. Those who only see that part of the picture, though, are missing out on quite a lot.
. That group made a bit of a name for itself in England from 1966 to late 1967.
was starting to become a presence on the scene, and it would only be a matter of time until they would work together.
As fate would have it, though, he hooked back up with Squire
's Toy Shop
. By then, they had added Tony Kaye
and Bill Bruford
to the lineup and were just ready to embark on a new name for the outfit. The new name and Peter Banks
' return were nearly simultaneous, and Yes
was born. The group released two albums with Banks
. The first of those was the self-titled debut that came out in 1969, the second album was Time and a Word, released in 1970. By that time, the group had decided that Banks
was not really the guitarist for the band and replaced him with Steve Howe
thus found himself without a musical home.
Undaunted, he formed Flash
, a prog band that seemed to carry on in the mode that Yes
might have gone had Banks
remained. As fate would have it, keyboardist Tony Kaye
was the next to feel the growing pains of Yes
, and upon his exit from the group he hooked up with Flash
. The band released its debut, Flash
, in 1972. They followed it in rapid-fire succession with In the Can
(also released in 1972) and Out of Our Hands
(1973). A live album, originally a bootleg, surfaced many years later under the moniker of Psychosync
disbanded in 1973 and Banks
released his first solo album, Two Sides of Peter Banks
, that year. The album featured a rather impressive lineup of Banks
, fellow Flash
members Ray Bennett
and Mike Hough
, Jan Akkerman
, John Wetton
, and Phil Collins
' next endeavor was a group that began under the name Flash Mark II. After a time, though, they came to be called Empire
. The band recorded a total of three albums before breaking up in 1980.Banks
was not heard from for quite some time, after the end of Empire
. Indeed, his next release was the 1993 solo album Instinct
. The album was a true solo effort, with Banks
handling all of the instrumental chores. His next release, Self-Contained
, came two years later with his only accompaniment being Gerald Goff
on keyboards. Reduction
was released in 1999; an album featuring older material by Banks
, entitled Can I Play You Something?
, was released in 2000. Peter Banks
died of heart failure at his London home on March 8, 2013; he was 65 years old.