Like Anthony Phillips, Banks had the dubious distinction of being booted from a band (Yes) on the cusp of greatness. Unlike Phillips, however, Banks did not initially go gentle into that good night. First, he formed a new band, Flash, that continued his journey through prog rock and originally included fellow deportee Tony Kaye. A subsequent solo album, Two Sides of Peter Banks, featured Focus guitarist Jan Akkerman alongside members of Flash and Genesis, and served as something of a template for instrumental prog rock albums, notably Steve Hackett's Voyage of the Acolyte. Banks then revived Flash, renaming it Empire, but the recordings failed to find a buyer (they were eventually released in the '90s by One Way Records). So it seemed that Banks' star had faded, his absence felt most profoundly during a 1991 reunion of Yes members past and present. In 1993, Banks quietly resurfaced with the first of several DIY instrumental albums, Instinct.
|Date||ALBUMS / Singles|
|1973 August||TWO SIDES OF PETER BANKS|
|1999||CAN I PLAY YOU SOMETHING?|
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