New Way Of Life

by Mabel Greer's Toyshop

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    The legendary Mabel Greer's Toyshop revival album featuring Billy Sherwood on bass and keys and Tony Kaye on Hammond organ.
    The CD includes an information booklet about the history of the band.
    Produced by Billy Sherwood & Mabel Greer's Toyshop.
    Artwork by Carne Griffiths.
    A wonderful collectors item for followers of psychedelic & progressive rock and the band 'Yes'.

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New Way Of Life is about authenticity without compromise – a unique and very special album. At once distinctly different from all twenty-one Yes studio albums, it still has unmistakeable early Mabel Greer’s Toyshop vibes from the time Chris Squire, Peter Banks, Tony Kaye and Jon Anderson were in the band. The album demonstrates the evolution of the group from when it was formed in the sixties and how life experiences have since shaped the music. “We hope that Yes followers everywhere enjoy this offering. It’s a piece of history brought to life by technology of today. The album includes new versions of old classics like Beyond And Before, and a whole lot of new music too” said singer, guitarist and songwriter Clive Bayley.

The 11-track album co-produced by Yes bass guitarist Billy Sherwood. Billy also plays keyboards alongside Tony Kaye and bass alongside Hugo Barré. The album combines Bayley’s soulful vocals and wailing guitar solos with Tony Kaye’s distinctive keyboards. Mabel Greer’s Toyshop deliver a vibrant, energised and occasionally otherworldly sound; with an eclectic mix of old and new music, the album doesn’t disappoint on originality. It was recorded after the two founding members Clive Bayley and Robert Hagger met up again after a gap of 45 years! Other members of Mabel went on to establish long and successful careers in the music business with Yes and other bands, while Clive and Bob ventured into the world of business. “It really was a miracle that we came together to produce this album” says Hagger. “It started out as fun when I met Clive again and he suggested a trip to the recording studio. The outcome was that we re-discovered the old magic – it was a big buzz working together again.”

Billy Sherwood adds; “On hearing Mabel Greer’s Toyshop wanted to get back together after so long, I was sceptical about how it would all sound – to my surprise it was actually very cool. Not only will this new album appeal to die-hard Yes fans, but also a whole new breed of followers. It’s such an exciting project to be involved in”.

New versions of Beyond And Before and Sweetness, from the very first Yes album in 1969, are included on New Way Of Life – the former co-written by Clive Bayley and Chris Squire and the latter by Bayley, Squire and Jon Anderson. Other new versions of classic songs on the album co-written by Bayley and Squire are; Jeanetta, Get Yourself Together, Images of You And Me and Electric Funeral. The remaining tracks are new compositions written primarily by Bayley.

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released March 9, 2015

Produced by Mabel Greer's Toyshop & Billy Sherwood
Engineered by Alex Keren & Billy Sherwood
Record Mastering by Maor Appelbaum in California
Clive Bayley, vocals and guitars
Bob Hagger, drums and percussion
Hugo Barré, bass guitar
Billy Sherwood, bass guitar and keyboards
Tony Kaye, Hammond organ
Backing vocals by Annouchka Bayley, Hugo Barré and Alex Keren

Artwork by Carne Griffiths
Copyright Hagger Bayley Music Limited

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The band Mabel Greer's Toyshop changed its name to "Yes" in 1968. The original founders re-established Mabel in 2013, releasing the album "New Way Of Life" featuring Billy Sherwood & Tony Kaye.

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Track Name: Electric Funeral
Electric Funeral

Could it be you’re searching for my time
Could it be another you must find
You won’t find me flying in the sky
The place where I am flying ain’t so high

Look down to the ground there I’m found

Look down, won’t you look down
To the ground, won’t you look down

Could it be you’re looking far too high
A place where angels flying in the sky
I’m not flying in the zone right now
You will find me closer than you know

Look down to the ground there I’m found

Look down, won’t you look down
To the ground, won’t you look down

Could it be you’re searching for my time
Could it be another you must find
You won’t find me flying in the sky
The place where I am flying ain’t so high

Look down to the ground there I’m found
Track Name: Get Yourself Together
Get Yourself Together

Sometimes I know that you deceive me, other times I know you lie
I tell you truths you don’t believe me, please tell me the reason why
Is it that we should have parted
When our love began to die
Let’s go back to where we started
Dreaming dreams like in the sky
Get yourself together, we’ll make it together
Love forever more

What amazing circumstances, brought our true love to go stale
Engine drivers take their chances, trains may someday leave the rail
Is it that we should have parted
When our love began to die
Let’s go back to where we started
Dreaming dreams like in the sky
Get yourself together, we’ll make it together
Love forever more

Sometimes I know that you deceive me, other times I know you lie
I tell you truths you don’t believe me, please tell me the reason why
Is it that we should have parted
When our love began to die
Let’s go back to where we started
Dreaming dreams like in the sky
Get yourself together, we’ll make it together
Love forever more
Track Name: New Way Of Life
New Way Of Life

