L-R: Hagger, Banks, Anderson, Squire.

Here’s a slice of history. Mabel Greer’s Toyshop was the short-lived late 1960’s British band best known for having three future Yes members (Jon Anderson, Peter Banks, and Chris Squire) in its ranks.

Squire, then a member of The Syn, created Mabel Greer’s Toyshop in late 1967, along with singer/guitarist Clive Bailey and drummer Bob Hagger. Chris’s Syn bandmate Peter Banks soon joined the band, remaining for a short period of time. Jon Anderson joined the band shortly after Banks’ departure, which was also shortly before the band itself broke up.

An attempt by Anderson and Squire to reform the band led to the return of Banks, the addition of keyboard player Tony Kaye, and myself on drums to replace Bob Hagger. Somewhere around here the new band discarded the Mabel Greer’s Toyshop name and settled on the new name of Yes. This song, Beyond and Before, is the only one from MGT that made it, not only into Yes, but as the lead track on Yes’ first album.