A loosely organized concept album -- an otherworldly prophet is institutionalized, befriends a fellow inmate, and escapes back to his home world -- this release is primarily of interest today to Peter Banks fans. Too often the songs appear to be formed around the lyrics, rather than the other way around, and they only really get rolling when Colin Carter steps aside to let the band kick out the jams. "None the Wiser" has some tearing leads by Banks, and "Man of Honour," their strongest track, moves from a phased banjo introduction to fine interplay between acoustic guitar, bass, and tight drumming. But waiting for the four or five worthy instrumental passages on this album may try the patience of most listeners. A note to fans: despite the album's title, Banks's later Empire song of the same name is nowhere to be found here.
Flash Primary Artist Peter Banks Synthesizer,Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer Ray Bennett Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Clarinet,Piano,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals,Mellotron Colin Carter Drums,Vocals Michael Hough Percussion,Conga,Drums,Tabla