PETER BANKS

Prog - - Intro -

The be­gin­ning of Collins’ ten­ure in Gen­e­sis co­in­cided with their trans­for­ma­tion into a fully blown pro­gres­sive rock band, one that was hinted at on 1970’s Tres­pass al­bum. How­ever, they were still play­ing catch-up with their con­tem­po­raries, such as King Crim­son and Yes, who were al­ready twist­ing mu­sic into strange and fan­tas­ti­cal new shapes.

“We were to­tally aware of what

Yes were do­ing, and even though we were very dif­fer­ent, they were still an in­flu­ence,” says Collins. “Es­pe­cially

Bill Bru­ford, who sounded like no other rock drum­mer at the time. But there wasn’t any ri­valry with them. There was plenty of room back then for every­body.”

Collins him­self hooked up with for­mer Yes gui­tarist Peter Banks, lend­ing his tal­ents to four tracks on Banks’ 1973 solo al­bum Two

Sides Of Peter Banks.

“Peter was a strange man, very quiet, not mas­sively so­cia­ble out­side of mu­sic,” says Collins. “But he was a very im­pres­sive mu­si­cian, and over­looked. He was def­i­nitely one of the found­ing fa­thers of the whole pro­gres­sive rock thing.”

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