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Chris Squire

Born Christopher Russell Edward Squire, in Wembley, England, on March 4, 1948, Chris Squire's main claim to fame is as the bassist for prog rock super heroes 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 until late 1967. His next outfit was Mabel Greer's Toy Shop, again with Banks. During the course of his work with that band, he became acquainted with vocalist Jon Anderson, who would eventually join Toy Shop for a time. Also during that time, Banks would leave the group, and among those with whom Anderson and Squire would align themselves were Tony Kaye and Bill Bruford. With Banks rejoining, the group chose the name Yes and launched into the beginnings of a very long-lived and storied career.

Yes' journey into the musical spotlight began with the release of two albums in 1969 and 1970 that received a number of critical kudos, but little commercial or radio success. Their third album, however, propelled by the replacement of Peter Banks by Steve Howe and a lucky mistake by a U.S. radio programmer, began to give the band some much-needed exposure. By the time the follow-up Fragile was released, Rick Wakeman had come in as Tony Kaye's replacement and the stage was set. The album, with its single "Roundabout," launched the group (and Squire along with them) headlong into the public eye. There is no question that Squire's unconventional mode of playing the bass guitar as a lead instrument played a pivotal role in that success. Squire became the anchor of the band, sticking with them throughout numerous personnel changes in the 1970s. When the group took a break in 1975 to do solo albums, Squire released what is arguably his best work, Fish Out of Water.

The biggest challenge to Yes cohesiveness was yet to come. Through it all, though, Squire even remained in Yes when Anderson himself, along with Wakeman (for the second time), departed the group in 1979. Undaunted, the remaining members recruited the Buggles (Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn) as replacements and released Drama. Although the album was fairly well-received by Yes fans, the accompanying tour did not fare so well and the group called it quits afterwards. Squire remained working with drummer Alan White throughout the period, which would prove not truly be the end of Yes, but merely a hiatus. First, the duo released a Christmas single, entitled "Run With the Fox." They next began working with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page on a project that was to be dubbed XYZ (ex-Yes and Zeppelin). That project, however, would never see fruition and Squire's next undertaking began under the name of Cinema.

Cinema was to have been a new band composed of Squire, White, Kaye, and South African guitarist Trevor Rabin. Their producer, Trevor Horn, suggested they needed an additional vocalist in the group. Jon Anderson was brought in and upon agreeing to work on the project, remarked that with his vocals it would really sound like Yes. The name was thus changed and Yes lived again. The resulting album, 90125, and the single "Owner of a Lonely Heart" would propel the Yes of 1983 to even further heights, scoring successes like they had never seen before. The lineup would release a second album, Big Generator, before more personnel chaos gripped them. This time, though, rather than shake Yes apart, the chaos emerged in a new "super" lineup of the band as an eight-piece group. This grouping of Squire, Anderson, Kaye, Rabin, White, Wakeman, Howe, and Bruford would release the Union album and tour to large crowds and rave reviews. Shortly after the tour, though, Yes was back to its pre-Union lineup. That was the group that released Talk in the mid-'90s.

Squire has also managed to work on several other projects over the years. Among those is an album he released with one-time Yes member Billy Sherwood, entitled Conspiracy. He also worked with Nikki Squire (his wife at the time) on her project Esquire. His bass work has been featured on several solo albums from other Yes members and an album by Eddie Harris. ~ Gary Hill, Rovi
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Squire is a virtuoso!nev e r heard this solo tune before,very yessy for sure (hallucinato r y )
I have played Fish Out of Water more times than I can count. My Vinyl has more pops and clicks that a bowl of Rice Crispies. Had to finally get it on disc. Always liked Lucky Seven the best. Pure masterpiece.
I think Silently Falling is the masterpiece here - great winter song.
Fish out of water is a (mostly) tremendous expression of progressive music (I say mostly because I am not a fan of Hold Out Your Hand). Squire demonstrated his capacity for composition along with his dauntingly impressive bass skills. The B side of FoW is truly a gift.
rghaubner
I had great difficulty grasping Jon's solo work, I enjoy Howe's Beginnings with the exception of some of his vocal work, and even as a drummer I couldnt appreciate Bruford's solo efforts. Wakeman on the other hand managed to make good on most of his projects. Fish Out of Water is the only solo effort I can listen to through and through and it is mainly due to the rhythm section of Chris and Bill. Anderson, Wakeman & Howe need that anchor to make the best Yes music. Sorry Alan.
FOoW is one of the strongest prog solo albums of those that stepped outside of their super group environment (S. Hackett's Voyage of the Acolyte is another...). Of course, the fact that many of the guest players were from those same groups, didn't hurt. Mel Collins' (of King Crimson fame) sax work, in particular, shines brightly in those album.
If Chris did nothing else but create this one gem; you could still say he was great and influential.
I loved YES as a kid, yet this was the only solo album of the group that I bought, and have played into dust. I won't say it's an unqualified great record, but the fact that it holds up today against anything being recorded, and does not sound dated indicates it is a worthy effort. I love when I play the CD at home and people are intrigued. I can pick out some influences in Reznor's Nine Inch Nails music, another favorite.
I also have had this on ever format,inclu d i n g the enhanced cd with video of this track!...Boo m Boom Boom goes the BASS!
my fav bassist of all time hes got such a good sound and originality i also have this on vinyl and dare i say 8-track. its nice to hear it on pandora
I own this album on vinyl. Great album.
I am surprised this track is here. Searched for it and found NADA. Great album, but never much played on radio back in the day. That's the shame of Pandora and Last.FM, they are driven by the same thing that killed live DJ's on FM radio. Corporate top 40 lists. Damn! ^&*%#
I believe without John Entwistle there is no Squire or Lee as Johnwas the influence while Chris may have taken it to the next level.
Wow, I feel old! What a great album. The sax is a nice touch. Love the Rickenbacker bass - without Chris Squire there wouldn't be a Geddy Lee and Rush for us to listen to. Thanks, Chris!
Childhood hero of mine also. Oddly enough, all of my childhood heroes/idols were musicians.
Well constructed album.
tjmarchitect
Fish Out of Water is such a fabulous album. It is a truly original style that features Squire's superb bass play.
the original fishy bass player guy!
Such a melodic player...his choice of notes, as well as his sound, helped set Yes worlds apart from every other band.
14739578
I Alwasy Thought Yes should of went into this dir with Chris
without a doubt one of the most intelligible basists ever ... gates of delirium
johns430
In my opinion THE GREATEST BASS PLAYER IN ROCK! Entwistle is not far behind. They both play(ed) bass with such skill, it can only be described as mastery. Every other bassist sounds like mush.
Fish Out Of Water was/is one of my all-time favorite albums. We all knew he could play and perform amazingly facile feats on the bass, but the actual compositions on that album were brilliantly constructed -- standing up to most any Modern, Jazz or Fusion of the last 50 years.
Best EVER-pure class, and showed how the Bass could sound!
Definitely a hero of mine! My favorite bassist in rock history. And he can hit those harmonies with Jon Anderson so perfectly while maintaining precise bass lines. Insane. Squire is inhuman on the bass. Well...all of Yes was beyond the normal scope of human ability. haha.
SQUIRE was a childhood hero of mine, In my bass cllection are 2 Rickenbacker s .Squire along with The OX brought the bass to the forefront.
A Classic album. I also agree with the last poster. Without Chris Squire, how could there be a Yes? If I remember correctly, he's the only member of Yes to have been on every recording the group has ever made.
I think Chris Squire is Yes

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