Tony Kaye (keyboards) and Peter Banks (guitars) are :lecoming weary of the concept of Yes. Feeling that Yes might be moving away from that unique combination of commerciality and instrumental virtuosity, Pete formed a new band, featuring Ray Bennett (bass), Colin Carter (vocals) and Mick Hough (drums).
In London, if you’re a new band, you’re judged as much by your image and group personality as you are by the music. Forming a band that consisted primarily of unknown quantities and dubbing the assemblage ‘Flash’ is sticking your neck out; after all, the only other instance of a band causing a furor because of their name (and all its attendant implications) was Cream.
The scenario was therefore set; the band was in everybody’s conversation, a tour was about to start, and the album was finished. What, everyone wondered, would it be like?
Not bad, not bad at all, said the folks back home. Released in June of 1972 in America, “FLASH” contained the instrumental flair of Yes combined with songs that had real neat commercial hooks in them. The album starts off with “Small Beginnings”, perhaps the definitive Flash number; wryly titled, the tune nonetheless achieved a high chart position as a single,