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Anthony George Banks - Born March 27, 1950, East Hoathly, Sussex, England

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 contempora...
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3.36 | 177 ratings
A Curious Feeling
2.36 | 94 ratings
The Fugitive
3.39 | 37 ratings
The Wicked Lady (OST)
2.71 | 68 ratings
3.04 | 84 ratings
3.59 | 61 ratings
Strictly Inc.
2.74 | 56 ratings
Seven - A Suite For Orchestra
4.01 | 63 ratings
Six - Pieces For Orchestra

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2.74 | 44 ratings
4.76 | 8 ratings
A Chord Too Far

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3.21 | 5 ratings
For a While / A Curious Feeling
4.67 | 3 ratings
For a While / From the Undertow
3.00 | 2 ratings
And the Wheels Keep Turning
2.96 | 5 ratings
This is Love
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Wicked Lady
4.00 | 1 ratings
Performing Songs from Lorca and the Outlaws
2.91 | 3 ratings
Shortcut to Somewhere
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Gift
3.00 | 1 ratings
I Wanna Change the Score
4.50 | 2 ratings
Still It Takes Me By Surprise


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 A Curious Feeling by BANKS, TONY album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.36 | 177 ratings

A Curious Feeling
Tony Banks Crossover Prog

Review by Orpheus-keys

4 stars A Curious Feeling is a dazzling collection of experimental songs by Genesis keyboard maestro Tony Banks, - all of which ooze inexorable simplicity and subtlety through the usage of unorthodox chord progressions and key changes. A strange album, in many ways; for it is the debut album of Tony Banks and was released a year after 'And Then There Were Three'; the ninth Genesis studio album which marked the departure of guitarist Steve Hackett. Musically, A Curious Feeling nods heavily towards the 1976-1978 era of Genesis with its cinematic production values and quirky keyboard-driven pieces. Newcomer fans shouldn't expect too much instrumental noodling here, nor should they expect elongated synth solos for they only appear in small doses sporadically throughout the album in a very tasteful manner. It's a very representative album of Banks and very in-keeping with his musical philosophy to take full advantage of strong melodies/harmonies before concentrating too much on technique. Songs like 'Lucky Me' and 'A Curious Feeling' are fairly abstract pop songs with interesting hooks and changes. 'The Lie' and 'After the Lie' is a mini-concept suite which undergoes many musical changes ranging from bouncy-percussive sections to lavish passages of languor. 'You' begins as a fairly uneventful melodic track before bursting into a unique, harmonically inventive keyboard solo accompanied by enthralling fast-paced percussive instrumentation and jangly guitars buried into the mix; making it indubitably one of the most lively moments of the album and quite possibly one of Banks's finest keyboard solos ever. Flashes of eerie ambience appear throughout the album, particularly on the opening track 'From the Undertow' which was a key part of the soundtrack for the horror film 'The Shout' which was released a year before the album. 'Forever Morning' and 'The Waters of Lethe' are the two big pieces of the album; both incidentally are instrumental and fairly complex; - but 'After a While' is the song where intricacy and melody are diligently and supremely entwined, making it the standout song of an incredibly strong and bold album which, although plagued with occasional filler, is definitely a captivating raw insight into the peak era of Banks's creativity.
 The Fugitive by BANKS, TONY album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.36 | 94 ratings

