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« Reply #15 on: Dec 26th, 2012, 08:46am »

It's one of the finest Tony Banks solo albums, IMO.
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« Reply #16 on: Dec 30th, 2012, 7:13pm »

My parents got it for me on vinyl for Christmas. Even though it is a bit of a weak album, it's still my favorite. I just love hearing Tony's voice and listening to him. And I'm still convinced that Tony used 8-bit before anyone else realized it's not just for video games.
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« Reply #17 on: Jan 2nd, 2013, 08:38am »

I'm liking it so far. Tony's voice, though not made for singing, is much better than he considers it. He sounds younger than 32 on the opening track, IMO.

And speaking of that first track, it is gorgeous for being the main single from the album. It reminds me somewhat of this forum's namesake - it sounds like pop up front but there's some veritable originality underneath.
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« Reply #18 on: Aug 9th, 2015, 2:18pm »

I am listening to this album right now (online), I got curious because I had no clue about this album at all... Wow! I didn't expect such an awesome album! shocked cheesy Maybe Tony's best pop album. His singing is great, way above any of my expectations, had he carried on singing lead vocals he would have been a top-notch pop singer. The songs are less adventurous in terms of chords for Tony's standards but they are great pop songs. Of course the album is from its time, it's a 1983 pop/rock album with its share of then contemporary synthpop elements, still most songs are of timeless quality and could easily be played on the radio even in these days. Too bad this album didn't catch more attention.
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« Reply #19 on: Aug 13th, 2015, 08:13am »

on Dec 17th, 2012, 09:19am, onetwothree wrote:
Personally, I loved the album from first listen and still do. Tony's vocals are sometimes a little weak (esp. on "Say You'll Never Leave Me" from the original LP, and on the extra CD tracks) but I thought his doing his own vocals gave the album a personal touch that other things of his lacked.

"And The Wheels Keep Turning" is the album's high point for me, although "By You" comes close.

And it's definitely better than ACTING VERY STRANGE... wink


AVS is just a shocking album after SD classic. Mike frankly sucks as a singer and the quality of songwriting comes over as stuff left on the recording floor. Played once and got rid of.
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« Reply #20 on: Aug 14th, 2015, 08:12am »

on Aug 13th, 2015, 08:13am, NedFlanders wrote:
AVS is just a shocking album after SD classic. Mike frankly sucks as a singer and the quality of songwriting comes over as stuff left on the recording floor. Played once and got rid of.


Yup have to agree with that...Sadly cry

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« Reply #21 on: Aug 15th, 2015, 12:58pm »

My favourite TB album is ACF, but The Fugitive is an incredibly good record.
Shame it didn't get the recognition commercially that it deserved.
Tony's voice is very honest, very pleasant to listen to, he's not trying to be something he is not.
Great album, very warm and atmospheric.
I especially love Charm.

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« Reply #22 on: Aug 16th, 2015, 09:07am »

It has been my favorite of Tony's albums since it came out. I always thought the highlights were the two instrumentals, Charm and Thirty Three's (I still listen to Charm to get an energy boost).

Although I love about half the tracks on each of the rest of his albums, The Fugitive is the only album for me that doesn't have tracks that I skip.
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« Reply #23 on: Sep 16th, 2015, 08:58am »

My personal favorite Tony Banks album, I can never get enough of By You and And The Wheels Keep Turning, like the fact Tony sings the whole album a big bonus.
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« Reply #24 on: Jan 11th, 2016, 4:12pm »

Bumping up an old topic because I heard By You for the first time yesterday (I'm new to this remember).

I was thrown by the falsetto. I thought 'is that really Tony'? As the song went on the vocals seemed to sound more familiar & I got used to it. I liked the song as a whole.

Edit: Yesterday I heard At The Edge Of Night & I liked it even better!
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« Reply #25 on: Jan 22nd, 2016, 05:11am »

A lot of Tony's solo stuff sounds to me like he was trying to make hits, although I would have expected him to do just the opposite - wild chord progressions and stuff because there was no one (in other words Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford) to stop him.

On Fugitive my favorite songs with lyrics are Man Of Spells (wonderful!) and, ironically enough, And The Wheels Keep Turning, which is one of the most hit-sounding songs on the album. But my favorite track on the album is Thirty Three's. Wonderful chords and sounds, and it really sounds like Tony was doing exactly what he wanted to do.

I do like Tony's voice, but I think his voice works best in songs that are closer to comedy - Big Man and Hero For An Hour. I wonder what he would sound like singing All In A Mouse's Night. Incidentally, I'm one of those people who DEFINITELY hear Tony in the chorus of Silver Rainbow - whether it's our imagination or not.
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« Reply #26 on: Jan 22nd, 2016, 07:03am »

on Jan 22nd, 2016, 05:11am, Chaim wrote:
And The Wheels Keep Turning, which is one of the most hit-sounding songs on the album.

I actually heard that one on the radio when the album was new. (BTW, I pretty much stopped listening to the radio altogether about a year later.)

on Jan 22nd, 2016, 05:11am, Chaim wrote:
I'm one of those people who DEFINITELY hear Tony in the chorus of Silver Rainbow - whether it's our imagination or not.

I don't think it's our imagination at all. He is credited for backing vocals on the album, after all.
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« Reply #27 on: Feb 18th, 2017, 4:19pm »

I've always found The Fugitive to be a really enjoyable album, very atmospheric. It does retain a flavour of the early eighties when listened to now and Tony's slightly nasal voice has a distinct charm to my ears, sounding like a cross between Neil Tenant of the Pet Shop Boys, Al Stewart and Donovan.

There are some infectiously sneaky melodies that lodge in the brain on The Fugitive and many examples of Tony's famous 'terminal' lyrics, including the deceptively doomy And The Wheels Keep Turning, its middle eight ending with the snappy couplet, "So we do what we must/Before we turn to dust"- not particularly cheerful I'll admit, but refreshingly grounded in reality.

The chord structures are always interesting, as you would expect from Tony and Daryl Steurmer turns in some nice guitar solos amid Tony's synth dominated keyboards. A couple of instrumentals, Thirty-Threes and the excellent Charm which builds to a stirring climax and always reminds me of the circus of fairground with its calliope style keyboards. All in all, I guess The Fugitive is acyually my favourite Tony Banks album, vintage 1983.
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« Reply #28 on: Feb 18th, 2017, 6:20pm »

A fun eighties pop rock album.
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« Reply #29 on: Feb 28th, 2017, 08:59am »

I'm not too familiar with TB's solo work. I've heard this one, ACF, Bankstatement and Still. Of those, Fugitive is the best. I think for me it's the consistency of it. When there are multiple lead singers, an album seems to lose some direction. His voice isn't great by any stretch but is distinctive and has some character and at least gives the album some personality. I do like By You and Charm, This Is Love and Moving Under are okay.

Bankstatement is okay, Still has its moments, but I never got on with ACF.
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