Two Sides of Peter Banks

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All Music Guide - François Couture
For Two Sides of Peter Banks, the ex-guitarist from Yes gathered an impressive group of guest musicians, including Genesis' Phil Collins and Steve Hackett and King Crimson's John Wetton. Most importantly, the whole album was written and recorded with Netherlands guitarist Jan Akkerman of Focus. The first six tracks make up a suite early themes are recapitulated toward the end ranging from acoustic duets "Visions of the King" to full-blown instrumental progressive rock numbers "Knights" that bear noticeable similarities with some material Steve Hackett would record for his first solo album Voyage of the Acolyte. Some sections like "Battles" are surprisingly sloppy and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - François Couture
For Two Sides of Peter Banks, the ex-guitarist from Yes gathered an impressive group of guest musicians, including Genesis' Phil Collins and Steve Hackett and King Crimson's John Wetton. Most importantly, the whole album was written and recorded with Netherlands guitarist Jan Akkerman of Focus. The first six tracks make up a suite early themes are recapitulated toward the end ranging from acoustic duets "Visions of the King" to full-blown instrumental progressive rock numbers "Knights" that bear noticeable similarities with some material Steve Hackett would record for his first solo album Voyage of the Acolyte. Some sections like "Battles" are surprisingly sloppy and show poor production, but overall the material is engaging for the prog fan and is worthy of the attention of anyone fond of Steve Hackett's mid-'70s albums. "Beyond the Loneliest Sea" is a delicate Akkerman tune, while "Stop That!" is an extended jam of medium interest Banks and Akkerman trade some nice solos. Two Sides of Peter Banks is the most progressive effort the guitarist released after his departure from Yes. If it weren't for the star-heavy cast this album would be nothing more than an enjoyable curiosity, but fans of Genesis and Focus should find it an important addition to their collections.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/22/2009
  • Label: Esoteric
  • EAN: 5013929726529
  • Catalog Number: 2165
  • Sales rank: 56,750

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Banks Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Mini Moog
Jan Akkerman Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Phil Collins Drums
Steve Hackett Electric Guitar
John Wetton Bass Guitar
Ray Bennett Bass Guitar
Mike Hough Drums
Technical Credits
Jan Akkerman Composer
Peter Banks Composer, Producer
Geoff Young Engineer
Mark Powell Remastering Coordination
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