Fish Out of Water (Chris Squire album)

Fish Out of Water is the first studio album from the English bassist, singer and songwriter Chris Squire, released in November 1975 on Atlantic Records. The album was recorded during a period of inactivity by his progressive rock band Yes following the band's agreement that each member produce a solo album. Squire hired additional musicians to play on his, including Bill Bruford, Patrick Moraz, Mel Collins, his childhood friend Andrew Pryce Jackman, and an orchestra.

Fish Out of Water
Studio album by
Released7 November 1975
RecordedSpring and summer 1975
StudioNew Pipers
(Virginia Water, Surrey, England)[1][2] Morgan Studios
(London, England)
ProducerChris Squire
Chris Squire chronology
Fish Out of Water
Chris Squire's Swiss Choir

Fish Out of Water was a moderate commercial success upon its release, reaching number 25 in the UK and number 69 in the U.S. Despite the album being well received by music critics, Squire would not release another solo album until Chris Squire's Swiss Choir (2007).


Background and recording

In August 1975, the progressive rock band Yes ended their tour in support of Relayer (1974) and began a nine-month period of inactivity after they agreed to take time off for each member to produce a solo album. When the time was right for Squire to start work on his, he collaborated with Andrew Pryce Jackman, a childhood friend and former keyboardist and songwriter in their 1960s rock band The Syn, who assisted with the album's concept and arrangement of the music.[1] Over the course of sketching out the album Jackman also contributed some ideas to its composition. Because of this, Squire offered to give him some co-writing credits, but Jackman declined.[1]

Fish Out of Water was recorded in the spring and summer of 1975 in two studios: New Pipers, Chris Squire's home studio, Surrey, and Morgan Studios in London.[3] The title refers to his nickname "Fish", and being "...Out of Water" due to being away from the Yes context.


The introduction to "Hold Out Your Hand" features an organ passage played on the church 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 and Jackman's experience together, as church choristers, in their boyhood. The title of "Lucky Seven" refers to the song being in 7/8 time signature.[1] Musically, a melodic passage from Yes' song "Close to the Edge" re-appears in the finale of "Safe (Canon Song)". The closing passage on "Safe (Canon Song)" was played on the 4-string bass section of a double-neck guitar using only the pickups of the 6-string section.[1]


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Fish Out of Water was released in November 1975. "Lucky Seven" was edited into a single by producer Tom Dowd which only saw a US release.[5] "Hold Out Your Hand" was one of the few songs performed by Yes during their 1976 North American tour from the member's solo albums. With Squire on lead vocals, one critic at the concert wrote for Circus magazine: "Some ten thousand people responded to the Squire tune with a standing ovation".[6] To further promote the album a promotional film of "Hold Out Your Hand" and "You by My Side" was filmed in a studio that featured a mime performance with Bill Bruford on drums, Yes keyboardist Patrick Moraz on keyboards, Jackman on piano, and an orchestra. The orchestra was formed of members of the London Symphony Orchestra who were on their way to work on another project, but Squire could only afford a short amount of their time, roughly half an hour for a mime performance, which cost £3,000.[7]

"Silently Falling" is sampled on "Falling Down" by New Zealand DJ and producer P-Money on his album Everything (2010).

Reissues and sequel

In a 2004 interview, Squire said that he wished to produce a 5.1 surround sound mix of the album using the master tapes, but declared the recordings had disappeared from Atlantic's archives.[8] On 28 February 2006, it was reissued in the US by Wounded Bird Records.[9] This was followed in August 2007 by a two-disc Deluxe Expanded Edition released on Squire's own label, Stone Ghost Records, distributed by Castle/Sanctuary Records. The set included a remastered stereo mix and featured, as bonus material, a single edit of "Lucky Seven", the promotional film for "Hold Out Your Hand" and "You by My Side", track-by-track commentary, and a 40-minute interview with Squire conducted in November 2006.[10][5][11]

Following the album's release, Squire did not record a follow-up album although said he was frequently asked about such a project.[12] He had hoped to reunite with Jackman and work on one together, but such plans ended following Jackman's death in 2003. The bassist still expressed a wish to produce one.[13] In 2012, he reasoned much of the album's vibe, appeal and the strength of its music was down to his collaboration with Jackman. Though Squire wished to make another album following Jackman's death and had started to prepare material, he found himself using his songs for other projects, including those with Yes and Squackett, his collaboration with guitarist Steve Hackett.[12] [2]

Track listing

All tracks written, arranged and produced by Chris Squire.[3]

Side one
1."Hold Out Your Hand"4:13
2."You by My Side"5:00
3."Silently Falling"11:27
Side two
1."Lucky Seven"6:54
2."Safe (Canon Song)"14:56
2018 Deluxe box set edition bonus tracks
1."Lucky Seven (Single version)"3:29
2."Silently Falling (Single version)"2:59
3."Run with the Fox"4:11
4."Return of the Fox"4:02

"Return of the Fox" is the B-side for Chris Squire & Alan White's single "Run with the Fox" (1981). Both tracks are written by Chris Squire, Alan White & Peter Sinfield.


Credits are adapted from the album's UK and US release liner notes.[3][10]


Chart (1976) Peak
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 25
US Billboard 200[15] 69


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  14. "Chris Squire | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
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