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One of the original founding members of GENESIS, Tony BANKS has been the quiet, driving force behind the band ever since their debut back in 1965. His classical leanings, strong compositional skills and distinct (and often emulated) keyboard style have set him apart from his contemporaries from the very start. Always keeping a low profile, he displays a rare compassion for his music and never tries to impress with extravagant shows of technical prowess. His contribution to the GENESIS sound and identity is fundamental. His solo material, however, is very uneven and can honestly not be called 'progressive'. This, coupled with an avowed dislike for the limelight that precludes any inclination for touring, has resulted in his solo albums systematically failing to chart - or even approaching the success of the other band members' solo material.

His first solo effort, "A Curious Feeling" (1979), is by far his best. Bearing his distinctive musical signature, it features interesting conceptual lyrics as well as the familiar crafted compositions and massive wall of keyboards that made the music of GENESIS so compelling. After this release, however, his stripped-down approach to composing brought us "The Fugitive", an early 80's pop-oriented album where he toyed with the new digital/synthetic gadgets of the day. Its catchy hooks and the fact that he handled all the lyrics himself make it interesting, but hard-core progsters find it rather disappointing.

BANKS also composed music for films ("The Wicked Lady" and "Soundtracks") and released three albums of adult-contemporary material ("Bankstatement", "Still" and "Strictly Inc") featuring a rotating cast of assorted vocalists. Finally, "Seven - A Suite for Orchestra", was released in 2004. It is made up of compositions in the pure classical symphonic tradition, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with BAANKS handling some piano parts himself.

With the exception of one monumental progressive track on the album "Strictly Inc.", his recent material is decidedly MOR, with occasional references to his progressive past. Why this incredibly gifted composer has strayed ever so far from his progressive roots is a mystery - some (including myself) would say a tragedy. Still, Tony BANKS remains one of the influential figures of our times and his legacy among contemporary musicians is undeniable, with every new imitator bearing witness to his exceptional talent.

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3.35 | 138 ratings
A Curious Feeling
1979
2.25 | 75 ratings
The Fugitive
1983
3.37 | 30 ratings
The Wicked Lady
1983
2.73 | 56 ratings
Bankstatement
1989
3.03 | 66 ratings
Still
1992
3.61 | 55 ratings
Strictly Inc.
1995
2.71 | 48 ratings
Seven (A Suite For Orchestra)
2004
3.78 | 58 ratings
Six (pieces for orchestra)
2012

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2.71 | 38 ratings
Soundtracks
1986

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3.10 | 2 ratings
For a While / A Curious Feeling
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
For a While / From the Undertow
1979
3.00 | 1 ratings
And the Wheels Keep Turning
1983
2.90 | 2 ratings
This is Love
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Wicked Lady
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
Performing Songs from Lorca and the Outlaws
1985
2.95 | 2 ratings
Shortcut to Somewhere
1986
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Gift
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
I Wanna Change the Score
1991
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Still It Takes Me By Surprise
1992

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 And the Wheels Keep Turning by BANKS, TONY album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1983
3.00 | 1 ratings

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And the Wheels Keep Turning
Tony Banks Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars A second single from Tony Banks`s second solo album, "The Fugitive", from 1983.

"And the Wheel Keeps Turning" is another Pop Rock song from this album, a good song, with good rhythm and good drums by Steve Gadd. This song in particular reveals some of the limitations in Tony Banks`s vocals, but anyway it is a good song with a brief melody played in a keyboard which sounds like an harmonica, very similar as the one used in the "Another Record "song from Genesis`s "abacab" album from 1981. "And the Wheel Keeps Turning" has somewhat introspective lyrics about the passing of time and a lost love relationship.

The "B" side, with a song titled "Man of Spells" is more a "dark" song with "dark " lyrics. I still think that despite his limitations as lead singer Tony Banks sings well and that he really could have continued singing lead vocals in his solo albums.

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 This is Love by BANKS, TONY album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1983
2.90 | 2 ratings

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Tony Banks Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
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3 stars Both tracks in this single were taken from "The Fugitive" (1983), Tony Banks`s second solo album in which he decided to become the lead singer of his own solo songs, doing a good job, in my opinion. And he also decided then to record more accessible Pop Rock songs for that album, without really leaving behind at all his Prog Rock influences and introspective lyrics. But for that album the Pop Rock style was more influential, I think.

"This is Love" is a love song with some Reggae music influences in the rhythm, but still very Pop Rock in style, with very good drums playing which sound was influenced by Hugh Padgham`s work as recording engineert (and some time later co-producer with Genesis) in their previous album titled "abacab" (even if Padgham did not work as co-producer with Banks in his second solo album). And the drums playing (by Tony Beard) sounds a bit similar in style to Phil Collins`s drums playing in some songs from the "abacab" album (in "Dodo / Lurker", for example). "This is Love" is a good song, maybe the best from that second solo album.

