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Clive Bayley from Mabel Greer’s Toyshop talks about the new album and Peter Banks – 311

The Secret - Mabel Greer's Toyshop
The Secret – Mabel Greer’s Toyshop

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Michel Arsenault, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier.

I wasn’t able to record with Mark this week but I did manage to speak to Clive Bayley of Mabel Greer’s Toyshop which morphed into Yes in 1968. The new album, The Secret, features the late, great Peter Banks on the title song and Clive explains how that came about. Mark also gives his recommendations for those interested in investigating what Peter Banks did next…

  • How does Peter Banks appear on this new album?
  • What influenced are present in this record?
  • Is Mabel Greer’s Toyshop part of the Yes legacy?

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3 replies on “Clive Bayley from Mabel Greer’s Toyshop talks about the new album and Peter Banks – 311”

Great interview with Clive Kevin
Very interesting how they put that album together It is very cool to see the founding members still making music.
Nice to hear that you can make music at home and still get great sound so technology has helped out a lot. This album or at least the two tracks that I’ve heard sound pretty cool you can definitely hear Yes roots in their for sure!
Great show guys as always
Happy holidays

Another really interesting episode. Sorry to hear it was made in the face of some personal turbulence.

In terms of the show itself it was really good to hear Peter Banks get his due as both a guitar player and Yes foundation stone. Two Sides Of is a must-own for any Yes fan. The lyrics on the Flash albums are a bit rubbish but musically they are pretty great too. Not heard Empire. His autobiography put me off.

Those first two Yes records have massively grown in my estimation over the years. Like most people I came to them after having already bought the first three main sequence lps plus Yessongs (though not in chronological order) and I didn’t really understand their early psych-pop Moody Blues / Zombies / Who / Vanilla Fudge amalgam at the age of 14. Their sound confused me as much as Bowie’s Pin Ups, Floyd’s a Nice Pair and The Who’s Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy had done. Pop for me had started with Slade, Sweet and Bowie not the Swinging London stuff. Of course what sounded a bit dated in 1974 sounds fresh and visceral in 2017. Anyway I really liked the last Mabel Greer’s Toyshop record, Clive sounds like a really good chap and I will look forward to getting this new one.

Excellent episode Kevin & Mark. I really enjoyed the informative interview with Clive. It definitely sparked my interest in checking out their cd’s. Thanks Mark for the Peter Banks information. I feel his guitar playing abilities are highly underrated and he sometimes gets forgotten in the history of the band. His guitar playing was instrumental in developing the Yes sound on the debut LP. It’s interesting to think about what Yes may have sounded like if he had stayed with the band. The Flash and Two Sides LP’s are definitely worth checking out. They have brought me many hours of enjoyment. I recently received the new Empire reissue and I have just started to check it out. So far, I am enjoying Peter’s playing on their albums. I look forward to Mark’s review in the future. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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