Founding member of Genesis, Tony Banks, will bring together selected songs from his celebrated solo career with a four-disc boxset release, ‘A Chord Too Far,’ due July 31.
With a tracklist personally selected by Tony, this special edition set consists of 49 songs and pieces, many of which have been remixed exclusively for this collection, and are from his seven solo and two orchestral albums – A Curious Feeling (1979), The Fugitive (1983), The Wicked Lady (1983) (film score), Soundtracks (1986) (a combination of original scores Tony wrote for films Starship and Quicksilver), Bankstatement (1989), Still (1991), Strictly Inc (1995), and his orchestral albums Seven: A Suite for Orchestra (2004) and SIX Pieces for Orchestra (2012) – culminating in this unique collection of his eclectic and diverse music. Also included are four unreleased pieces, three of which are keyboard demos of from his orchestral suites. The other is a piece originally written for the ‘Still’ album.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 as a member of Genesis, Tony is one of the most respected songwriters and keyboardists in the world. His career spans almost 50 years and has seen him sell in excess of 130 million albums. His body of work is as innovative as it is eclectic. Genesis’ avant-garde style made them one of progressive rock’s founding fathers in the 1970s, creating an experimental style of rock music never before seen. They went on to produce music with a greater pop sensibility in the 1980s that saw them become one of the biggest selling bands of the decade, and play stadiums throughout the world.
His solo work has continued in the same vein. As well as his rock albums which has included collaborations with some of the world’s most respected musicians including singers Toyah Wilcox, Fish and Nick Kershaw, bassist Pino Pallodino, and drummers Steve Gadd and Vinnie Colaiuta, as well as long time Genesis collaborators Daryl Stuermer and Chester Thompson. He has done original scores for four films – The Shout (1978), The Wicked Lady (1983), Starship (1985) and Quicksilver (1986) and most recently his orchestral albums, Seven: A Suite for Orchestra and SIX Pieces for Orchestra, that were performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra respectively. Both were met with critical acclaim with classical music aficionados, Gramaphone Magazine, saying “A rock musician goes ‘classical’ – with pleasing and often effective results… for Banks has a genuine melodic gift… The recording is good, … acceptably spacious …”.
A Chord Too Far, on Esoteric Recordings, a Cherry Red Records label, is a celebration of Tony’s work outside of Genesis, and the beginning of re-releases of remixed versions of his entire solo and orchestral catalog… A Curious Feeling and The Fugitive are set to be released at the end of October, with The Wicked Lady and Soundtracks at the end of January 2016. Further details will be announced soon on his other albums.
A Chord Too Far – tracklist
Rebirth – Taken From Soundtracks
At The Edge Of Night – Taken From The Fugitive
Walls Of Sound – Taken From Strictly Inc.
Lion Of Symmetry – Taken From Soundtracks
The More I Hide It – Taken From Bankstatement
Shortcut To Somewhere – Taken From Soundtracks
The Waters Of Lethe – Taken From A Curious Feeling
I Wanna Change The Score – Taken From Still
Water Out Of Wine – Taken From Still
Something To Live For – Taken From Strictly Inc.
By You – Taken From The Fugitive
Never Let Me Know – Taken From Strictly Inc.
Thirty Three’s – Taken From The Fugitive
Charity Balls – Taken From Strictly Inc.
An Island In The Darkness – Taken From Strictly Inc.
The Border – Taken From Bankstatement
Lucky Me – Taken From A Curious Feeling
Another Murder Of A Day – Taken From Still
Moving Under – Taken From The Fugitive
Still It Takes Me By Surprise – Taken From Still
Red Day On Blue Street – Taken From Still
After The Lie – Taken From A Curious Feeling
Redwing – Taken From Soundtracks
Queen Of Darkness – Taken From Bankstatement
A Piece Of You – Taken From Strictly Inc.
Big Man – Taken From Bankstatement
Angel Face – Taken From Still
This Is Love – Taken From The Fugitive
I’ll Be Waiting – Taken From Bankstatement
Back To Back – Taken From Still
For A While – Taken From A Curious Feeling
Throwback – Taken From Bankstatement
You Call This Victory – Taken From Soundtracks
And The Wheels Keep Turning – Taken From The Fugitive
You – Taken From A Curious Feeling
The Final Curtain – Taken From Still
Blade – Taken From Six Pieces For Orchestra
Black Down – Taken From Seven
Siren – Taken From Six Pieces For Orchestra
Earthlight – Taken From Seven
From The Undertow – Taken From A Curious Feeling
City Of Gold**
The Chase Taken From The Wicked Lady
Kit Taken From The Wicked Lady
The Wicked Lady – Taken From The Wicked Lady