The band that inspired the superstars of progressive rock Yes — MABEL GREER’S TOYSHOP — return with a fresh release on December 15 titled THE SECRET.
In 1967, bassist Chris Squire joined Mabel Greer’s Toyshop [formed in ’66 by singer & guitarist Clive Bayley and drummer Robert Hagger ] when the first incarnation of The Syn was broken up. This line up included Bayley, Hagger and guitarist Peter Banks.
After some personnel changes Mabel Greer was established with Bill Bruford replacing Hagger on drums. Though when keyboardist/songwriter Tony Kaye joined the band in 1968, the band changed their name to Yes and at about this time recruited singer Jon Anderson.
For a short time Mabel Greer worked the clubs and universities of London and recorded some fine tracks for DJ John Peel.
Guitarist Peter Banks went on to become recognised as the “architect of progressive music…”
Banks worked with Blodwyn Pig, Phil Collins, Steve Hackett and Focus guitarist Jan Akkerman, along with many others. He died at age 65 at his home in Barnet, London, in March 2013.
THE SECRET features unreleased guitar parts from original guitarist Peter Banks and follows the 2015 release of their debut album, which featured Tony Kaye on keyboards and was co-produced by Billy Sherwood (New Way Of Life).
“THE SECRET” was written to celebrate 50 years since Peter Banks and Chris Squire joined Mabel Greer’s Toyshop in 1967.
The new album of nine songs, with Max Hunt on keyboards and Hugo Barré on bass, will be available on December 15th. For the first time in 50 years, Peter Banks can be heard playing a guitar duet (posthumously) with Clive Bayley.
In anticipation of the new release, check [below] the 2015 remake of “Electric Funeral” by Mabel Greer’s Toyshop — on this track with Billy Sherwood replaced Chris Squire (1948 – 2015) who co-wrote and played bass on the original 1968 version.