CHRIS (YES) SQUIRE R.I.P. 1948-2015

June 29, 2015 – 6:10 am

Chris Squire, best known as the bassist and backing vocalist for prog rock group Yes, has passed away on June 27, 2015 in his home in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 67. Squire had revealed in May that he had been recently diagnosed with acute erythroid leukemia, which would force him to miss the band’s summer co-headlining tour with Toto. Yes were formed in 1968 when singer Jon Anderson met self-taught bassist Squire in London. Their big break came a year later when they signed to Atlantic Records after opening for Janis Joplin at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Their debut single, Sweetness, and first album, Yes, were released later that year. The group’s most recent studio album, Heaven & Earth, came out in 2014. Squire, who was born in Kingsbury, north-west London, was the only member of the group to feature on every studio album. He was widely regarded as the dominant bass guitarist among the early ’70s British progressive rock bands, influencing peers and later generations of bassists with his incisive sound and elaborately contoured, melodic bass lines. Chris was commonly known by his nickname, “Fish”, and the name is also associated with many of his works, such as Fish Out Of Water and the solo piece, The Fish. - BBC, wikipedia

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Columbia 1972 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland; August 13, 1972. Fairly to very good audience recording.

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Track 01. Firebird Suite 1:20 (2.2MB)
Track 02. Siberian Khatru 9:20 (15.7MB)
Track 03. I’ve Seen All Good People 7:43 (13.0MB)
Track 04. Mood For A Day 3:11 (5.4MB)
Track 05. Clap 3:35 (6.0MB)
Track 06. Heart Of The Sunrise 11:44 (19.7MB)
Track 07. And You And I 9:07 (15.3MB)
Track 08. Keyboard Solo 6:13 (10.5MB)
Track 09. Roundabout 8:20 (14.0MB)
Track 10. Yours Is No Disgrace 15:01 (25.2MB)
76 mins

Jon Anderson - vocals
Chris Squire - bass
Steve Howe - guitar
Rick Wakeman - keyboards
Alan White - drums

Click here to order Progeny, a 14-disc set featuring seven shows recorded in the fall of 1972: Toronto (Oct 31); Ottawa (Nov 1);Durham (Nov 11); Greensboro (Nov 12); Athens (Nov 14); Knoxville (Nov 15) and Uniondale (Nov 20).

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  1. 12 Responses to “CHRIS (YES) SQUIRE R.I.P. 1948-2015”

  2. Chris Squire redefined bass as a lead rock instrument and was the glue keeping the band together for 45+ years. Whatever five guys go out now under Roger Dean’s iconic logo have less credibility than they ever have had. Worse still, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yet again denies a deserving group its chance to be recognized while its members are living (Donna Summer, Monkees, Paul Revere and the Raiders, now Yes) and the five men who made this music and magic will lose their chance to ever perform together again. There will never be another band like Yes.

    By Tony on Jun 29, 2015

  3. Thank you for posting this. What a sad day this has been.

    By D. C. Top on Jun 29, 2015

  4. for fans who dont have bottomless pockets who are interested in that progeny 1972 collection.. there is a 9 track hilites 2cd set version. i got that first before i got the 14 cd version.
    yes is absolutely one of my fave bands. first time i saw them i was 11. the last time i was 35. and 111x total. personally im good with any line up including abwh but i draw the line once jon wasnt part of the band anymore. oddly i am ok with the 1980 drama era with the buggles taking over for rick n jon.
    the first show of this tour will be aug 7th and theyre coming to my area a week later with toto opening. billy sherwood will take over for these 2 months worth of shows and again in november.

    By darth on Jun 29, 2015

  5. A sad day indeed. RIP.

    By Rick on Jun 29, 2015

  6. Very sorry to hear this news. Deep condolences to his family and mates - and wishing you safe travels travels, Chris, on your journey through the heart of the sunrise.

    By je n'regret rien on Jun 29, 2015

  7. Chris Squire, as the co-founder of Yes is a huge loss.

    I first heard of them via WPLJ or WNEW FM in NYC in 1972 at the beginning of my interest in rock music. At that time, Roundabout and Long Distance Runaround were getting airplay. Their sound was unlike anything else that came before of since. Chris’ inticate lead/harmony/counterpoint bass lines made the music simultaneously accessible, appealing and challenging.

    Chris, thankyou for the past 47 years of amazing music. You and your bandmates have been a continuous part of the soundtrack of my life.

    Thanks, BigO for this and all the many other posts of Yes’ music.

    By walter on Jun 29, 2015

  8. Thank you Big O Amigos. Chris Squire and Yes were essential soundtracks to important parts of my life, especially when the only link to the outside world of music seemed to be Beaker St. on KAAY-Little Rock. Godspeed Mr. Squire, you will be missed in Thompson. JS

    By James on Jun 29, 2015

  9. Here’s Mr. Squire talking about Jimi. Always loved this:

    By harmon on Jun 30, 2015

  10. I had the good fortune to see Yes live in Memphis 3 times - 1975, 1976 and “in the round” in 1978. They played superb, memorable shows each time. The only negative vibe at all was in 1978, and my horrible, bitch goddess from Hell girlfriend at that time.

    I could not agree with you more. The R’n'R HOF is a pathetic joke, a mere commercial shell of what it is supposed to be, and has lost all credibility by virtue of the nonsense that has been inducted and the true legends who just cannot get in. It is utter baloney, and all of the knowlegeable writers have more than said so.

    I would say break out your Yes album, Fragile, Close To The Edge, Yessongs, and Relayer and give them a retrospective listen. These are fabulous albums. R.I.P. Chris Squire, rest easy knowing that you were an incredibly talented musician, and by all accounts, a pretty decent fellow as well.

    By Mr. Jimmy on Jun 30, 2015

  11. Thanks for posting this.. Sad day indeed..

    By Tom on Jun 30, 2015

  12. Great comments. I saw Chris Squire play bass only once, and to me, he was astonishing. Mostly, I know his recordings, especially Fish Out of Water. Inventive, melodic, and original, he was also committed to playing live. He wrote some of Yes’s best songs, and held his own in a band with a rotating cast of virtuosos and the occasional egomaniac. In their way, Yes and other prog/art rock bands took as many risks and exposed themselves to more ridicule than many of their hard-rock peers. But if the Rock Hall of Fame of Fame can’t embrace extreme risk takers (Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush, King Crimson, Deep Purple, Gary Numan, Kraftwerk, or Yes, for instance) it will be boring and useless. Don’t just crank the hits-give Tormato a spin, or Relayer, or Time and a Word. I know I’ll find a few stems & seeds in the gatefold of Tales From Topographic Oceans.

    By Eric (The Other Eric) on Jun 30, 2015

  13. I was fortunate to see 16 Yes shows from 1979 through 2014. The constant was the incredible bass sound that in years past shook the hockey arenas. Seeing Chris with the triple neck on Awaken was almost a religious experience. Even the 2014 show was good. I can still remember a friend bringing The Yes Album to my house in 7th grade. It was better than most of what I listened too at the time. I’m still a huge fan of Drama and the 1980 tour. Sorry to know I won’t see Chris playing again in this life. Chris spoke about doing a month of shows in New York/London where all past members played together on different nights. What a thing that would have been.

    By grimjack on Jul 4, 2015

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