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Old 29th Jun 2015, 08:13
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RIP Chris Squire of Yes

Great band, great bassist:

Yes bass guitarist Chris Squire dies aged 67 - BBC News
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Great band. 'Yessongs' was one of my favourite "music to jog to" LPs in the days when I ran every day.
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A good one indeed, but I must admit that for me they were at their best with Bill Bruford, particularly Fragile and Close to the Edge. The interplay between Bruford's decorative rhythms and Squire's growling bass lines was magnificent.
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Agree about Fragile and Close to the Edge, also loved his solo album Fish Out of Water (with Bill Bruford).

Thanks Chris.

67. Far too young...
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The Yes Album, Fragile, Close To The Edge and Yessongs were on our 6th form-centre turntable almost daily in '72-'74. RIP Chris and thanks for making it special.
Too many great musicians leaving us lately.
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Unfortunately, many of the bands I loved are of the sort of vintage where you simply don't know for sure if they'll all be with us in a years time. Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, Deep Purple..... I can now add Yes to the list of bands who can never again perform together with their 'classic' line up.

Chris was the sole constant member of Yes throughout over four decades of ever changing line ups. I believe he also owned the band name. RIP Chris.
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I still recall going to the "Midnight movies" at the local cinema as a youth and watching 'Yessongs' stoned off my goard. I was totally mesmerized by Squire's bass playing.

RIP Chris.
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Tangerine Dream? Geez, is that a blast from the past. (Tyger, Tyger.)

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Maybe Chris and Sister Bluebird will have a nice talk by the waters of a topographic ocean.

RIP, chris. Yes was a favorite during my teen years.
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Since we're on the subject of 'Yes' anyway, how about your favorite Yes album?

My vote goes to 'Relayer'.

Stand and fight, we do consider
Reminded of an inner pact between us, that's seen as we go
And ride there, in motion
To fields in depth of honour, defending
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Tough one. They were wildly inconsistent. For many, Close To The Edge was their finest moment. While I wouldn’t disagree, my personal favourite is Going For The One, which moulded Prog Rock ambition into surprisingly accessible songs. Heck, it gave them an unlikely Top 10 hit in Wondrous Stories.
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When I first wrote my favorite being 'Relayer' I paused for a moment after considering that same album as well: 'Going For The One'.

Soon, oh, soon the time
All we move to gain will reach and calm
Our heart is open
Our reason to be here

Long ago, set into rhyme

Soon, oh, soon the light
Ours to shape for all time, ours the right
The sun will lead us
Our reason to be here
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Surely that's from The Gates Of Delerium? I think you've still got Relayer in your head.....
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Probably because I'm listening to 'Relayer' as I write this!

(With 'Going For The One' queued up to follow)

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Chris "Fish" Squire - In Memoriam

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Relayer is another superb album.

Haven't listened to much music over the last couple of years; with more time to myself now, something I badly need to put right! The various Yes albums I have will feature quite a lot.
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Cheers rjb, I watched that Fish video, very different from its early form on Fragile! Oddly Fragile is now very regularly top choice when I am driving alone, partly because I like it partly because I am trying to learn to sing and it is a further challenge to sing an octave or two below Jon Anderson, in some parts I just have to sing Squire's bass lines!

At that time I believe he often used a Rickenbacker bass. I had the misfortune to play with several bassists with Rickenbackers in those days, and the ridiculous overblown racket these clowns made on them gave me a strong dislike of a Rickenbacker's sound and its ability to make its operator capable of only turning the volume knob the wrong way!

Yet when Chris Squire played one it always sounded great. The musician is always more important than the instrument!
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Squire used ONLY Ricks. And yes, they have quite the sound when cranked up and can become easily overbearing on the rest of a band. Not the case with the late Chris Squire though.
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One of the more embarrassing moments of my life was climbing aboard the crew bus after a very long flight, plugging in my iPod earphones and maybe ten minutes later getting some REALLY strange, even worried looks from my (very young and mostly Asian) crew before I realised that their 'crusty old grey haired Captain was audibly (and doubtlessly very discordantly) singing along to Yessongs.
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Cheers rjb! Great story MTOW, I bet they'd never heard anything like it! I only practice "singing" along to music, especially Yes, when I am alone!
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