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Episode 159 – The Return of Mabel Greer’s Toyshop

New Way of Life
Mabel Greer’s Toyshop – new album

The one hundred and fifty ninth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring a first listen to Electric Funeral, co-written by Chris Squire and Clive Bailey.

  • Does Mabel Greer’s Toyshop sound like early – or any kind – of Yes music?
  • Does Tony Kaye make his presence felt on Hammond organ – or Billy Sherwood?
  • What is the new album going to be like after 45 years apart?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!


The boys in the band!
The boys in the band!

Show links and notes

Fred Lunjevich’s Yes haul:

Yes haul

Ben Craven’s Tune Leaks website

Prog Magazine Chris Squire article

Mabel Greer’s Toyshop website

Electric Funeral 2014 version – Mabel Greer’s Toyshop


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Theme music

The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from the following two creative commons sources: thanvannispen and

3 replies on “Episode 159 – The Return of Mabel Greer’s Toyshop”

Kevin, I was interested that you mentioned the Marquee Club. I first went to the Marquee on Wardour Street in late 1971 (for the relaunch of Status Quo!) so I missed out on the early Yes, Stones, Zeppelin, Who, etc. Later I went there frequently to see a band by the name of Stackridge – I followed them around the south of England and never missed a show at the Marquee. It was a small, dark, sweaty venue where everyone was pressed close together and you stood right up to the stage (more of a platform really). It was quite a place and an important part of my youth. Sadly it is long gone – I happened to be on Wardour Street again this past August and didn’t recognise a thing!

Hi Kevin! Sorry for the late reply but upon listening to this episode, I’m reminded of a CD collection that Peter Banks put out around the same time as he released the Yes BBC sessions called “Can I Play You Something?”. Apart from a selection of Syn and solo material all the known recordings of the original MGT are included, featuring the BBC session and some demos of “Beyond and Before”, “Electric Funeral” and “Get Yourself Together”. These should have been included as a bonus CD with the new album. Oh well… I think it’s tough to track down a copy but I haven’t tried. Prog on! Why don’t you talk about the BBC sessions for a future episode? But you’ve got plenty to do with your christmas haul! 😉 You never even did the CTTE reissue!

There’s quite a bit of Peter Banks I haven’t heard. I did do an episode about the BBC sessions a long time ago. Great collection. I think it has been called a few different things in different releases. Thanks for the comment!

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