Prog rock pioneers, Mabel Greers Toyshop (for without Mabel Greer, there would be no YES), are to release a new album The Secret on 8th December.
On this album, Peter Banks (former YES guitarist) can be heard playing a guitar duo with Mabel Greers founder, guitarist and vocalist, Clive Bayley for the first time in 50 years. Clive has written a new song around guitar parts recorded by Peter Banks, who passed away in 2013. This song is a tribute to Banks and Chris Squire who both joined the band in September 1967.
Bayley explains, I was inspired to do this because Peters passing in 2013 was the catalyst for meeting Bob Hagger (drummer with Mabel Greers Toyshop) again and coming up with the crazy idea of re-forming Mabel Greer. The result is that we have produced two new albums since then, and released re-mastered BBC tapes from 1967 on the EP Images.
The Secret is an album of 9 new songs, with Max Hunt on keyboards and Hugo Barré on bass joining Bayley and Hagger. With roots back to an era when music evolved like never before and now combined with musical maturity, this album is must have for all Prog fans everywhere.
1. Big Brother, Little Brother
2. Loves Fire
3. Turning To The Light
4. Angel Sent
5. More & More
7. Image of Existence
9. The Secret (ft. Peter Banks)
Clive and Bob first met in 1966 – a time when the London underground music scene was an impressive force for future development of a different kind of rock music. Clive was only 16 years old but had already been playing in a band since the age of 13. He was writing his own compositions and knew what kind of music he wanted to perform. Bob had previously been for an audition with THE SYN whose bassist was Chris Squire and guitarist Peter Banks. Not long after, both Squire and Banks joined Bob and Clive in Mabel Greers Toyshop and the seeds of YES were planted. In early 1968, Jon Anderson also joined the group, followed by Bill Bruford, who replaced Bob and Tony Kaye joined on keyboards. When Clive left the band in August that year they changed name to Yes.
Fast forward to 2013, Clive met Bob again for the first time in 45 years! Both now in their sixties. The first thing Clive said to Bob was lets get into the studio, see if we still have the old magic. The result became the album New Way Of Life featuring Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye, released in 2015.