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Album Review

Yes-like in every possible aspect, Chris Squire's Fish out of Water is an album that's typical of his band's progressive formula: softened keyboard extensions à la Patrick Moraz, steady yet atmospheric percussion work from Bill Bruford, and a smattering of flute and saxophone that accompanies a small orchestra, which includes effective horn and harp work. Squire's guitar playing is standard, coming to life the most on "Silently Falling" and "Lucky Seven," with the former boosted by a rather dazzling synthesizer solo from Moraz. Even though there are few surprises laid out on the album's five tracks, the elemental composition of pure '70s progressive rock is strewn across each song from start to finish. Squire even sounds like Jon Anderson, especially on "Hold out Your Hand," and each of the song's melodies cater to Squire's vocal ascent. Fish out of Water harbors some firm instrumental and vocal cross-breeding while remaining well within the prog rock norm.

Customer Reviews

Must Have!

i've had this album since the day it was released on vinyl in 1975; and again on CD. i've listened to this album literally hundreds of times, since then, and it still satisfies! if you are a fan of Yes, and if you like Chris Squire's fantastic bass, then this album, even though it's over thirty years old, is a delicious, heaping helping of pure bliss!

Lost Yes Album?

I consider this album along with Jon Anderson's "Olias" to be the other Yes albums. It's that good.

You know you're a Yes fan if....

I can't gush over this album any better than what's been presented already, but I'll give it a shot anyway. Fish Out of Water and Jon Anderson's Olias of Sunhillow are playlisted in my collection as Yes albums even though they are solo efforts. My reaction to Fish Out of Water was the same as that of Olias of Sunhillow... if Chris Squire had complete control over Yes output, this is what it would sound like. After listening to this album, we can hear the distinct influence and contribution that Chris Squire made to everything else that he released with Yes. I devoured this album when it was first released, and am glad to see that iTunes has made it available without adding any bonus tracks or extra content.

Biography

Born: March 4, 1948 in Wembley, London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Born Christopher Russell Edward Squire, in Wembley, England, on March 4, 1948, Chris Squire's main claim to fame was as the bassist for prog rock superheroes Yes. His start in music, however, came as a child singing in his church choir. His first rock group was the Selfs; he played with that group from 1965 to 1966, before forming the band the Syn. That group featured a guitarist named Peter Banks, with whom Squire would be associated in several bands. The Syn formed in 1966 and remained a group...
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Fish Out of Water, Chris Squire
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  • $4.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Prog-Rock/Art Rock
  • Released: 1975

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