The live project that Peter Banks was completing at the time of the co-founding Yes guitarist’s death is set for release later this month. In Public finds him at work with his subsequent band Flash.
The album, recroded live on January 21, 1973 on a double bill with the Byrds at Kansas City’s Cow Town Ballroom, also features Flash’s original line of Ray Bennett, Colin Carter and Mike Hough. George “The Miz” Mizer completed work on In Public after Banks’ passing in March of this year.
A series of posthumous releases have followed, including individual sideman projects with the Prog Collective, the up-and-coming act Days Between Stations and on a Steve Miller tribute album. The surviving members of Flash also released a Banks-less release under the band’s name.
But In Public promises to showcase the late prog pioneer in the most complete way yet. Presented as a special limited edition CD, this live document will include an expansive 16-page booklet with new comments from Tony Kaye, who was a fellow original member of Yes, as well as the Who’s Pete Townshend.
After appearing on the initial pair of releases from Yes, Banks co-founded Flash, which released its No. 33 hit eponymous debut in 1972. The band’s single “Small Beginnings” also found a home on the charts, rising to No. 29. Two Flash albums followed through 1973, including In the Can and then Out of Our Hands, before the group split.
Psychosync, which featured live performances from the Midnight Special television show and at WLIR, was released in 1997. For more information on the upcoming In Public release, email Flash@AdequatEsounds.com.