Mark II following in 1996 and Mark III in 1997.

Empire official website

EMPIRE MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with Progarchives.com, learn how to submit new MP3s.

EMPIRE forum topics / tours, shows & news


EMPIRE forum topics Create a topic now
EMPIRE tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "empire"
Post an entries now

EMPIRE Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to EMPIRE

Buy EMPIRE Music


Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Queensryche - Empire CD US $0.99 [0 bids]
48m 22s
QUEENSRYCHE EMPIRE JAPAN CD Y8019 US $3.99 [0 bids]
53m 17s
Various - Empire of Thunder (A NWOBHM Collection) (2007) CD NEW/SEALED US $12.47 Buy It Now 55m 35s
Herbie Marks "Fall of the Roman Empire" NZ PRESS 7" US $7.50 Buy It Now 1h 13m
SEALED JUNKYARD EMPIRE ACTS OF HUMANITY VOL. 1 & 2 CD US $14.97 Buy It Now 1h 16m
QUEENSRYCHE - Empire + UK Tour Dates - 1990 Magazine Advertisment Poster US $7.68 Buy It Now 1h 20m
JOE BONAMASSA**TOUR DE FORCE: SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE (2013)**2 CD SET US $18.50 Buy It Now 1h 34m
John Williams - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK - Soundtrack - 2 disc US $9.81 Buy It Now 1h 49m
The Cat Empire - So Many Nights CD US $13.11 Buy It Now 2h 6m
(AL357) Lightning Strikes The Empire State, Stic- DJ CD US $5.10 Buy It Now 2h 8m
Course Of The Empire Cd (4 tracks) - The Information US $12.17 Buy It Now 2h 35m
Jefferson Airplane/Starship-Blows Against the Empire Promo LP Near Mint US $18.98 [0 bids]
3h 25m
Empire by Queensr˙che (CD, Sep-1990, Capitol/EMI Rec... US $6.30 Buy It Now 3h 37m
KASABIAN EMPIRE RARE UKR ORIGINAL CD NEW SEALED INDIE SPACE PSYCH ELECTRO ROCK US $19.99 Buy It Now 4h 4m
Empire by Queensryche (Cassette 1990 EMI VTG (USA)) US $12.95 Buy It Now 4h 18m
Empire by Queensryche (Cassette 1990 VTG EMI Music E4-92806 (USA)) US $12.95 Buy It Now 4h 18m
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK/ - STAR WARS: SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE - NEW CD US $10.30 Buy It Now 4h 40m
HOWELLS, HERBERT - A BRITISH ORGAN: SOUNDS OF AN EMPIRE - NEW CD US $15.89 Buy It Now 4h 47m
JAAK NIKOLAAS LEMMEN - MUSIC FROM THE SECOND EMPIRE AND BEYOND - NEW CD US $35.56 Buy It Now 4h 50m
JOHNNY CASH CD "American Outtakes" Empire US $25.00 [0 bids]
4h 59m
Look Both Ways Before You Cross Me [PA] by Truck Turner (CD, Sep-2002, Empire... US $7.00 Buy It Now 5h 37m
Acrobunch LP Obi Japan Anime L'Empire des Cinq Rare ! US $29.99 Buy It Now 5h 44m
Queensr˙che - Empire (CD, Sep-1990, EMI Music Distribution) US $6.95 Buy It Now 5h 54m
KHAN & WALKER Empire State Building CD Electronic Techno, Ambient, Acid Germany US $5.00 [0 bids]
6h
Empire by Queensr˙che (Cassette, Jun-2003, EMI... US $0.17 [0 bids]
6h
CLIPSE We Got The Remix CD Brand New Hip Hop 2009 DJ Benzi Evil Empire 30 Tracks US $6.99 Buy It Now 6h 15m
BOB DYLAN---EMPIRE BURLESQUE US $6.00 [0 bids]
6h 24m
Empire State Empire State UK 12" vinyl single record (Maxi) MELO003 MELODIC US $15.05 Buy It Now 6h 46m
Empire 7" vinyl single record My Imagination UK R6185 PARLOPHONE 1988 US $11.59 Buy It Now 7h 9m
ATARI TEENAGE RIOT not your business 12" EP original 1996 dhr alec empire US $9.99 [0 bids]
7h 9m
Empire Line My Life Story UK 7" vinyl single record 55693037 IT RECORDS 1999 US $16.11 Buy It Now 7h 14m
