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Topic: Tony Banks best keyboard moment?
Posted By: marktheshark
Subject: Tony Banks best keyboard moment?
Date Posted: July 30 2009 at 18:15
I would have to go with the Cinema Show like most people I've talked to. He just started dabbling into synthesizers on that album and it looked liked he just wanted to go all the way. When I first picked up that album in '74, I just couldn't help thinking "Jeez! Did Wakeman and Emerson give him a kick in the ass or what?"

What you favorite Banks moment?



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Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: July 30 2009 at 18:27
Riding the scree solo

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Posted By: The Coastliner
Date Posted: July 30 2009 at 18:28
Either the intro to "Firth of Fifth" or the solo in "Apocalypse in 9/8", but really, I love 'em all. He's my favourite keyboardist.

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Posted By: Chris S
Date Posted: July 30 2009 at 18:30
Ripples

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Posted By: The Pessimist
Date Posted: July 30 2009 at 19:11
In The Cage solo. I heard it and learned it straight off it's so good.

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Posted By: refugee
Date Posted: July 31 2009 at 08:31
The Cinema Show, Firth of Fifth, Riding the Scree Ė and letís not forget Mad Man Moon. Really brilliant piano playing.

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Posted By: progkidjoel
Date Posted: July 31 2009 at 08:32
The 'Firth Of Fifth" intro, when its played around half way in on the synth

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Posted By: PROGMONSTER2008
Date Posted: July 31 2009 at 08:36
Robbery, assault and battery

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Posted By: Moogtron III
Date Posted: July 31 2009 at 09:26

For me: the opening from Firth Of Fifth.

His keyboard solo in the middle of Mad Man Moon and the opening track of A Curious Feeling are also wonderful. I love the sounds and the wonderful original chords.


Posted By: Quasarsphere
Date Posted: July 31 2009 at 12:31
Without a doubt: The Cinema Show, and Battle for Epping Forest.

But very enjoyable for me is the introduction to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.


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Posted By: Alberto MuŮoz
Date Posted: July 31 2009 at 12:40
i think these:
 
Solo piano on Mad Man Moon.
Solo keyboard and background keyboard during Hackett's solo in Nursery Cryme.
Solo piano interlude in Fifth or Firth
Solo keyboard in In the Cage
 
among others


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Posted By: suremang
Date Posted: July 31 2009 at 12:42
Has to be the opening intro to "Watcher Of The Skies"...it's iconic in prog music, even 35 years later. All any keyboard player has to do is play those two opening chords B Major 7 - C# Major, and every prog fan starts drooling at the mouth.
 
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Posted By: refugee
Date Posted: July 31 2009 at 12:45
Hey Greg, how could I forget that one? Itís a classic!

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Posted By: Man Erg
Date Posted: July 31 2009 at 12:45
Many too many...to choose from but,

from the searing Hammond organ of The Knife to the opening Mellotron chords of Watcher of the Skies, onto The Cinema Show and further on though to The Lady Lies and Follow You,Follow Me,the list is endless.My choice,if I really have to make one, is The Battle of Epping Forest.

He uses every instrument,Synth,Hammond and Mellotron,to fantastic effect on this track.Not the favourite track of many Genesis acolytes but definately one of my favourites.

The following track,After the Ordeal,is 'rather good' too.It's a tour de force for both Hackett and Banks...Damn it! I vote for practically the whole of Selling England by the Pound...Sorry...there it is.




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Posted By: fuxi
Date Posted: July 31 2009 at 12:49
Hey, that's funny, all my favourite moments have already been mentioned!

I can't decide which is better: "The Cinema Show" or that extraordinary solo (with Steve Hackett taking such a fabulous "sweep") in "Robbery, Assault and Battery". Gorgeous stuff!!!


Posted By: The Runaway
Date Posted: July 31 2009 at 13:58
I think when Hackett uses tapping on Hogweed. For those of you who do not know, he provides the higher harmony.

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Posted By: HolyMoly
Date Posted: July 31 2009 at 14:04
So many great moments... some of my favorites
 
The solo in the instrumental coda to "Cinema Show"
 
Solo on "Down and Out"
 
The melody and harmonies in the theme of "Hairless Heart"


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Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: July 31 2009 at 14:41
Originally posted by Blowin Free Blowin Free wrote:

I think when Hackett uses tapping on Hogweed. For those of you who do not know, he provides the higher harmony.

And that's Tony Banks' best keyboard moment?


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Posted By: lazland
Date Posted: August 01 2009 at 13:58
I love Banks, and my personal favourite is Charm from The Fugitive - a great instrumental that has never lost its magic for me.