The Fugitive
Tony Banks Crossover Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars While Tony Banks is with little dissension or doubt, a keyboard stalwart who has been rewarded by universal acclaim as well as a wicked pile of dough, going from prog to pop seamlessly (at least for some), he does seem to be a strange cat, not always very politically correct and in my opinion, he could rub a few people the wrong way (namely Gabriel and Hackett). In a few interviews, he has come across as being judgmental and acerbic but there is no denying his considerable talents. His first solo album, 'Curious Feeling' was a proggy affair but from then on, Banks progressively (oopsy) slanted his craft in more mainstream direction which paralleled his Genesis gig. Hence, albums such as 'Bankstatement' and 'Still' were rather tepid affairs that really had little return adulation (or sales). That all being said, I have deeply enjoyed 'The Fugitive' since day one of its release, a much-maligned masterpiece that has had the misfortune of being perhaps the wrong style at the wrong time, thus ostracizing his fan base. I was therefore delighted to replace my old cassette (remember that thingy?) with a new re-mastered CD version which can only do the material justice as its truly a fine piece of work, if taken for what it was and not what it should have been. Upon closer inspection, the virtuoso keyboard manifestations are replaced with less symphonic stylistics that are closer to Tony Mansfield (New Musik, Aha, etc') or even Thomas Dolby, focusing on synthesizer instead of piano, mellotron or organ. In fact, there is hardly any mellotron at all to be found! Add masterful talents like Mo Foster on bass, Darryl Stuermer on guitar and drummers Steve Gadd, Andy Duncan and Tony Beard, you have some serious possibilities. There has been criticism from many sources of the mechanical drumming, well that may be but there is one of these 3 drummers on all tracks except the short instrumental 'Thirty Threes' where Linn drum machines are used. Of course, it's not prog by any stretch but why crucify him for daring to go into more accessible mode and having the courage to tackle the vocals? These are HIS songs, for God sakes! It's his artistic right and call. But I am the silly guy who loves 'Under Wraps' by Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson's debut solo album 'Walk into Light', mainly because I feel the songs were real good but many other purist fans hated the technology (the synthetic sounding electronics). I had no problems with it, having survived on a diet of Thomas Dolby, Magazine and Ultravox at a time when prog was kind of dead but not yet buried.

The melodic opener 'This Is Love' is a fine song, catchy and certainly within the sign of the times, very 'plastic new wave', a style quite prominent at the time. Nothing wrong with a smart pop song from time to time and this is a real good one. Tony Beard bashes hard, the trembling synths carving a mood , a sensational melody that Tony does well in carrying forward, a cool 'slinky' guitar intervention and a turbo-charged section that has a 'do what you want' sizzle that combines a sweet synthesized flurry. Yes, the lyrics are corny, that very un-prog 'love' stuff, yeah, I know, Yuck! Whatever'

The infuriatingly addictive 'Man of Spells' has been playing in my head for so long, I believe it has its own drawer in my cortex, even though it does sound a lot like Brit synth-pop band Naked Eyes, fueled by screeching and meowing synthesizers, spewing along a drop-dead beautiful melody that is ear-candy. The legendary Steve Gadd handles the slick beat propelling this superb piece ahead, Darryl playing with his (heart) strings and Banks throwing in some delicate ivory tangents.

Maintaining the sweet seduction, 'And the Wheels Keep Turning' is another strong melody with a decent vocal from Tony, though he is not an opera singer by any stretch. But honestly, no worse that Steve Howe, Steve Hackett and many other prog heavies. So he sounds a bit like Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys), so what? A nice slippery synth solo adorns the light flavored tune.

Though the melody on 'Say You Will Never Leave Me' eerily rekindles memories of the Beatles, particularly John Lennon, one must give credit to Tony for attempting a rather effort laden vocal that is both demanding and challenging. The sweeping orchestrations are remarkable with tons of string synths blaring along. 'Thirty Threes' is all instrumental, heavily electronic and totally enjoyable piece of music with cascading sweeps of synthesized orchestrations and clever electronic keyboard textures. With 'Charm', these are the two more proggier pieces, since there is no singing to be found.

The suave and bouncy 'By You' continues the accessible style, Tony singing rather well (he does manage to hit a few high notes which BTW, many in prog would falter at) as cannonading keyboard bubbles float convincingly in a pool of moody sounds. Yes its mechanical yes it sounds more like Thomas Dolby and his science blindness but those were the times, people!

At over 6 minutes, 'At the Edge of The Night' might seem as the epic attempt here but I assure you , this is a hard core stomper, a 'rock n rolla', designed to feature a stonier approach, with Darryl Stuermer's guitar rasps front and center, challenged by that still saccharine Banksian voice ('Gonna be alright'). It even has a synthesized brass section (boo, the plastic technology) that gives it added oomplh, admittedly could have been a Phil Collins song quite easily, though the 'bent' Stuermer axe solo is quite experimental.