Burning Brides Fall Of The Plastic Empire CD album (CDLP) UK VVR1021208 V2 US $11.43 Buy It Now 7h 19m
Empire Of The Sun Walking On A Dream CD Alternative Indie Rock 2008 New US $11.93 Buy It Now 7h 23m
" Fall of the Roman Empire " Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Record Album US $9.99 Buy It Now 7h 24m
Evil Empire [PA] by Rage Against the Machine (CD, Apr-1996, Epic (USA)) US $1.99 [0 bids]
7h 33m
Empire Records (CD, Aug-1995, A&M (USA)) US $20.00 Buy It Now 7h 36m
EMPIRE - HYPNOTICA [BONUS TRACKS] [DIGIPAK] - NEW CD US $14.95 Buy It Now 7h 42m
Bob Dylan ?- Empire Burlesque LP Vinyl FC40110 US $11.99 Buy It Now 7h 43m
Queensryche Empire UK CD single (CD5 / 5") CDMT90 E.M.I. 1990 US $29.85 Buy It Now 7h 49m
Sammy Kings Of The Inland Empire CD single (CD5 / 5") UK BLAZE80CD FIRE 1995 US $11.42 Buy It Now 7h 49m
Empire Records by Original Soundtrack (CD, Aug-1995, A&M (USA) US $0.01 [0 bids]
US $0.99 Buy It Now
7h 56m
Shepherds Bush Empire + Pass Steve Winwood concert ticket UK TICKET AND PASS US $16.64 Buy It Now 8h 2m
Evil Empire [PA] by Rage Against the Machine (CD, Apr-1996, Epic (USA)) US $0.99 [0 bids]
8h 3m
Empire Skate Of Mind Dance Party Dubstep Blends Mixes Hip Hop House R US $4.50 Buy It Now 8h 5m
Oxbow - The Luxury of Empire DVD (Throat, Maudlin of the Well, Starkweather) US $3.00 [1 bids]
8h 13m
ISIS Panopticon LP Robotic Empire black vinyl US $25.00 [0 bids]
8h 15m
Star Wars 3 CD Lot Empire Strikes Back Episode 1 Episode II  US $11.99 Buy It Now 8h 22m
For Blood and Empire [PA] by Anti-Flag (CD, Mar-2006, RCA) US $2.00 [0 bids]
8h 32m
Empire Records by Original Soundtrack (CD, Aug-1995, A&M (USA)) US $8.00 Buy It Now 8h 39m
aka Lance - Carousel (CD, 1996, Empire Records, Sweden) US $17.99 Buy It Now 8h 41m
ROME (R&B) - Do It CD - (2003 JTI Empire) - NEW & SEALED US $0.99 [0 bids]
US $1.99 Buy It Now
8h 42m
Rise of An Empire - Young Money New & Sealed CD Free Shipping US $20.45 Buy It Now 8h 47m
THE NEW WORLD ORCHESTRA THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK MUSC FROM STAR WARS TRILOGY CD US $1.99 [0 bids]
US $2.99 Buy It Now
8h 51m
AHNA Empire LP Vancouver experimental sludge/grind duo, goatsblood jucifer Crust US $15.00 Buy It Now 8h 52m
Empire by QUEENSRYCHE (CD, 1990, Capitol/EMI) US $0.99 [0 bids]
9h 4m
Queensryche Empire cd US $2.50 [0 bids]
9h 7m
GARY TOMS EMPIRE - 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (Blow Your Whistle) - UNIQUE BELGIAN PS 7" US $13.39 Buy It Now 9h 18m
QUEENSRYCHE - Empire - 1990 - CD - CDP 7-92806-2 US $1.99 [0 bids]
US $3.24 Buy It Now
9h 19m
Rage Against The Machine EVIL EMPIRE 180g HQ AUDIOPHILE New Sealed Vinyl LP US $34.99 Buy It Now 9h 29m
MEHTER MUSIC (OTTOMAN EMPIRE ARMY MUSICAL ENSEMBLE) TURKISH PRESSING RARE US $250.00 Buy It Now 9h 42m
KT TUNSTALL - INVISIBLE EMPIRE // CRESENT MOON CD ALBUM (JUNE 10th) US $9.81 Buy It Now 10h 4m
IMAGINED VILLAGE - EMPIRE & LOVE (UK) NEW CD US $30.86 Buy It Now 10h 5m
ANTI-FLAG For Blood And Empire 2006 UK 13-track promo test CD title sleeve US $8.52 [0 bids]
10h 7m
Empire by Queensr˜che (CD, Sep-1990, EMI Music Distribution) US $4.55 Buy It Now 10h 8m
Evil Empire [PA] by Rage Against the Machine (CD, Apr-1996, Epic (USA)) US $1.00 [0 bids]
10h 23m
THE NATIONAL MILITARY BAND Stein Song / The Empire Parade 78 COLUMBIA DB177 US $22.17 Buy It Now 10h 26m
