What did they do next? Part 1a – Peter Banks – 379

Peter Banks with the band

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier, Bill Govier and VR Hoisington

We are trying out a new approach starting this week. We will be doing 2-part episodes so that listeners can have a better chance of getting involved. First of all, we are looking at the first thing Peter Banks did after leaving Yes – Flash.

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  • What did Peter do next?
  • What’s the first Flash album like?
  • Did Peter manage to do what Yes wouldn’t let him do?

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Theme music

The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from the following two creative commons sources: thanvannispen and

5 replies on “What did they do next? Part 1a – Peter Banks – 379”

FYI, the 1st thing Peter did after leaving Yes was to join Blodwyn Pig in late ’70, replacing guitarist Mick Abraham. He then did sessions for a record by singer Chris Harwood called “Nice to Meet Miss Christine,” which I own-very interesting, with a killer lineup of Banks, Dave Lambert of The Strawbs, Ian McDonald of King Crimson, drummer Peter York of the Spencer David Group, and others. The 1st Flash album did the best commercially, with the single “Small Beginning,” which I own, reaching #28 on the US Top 40 charts. I highly recommend all the Flash albums for Peter fans, including the live releases, but my favorite, and most people’s, is the 1st one, with Tony Kaye. And as Mark said, Tony was never a member of the band, he just guested as a favor to Peter. Tony confirmed this with me in interviews in the 70s & 80s, as did Peter, who I was friends with for about 30 years.

Thanks Doug. This is exactly the point of the new format. We will include this information next week!

I like the new show format I think this is a great Idea. I myself really have only heard bits of Peters work sad they way Yes went about changing players but as I always believed it was the music that was more important than the members them self.

Sorry for the late comments – had a busy week. To be honest, they are all busy!

I am also a fan of the first album by Flash, and I agree with Mark’s comments up to a point. I do think it’s a “progressive rock” album, and it also gives an interesting insight into how Yes might have sounded next had Peter and Tony stayed in the band.

To put it in perspective, it was recorded 2 months after Fragile was recorded, and in terms of sophistication, it doesn’t match it – it probably doesn’t intend to. However, in terms of ‘quality’ I think Yes are in a different class. I know I’m biases – as are we all – but while I think the first Flash album is pretty decent, I am not totally suprised that they didn’t ‘make it’. It’s good, but not a lost classic.

By the way, (andthis is an exclusive) I’ll be working on a follow up to my Yes book towards the end of the year – Yes Solo to 1980, which will cover all the solo albums by the band members and it’s alumni. So that means talking in (for instance) the first seven Rick Wakeman solo albums, the first two by Jon Anderson, all first two by Steve Howe..well…everything else released in that time including (using a little poetic licence) the first Flash album. It may squeak into 2019, but I think it’s more likely to be early 2020.



PS. Don’t forget that when you get to Oliver Wakeman (in about a year!) I have some personal insight I can add…

Never heard this before – Very enjoyable – sound is a bit dated considering when recorded but great ideas and enthusiasm ideas here. Peter shines throughout having a lot of fun. Really great. Have not seen it on Vinyl down under….wonder if it made it here.

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