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    Posted: September 15 2023 at 00:44
I missed this broadcast in 1973 and had been searching for it, it FINALLY surfaced on YouTube! 

Please enjoy this rare glimpse of Peter Banks and his band in action!  


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Thanks for posting. For many many years, I assumed there were only Two Sides of Peter Banks, but it turns out he's a multi-faceted guitarist. Thumbs Up

PETER BANKS (1947-2013) Broken Heart       The first guitarist with YES and also a member of The Syn (with Chris Squire), Empire and Flash. Described as "the architect of prog" by radio DJ and journalist Danny Baker, Peter Banks came up with the original name for YES, which was maybe not the most inspiring of band names, but it was a big improvement over Mabel Greer's Toyshop. Tongue 

 4 stars 1973: Peter Banks - Two Sides of Peter Banks - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv9UoDYiV5c
 4 stars 1999: Peter Banks - The Roots of YES 1964-1968 - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_mZotoOTn_HVX3SDY7SoWWaX_tAzMkRXkI
 5 stars 2018: Peter Banks - Be Well, Be Safe, Be Lucky: The Anthology - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_kLwuSwKHW3vlDyyyw1sElO6M60ShCpHGE



THE SYN       The original band of Peter Banks and Chris Squire, so it'd be a Syn not to include them here. Smile

 3 stars 2021: The Syn - Flowerman: Rare Blooms from The Syn 1965-1969 - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_mAut_B_yCLasMwB9FUDaovaFy_9vv6CEM


FLASH       A band formed by Peter Banks after he left YES, and the six Flash albums listed below prove they were no mere Flash-in-the-pan. Smile



EMPIRE       A Crossover Prog band with a heart full of Soul, led by the "architect of prog", Peter Banks,  and also featuring the gorgeous soulful vocals of foxy lady, Sydney Foxx.
Empire recorded three superb albums in the mid-1970's - imaginatively titled Mark I, Mark II & Mark III - which wouldn't see release until the mid-1990's, followed by a contemporary 2020 tribute album recorded in memory of Peter Banks (1947-2013), released under the band name, The New Empire. Think of YES with a soulful female vocalist instead of Jon Anderson and that's the sound of The New Empire. Heart Smile



YES         Peter Banks appeared on the first two YES albums, but Time and a Word has it that during the recording of the second album, there was a Magnification of tensions within the band with so many Fragile egos at stake. In the ensuing Drama, there was Talk of Peter Banks being unhappy with many of his guitar parts being orchestrated. He was reportedly Close to the Edge of quitting the band he loved, but he was asked to leave YES anyway, leaving him free to sail the Topographic Oceans alone in The Quest for perfection, where he would ultimately gain the Keys to AscensionBroken Heart



Edited by Psychedelic Paul - September 15 2023 at 01:57
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