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Peter Banks's Harmony in Diversity
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The Complete Recordings
Review by Gary Hill

You might be familiar with Peter Banks from his time in the early incarnation of Yes or perhaps from his work in Flash. This was an improvisational band that he played with in the early parts of the 21st Century.


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Peter Banks - Be Well, Be Safe, Be Lucky... The Anthology
Review by Gary Hill

This double disc set is quite cool. It includes a sampling of songs from several Peter Banks albums, but there are also a number of previously un-released or nearly un-released cuts, too.


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Yes - Beyond and Before: The Formative Years of Yes - written by Peter Banks with Billy James
Review by Gary Hill

This is an excellent book in many ways. First, it’s a quick read – partly because it’s not all that long and partly because it’s written in such a way that it flows really well.


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Yes - Classic Artists DVD
Review by Gary Hill

Yes seldom do anything in a small way when it can be done in an epic manner. 


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David Cross and Peter Banks - Crossover
Review by Gary Hill

Peter Banks was the original guitarist in Yes, formed the band Flash after that, and created solo music for years, in addition to other projects like his Empire band.


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Various Artists - Drum Nation Vol. 2
Review by Gary Hill
The concept is simple but unique: put together a number of tracks from various artists showcasing influential and potent drummers. This was the concept for Magna Carta's first drum nation CD, and they continue it here - why mess up a good thing?
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Ant-Bee - Electronic Church Music
Review by Gary Hill
Ant-Bee is basically the pseudonym for Billy James. 

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Various Artists - Encores, Legends and Paradoxes
Review by Gary Hill
With a cast of players that reads like a prog "who`s who", this ELP tribute takes the classics and makes them fresh and new again. The result is an incredibly listenable piece of music that really entertains.

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The Prog Collective - Epilogue
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a cool set. The main man behind this is Billy Sherwood, and I always like the stuff he does.

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Flash - Flash
Review by Gary Hill
This was the first studio album from Peter Banks’ post Yes band Flash.
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Various Artists - Fly Like an Eagle - An All-Star Tribute to Steve Miller Band
Review by Gary Hill
Cleopatra Records loves doing these tribute albums, typically with Billy Sherwood in charge.

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Yes - Friends and Relatives
Review by Gary Hill
Friends and Relatives is a two CD set that is a compilation of two Yes tracks from the KTA albums with solo works from the various artists. Other than the two stellar group performances, the Rick Wakeman pieces and Steve Howe`s take on Tales From Topographic Oceans stand out the most.
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Yes - Greatest Video Hits DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Originally released on VHS, this collection was put out on DVD in 2005. This video is a collection of videos (many of which have not often been seen) interspersed with interview clips from band members (recorded during the Union tour).
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Yes - In A Word: Yes 1969-
Review by Gary Hill

This box set is a class act. The whole thing comes in something that resembles a book. 


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Flash - In The Can
Review by Gary Hill
The second album from Peter Banks’ first post Yes band, this one finds the group producing some of the best material.

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Peter Banks - Instinct
Review by Gary Hill

I've always loved Peter Banks' guitar work. This album has a lot of great guitar work, but it doesn't stop there.


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Pink Floyd - Meddle: Classic Album Under Review DVD
Review by Gary Hill

I have always been a big fan of the Meddle album. As this documentary says, the disc is often sort of forgotten.


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Flash - Out of Our Hands
Review by Gary Hill
The final studio disc from Flash, this is probably the least consistent of their albums.
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Various Artists - Prog Box
Review by Gary Hill

I've been looking to do a retro review of this box set for a while. I finally had the opportunity this time around.


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Flash - Psychosync
Review by G. W. Hill
When Peter Banks left Yes, he formed the band Flash. The group, rightly so, sounded quite a bit like early Yes.
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Peter Banks - Reduction
Review by Gary Hill

This is the third (and final) album included in the new box set from Peter Banks titled "The Self-Contained Trilogy." This instrumental album is classy.


