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Peter Banks Empire Biography

Empire was born from the end of Flash, and was known for a while as Flash Mk. II. One time member of Yes, guitarist Peter Banks, formed a band called ZOX and the Radar Boys, and some of the band’s jams saw Phil Collins on the drums. However, Collin’s obligation with Genesis meant he could not be on all the tracks of the 1974 recordings of Empire.

Unusually for a progressive band, Empire was fronted by a woman, Sydney Foxx.

Whereas Annie Haslam provided the airy vocals for Renaissance, Foxx’s voice contributed a strong bluesy vocal, very much like Lydia Pense, and Janis Joplin on occasion. Whilst Empire’s sound covered a variety of genres, from blues to country blues, the band – as expected with the influence of both Banks and Collins – incorporated the basics of progressive music. The Mars Tapes  were recorded live at Mars Studios in Los Angles during the summer of 1979! And include a few tracks that never appeared on any Empire Albums.  As with all the Empire incarnations this album features the amazing talent and skill of Peter Banks who has been called the "Architect of Progressive Rock" 

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