48. An island in the darkness (Tony Banks)

What an amazing find. Almost 20 years after the last progressive masterpiece by Genesis (One for the vine from the Wind and wuthering album), Tony Banks (image credit) comes up with this 17 minutes gem on his otherwise mediocre 1995 solo album Strictly Inc. The singer he selected (Jack Hues, from the band Wuang Chung) is more than adequate, but the real strength of the song is the plethora of gorgeous instrumental passages, not only the pianowork from Banks himself, but also the guitar play of Daryl Stuermer. In many ways, this anachronistic and nostalgic epic reminds me of one of the best Genesis songs, Firth of Fifth.

Other songs by this act that would have qualified: not applicable.


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