Rare Peter Banks "Empire" Recordings to be Released

Published 9 years ago on November 13, 2014

By Jonathan Graham

Prog-fans worldwide, rejoice! A previously unheard collection of rare recordings by Yes and Flash guitarist, Peter Banks, is now available via on GONZO Multimedia.

Available in a 2CD package, Peter Banks Empire: The Mars Tapes features a selection of raw recordings take direct from the control desk at Mars Studios in Los Angeles in 1979.

Banks, who passed away last March, formed Empire along with Sidonie Jordan in the early 70's. The new collection includes bonus track "Sky At Night" with Phil Collins on drums and Jon Giblin on bass.

On the recordings, Sidonie said:

"The Mars Tapes were recorded live at Mars Studios in Los Angles during the summer of 1979! And include a few tracks that never appeared on any Empire albums. As with all the Empire incarnations this album features the amazing talent and skill of Peter Banks, who has been called the Architect of Progressive Rock.”

The Mars Tapes also includes tracks that never made it on to any Empire release until now.

Disc One

Out of Our Hands
Medley: (a) Foundation (b) Destiny (c) Far Away
Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar and Grill
Do What You Want
Dancing Man
Where Yes Means No

Disc Two

Off With The King's Head
Something's Coming (West Side Story)
The Fall of The Empire
When The Banks Overflow
Ascending To The Planet Mars
Sky at Night (featuring Phil Collins)

Peter Banks Empire




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