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Flash

Flash was formed in London in 1971 when ex-Peter Barden's Camel singer, Colin Carter, met ex-Yes guitarist, Peter Banks, and soon after co-wrote the Flash hit, "Small Beginnings" (#28 on Billboard). Ray Bennett, who had known Banks since early Yes days, heard they were forming a band via his old friend and former bandmate, Yes drummer Bill Bruford, and was quickly recruited on bass. F Drummer, Mike Hough was found later after an advertisement was placed in the London weekly music paper, The Melody Maker. Tony Kaye, the first Yes keyboard player, was a session player on their ...read more

Flash was formed in London in 1971 when ex-Peter Barden's Camel singer, Colin Carter, met ex-Yes guitarist, Peter Banks, and soon after co-wrote the Flash hit, "Small Beginnings" (#28 on Billboard). Ray Bennett, who had known Banks since early Yes days, heard they were forming a band via his old friend and former bandmate, Yes drummer Bill Bruford, and was quickly recruited on bass. F Drummer, Mike Hough was found later after an advertisement was placed in the London weekly music paper, The Melody Maker. Tony Kaye, the first Yes keyboard player, was a session player on their first album and not a permanent band member, as is often reported.

They released three albums with a sound much like early Yes. The first Flash album, a self-titled one, is a classic piece of 70's style Prog Rock, featuring long compositions, thick bass, twisty guitar, keyboard flash (hmmmmm), and complex Yes-like arrangements. In The Can, released the same year, revolves around Banks' guitar with a more dominant guitar sound. Out Of Our Hands is the third Flash studio album and least good in comparison to its predecessors. There is also a live Flash album called Psychosync, that makes a nice addition to the collection. Though their three albums are still on the market after numerous reissues (most recently in 2009), they became equally noted and remembered for their phenomenal, high-energy live shows.

After two and a half years of successful touring, Flash disbanded. All four members later reunited in various combinations during the 70's to early 80's and some of the recorded output appears on Ray Bennett's 2001 archive CD Angels & Ghosts. By 1982 the Flash members went their separate ways.

Late in 2009 they reunited. Although initially interested, after talks and lengthy consideration Banks and Hough were unable to commit. The new line-up featured Flash's songwriters and original members, Colin Carter and Ray Bennett sharing lead vocals, with Bennett moving from bass to lead guitar. New members are Mark Pardy replacing drummer Mike Hough, Rick Daugherty on keyboards and Wayne Carver on bass.

In May of 2013, Flash released a new studio album, their first in 40 years. Entitled Flash Featuring Ray Bennett and Colin Carter, it was released just two months after the death of Peter Banks. « hide

Similar Bands: Yes, Cream, Peter Banks, Genesis, Gentle Giant

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Flash Featuring Ray Bennett and Colin Carter
01/01/2013

Out of Our Hands
1973

2.5
1 Votes
In The Can
1972

3.8
2 Votes
Flash
1972

3
2 Votes
Live Albums
In Public
01/01/2013

Psychosync
1997

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