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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Can I Play You Something? (0:15)
2. Bang/Crash (0:21)
3. Peter Gunn (by Peter Banks Band live 1980) (5:24)
4. Hippie Loop (Banks solo) (0:56)
5. 14 Hour Technicolor Dream (by Syn 1967) (2:55)
6. You Better Move On (by The Devil's Disciples Ca.1965) (2:46)
7. Beyond and Before (demo by Mabel Greer's Toyshop 1968) (3:43)
8. Beyond and Before (What bass? mix of Mabel Greer's Toyshop 1968) (3:57)
9. Lima Loop (Banks solo) (0:16)
10. Grounded (Syn) (2:19)
11. For Your Love (The Devil's Disciples) (2:46)
12. Flowerman (demo by Syn) (2:38)
13. Flowerman (Syn) (2:32)
14. Yesterdays (Banks solo) (0:53)
15. Electric Funeral (demo by Mabel Greer's Toyshop) (3:19)
16. Electric Funeral (radio run mix of Mabel Greer's Toyshop) (4:29)
17. Cinnamon Touch (Banks solo) (1:30)
18. Get Yourself Together (demo by Mabel Greer's Toyshop) (3:34)
19. Created by Clive (Syn) (2:28)
20. Images of You and Me (radio fun mix of Mabel Greer's Toyshop) (4:09)
21. I Saw You (Bang/Crash) (8:18)
22. No Time (2:27)

Total Time 61:55

Line-up / Musicians

- Peter Banks / guitar (3,5-8,10-13,15,16,18-21), guitar solo (16), backing vocals (5,7,8,10-13,15,16,18-20)
- Greg Tupper / alto saxophone (3)
- Brad Stephenson / bass (3)
- Mark Craney / drums (3)
- Chris Squire / bass (5,7,8,10,12,13,15,16,18-20), lead vocals (18), backing vocals (5,7,8,10,12,13,15,16,18-20)
- Andrew Jackman / keyboards (5,10,12,13,19), backing vocals (5,10,12,13,19)
- Gunnar Hákonarson / drums (5,10,12,13,19)
- Steve Nardelli / lead vocals (5,10,12,13,19)
- John Tite / lead vocals (6,11)
- Ray Alford / bass (6,11), backing vocals (11)
- Malcolm "Pinnie" Raye / drums (6,11)
- Clive Bailey / lead guitar (7,8,15,16,18,20), lead vocals (7,8,15,16,20)
- Alexander Belmont (real name Bob Hagger) / drums (7,8,15,16,18,20)
- Cecilia Quino / vocals (9 uncredited)
- Bill Bruford / drums (21)

Releases information

CD Blueprint BP301CD (1999)

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
1 stars Yes, please

This somewhat strange compilation album contains recordings featuring Peter Banks in various constellations, including his pre-Yes bands The Syn and Mabel Greer's Toy Shop. The subtitle of this collection has it that that the contents are from 1964 to 1968, but actually some of the cuts are of a more recent origin. The rendition of Peter Gunn, for example, is said to have been recorded live in 1980. The recordings are not presented in chronological order but instead arranged in some other, more or less random order. Some of the tracks are demos, some are live recordings, and some are spoken "link" pieces that I suspect that Peter created shortly before he gathered this compilation album together in the late 90's. Given the diverse sources and widely divergent sound quality and levels of completion this is actually one of the least coherent compilation albums that I have ever heard.

The Syn's most well-known singles are fun to hear but these are available elsewhere, for example on that band's compilation Original Syn. The Mabel Greer's Toy Shop pieces are of great historical value, but are not terribly interesting in their own right. There is very little if anything at all that may be said to point in the direction of Yes. Even calling this "Proto-Prog" would be a considerable stretch of the term. This is mid 1960's Psychedelic Pop. Peter Banks would do much more interesting things later on, first with Yes and then with Flash.

This odd collection is recommended only as an historical document.

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