The "B" side, titled "The Charm", is an instrumental song which is somewhat similar to Genesis`s "The Brazilian" , still using some programmed drums and some real acoustic drums playing, but without using the more varied sounds which Phil Collins played in his electronic drum kit in "The Brazilian". "The Charm" also has some programmed keyboards, one of which sounds like a "digital clock" or a "digital metronome". Both "The Charm" and "The Brazilian" are not among my favourite songs.

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 For a While / A Curious Feeling by BANKS, TONY album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1979
3.10 | 2 ratings

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For a While / A Curious Feeling
Tony Banks Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
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3 stars In mid 1980 I bought a Mexican Rock Magazine called "Sonido"(which is defunct since the mid eighties, I think) which announced and reviewed several then new single releases from some members and some ex-members of Genesis. One of these singles reviewed was this, with both tracks taken from Tony Banks`s first solo album titled "A Curious Feeling" (1979), which I consider as his best solo album.

"For a While" is a ballad with a guitar melody which appears repeated several times during the song, with electric piano and other backing keyboards, plus lead and backing vocals by Kim Beacon (and maybe Banks as backing singer too) and Chester Thompson on drums, with Banks also playing the guitars and the bass. It now sounds to me as the most obvious choice for a single, and it is a good and very accessible song, maybe the most simple and accessible song from the album. It still sounds like very influenced by Genesis`s style of the late seventies. Some months ago I discovered in youtube that this song has a video clip with Banks and Beacon appearing doing a playback. Many people doesn`t think that Beacon was a good choice as singer to sing Banks`s songs, but I think that he was a good lead singer and that his voice sounded well singing Banks`s songs in that album.

The "B" side, "A Curious Feeling", is more Progressive in style, but I think that it also is one of the most accessible songs from the album and that it easily could have been an "A" side for another single.

I don`t know if this single was a Hit somewhere, but I like both songs.

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 Shortcut to Somewhere by BANKS, TONY album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1986
2.95 | 2 ratings

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Shortcut to Somewhere
Tony Banks Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
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3 stars I listened to this song (and recorded it) in mid 1988 from the radio, during a series of radio programmes dedicated to the discography of Marillion in a now defunct (and missed) FM Radio station called "Rock 101" in my city. The woman who was the radio commentator said: "...and now we have a special surprise for our listeners..." and then the song was played. This song was composed by Tony Banks and Fish for the soundtrack of the film called "Quicksilver" in 1986, being the first time that both musicians collaborated together (the next time was in one of Banks`s solo albums, I think). It also has a video with Banks and Fish riding bicycles in the streets, also showing some scenes from the film which had as central theme a bicycle rider (I don`t remember well the thematic of that film now, which I watched to it on TV only once, without liking it very much).

Well. The style of the song is very Pop Rock fom the mid eighties, with Banks`s very characteristic keyboards sounds from that period of time, using some horn sounds from his synths to play a "brass arrangement melody" which is repeated several times in the song. There are also some female backing singers and drums which sound like programmed drums or real drums recorded in a very typical eighties fashion. The song is good, very typical from that period of time, but maybe more influenced by Banks`s style with Genesis during the "Invisible Touch" album period than from Fish, who sings good lead vocals. I don`t know if this single was a Hit somewhere. But at that time I liked the song very much. But with the pasing of time really I forgot about it until I saw now that it wasn`t reviewed yet in this website.

When Phil Collins left Genesis in 1996, I thought that maybe Fish could join the band as their new lead singer. Of course, it didn`t happen, but maybe a lot of fans of the band thought the same at that time.The combination of Banks`and Fish `s musical styles really worked very well for this song, so it was not very difficult then to imagine Fish becoming Genesis`s new lead singer.

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 A Curious Feeling by BANKS, TONY album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.35 | 138 ratings

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Tony Banks Crossover Prog

Review by GruvanDahlman
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2 stars I have struggled with this album, over and over and over again, trying to come to grips with it. In the end I have failed miserably. Miserably!

Oddly, there is actually nothing wrong with it. It is all very well played and conducted. Yes, there are plenty of pop elements but also a lot of progressive ones. All in all I'd say there's a good mix of it all. But just as fusion have a tendency, sometimes, to go on a journey with no end, just trodding away on this everlasting expedition, so does Mr. Banks on this album. Not much goes on and the music fades into the background, like new age noodling. I find little to cherish and little to remember when the album at last finds the end and silently stops rotating within my CD- player. And I hate that.

The cover of the album is lovely. Beautiful. The music inside is soothing, suitable for late night discussions over a drink or two. It it music that does not enfuriate, nor does it make me as a listener jump for joy. It actually brings forth an empty plate of emotions. The tray, how silver it might be, stares back at me, reflecting only my bewildered face.

The only track I do find great, in some sense, is "For a while". Quite poppy but great lyrics and an all in all top notch prog-pop song of the late 70's. That is all and not quite enough.

In conclusion I have to say that my efforts to penetrate this temple of peaceful prog has left me unsuccesful and just as bewildered as ever. There is nothing to greet my but my own feelings of being locked up in a spa, where music acts as a soothing and relaxing companion to the cucumbers on my eyes and the parsnips sticking out of my ears.

