Tony Banks

The Wicked Lady

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Tony Banks' soundtrack to the film The Wicked Lady is divided up into two halves. The first section consists of demos for the score recorded by Banks on his home eight-track. The second features the symphonic versions used for the film orchestrated by Christopher Palmer. The Banks half bares a close resemblance to the instrumentals he recorded for A Curious Feeling, consisting of dense layers of keyboards and the rare drum machine. There is also a similarity to that album in the bittersweet yet grand nature of several of the songs such as "Barbara" and "Caroline." Often switching between minor and major keys within songs, Banks has always shown a proclivity to classical stylings which helps the transitions of his pieces here to their orchestral versions. While the music on the symphonic half of the album is more complex and dramatic, it also sounds like classic film music and will probably not be of interest to the casual Genesis or progressive rock fan.

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