- 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,690 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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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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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.Read more ›
Once I heard this remastered deluxe package was coming out I had to get it.
Comparing the remastered version to the original, I cannot honestly hear
any improvement in the sound. I was more expecting a major improvement along the lines
of the Led Zeppelin Remasters or more recently the excellent Genesis stereo remixes. I guess
it comes down to available budget etc. Now I haven't heard the more recent Wounded Bird
Records version so please don't let this put you off.
The DVD more than makes up for this.
As for the DVD you get the following :-
Promo videos for Hold Out Your Hand and You By My Side in pretty good quality for the age.
41 minute interview with Squire conducted in Nov 2006. Some great anecdotes!
52 minute film of Squire doing an audio commentary with more insight
into the making of the album, backing tracks, recording process - everything you pretty
much needed to know.
Parallels was originally intended for FOOW but due to time contraints of
vinyl ended up on Yes - Going For The One.
Brian Lane took the cover photograph at the Detroit Hilton elevator doors -
Always wondered about that cover.
Squire also talks a little about his upcoming solo album and how he has 29 min of
musical ideas (as at Nov 06)and how although not aiming at another orchestral
influenced album it is leaning in that direction but different.
I can highly recommend this package. Of the Yes solo albums from the mid 70's this is generally
regarded the best. Probably as Squire says it is
the most Yes like due to Brufords jazz drumming and also having Patrick Moraz on keyboards.
One of the best 70s prog albums!!!
Most recent customer reviews
Purchased it for my brother, a big prog fan. Gave it a listen, very impressed. Closest to Yes of any of the band's solo efforts.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've been trying to get this on CD to replace my Vinyl, Chris Squire at his very best, The Progressive world will miss his talent. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dave 1959
Great album from the late Chris Squire, one of the driving forces of the Prog Rock era as a founder member of Yes. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Richard Coles
Great album. Pity I had to wait so long to buy it. Chris Squire RIP.Published 22 months ago by Mr. C. Jones
This timeless album is a pure masterpiece it has to be one of my favorite. Sad to hear Chris has passed on. Read morePublished 22 months ago by MRBIGWEED
Released in November 1975 'Fish Out Of Water' is, in my opinion, the second best Yes solo album after Patrick Moraz's 'Story Of i'. Read morePublished 22 months ago by John F
A terrific album. If you missed it way back then, what more fitting tribute to the legacy of this truly inspiring bass player and all round musician to get into it now!Published 23 months ago by shottsj