The forefathers of Progressive Rock giants Yes, Mabel Greer’s Toyshop are to release a new album The Secret on 8 December.
The album features former Yes and Flash guitarist Peter Banks who sadly died in March 2013. Mabel Greer’s Toyshop guitarist and vocalist, Clive Bayley has written a new song around guitar parts recorded by Peter in 1968. 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 Peter’s passing in 2013 was the catalyst for meeting Bob Hagger (drummer with Mabel Greer’s 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”.
Watch the new video for the song The Secret
The Secret is an album of nine 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.
The Secret will be available on 8 December on CD and digital download from the band’s Bandcamp page.
Mabel Greer’s Toyshop official website