Sorry, my good fellow Banks. This is not the most exciting piece of music I have come across and I will probably not be revisiting this again. At least not for a while.

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 The Fugitive by BANKS, TONY album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.25 | 75 ratings

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The Fugitive
Tony Banks Crossover Prog

Review by sukmytoe

1 stars On to the second solo album of Tony Banks. The first album didn't get me really lusting for this one.

"This is Love" - Better than a lot of tracks on the first album. This is a "pop" song but it has an interesting construction and sound. There is almost a reggae feel to a lot of this track.

"Man of Spells" - I can't decipher the reason for this track - it's ok but it means nothing musically to me.

"And the Wheels Keep Turning" - At this stage the only reason that I continue listening to this is to complete the review.

"Say You'll Never Leave Me" - I can't say that this does anything for me at all.

"Thirty Three's" - Interesting beat structure carries a bunch of keyboard sounds and ideas. KInd of gets one dimensional later in the track.

"By You" - Quirky track that I quite like. A little long for what it is though.

"At the Edge of Night" - Upbeat rocky pop number. Bring on the monotony.

"Charm" - Instrumental track - A video game would have been suited to this music.

"Moving Under" - Lack of cohesion abounds. Why stretch a 2 minute idea into 6 minutes?

"K2" - If this is about fake weed then that's ok - if it's about the mountain peak you'd better make it dramatic.

"Sometime Never" - Thank goodness this review is over.

What on earth is this? I would have expected something way more profound from the Genesis keyboard wizard than what I've found on the first two Banks solo releases. There is nothing profound or in fact really interesting about this album at all. If this hadn't been Banks then I wonder how this album would have fared against the competition at the time in the music world - I doubt that anyone would even know of its existance today.

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 A Curious Feeling by BANKS, TONY album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.35 | 138 ratings

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A Curious Feeling
Tony Banks Crossover Prog

Review by sukmytoe

2 stars I have my own opinions about Tony Banks in his role with Genesis which I will not relate here. There is no doubt whatsoever, though, that he is one of the great "prog" keyboard exponents irrelevantly of anything else. What do I think of this - his first solo effort?

"From the Undertow" - very nice dramatic piano and keyboard piece.

"Lucky Me" - A nice track that is just that. Nice enough but nothing special.

"The Lie" - This track could easily have fit into the Genesis portfolio for the period.

"After the Lie" - Again a track that could have fit the Genesis portfolio for the period.

"A Curious Feeling" - The track is ok but as with the previous two there is something missing in the music that would give it a less playful and more mature edge.

"Forever Morning" - Keyboard heavy instrumental track. Noodling with melody. It's pleasant but it isn't cohesive.

"You" - Love song. I wouldn't play it to a woman to warm her heart as there are love songs out there that leave this cold. It's ok but really nothing special.

"Somebody Else's Dream" - The longest track on the album - I want to like it but it feels to me as if the vocal relating to the lyrics has just been tacked on. That perhaps the music was written and then the lyrics added as an addition - they don't gel very well.

"The Waters of Lethe" - Nice enough instumental track.

"For a While" - Little "pop" number that's pleasant.

"In the Dark" - This shorter track is really nice until the bombastic keyboards overpower it.

I feel that there are things missing on this album - my first impression of of this is that it's not mature enough musically. If there is love in the lyrics then show me love in the music, if there is angst in the lyrics then that must be mirrored in the music. To me, relating to this, Banks is way better when in a band. This is flighty happy stuff bordering on Pop music. I can't give this more than 2 stars in all honesty. The Genesis sound is there a lot of the time but it's the Genesis sound lacking the skills of the other members of that band to form a cohesive, solid, work.

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 Six (pieces for orchestra) by BANKS, TONY album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.78 | 58 ratings

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Six (pieces for orchestra)
Tony Banks Crossover Prog

Review by MINDFIELDS

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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 Six (pieces for orchestra) by BANKS, TONY album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.78 | 58 ratings

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Six (pieces for orchestra)
Tony Banks Crossover Prog

Review by deedee

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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 The Fugitive by BANKS, TONY album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.25 | 75 ratings

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The Fugitive
Tony Banks Crossover Prog

Review by tdfloyd

3 stars Tony Banks tries to find his way to solo success of fellow current Genesis bandmates Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford instead of former mates Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, and Ant Phillips. Initially, the pair follow the latter trio with prog albums as their initial releases with very good results but modest sales. After two PC pop rock albums, both Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks have a go at it. Each make the same mistake that both of them should have learned from their core job with Genesis; neither is a lead singer.

While Banks is a better singer than Rutherford, that is not exactly a ringing endorsement. The songs themselves are not horrible, on the whole they are just not very memorable. He writes for is limited singing range, which means there is not much variation here. There are a handful of very good songs and nothing to make you cringe. No real prog on this CD, a light 3 stars might be generous but I played it often when it was released.

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