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Fish Out of Water [Import]

Chris Squire Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000005S6Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,851 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hold Out Your Hand
2. You By My Side
3. Silently Falling
4. Lucky Seven
5. Safe (Canon Song)

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BBC Review

By 1975 progressive giants Yes were resting following the release of Relayer, their eighth album in five years. Inveterate workaholics, the five members decided the best way to take it easy was to work on their own solo albums. Discussion amongst fans still rages as to whose was the best (Jon Andersons' Olias Of Sunhillow being the most cosmic and Steve Howe's Beginnings being the most technically proficient), but bass player, Christopher Russell Edward Squire's Fish Out Of Water was the one that pleased most people who'd come to love the band's mixture of sumptuous vocals and tricky time changes.

The reasons for this are simple: Squire was a founder of the band and had, probably more than any other member, forged the sound that was to make them world-beaters. Vocally similar to Anderson, on Fish! (the title's a reference to his nickname) he displays his choral background, and love of West Coast harmonising on the paired opening tracks 'Hold Out Your Hand/You By My Side'. And while not lyrically as knotty or technically as dazzling as his band's output, Fish! stands as a consistently fine piece of proggery.

The album boasts an array of top 'heavy' names of the time. There are links here to not only his own band (Patrick Moraz on keyboards) but also King Crimson (ex-Yes drummer Bill Bruford, and sax player Mel Collins), the Canterbury scene (Caravan's Jimmy Hastings, who plays some tasty flute on 'You By My Side') and even Squire's own psychedelic past (old bandmate from The Syn, Andrew Jackman, on keyboards).

The album veers away from Yes' then-current fusion tendencies, leaning heavily on lush orchestral arrangements ('Silently Falling', 'Safe (Canon Song)') though the time signatures still get adequately messed with (7/8 on 'Lucky Seven'!). And while Squire's patent growling Rickenbacker is well up in the mix it never gets in the way of the actual songs. It's this restraint that makes Fish Out Of Water still eminently enjoyable to modern ears: A rare feat in such a genre. Strangely and sadly, Squire would never be tempted to repeat it, instead remaining true to the band he formed in 1968. --Chris Jones

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the packaging that sets this apart 17 Aug 2007
By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Surprisingly, "Fish Out Of Water" is the only solo album to date from the Yes bassist. Recorded during the band hiatus between "Relayer" and "Going For The One" when all members recorded a solo album, this still stands up pretty well. Though lyrically the subject matter is more "straightforward" than Jon Anderson's oblique opaqueness, musically this is as solid and sweeping as the best of Yes music. Squire's pumping bass is well to the fore throughout and is ably supported by a host of excellent musicians. These include fellow Yes keyboardist Patrick Moraz on Hammond and bass synthesiser, Mel Collins, playing some wonderful sax, the ever impressive Jimmy Hastings on flute and surprisingly ex-Yes drummer Bill Bruford. It was so good at the time to hear the old Yes rhythm section back together again!

Opening with "Hold Out Your Hand" which could have been a Yes classic in the making, this grand opening shows how important Squire was to the Yes sound. With Barry Rose on church organ this is a stirring and emphatic start and sort of pre-empts "Parallels" from "Going For The One". Though Anderson is renowned for his vocal arrangements within Yes, Squire's multi-tracked vocal parts on this album are quite spectacular.

A highlight for me is "Lucky Seven". Beginning with a nice electric piano intro from Squire's ex-Syn partner, the late Andrew Jackman this leads into a typically tight and inventive bass part with Bruford equally sharp on drums. Mel Collins really shines on this with some beautifully lyrical sax soloing.

