- Fish Out of Water (album)
Name = Fish Out of Water
Type = Studio album
Released = November 1975
Recorded = 1975
Length = 42:30
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"Fish Out of Water" is the title of
progressive rockmusician Chris Squire's first solo album. It was released in 1975 during a break between duties for his band Yes. Bill Bruford, Patrick Moraz, and other members of Yes in its various incarnations contribute to the record, while Squire employs his signature bass skills as well as performance of all guitars and vocals. The album is in the same vein as the Yes album of the previous year, " Relayer", though the sound is more fleshed out with the help of a full orchestra and the jazzcontext of "Lucky Seven".
Squire's staple thematic oratorios appear on this album. First, "Fish" (his
nickname) appears in the title (being "...Out of Water" referring to being out of the usual Yes oeuvre); second, the number seven, manifested as the seven-minute, 7/8 time signaturepiece "Lucky Seven".
The first track begins with a short fanfare style introduction played on the organ at St Paul's Cathedral, London by the cathedral organist Barry Rose. The organ continues throughout the song creating an original sound and revealing Squire's experience as a church chorister in his boyhood. Much of the keyboard work on the album is by
Andrew Jackman, Squire's former bandmate in The Syn.
It had been out-of-print outside
Japanand Europe, but was reissued by Wounded Bird Recordson February 28 2006. Subsequently, a deluxe edition of the album was released on June 25, 2007on Squire's own label, Stone Ghost Records, distributed by Castle/ Sanctuary Records. The album was remastered and features as bonus material a DVD with promo videos and commentary and interviews with Chris Squire.
All songs written by
# "Hold Out Your Hand" – 4:13
# "You By My Side" – 5:00
# "Silently Falling" – 11:27
# "Lucky Seven" – 6:54
# "Safe (Canon Song)" – 14:56
Chris Squire– bass, vocals, twelve string guitar
Bill Bruford– drums, percussion
Patrick Moraz– synthesizer, organ, keyboards
Barry Rose– pipe organ
Andrew Jackman– piano, conductor, orchestration
Adrian Bett– woodwind, leader
Jim Buck– horn
Mel Collins– saxophone
Julian Gaillard– strings
Jimmy Hastings– flute
David Snell– harp, leader
John Wilbraham– brass, leader
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