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Posted By: The T
Date Posted: August 01 2009 at 18:13
Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

Originally posted by Blowin Free Blowin Free wrote:

I think when Hackett uses tapping on Hogweed. For those of you who do not know, he provides the higher harmony.

And that's Tony Banks' best keyboard moment?
 
No... but, come on! He has to impress usWink
 
Bank's best moment is... well, he has many but I;ll also go with the uber-magnificent intro to Firth of Fifth


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Posted By: Roland113
Date Posted: August 01 2009 at 18:50
I have to go with the solo on Cinema Show.  To this day it's my favorite keyboard solo and one of the more influential pieces on my Keyboard style.  I love how fragile the melody sounds the first time around, the beauty of the simple square wave patch puts the hairs on the back of my neck at attention.  The second time through when he adds the choir underneath is when it really shines.  Suddenly the soft fragile melody takes on a new sense of power with the choir underneath of it.  I've used so many choir patches when I was playing, all traced back to this moment.

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Posted By: KingCrimson250
Date Posted: August 01 2009 at 18:56
Good to see Riding the Scree get some love! I agree, that's one of his best. I also love Cinema Show, that extended is possibly his big synth tour de force. It is very hard to pick a moment, though, as his playing is very iconic of the band and is quite distinct from the other big keyboardists of the time. Dance of the Giant Hogweed I agree is a good one, but rather than the intro I'd say the instrumental bit. That part is just sublime.

I've always felt Firth of Fifth, while extraordinarily impressive, is a bit cheesy, by sole virtue of the descending chromatic line in the left hand. 


Posted By: E-Dub
Date Posted: August 01 2009 at 21:31
Either "Cinema Show" or "In The Cage".

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Posted By: J-Man
Date Posted: August 02 2009 at 06:20
Cinema Show

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Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: August 02 2009 at 06:40
Originally posted by The T The T wrote:

Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

Originally posted by Blowin Free Blowin Free wrote:

I think when Hackett uses tapping on Hogweed. For those of you who do not know, he provides the higher harmony.

And that's Tony Banks' best keyboard moment?
No... but, come on! He has to†impress usWink


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Posted By: himtroy
Date Posted: August 02 2009 at 19:47
Wow, I wish people on this board would discuss Genesis more frequently.  I feel like I never hear anything about them or King Crimson when I'm looking through the threads.


Posted By: Moogtron III
Date Posted: August 03 2009 at 01:57
Originally posted by himtroy himtroy wrote:

Wow, I wish people on this board would discuss Genesis more frequently.  I feel like I never hear anything about them or King Crimson when I'm looking through the threads.
 
If you use the board's own search button and you let it look for Genesis threads for the last six months and older, you get 13 pages of Genesis threads. You can always revive an old thread that you're interested in or make your own thread Wink


Posted By: Lodij van der Graaf
Date Posted: August 03 2009 at 02:17

it should be Tony Banks best keyboard moments

for Banks made numbers of great melody lines around the years with Genesis.

But the best is probably "The Cinema Show"...


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Posted By: Gustavo Froes
Date Posted: August 03 2009 at 11:35
Firth of Fifth-although the whole band is excellent throughout the whole piece,the piano-led interlude is Banks best moment in Genesis,and also the best passage of SEBP for me.


Posted By: SgtPepper67
Date Posted: August 03 2009 at 12:59
the intro to Firth of Fifth

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Posted By: AtlantisAgony
Date Posted: August 03 2009 at 13:25
I have always been a bit weak for the middle section of 'Mad Man Moon'. I think Banks' playing is superb here. However there are better moments, many of them mentioned. I can't really decide.

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Posted By: himtroy
Date Posted: August 03 2009 at 13:41
Originally posted by Moogtron III Moogtron III wrote:

Originally posted by himtroy himtroy wrote:

Wow, I wish people on this board would discuss Genesis more frequently.  I feel like I never hear anything about them or King Crimson when I'm looking through the threads.
 
If you use the board's own search button and you let it look for Genesis threads for the last six months and older, you get 13 pages of Genesis threads. You can always revive an old thread that you're interested in or make your own thread Wink
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Posted By: The Runaway
Date Posted: August 14 2009 at 09:19
Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

Originally posted by Blowin Free Blowin Free wrote:

I think when Hackett uses tapping on Hogweed. For those of you who do not know, he provides the higher harmony.

And that's Tony Banks' best keyboard moment?

It's an amazing moment you snowy dog.


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Posted By: Icarium
Date Posted: August 14 2009 at 10:28
I love the intro piano on Firth to Fifth but also the Synth solo in the middle with Phil Collins synchopaiting it nicely withs som tasty drum fills and rolls.

the piano intro to Time Table (my favorite Genesis song for the moment), and Mellotron intro in Watcher of the skye and the synth riff on Abacab is pure class


Posted By: The Old Road
Date Posted: August 15 2009 at 04:38
Bankshad so many great moments as this thread illustrated. His solos are often highly memorable because they are carefully composed and have great tunes.
 
