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Reviewed by - Dw Dunphy

Tony Banks
Seven: A Suite for Orchestra

How do you move from pop/prog to classical composition? Very carefully. Although this is Genesis founder and keyboardist Tony Banks’ first composition for sake of the classical genre (he has a few soundtracks under his belt as well), he peppers each of the seven movements with progressions that are familiar enough to make the music unmistakably Banks’ own.

The opening section, “Spring Tide” clocking in at ten plus minutes, recalls the lush romanticism of early Genesis songs like “Blood On The Rooftops” and “Mad Man Moon”.  A couple shorter pieces keep things changed up and the closing “The Spirit Of Gravity” is a powerful reminder that Banks has been at this music thing for many years (he performs the piano portions on most of the tracks).

But the key to the success of “Seven” is, once again, that the composer hasn’t shed his own personality and chord inclinations in order to move into this new realm. Contrarily, he has made them part and parcel of the new and succeeds where so many other pop music émigrés haven’t.

Release Date: April 20, 2004
Tracks: 7 - Time: 57:34
Produced by: Nick Davis
Format: CD
Website: N/A

Track Listing:

Spring Tide / Black Down / The Gateway / The Ram / Earthlight / Neap Tide / The Spirit of Gravity.

Tony Banks and The London Philharmonics (Mike Dixon):

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