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Poll Question: Who do you like better all around, group work and solo?
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    Posted: May 27 2013 at 18:43
I realize Banks doesn't have a huge solo album career, but both
are obvious responsible for much.  


Edited by brainstormer - May 27 2013 at 18:44
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Technically and virtuosically speaking Wakeman probably has the edge. But in my opinion Banks was a MUCH better composer and played more tastefully. Some of Yes's best work wasn't even written by Wakeman (Relayer, Yes Album). I don't really care for either's solo work so I can't really compare.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote smartpatrol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 27 2013 at 19:13
True; Rick is a bit more show-offy whereas Tony is more about what fits the best
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Originally posted by Mr. Mustard

Technically and virtuosically speaking Wakeman probably has the edge. But in my opinion Banks was a MUCH better composer and played more tastefully. Some of Yes's best work wasn't even written by Wakeman (Relayer, Yes Album). I don't really care for either's solo work so I can't really compare.

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Wakeman cuz I like his books.
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Tony Banks is my favorite keyboardist. I love his playing. I've never been too keen on Wakeman. Patrick Moraz is my favorite Yes keyboardist. Only took one album for him to effectively displace Wakeman in my book.
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Wakeman, easily, both with Yes and solo. Though of course, Tony is really cool too.
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Tough choice for me.....I like their work in both bands.
Wakeman for solo. 


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Banks is my favorite overall prog keyboardist, always tasteful---so Tony--but Rick did some great solo's and really great--interesting work on Fragile, CTTE and GFTO.
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I find Banks interesting and able to create some beautiful melodies but his music doesn't have the power for me of Wakeman's.   Esp Six Wives and Criminal Record, and Rick's contributions to Yes are pretty much all his own, I'm sure.   I find many other treasures also in Wakeman's solo output.   Not sure how much of the piano writing itself of Morning Has Broken was original from Rick, but that's a pretty major achievement, as well.  
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Tony Banks, for certain.
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Banks is clearly the better songwriter and composer, and a great keyboardist, but Wakeman has such grace and panache in his playing I just have to give him my vote.
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Wakeman, of course.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote progbethyname Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 28 2013 at 00:12
Wakeman is definately more technical, but Banks really knows how to just make a song sound flat out great!! Sometimes the simple approach really works.
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Originally posted by Dellinger

Wakeman, easily, both with Yes and solo. Though of course, Tony is really cool too.
My thoughts too, exactly !
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Mr. Banks
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Depends from what perspective you are looking

Technical - very close run thing ,didn't Keith Emerson say Banks was the best?

Composition - Six Wives is amazing but is to Rick what The Planets Suite is to Holst. I do like Criminal Record and other Wakemen albums but none of them are masterpeices like Six Wives. Banks has never recorded a bravura work such as that

Working within a band - Banks easily. well he was 'Mr Genesis'. Wakeman joined an established band and was the cherry on top of the icing on top of the cake. Suddenly Yes could challenge ELP on their own ground.

Live performance - Banks nails it every time but rarely varies from pre-rehearsed solos. Could phone in his performance most of the time. Wakeman is prepared to improvise much like Emerson.

I make it a 2-2- drawSmile

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In the band context, Banks. He's technically very good and he fits into the band better than Wakeman.
 
Solo work; Wakeman did one brilliant album then lost it, but Banks did nothing of real merit.
 
Overall, Banks.
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Tony Banks gets my vote!
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