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Tony Banks vs Kerry Minnear

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Topic: Tony Banks vs Kerry Minnear
Posted By: Icarium
Subject: Tony Banks vs Kerry Minnear
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 05:42
just had to do it


Posted By: friso
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 06:00
Banks is a brilliant composer, but when it comes to artistic freedom and expressions I have more admiration for Kerrry Minnear.

Posted By: yanch
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 06:06
Very, very tough. Love both of these guys and they are both spectacular players. Lean a little more toward Banks. Other keyboard players-notably Keith Emerson-talk about Banks as the best they've ever seen, so vote Banks, but only by a tiny bit.

Posted By: elpprogster
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 06:57

Tony Banks; for his composer skills and keyboard playing!

Posted By: akaBona
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 07:00
Kerry Minnear. Very unique player ...

Posted By: criticdrummer94
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 07:21
Tony Banks. Fantastic



Posted By: twosteves
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 07:53
Banks--best overall prog keyboardist.

Posted By: jean-marie
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 08:30
Love both but give my vote to the Giant key player


Posted By: someone_else
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 08:43
Banks (pre-Abacab), but I love both.


Posted By: Moogtron III
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 08:53
Tony Banks, because although he never was a virtuoso player, he could always work very well with sounds and moods. Plus he could play complex stuff, more pop / rock stuff, movie music, classical stuff...

Posted By: Manuel
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 09:23
Originally posted by yanch yanch wrote:

Very, very tough. Love both of these guys and they are both spectacular players. Lean a little more toward Banks. Other keyboard players-notably Keith Emerson-talk about Banks as the best they've ever seen, so vote Banks, but only by a tiny bit.


Posted By: DiamondDog
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 09:48
I regard Banks as a middle-order Keyboard player, a good journeyman, certainly not in the same breath as Emerson, Ritchie, Wakeman, but he gets my vote on this occasion.

Posted By: HolyMoly
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 10:17
A good matchup.  I give Banks a slight edge for his knack for melody.

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Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 11:53

Posted By: dwill123
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 12:00
I like both but Banks gets the vote.

Posted By: rogerthat
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 12:50
Kerry is the better player.  The vote would have been tougher if it had also included their merits as composers. Kerry is more interesting but Banks has more command over structure, something that I am attracted to in music.  

Posted By: Progosopher
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 13:21
Banks - he is the true heart of the classic Genesis sound.  Not that Minnear is second-rate, because he isn't.

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Posted By: lazland
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 13:29

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Posted By: Hercules
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 13:41
Minnear, but Banks is still brilliant.

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Posted By: Fox On The Rocks
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 14:56
The Cinema Show. Nuff said.
BowdownTony BanksBowdown


Posted By: frippism
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 15:18
Kerry very much so. I have a love-hate relationship with both bands. But Kerry is the better player and also the better composer (considering he composed most of GG's stuff. Plus, considering he has one of the most beautiful voices in prog...)

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Posted By: Horizons
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 15:20
It's honestly a tie for me.

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Posted By: Libor10
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 16:01
If only for Firth Of Fifth the Banks is my winner.


Posted By: SaltyJon
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 16:02
Gotta go with GG. 

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Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 16:18
Definitely Kerry.

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Posted By: QuestionableScum
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 17:02
Kerry Minnear for me....

Posted By: Rune2000
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 17:44
No one said that this was suppose to be a keyboardist poll, so I vote for Kerry's gorgeous voice! Tongue

...although Tony is surprisingly good as well! I wonder why he didn't continue with this beautiful voice.

Edit: Bummer, it did actually say that in the question... Embarrassed


Posted By: Slartibartfast
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 18:17
Maybe they should get together and do a prog album.  The contrast in styles might actually work.

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Posted By: Wanorak
Date Posted: November 04 2011 at 20:09
Tony Banks for me; instantly recognizeable!


Posted By: bladytel
Date Posted: November 05 2011 at 05:17
You're right in that Tony never did the virtuoso stuff but I think he could pull it off. I saw Wakeman once and was left wide eyed and desperate to see Tony do the same. Just show off a bit !!

Tony for me all day here though 

Posted By: Lark the Starless
Date Posted: November 05 2011 at 19:19
Great singing by Tony in the "Shepherd" video, indeed! I vote Banks.


Posted By: daslaf
Date Posted: November 06 2011 at 06:47
I'll go with Kerry... his percussive / funky playing is something pretty unique... I think Tony Banks sounds a little robotic while Kerry's flow sounds so natural 

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