SOUNDTRACK: Fall Of The Roman Empire (soundtrack & cast vinyl LP) (Mono) US $18.00 Buy It Now 10h 38m
Various - Empire Records: The Soundtrack USA Shipping Included US $3.97 Buy It Now 10h 45m
Burning Brides - Fall of the Plastic Empire USA Shipping Included US $3.97 Buy It Now 10h 45m
Julie Ritter - songs of love and empire USA Shipping Included US $3.97 Buy It Now 10h 45m
RARE! Brand New Style by Empire Isis (CD, Jan-2009, Monumental Records) Reggae US $6.40 Buy It Now 10h 58m
State Project Empire State (PS) 7" Vinyl Single US $8.94 Buy It Now 11h 15m
BORIS MIDNEY - The Empire Strikes Back CD - NEW, SEALED! US $3.99 [0 bids]
US $5.99 Buy It Now
11h 26m
PAUL KANTNER JEFFERSON STARSHIP, BLOWS AGAINST THE EMPIRE, LP 1971 UK VG+/VG+ US $19.11 Buy It Now 11h 38m
Meco Empire strikes back PROMO DJ The force theme Star Wars PERU US $4.99 Buy It Now 11h 42m
DROWNING THE LIGHT EMPIRE OF THARAPHITA split Lp new US $14.99 [0 bids]
11h 44m
Empire 2002+ - The Hottest Soundtracks...Now US $5.10 Buy It Now 11h 48m
Empire Elite - The best of the best modern soundtracks US $5.10 Buy It Now 11h 48m
ISIS Celestial Robotic Empire 2/ LP BLACK VINYL US $26.99 [0 bids]
11h 53m
MY LIFE STORY empire line 7" b/w i'm a statistic (itrv003) pic sleeve uk it 1999 US $8.52 Buy It Now 11h 56m
HEAVYWT STEPPERS- CORNELL CAMPBELL- KING IN MY EMPIRE hear US $11.99 Buy It Now 12h 4m
Christmas EMPIRE BRASS-WORLD SINGS 20 BIT MAST MINT CD US $6.98 Buy It Now 12h 8m
Black Eyed Peas 4-12 "-"Request Line""BEP Empire""Where Is The Love?""Hey Mama" US $9.99 [0 bids]
12h 10m
Melvins/Lustmord Pigs Of The Roman Empire 2x Vinyl LP Record! sludge/grunge NEW! US $59.99 Buy It Now 12h 11m
Down Bad PA Most Wanted Boys CD 2001 Most Wanted Empire Juvenile Snoop Dogg Rap US $4.99 [0 bids]
US $6.49 Buy It Now
12h 22m
Light Rides The Super Major [Digipak] by Up the Empire (CD, May-2007, T. Cougar US $2.99 [0 bids]
US $6.99 Buy It Now
12h 28m
Empire! Empire! I Was a Lonely Estate - Choices... TEST PRESS 7" vinyl US $46.00 [21 bids]
12h 29m
Holy Roman Empire - Lost in Landscapes (One True Thing Veda Driver Side Impact) US $0.99 [0 bids]
12h 38m
Meco RSO 45 Record #1038 NM 1980 Empire Strikes Back US $4.00 Buy It Now 12h 43m
Slip Double: Brett Anderson Live Shepherds Bush Empire 2007 Limited Ed 100 US $42.64 Buy It Now 13h
Fused Together in Revolving Doors by The Red Chord (CD, May-2004, Robotic Empire US $6.59 Buy It Now 13h
C Magic - Keep It Goin / Feel The Melody 12" Empire State 1996 VG+ US $0.99 [0 bids]
13h 10m
STAR WARS JOHN WILLIAMS OST Empire Strikes Back SOUTHAMER* LP PRO Spanish Tiltes US $34.99 Buy It Now 13h 11m
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE evil empire/ BULLS ON PARADE snake charmer NEW TAPE US $8.99 [0 bids]
13h 14m
SOUNDTRACK: Fall Of The Roman Empire (soundtrack & cast vinyl LP) US $25.00 Buy It Now 13h 25m
Bob Dylan - Empire Burlesque - CBS - 1985 #227711 US $8.52 Buy It Now 13h 27m
Silent Force - Empire Of The Future US $15.99 [0 bids]
US $20.99 Buy It Now
13h 27m
Empire by Queensr˜che (CD, Sep-1990, EMI Music Distribution) US $3.00 Buy It Now 13h 28m
Kasabian - Empire & West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum [CD New] US $33.99 Buy It Now 13h 29m
Caravan - European Tour 2011: Live At Shepards Bush Empire [CD New] US $9.54 Buy It Now 13h 29m