Sitting on a beach on a Sunday morning
Looking at the waves rolling closer to my door
Telling me to look once more
I’ve been around this town for a good long time
Getting itchy feet, going to get me a big sign
To move along the line
Well I just can’t wait
To find another time

Think I’ll cross the border
Find me a new world order
Look for something closer to your door
Might just make a new life
No more trouble and strife
Find a way to leave here and explore

Making up my mind to find a new way forward
Spent a lot of time thinking what it would be like
To start a new way of life
I’ve been around this town for a good long time
I’m getting itchy feet, going to get me a big sign
To move along the line
Well I just can’t wait
To find another time
Track Name: Beyond And Before
Beyond And Before

Sparkling trees of Silver foam
Cast shadows soft in winter's home
Swaying branches breaking sound
In lonely forests trembling ground

Masquerading leaves of blue
Run circles round the morning dew
In patterns understood by you
Reaching out beyond and before

Time like gold dust brings mind down
To levels hidden underground
Say a few words to the wind
That's all that’s left of winter’s friend

Reaching the snow
In the days of the cold
Casting a spell out of ice
Now that you’re gone
The summers too long
And it seems like the end of my life
Beyond and before

Beyond and before

Time like gold dust brings mind down
Track Name: Sweetness
SWEETNESS

She brings the sunshine to a rainy afternoon
She puts the sweetness in, stirs it with a spoon.
She watches for my moods, never brings me down
She puts the sweetness in, all around.
She knows just what to say to make me feel so good inside
And when I'm all alone I feel I don't want to hide, hide, hide.

Today she brought me in, told me where she'd been
She put my mind at rest, put the sweetness in.
I'll ask her for some time to go and look around
She puts the sweetness in with a sound.
She knows just what to say to make a sunny day
And when I'm all alone I really don't feel that way.
Tell me how would you feel with no world of your own and nobody to hold?
I just can't see the way; I'm so glad it's today and you're here, you're here.

She brings the sunshine to a rainy afternoon
She puts the sweetness in, stirs it with a spoon.
She watches for my moods, never brings me down
She puts the sweetness in, all around.
She knows just what to say to make me feel so good inside
And when I'm all alone I really don't feel that way.

Oh how I need her so
I know she'll never go.
She'll never leave me, believe me, no
She'll never go, no no no.
Track Name: Images Of You And Me
Images Of You And Me

I walk again through crowded streets and falling rain
Knowing your back with me and it will always be the same.
Calling to you in a dream, colours of a seagulls scream
True love is like I can see, images of you and me.

Now you’re here, I’ll be free, take my hand, stay with me
I’m so happy deep inside, sorrows fading with the tide
As the sun rises to the sky, now I know the reason why
As we walk the sands down to the sea, reflecting images of you and me.
Track Name: My Only Light
My Only Light

In the darkness of the night
My only light is your face.
Those shining eyes like the stars
Shine so bright in my face.
Yes it’s you who sends all those nightmares away
It’s just you who chase all my troubles away
Give me your hand, take me home
I don’t want to be alone.

A place to be free
A place for you to see
A time to go, let go
Love and unity.
Track Name: Singing To Your Heart
Singing To Your Heart

There’s an ocean in your heart tonight
The stars are shining in your eyes tonight
I see your tears like raindrops falling from kind clouds
They fall through space until they rest on the ground.

The ocean moves through your heart and your mind
Wash away those tears like jagged rocks on the shore
‘Cause I’m singing to your heart, singing to your heart, singing to your heart tonight
‘Cause I’m singing to your heart, singing to your heart, singing tonight.

The power of your love, makes me forget myself
It takes me high into the sky, and leaves me don’t know where
The sun brightens your face, the moon gives light
I lose myself in the love you have for me

The ocean moves through your heart through your mind
Wash away those tears and smiles like jagged rocks on the shore
‘Cause I’m singing to your heart, singing to your heart, singing to your heart tonight
‘Cause I’m singing to your heart, singing to your heart, singing to your heart tonight.

Love’s giving us a start it’s tearing me apart, the love I have for you, is more than I can do.

I’m like a river meandering to the sea
I lose myself in the love you have for me
I don’t care which way, I go this way, I go that
All I know is that its you who brings me back
‘Cause I’m singing to your heart, singing to your heart, singing to your heart tonight.
Track Name: Jeanetta
Jeanetta

Standing alone on a top of a hill, with the world at my feet
Butterflies and feathered wings, weaving their patterns of delight
Waiting for what will never come
She’s gone with the wind that flutters your hair
So gently before his eyes, how I wondered why she died

Reach out to me, I have lost the world below
All I can see is the face of Jeanetta
Dying in the summer sun
Taking with her all my love and happiness of a rainbow world

Standing alone on a top of a hill, with the world at my feet
Butterflies and feathered wings, weaving their patterns of delight
Waiting for what will never come
She’s gone with the wind that flutters your hair
So gently before his eyes I wonder why she died

Reach out to me I have lost the world below
All I can see is the face of Jeanetta
Dying in the summer sun
Taking with her all my love and happiness of a rainbow world
Leaving me with the agony of loving you
Of loving you, of loving you, of loving you