Chris Squire’s ‘Fish Out of Water’ Gets Deluxe Box

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The album cover of the original 1975 release

The 1975 solo album from Yes’ late founder and bassist Chris Squire, Fish Out of Water, is the subject of a limited edition deluxe box set. The news was announced Jan. 16 by Esoteric Recordings and Cherry Red Records, who are releasing it on April  27.

Squire, whose nickname was “The Fish,” recorded the album in the Spring and Summer of 1975 while Yes was on hiatus as members recorded their respective solo albums. The album sessions were a collaboration between Squire and his friend Andrew Pryce Jackman, an arranger who had been a member of The Syn, Squire’s pre-Yes group. The sessions saw contributions from former Yes drummer Bill Bruford, Yes keyboard player Patrick Moraz and musicians Mel Collins and Jimmy Hastings.

The Fish Out of Water box set

Fish Out of Water was released in November 1975, reportedly selling nearly 500,000 copies worldwide.

The highlight of the box set is a new 5.1 Surround Sound mix (exclusive to this set on an NTSC / Region Free DVD), along with a new stereo mix, from the original multi-track master tapes by Jakko Jakszyk and a new remaster of the original 1975 mix by Paschal Byrne. The new release also includes four bonus tracks of the single edits of “Lucky Seven” and “Silently Falling,” along with both sides of the 1981 single by Squire and Yes drummer Alan White, “Run With the Fox” and “Return of the Fox” (appearing on CD for the first time).

The box set also includes a replica 180-gram gatefold LP (mastered and cut from the original tapes at Abbey Road studios), two seven-inch singles of “Lucky Seven” b/w “Silently Falling” and “Run With the Fox” b/w “Return of the Fox,” both in picture sleeves, and a poster. Completing the content is a visual DVD (NTSC / Region Free) featuring the 1975 Fish Out of Water promotional film featuring the songs “Hold Out Your Hand” and “You By My Side,” along with a 2006 interview with Squire conducted by Jon Kirkman and a 2006 audio commentary by Squire.

Listen to “Hold Out Your Hand”

The set also contains a 36-page book with an essay by Sid Smith featuring exclusive interviews with Bruford, Moraz, Jackson and Jakszyk.

Watch a trailer for the box set

There will also be a new 2-CD edition of Fish Out of Water which features the new Stereo mix, the new re-mastered original stereo mix and four bonus tracks.

Order the box set here; and the 2-CD set here.

Squire died on June 27, 2015, of leukemia. The two current lineups of Yes will each be doing 50th anniversary tours in 2018. Details on the Steve Howe / Alan White edition are here. Plans for Yes featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman are here.

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