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Peter Banks - Self-Contained
Review by Gary Hill

This album from Peter Banks is perhaps not his strongest solo set. That said, it has some very strong material. At times it seems to lack direction and get a bit on the wandering side.


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Yes - Something`s Coming
Review by Gary Hill
This album is actually a compilation of Yes performances on various television and radio programs from the 1969-1970 era. The personnel on this album are Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Peter Banks, Bill Bruford and Tony Kaye.
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Various Artists - Songs of the Century: An All-Star Tribute To Supertramp
Review by Gary Hill
I am a big fan of pretty much anything Billy Sherwood is involved with and I love Supertramp, so when I heard Sherwood was in charge of assembling an all star tribute to Supertramp, I was excited.

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Various Artists - Tales From Yesterday
Review by Gary Hill
A tribute to the music of Yes, Tales From Yesterday, features some very fine renditions of Yessongs performed by a variety of artists (including several past and present members of Yes). This is a mixed bag. Some of the tracks are quite faithful to the original, while others represent major reworkings.
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Yes - The Extraordinary World of Yes written by Alan Farley
Review by Gary Hill
On the one hand you have to ask, "do we really need another book about Yes?" Still, one of the charms/downsides to books is that they represent a static point in time.
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Yes - The Lost Broadcasts DVD
Review by Gary Hill

For hardcore Yes fans, this is a real treasure.


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Peter Banks Empire - The Mars Tapes
Review by Gary Hill
This set is a rehearsal tape. That said, the band set up in a studio to start working on material that was to be an album.

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Mabel Greer's Toyshop - The Secret
Review by Gary Hill

It could be said that Mabel Greer's Toyshop became Yes. In fact, that's essentially what happened.


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Peter Banks - The Self-Contained Trilogy
Review by Gary Hill

This new three-CD set is a classy thing. It includes three full albums from Peter Banks (arguably best known for his time in both Yes and Flash).


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Yes - The Ultimate Yes
Review by Gary Hill
This 35th Anniversary collection of Yes shares a lot of material with other compilations of theirs.

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Yes - Time and A Word
Review by Gary Hill
When Yes went into the studio to record their second album, the producer decided that they could benefit from an orchestral string arrangement on much of the material.

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Yes - Time And A Word: The Yes Story written by Martin Popoff
Review by Greg Olma
There have been a few books written about the band, Yes but this one really includes the involvement of many of the members of the group through extensive interviews. 

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Peter Banks - Two Sides of Peter Banks
Review by Steve Alspach
The initial string-slinger in Yes, Peter Banks appears to have been overlooked in progressive rock annals in favor of his successor, but his work in Flash has stood up quite well to the years.
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Peter Banks - Two Sides of Peter Banks
Review by Gary Hill
So, this solo album from Peter Banks was released on CD in 2009.

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Various Artists - Who Are You - An All-Star Tribute to the Who
Review by Gary Hill
I like The Who quite a bit. I mean, they aren’t one of my favorite bands, but I do really like them.

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Yes - Wonderous Stories: The Best of Yes
Review by Gary Hill
I’m sure some would make the argument that we don’t need another Yes compilation album.

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Yes - Yes
Review by Gary Hill
The self-titled debut by Yes, this 1969 album was full of psychedelic wandering and experimentation. It had some definite strong points, and did, in fact show off signs of the band that would later develop.
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Yes - Yes (Expanded and Remastered)
Review by Gary Hill
One of the releases in the series of discs that showcase remastered Yes albums with additional material added, this one focuses on the first album.
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Yes - Yesstories-Yes In Their Own Words written by Tim Morse
Review by Gary Hill
Tim Morse created an intriguing book with this one. There is nothing unique about conducting interviews with artists when doing a book about them.
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Yes - Yesyears Box Set
Review by Gary Hill
Released during the flurry of activity surrounding the Union tour, this four CD set is a pricey, but fairly solid addition to the Yes catalog. While any compilation will undoubtedly bring up complaints as to what was included and what was not, this album presents a fairly accurate representation of the chronology of the band.
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