Mabel Greer’s Toyshop – New Way of Life


I am waiting for confirmation from the bands PR that this record will be a world record holder after it finally gets released. Why, how? Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, the prog psychedelic outfit which sprouted the first shoots of YES, has applied for a Guinness World Record for the longest period of time between a band forming andI am waiting for confirmation from the bands PR that this record will be a world record holder after it finally gets released. Why, how? Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, the prog psychedelic outfit which sprouted the first shoots of YES, has applied for a Guinness World Record for the longest period of time between a band forming and releasing their debut album. The band, which released its first record ‘New Way of Life’ on 9th March, formed 49 years ago in 1966. There is no current holder for the record… 49 years, that is going to take some beating. Founders Clive Bailey and Robert Hagger, joined by Billy Sherwood, Hugo Barre’ and Tony Kaye, took the band out of the freezer and back on the scene after a 45 year gap, to bring the sounds of their past into the 21st century. In their heyday, Mabel Greer’s Toyshop had a residency at the Marquee Club, where they played alongside the likes of Keith Emerson and The Nice. John Peel, a strong supporter and fan of the band also invited them to play on the BBC radio programme, Night Ride, which they did in March 1968. The line-up in those days included […]

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