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The third solo release from this former Yes guitarist will most certainly please guitar buffs, but the 21 tracks from Self-Contained can grow a little tedious as Banks' six string athletics take their course. Much more intricate than his work with Flash or Empire, Self-Contained is made up of full-fledged guitar manipulation and techniques, and although there are periodic smatterings of keyboard work from Gerald Goff, they're only present to add a little bit of texture to Banks' guitar playing. But even through the electric grind of bent chords and distorted notes, some appeal finds its way into the light. There's a solid progressive rock feel on the eight different segments of "It's All Greek to Me," which is the best example of both fluctuation and melody, while shorter pieces like "Away Days" and "Clues" are easier to listen to when singled out, that is without listening to the album from beginning to end. Self-Contained is even more expressive (and more experimental) than both The Two Sides of Peter Banks and 1993's Instinct, as Banks opts to reveal his proficiency as a guitarist first, putting any signs of musical fluency on the back burner.


Born: 15 July 1947 in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Born July 15, 1947, in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, Peter Banks was perhaps best known for his work with the progressive rock band Yes. Those who only see that part of the picture, though, are missing out on quite a lot. Banks first got his start with Yes bassist Chris Squire in the group the Syn. That group made a bit of a name for itself in England from 1966 to late 1967. Squire and Banks moved to their next group after the Syn disbanded, the band Mabel Greer's Toy Shop. Banks left that group...
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