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Fish Out of Water Import, Original recording reissued


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  • Audio CD (September 22, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Atlantic / Warner
  • ASIN: B000005S6Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,956 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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British prog-rock group Yes' founder & bassist Chris Squire's lone solo effort. 'Fish Out of Water', released in 1975, features fellow Yes-man Bill Bruford on drums & percussion. This recording effectively demonstrates just how much Squire contributes to Yes' signature sound. 'Fish...' found a big audience on American FM radio and was a college favorite with tunes like 'Hold Out Your Hand', 'You By My Side' & three more.

Customer Reviews

Just listen to this album to see what I mean.
P. A. Agnew
With very little electric guitar on the album, this is quite a unique album fueled by bass and orchestra arrangements.
Kevin Caffrey
An amazing album from Chris Squire, Yes's co-founder and one-of-a-kind bass player.
Mike

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By MurrayTheCat on April 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
During 1975 and 76, the members of Yes each recorded their own solo projects. Chris Squire (the much admired bassist for Yes) gave us one very convincing album of five solid, interesting and alluring compositions. The music is muscular, with the deliberate and pointed accents so typical of 70s progressive fare. There is plenty of tasteful time signature trickery (sevens, elevens, etc.) and the basic rhythm section of Squire, Bill Bruford (drums) and Patrick Moraz (keys), lacks for nothing. The vocals are by Chris--his lead vocals have character (although he sang backup in Yes, he surely doesn't sound like a novice in the lead role; quite the contrary, he sounds great!) and the harmony vocals are strong, and simply beautiful. An orchestra is used in certain sections. The orchestral parts are unobtrusive and work, much like a keyboardist would, to color passages and bring added emotion where appropriate. Nothing here is sappy or commercial; this album is in very good taste throughout.
The bass takes a lead role in "Hold Out Your Hand," which opens the album. "You By My Side" sports tasteful utilization of the orchestra, and then segues beautifully into "Silently Falling," which begins with the fantastic flute of Jimmy Hastings. The vocals toward the end ("si-LENT-ly fall-ing") will remind you of Yes. In "Lucky Seven" we get the great sax playing of Mel Collins (of King Crimson fame), and the effective use of the string section. Here, we are also treated to a short section of enjoyable interplay between Squire's bass and Bruford's atypical accents--a bit reminiscent of their work on the enthralling "Heart Of The Sunrise" (from FRAGILE).
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By WillieB on August 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's been a long time since I've heard "Fish Out Of Water" and it sounds just as amazing as it did thirty years ago. The music (a blend of rock, prog, and jazz) is intense and extremely creative. There is limited guitar on this disc, but the keyboard and drum work, stellar bass playing complete with solos, and interesting orchestral arrangements make it an exciting listen.

This "Deluxe Expanded Edition" includes the original album remastered with an edited version of "Lucky Seven" as a bonus track. I can't compare the new mix to a previous version but it sounds good to me. The bass is fuzzy fat, the other instruments can be heard clearly, and everything blends well. Unfortunately, there is no surround mix. Maybe on the super deluxe edition? The second disc includes videos to "Hold Out Your Hand" and "You By My Side" (check out Chris's clothes!), a 41-minute 2006 interview with Chris on his thoughts on the album, and an audio commentary provided by Chris throughout the entire album while it plays in the background.

In my opinion, this disc is as good as anything Yes was doing at the time, so if you've never heard this do yourself a favor and check it out. If you already own this, the extras presented make this hard to pass up and may be worthy of purchase again.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Joos Jr. on August 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Hats off to Chris Squire for an excellent job on the reissue of his 1975 solo album "Fish Out Of Water". It seems Chris put alot of effort into the overall package, which is made up of two disc's. The first is the album itself. The music, thanks to today's technology , sounds great. The instrumentation sounds very well balanced. Chris is backed up by former YES men Bill Bruford[drums], Patrick Moraz[keyboards] and life long friend Andrew Pryce Jackman[keyboards and conducting the orchestra]. You get all 5 original tracks plus a bonus track of "Lucky Seven" in it's US single edit.

The second disc - a DVD - is the real highlight of the package. There are three parts to the disc. First, there are the promo video's that Chris made for the songs "Hold Out Your Hand" and "You By My Side". I think the last time I ever saw these was back in the late 70's on Don Kershner's Rock Concert. The overall image and sound on these promo's is great, considering that they are 30years old.

The second part is an interview with Chris that is conducted by Jon Kirkman. What I find nice about this is that Jon's questions stick to the "Fish Out Of Water" album, with little emphasis on YES. Jon seems to ask the right questions. Chris also gives a little info about his up coming solo album, something I am really looking foward to.

The third part of the DVD is my favorite. It is Chris giving an audio comentary of the album. It shows Chris sitting at a microphone, and, as the album plays, Chris cuts in and tell stories about the songs, the musicians , he gives a nice overall history of the making of the album. He gives info that I never knew and I would bet most diehard YES fans would never have known.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mark D Burgh on October 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Fans of Yes or golden-age Prog should not miss this 1975 solo outing by Chris Squire, the outstanding bass player of the Progressive Rock movment. Not an overly twee or complex suite of songs, Fish Out of Water offers listeners extended music that is directed, well-orchestrated, and uniformly good.
In the CD format the Album holds together a little better than on the orginal vinyl. The music is continuous, contiguous, and becomes a real symphony unlike the fake symphonic output of lesser 70's rockers. Squire understands how to handle thematic material across a broad spectrum of texutres. Spare instrumentation lends additionatal unity to this music. For once, a Prog leader shows that the music is more important that the chops it takes to play it, which was the ultimate undoing of the form.
Squire never made another solo album, which is a shame. Eclisped in Yes first by Anderson & Howe, and then by Rabin, Squire surely must have a catalogue of unheard work. But then, maybe it is better to leave behind a single perfect work than a hundred flawed ones.
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