March 21, 2013 – 4:47 am

PETER BANKS R.I.P. 1947-2013

A post on Peter Banks’ official website read: “It’s with great sadness to have to report the death of Peter Banks. He died in his London home on March 8, 2013. Thanks for all the music Peter!” He was 65. Banks was the original guitarist of British progressive rock band Yes. He played on two albums (Yes and Time And A Word) with the group before pursuing his own band Flash, and a solo career which included a guest spot on Lionel Richie’s hit Hello. Prog magazine editor Jerry Ewing said: “He’s very much part of the history and the legacy of progressive rock.” Banks died from heart failure. The BBC reported that he was found at his home after not turning up to a recording studio. He was working on a live Flash album called Flash - In Public.

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In The Beginning [Highland HL055#Y12, 1CD]

Disc 1: Live in Hamburg 1969; Essen 1969 and Sheffield 1969. Fair to good audience recording. Some might find it rough. “Bonus” Disc 2: Flash, live in Long Island 1972. Good to fairly good audience recording.

This is for those looking for some Peter Banks’ recordings.

Thanks to Pablodrums who originally shared the Yes tracks in 2007 and to tempusfugit for keeping the show alive.

A special word of thanks to TheTooleMan for sharing the Flash show at Dime.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (320 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Grugahalle, Essen, Germany; October 09, 1969
Track 01. Introduction (3.2MB)
Track 02. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed (4.9MB)
Track 03. Dear Father (8.8MB)
Track 04. Every Little Thing (9.0MB)
Track 05. Something’s Coming (12.6MB)

Star Club, Hamburg, Germany; August 20, 1969
Track 06. Eleanor Rigby (6.9MB)

Kingston Hotel, Sheffield, UK; December 21, 1969
Track 07. Dear Father (8.3MB)
Track 08. Eleanor Rigby (4.9MB)
Track 09. I See You (30.7MB)

Jon Anderson - lead vocals
Peter Banks - guitar, vocals
Chris Squire - bass, vocals
Tony Kaye - organ, piano
Bill Bruford - drums, percussion

CDR Trade > EAC (wav) > FLAC Frontend encode level 8

Disc 2 is no longer available for sharing.

Disc 2
My Father’s Place, Long Island, NY; August 1972
Track 01. Small Beginnings
Track 02. Black And White
Track 03. There No More
Track 04. Monday Morning Eyes
Track 05. Children Of The Universe
Track 06. Lifetime

Peter Banks - lead guitar
Colin Carter - lead vocals, tambourine
Ray Bennett - bass, backing vocals
Mike Hough - drums

Unknown tape gen copy > Philips stand-alone burner > EAC > WAV > adobe audition > flac [6]

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UPDATE: JUNE 29, 2013

Here is a note from the Peter Banks Estate:

After reading your March 21st on the passing of Peter Banks I wanted to let you know the Live Flash CD “In Public” is completed and will be released in the fall.

Which is why I am emailing , it has been brought to our attention that your site is allowing the downloads of a very poorly recorded Flash Live concert which as now made its way to eBay.

We would hope you would do the right thing by removing the links

I hope you understand

George “TheMiz”  Mizer
Peter Banks Estate

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  1. 21 Responses to “YES - IN THE BEGINNING (PETER BANKS R.I.P. 1947-2013)”

  2. Man, you guys are right on my wave length lately.

    Thanks again!

    By Scott Brookman on Mar 21, 2013

  3. Saw Flash at the Bandshell in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, in the early 70’s. May be the Best Performed Concert in my 40+ years of Concert Going. Thanks for this!

    By Britinvdon on Mar 21, 2013

  4. i know we dont do zep here but anyone know what the difference between the 2cd and the 4cd versions of the Ecole Centrale Chatenay-Malabry France 12-6-69 audience recording is? i have the 9 track 2 cd version. but this 4 cd one has me puzzled. can anyone shed some light? thank u in advance.

    By darth on Mar 21, 2013

  5. Thanks for putting this up in 320 kbps. I can hear enough to know that live, this must have been killer!

    By 4yrsnojob on Mar 21, 2013

  6. i saw yes and ten years after in gaelic park in the bronx in nyc in 1971. i know there were other bands that i saw there that year and possibly in 72 as well. i didnt appreciate yes that year as much as i did the following year however. i had seen tya 2 yrs prior tho in 69 at woodstock. too bad their entire set still hasnt surfaced. the only song that anyone has ever seen from their set is the one that is in the film and on the album.
    85% of what happened at woodstock has survived tho. theres about 20-22 cds worth of material out there.
    fans of yes should seek out the gaelic park show from 71. if u wanna hear 10mins of it theres a clip on youtube -

    By darth on Mar 21, 2013

  7. heres some video of yes with peter when they were only a band for about 18months. their 2nd known tv appearance.

    this is french tv from jan 1970. theyre doing beyond and before. the other bit of known footage is beat club 69 where they do no opportunity necessary.

    By darth on Mar 21, 2013

  8. and just in case anyone needs help finding it -

    By darth on Mar 21, 2013

  9. there are several clips on youtube of beatclub 69. the one i linked to above cuts off abruptly. some of them fade out slighly nicer. this one here has some applause and still fades out -
    and it has a little intro as well. each person can pick which one they wish to keep if any. when one is on yt perusing yes items such as this other items that would be of interest often pop up on the right side. dont hesitate to look thru those. there are some killer items in there.

    By darth on Mar 21, 2013

  10. Ask and ye shall receive! Thanks BigO!!

    By Tom on Mar 21, 2013

  11. yes the lost broadcasts

    By there is no darth on Mar 21, 2013

  12. the above link is from youtube obviously. and much easier to access there. i didnt link to it since most of the tracks are not with peter.

    By darth on Mar 22, 2013

  13. thx, there is no darth, for the great link. i enjoy the adult content on voodoo wagon too. hilarious to see that jealous darth tried to top you.

    By darth links on Mar 22, 2013

  14. this is one type of music i just never enjoyed[prog rock or however you want to label it] however bigo is good at trying to keep everyone happy with their choices. kudos.

    By sluggo on Mar 23, 2013

  15. this is the sort of junk I put on , close the door and leave the house.
    seriously this crap makes me ill. it is right up there with eric crapton and rash ,i mean rush.

    By bootleg princess on Mar 25, 2013

  16. someone needs a hug,lol

    By jimbob on Mar 25, 2013

  17. Princess, who cares? Don’t like it, don’t write about it.

    By Motorvilleboy on Mar 29, 2013

  18. good idea….then if she doesn’t write about it,we won’t have to read/be subjected to it

    By nutshell on Mar 29, 2013

  19. Well, I’m outta here…tired of people posting stuff using my name just to stir up crap. Thanks BigO for the music.

    By nutshell on Mar 29, 2013

  20. Update - Live Flash CD, In Public, will be released in the fall of 2013.

    By bigozine2 on Jun 29, 2013

  21. Best era of the band. Such POWER in their music!

    By Strawberrybrick on Dec 30, 2017

  22. Great music!

    By Chas on Jun 21, 2018

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