This newly remastered version is released on Squires own label and the care that has gone into putting all this together is clearly evident. The album is packaged in a beautiful glossy fold-out digipack which house the CD and bonus DVD.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Fish 18 Aug 2007
By Martin
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album on vinyl when it was originally released and it immediately became and has stayed as one of my favourite albums. This new version has been put together with thought and attention and the remastering has not taken anything away from the original but has given the songs a deserved upgrade in sound quality to modern standards. The DVD is excellent and in his video commentary Chris shows with his generous compliments of others involved in the project that this was a combined effort in crafting his music into the finished album. The interview is also excellent and Chris tells of his musical influences, technical details regarding his studio and instruments plus tales of the time of the recording in detail and with humour.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Squire brings to the Yes table 2 July 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent album. Yes bassist Chris Squire created a solo work as grandiose as much of his work with that band but with a twist. His virtuoso bass work is very much to the fore and an orchestra accompanies him much of the time rather than synths or guitar. The best thing about this work is that you get to hear plenty of Squire`s wonderful singing voice, which blends perfectly with Jon Anderson in Yes, but here he shows what an excellent lead singer he is in his own right. The highlights for me are the spacey prog of "Hold out your hand", the quasi jazz/classical fusion of "Silently falling" and the over-the-top "Safe (Canon song)". This has been due the remastering treatment for a long time and the bonus DVD with the rare promos for "Hold out your hand" and "You by my side" will be most welcome. The only pity is that Squire has never made a follow up. This CD, much like Jon Anderson`s "Olias of Sunhillow" and Steve Howe`s "Beginnings", shows what talents Chris brought to Yes in the mid 70`s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 14 Aug 2007
By Andy R
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This has been in my top 3 albums of all time ever since I first heard it back at the beginning of the 80s. The sound of the original LP is very good so it is the extras that are the attraction here. As well as the bonus track and promo videos of two songs (excellent - I've never come across any of this played 'live') there are two interesting commentaries PLUS - you finally find out what the weird shot inside the gatefold is all about. That's been bugging me for nearly 30 years :) I won't spoil it for you - just look at the extra pictures in the sleeve.

Very gratefully received - thanks Chris Squire
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Jackman tribute 17 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
A clinical approach would give this album / package 4 stars, but it gets the 5th beacuse of its uniqueness.

Fish Out Of Water will never be repeated quite simply because - as comes over in the DVD interview - it is not strictly a solo album, but a wonderfully successful pairing of Squire and his old pal from the Syn and from childhood the late Andrew Jackman.

Jackman's orchestrations are so much what FOOW is all about that it seems a little unjust not to credit him on the front cover. Squire, it seems, offered to share his name with Jackman as co-composer, but Jackman modestly declined, accepting just arranger's tag. A footnote on this tastefully presented remaster dedicating it to AJ's memory would have been appropriate, I think.

On the DVD Squire's running commentary on the entire album - while it plays in the background in real time - is a bold experiment. It works to an extent, but would have been both so much more valid, and fluid, had Jackman been around to enter dialogue with Chris. It is certainly a tall order for anyone to perform an off the cuff monologue for 40 minutes, so there are a few awkward pauses in the commentary. However if you already love this album you will no doubt listen to the many titbits with interest... such as how he achieved that unusual, haunting bass effect right at the end of the album.

For me there is a lot more clarity in this remaster over the original CD. I am noticing more little touches, and an overall freshness to the sound.

As a PS Chris mentions he is working on a long awaited second 'solo' album that he suggests will also have an orchestral leaning, and links with FOOW in that he is collaborating with the contemporary Syn keyboardist. However there was only one Andrew Jackman, and so there will surely only ever be one Fish Out Of Water.
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3.0 out of 5 stars FISH NEARLY OUT OF WATER.
I downloaded the album,and which was my fault,it only conceded of 3 out of 4 tracks. For the price it was still a bargain and I could not afford to buy the cd.
Published 1 month ago by NIDGE
5.0 out of 5 stars best album ever from Chris
What can we say about this absolutely top drawer album except that it is not to be missed out upon..you will not be sorry!
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Y. Gulland
5.0 out of 5 stars A most impressive first solo album from YES's bass guitarist "Thunder...
When my original (and absolutely played-out) vinyl version finally gave up the ghost, I couldn't conceive of being without such a classic in my collection and bought the CD. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kevin Ball
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic old school prog
This is an excellent album in the old tradition of Prog I fully recommend it to one and all and I have it now on lp and Download ace
Published 12 months ago by Clive Gary Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
Album much better than I remember. Brought back happy memories from the mid 70's when Yes were at their peak and Chris Squire was (and still is) the best bass player in the world. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Les Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A friend ,back the olden days, (Or the 1970`s as they used to be known) tried manfully to get me into this album. He failed. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2012 by Gimli
5.0 out of 5 stars A Monster Album.
I have listened to this album in it's various form's since it's original release.I won't bandy word's-but this is a hell of an album,quite unlike Yes. Read more
Published on 2 July 2011 by Kippax
5.0 out of 5 stars Not floundering
I first bought this while at Uni in Hull. I put the poster on my wall and everyone loved the poster - the majority were really impressed by the album, too. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2010 by Mr. C. Smith
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There is an abundance of music coming out of members of Yes. Rick Wakeman has been the most prolific. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2010 by Deven Gadula
5.0 out of 5 stars 35 years on, still a tasty fish
This album was a masterpiece when it was released in '75 and remains so to this day. With my vinyl version virtually worn out Amazons value deal with an expanded version was just... Read more
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