As well as most of the ones mentioned, I love his Mellotron work on Seven Stones. The chords on that are just fantastic.
 


Posted By: akamaisondufromage
Date Posted: August 15 2009 at 05:32
Always stays in my head for days after listening to it.  The opening to 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway' I cant get it out of my head now you made me think of it.
 
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Posted By: M27Barney
Date Posted: August 15 2009 at 10:57
Cinema show, Firth of Fifth, In the cage, Riding the Scree, Watcher of the skies, Inside & Out, Dukes Travels - Take your pick oh and I almost forgot - Wot Gorilla - some lovely arpegio there my son..................

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Posted By: el dingo
Date Posted: August 17 2009 at 18:15
Firth of Fifth (intro) - it's just beautiful. Otherwise Cinema Show. As somebody else said, there's some fantastic stuff on SEBTP

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Posted By: Roj
Date Posted: August 20 2009 at 08:08
Cinema Show.  

This was the first Genesis track I heard (singles apart), the Seconds Out version.  It remains my favourite Genesis track to this day.  Banks' solo is wonderfully melodic, powerful and full of emotion.


Posted By: lazland
Date Posted: August 20 2009 at 12:33
Originally posted by Roj M30 Roj M30 wrote:

Cinema Show.  

This was the first Genesis track I heard (singles apart), the Seconds Out version.  It remains my favourite Genesis track to this day.  Banks' solo is wonderfully melodic, powerful and full of emotion.


It is absolutely fantastic, although it is somewhat ironical that Banks continually cites SEBTP as one of his least favourite studio albums with the band, owing to his poor performance (his quote). Isn't life strangeConfused


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Posted By: JJT9/8
Date Posted: August 23 2009 at 02:10
Everybody's got it all wrong...intro AND outro to "Eleventh Earl Of Mar"..unarguably..without question..don't even discuss it with me...and then there's everything throughout "One For The Vine"... and that should be the final word on this topic.


Posted By: Hyardacil
Date Posted: August 23 2009 at 04:13
Sorry, but no.

Oh, and just because nobody has mentioned it (c'mon...)

I'll say "Slippermen" middle part solo.
It's just so funky.


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Posted By: b_olariu
Date Posted: August 24 2009 at 06:41

Hard , but I'll go with Entangled from Trick of the tail, fascinating, and many more moments, one of my fav keyboards players ever



Posted By: Ommadawn
Date Posted: August 24 2009 at 20:00
there are plenty of moments

The Cinema Show solo
Dukes Travel's solos
Entangled Mellotron finale
Watcher of the Skies Mellotron intro
Riding the Scree Solo
Supper's Ready Hammond Solo
 and most recently Fading Lights solo ....among many other moments...


Posted By: Any Colour You Like
Date Posted: August 24 2009 at 20:15
Originally posted by Ommadawn Ommadawn wrote:

there are plenty of moments

 
 and most recently Fading Lights solo ....among many other moments...
 
I'm glad someone mentioned this


Posted By: bsms810
Date Posted: October 18 2009 at 17:37
Cinema Show!!!! and Watcher of the skies and firth of fith

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Posted By: Fogon the Tyne
Date Posted: October 20 2009 at 05:36
okies  
1  watcher intro
2 Knife intro
3 Cinema show
4 Entangled    one of Genesis finest moments
5 Riding the scree


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Posted By: someone_else
Date Posted: October 20 2009 at 05:41
1. Supper's Ready (Apocalypse in 9/8)
2. The Cinema Show
3. The Colony of Slippermen
4. Firth of Fifth
5. Mad Man Moon
 
Also interesting, but just below the top 5: Riding the Scree, Watcher of the Skies and The Knife. 


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Posted By: ozzy_tom
Date Posted: October 27 2009 at 00:53
1. Hammond organ solo in Supper's Ready (Apocalypse in 9/8)
2. Intro to Watcher of the Skies
3. Hammond cressendo in Musical Box
4. Hammond riffing in The Knife
5.Grand Piano in One For The Vine


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Posted By: mohaveman
Date Posted: October 28 2009 at 13:57
Hard one but .......Cinema Show is my pick


Posted By: Ivan_Melgar_M
Date Posted: October 28 2009 at 14:05
  1. Fountain of Salmacis intro.
  2. Musical Box instrumental interplay with Hackett (6:06 - 7:40)
  3. Watcher of the Skies intro
  4. Into the Cage (All the track)
  5. Apocalypse in 9/8

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