My favorite track remains 'Charm', a thoroughly convincing instrumental number that has haunted my memory ever since I heard it for the first time. I do not know why, nor do I feel the need to explain. But I will nevertheless: It just really inspire me, as Banks draws very close to the genius of Tony Mansfield, probably the most underrated British musician arranger ever, whose New Musik project yielded 3 stunning albums that have stood the test of time. The intricate electronics displayed are simply fabulous, trilling synths looping madly in sequence. The disc ends with 'Move Under' which reignites a certain sense of accessibility, both playful and creative. The chorus is undoubtedly attractive and the music is very Brit-pop in its presentation, very akin to what was being played at the time of its original release (1982), smack in the middle of the Simple Minds/Duran Duran/ABC/Toto rage that was popular at the time. There is some tremendous soloing from Stuermer and Banks on the outro finale.

Bonus tracks 'K2' and 'Sometime Never' do not add or distract from the overall impression. Though seen by many hard-core fans as a sell-out, the context of the times will prove them wrong, as the music scene in 1982 was dismally confused, waiting for the band Marillion to finish practicing the imminent release of 'Script of a Jester's Tear' in some dingy basement somewhere in Albion and forever revive the prog movement from its Momentary Lapse of Reason and inspire a renaissance that continues today. Upon reflection and as noted by the artist in the 2016 remastered liner notes, he feels that 'his vocals gave the album a sort of charm' because it was just him singing the vocals and no one else. He remains very fond of the album. As do I.

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 A Chord Too Far by BANKS, TONY album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
4.76 | 8 ratings

A Chord Too Far
Tony Banks Crossover Prog

Review by brotherjohn

5 stars This box set I consider to be a classic for several reasons. First of all, the song selection (chosen by Mr. Banks himself) is excellent. Sure I'd change a few things. I'd much rather have "Somebody Else's Dream" or "Forever Morning" than "Back To Back" or "Queen of Darkness". But I wouldn't change much. Virtually all of my very favorites are here. The selection, the song order, the contrasts... all very well done. Secondly, the packaging and notes are wonderful. Esoteric really did a great job, unsurprisingly. Third, the fact that 20 tracks are remastered. 6 of these are from "A Curious Feeling" which was, of course, remastered previously, but of the other 14, some show marked improvement, most notably "Lion of Symmetry", "The Border", and "Moving Under". But probably the most important reason I consider this box a stone cold classic is disc four. This disc, entirely instrumental, focuses on what Tony does best, which is, of course, instrumental music. The strongest tracks on the entire box are the three tracks from "Six", particularly the keyboard version of "City of Gold". The haunting piano sound from "A Curious Feeling" is subtly present, used very effectively. The short section beginning around the 6:00 mark is tear-jerkingly beautiful, and yes, I have jerked a few tears in this section, as well as some special moments in "Blade", "Siren". and the keyboard version of "Spring Tide", which is pure perfection, and to have all four of these on one album ... Just wow, it really is that beautiful! I would also be remiss in not mentioning "Poppet", the piece not heard before in any form, and it is a very nice piece of music as well. Taken from the "Still" sessions, I tend to think that album would have been made better by it's inclusion, as would "Strictly Inc" with the inclusion of "Neap Tide", but I'm glad to have these now. They are worth the wait. And this fourth disc alone makes this set worth the cost.
 And the Wheels Keep Turning by BANKS, TONY album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1983
3.00 | 2 ratings

And the Wheels Keep Turning
Tony Banks Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

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.

 This is Love by BANKS, TONY album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1983
2.96 | 5 ratings

This is Love
Tony Banks Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

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.

 For a While / A Curious Feeling by BANKS, TONY album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1979
3.21 | 5 ratings

For a While / A Curious Feeling
Tony Banks Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

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.

 Shortcut to Somewhere by BANKS, TONY album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1986
2.91 | 3 ratings

Shortcut to Somewhere
Tony Banks Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

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.

 A Curious Feeling by BANKS, TONY album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.36 | 177 ratings

A Curious Feeling
Tony Banks Crossover Prog

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

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.

 The Fugitive by BANKS, TONY album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.36 | 94 ratings

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.

 A Curious Feeling by BANKS, TONY album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.36 | 177 ratings

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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