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

EMPIRE shows & tickets


  • Hevy Festival 2014 on 15 Aug 2014
  • Tonight Alive - R&L Warm-Up Show on 19 Aug 2014
  • Protest the Hero + Empire + Sentinel at HiFi Bar and Ballroom, Melbourne on 6 Sep 2014
  • 7. Rock- & Popnacht on 6 Sep 2014

EMPIRE discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

EMPIRE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.43 | 9 ratings
Mark I
1995
3.00 | 2 ratings
Mark II
1996
1.31 | 4 ratings
Mark III
1997

EMPIRE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

EMPIRE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

EMPIRE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

EMPIRE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

EMPIRE Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Mark III by EMPIRE album cover Studio Album, 1997
1.31 | 4 ratings

BUY
Mark III
Empire Crossover Prog

Review by lordjim

1 stars To be honest, this isn't much more than a series of demos recorded while the band was disintegrating and the only track that remotely deserves attention from any prog fan is the final one (Foundation), which is an extended instrumental and doesn't even sound as if it was recorded at the same time as the other. The remaining tracks are fairly lifeless attempts at pop/soft rock with the only notable moments being Foxx's vocals on 'Far Away', a softer, melodic song and Banks' guitar solo at the end of 'Destiny' (which is a re-working of a song from the 'Mark II' album anyway). There are a number of instrumental tracks (presumably out-takes) available on Youtube from the Mark III line-up that are better than most of this album (although the sound quality of these isn't up to much, to be honest). I'd give this one a miss.

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).

 Mark I by EMPIRE album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.43 | 9 ratings

BUY
Mark I
Empire Crossover Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

2 stars If the imprinting that Peter Banks has given to the Yes music is somewhat present also in Empire, I don't understand why he hasn't influenced the album sleeves at all. The side projects of Peter Banks after YES feature some of the worst album covers ever seen.

Luckily what the picture on the album front seems to promise is not maintained. When Peter's guitar is left free the music can be as good as what Howe was doing in Yes, but some parts are just too cheesy, and it's a pity because everything happens inside the same song: good guitar riffs, pieces of songs which could feature on Going For The One and boring unexpressive melodic parts that it would have been beteer be left to ABBA or other pop bands. Not that I dislike Abba when I voluntarily listen to that kind of music, but when I listen to supposed prog, this is not what I expect.

Out of Yes and (not very) commercial Pop, it's interesting how good Sidney Foxx sounds when she can sing what is probably her natural genre, the soft jazz-blues of Someone Who Cares, while she sounds almost inexpressive on other tracks. Not her fault for sure. She sounds good also on "For A Lifetime", it's the song that's so cheesy that I don't think I've ever listened to its entirety without skipping it. Imagine if it has an excellent final that I have missed... "Hear My Voice On The Radio" is not better. It's like Aniie Haslam's solo works, the kind of things which has caused the Renaissance's voice to be rejected from PA.

But there's also a 12 minutes track which starts like Wakeman and Squire are playing. It's still a kind of radio-friendly melodic song, not helped by the vocals. Sydney is an excellent vocalist, but singing those things is not her pot. Unfortunately the song looses quickly its progressive potential. We are in the same situation of the first two tracks: good moments, sometimes excellent, jeopardized by trivial and cheesy melodies. Again, it's not Sydney's fault if what they write for her is so bad. The instrumental parts are so good,sometimes, that's really a pity. The influence of Genesis, other than the obvious YES appears clearly in the second half of this song, probably brought in by the guest appearance of Phil Collins. A missed opportunity for a masterpiece totally ruined by the sung parts.

On the last track Banks shows that he could play both as Howe and Hackett, something that I think he doesn't need to demonstrate as I think he was one of the best rock guitarists ever. On this song, which is mainly acoustic and based on classical guitar, Sydney's voice is perfect. Between a jazz performer in a smoky club and Annie Haslam's slow songs with Renaissance, this song is the only very good one but not enough to save the album. Its second part has again something of Genesis and Renaissance. There's room for some very good guitar before returning to the initial theme.

One very good song is not enough to suggest an album that's for collectors (of Peter Banks) only.

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).

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | 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: 0.69 seconds