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Flash
Capitol 11040
Released: April 1972
Chart Peak: #33
Weeks Charted: 29


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Mike HoughColin CarterPeter BanksTony KayeTony Kaye is sort of a Seventies answer to Peter Best. It was Kaye who quit Yes in 1971, when it was just another band with a funny name, in order to form Flash. You know what became of Yes -- Flash unfortunately fizzled after three albums, Kaye leaving first. But anyone hearing Flash in 1972 would have given them equal chances for success. Besides Kaye, Flash had a fluid, innovative guitarist in Peter Banks, and a very British vocalist in Colin Carter. Sounds like Yes in its formative years. A must for Anglo-rock historians.

- Alan Niester, The Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1979.

People who love Yes will probably like this spinoff and imitation. I find Yes sharp and clever at best and this shapeless and intolerably precious at all times. Nor do I believe music gains body (or sexuality) by capillary action from its cover -- the "advance" from Yes's psychedoodles to Flash's rear-view crotch shot only makes me wonder whether this band comes by its name lysergically. C-

- Robert Christgau, Christgau's Record Guide, 1981.

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