Chris Squire Tribute LP, ‘A Life in Yes,’ Features All-Stars

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Yes co-founder Chris Squire is the subject of a new album, A Life In Yes: The Chris Squire Tribute. The album, released November 9 via Purple Pyramid Records in the U.S. and Nov. 23 in the U.K., features performances by past and present members of Yes, and numerous other classic rock stars, in a heartfelt and masterful musical salute to the longtime bassist and prog rock legend.

Produced by Squire’s friend and frequent collaborator, and current bassist in YES, Billy Sherwood, the album includes contributions from Todd Rundgren, Steve Porcaro (Toto), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), Patrick Moraz (Yes/The Moody Blues), Jon Davison (Yes), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Dweezil Zappa, and more.

Listen to several performances on the collection below.

In addition, a 50th anniversary tribute album to Yes, Yesterday and Today, was also released on November 9. The title includes performances by current Yes bass player, Billy Sherwood, performing “The Fish” and current lead vocalist, Jon Davison, singing an acoustic medley of “Your Move,” “And You and I” and “Wondrous Stories.” The collection also includes contributions from Tony Kaye, Geoff Downes and Genesis alum Steve Hackett, among many others.

In the Squire album announcement, Sherwood said: “This record is near and dear to my heart. Chris and I were friends for decades and his loss was epic. I wanted to honor his spirit, his writing, his bass work… And so I set forth to create this record. Everyone who participated lifted the project and did it out of the deepest respect and love for Chris.”

Listen to Squire perform Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb”

Hear Davison and Moraz perform “On the Silent Wings of Freedom”

Related: Our feature on Yes’ 1972 live performance of “Yours is No Disgrace”

Squire remained in Yes until his death on June 27, 2015, and appeared on every studio album released from 1969 to 2014.

Listen to Porcaro and Hackett team up

A Life In Yes: The Chris Squire Tribute Track Listing
1. Jon Davison and Patrick Moraz – On the Silent Wings of Freedom
2. Steve Hogarth and Larry Fast – Hold Out Your Hand
3. Annie Haslam – Onward
4. David Sancious and Steve Stevens – South Side of the Sky
5. Sonja Kristina – The Fish
6. Steve Porcaro and Steve Hackett – The More We Live – Let Go
7. Jon Davison and Tony Kaye – Parallels
8. Nikki Squire and Dweezil Zappa – Owner Of A Lonely Heart
9. Todd Rundgren, John Wesley and Tony Kaye – Roundabout
10. Candice Night and Brian Auger – Don’t Kill the Whale

Listen to “The Fish,” (Squire’s nickname); the song originally appeared on Yes’ Fragile album

Bonus Tracks
11. The Prog Collective – The Technical Divide
12. Chris Squire – Comfortably Numb

Listen to “Roundabout” from the album

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