jazzville skyline: “…fire of the squire…”

…jazzville skyline…
by rocky-o

“…fire of the squire…”

Back in the day, prog rock was king…Bands like Pink Floyd, Genesis with Peter Gabriel, ELP, King Crimson and many others, were reaching to touch the sky and take us along for the ride, each in their own individual way…

The truest leader however, in this genre, was clearly Yes, the band that was started back in the 60’s by Jon Anderson and Chris Squire…

Many members have come and gone over the years, except for one…Chris Squire…

He remained at his post, as ‘bass player/singer/songwriter’ up until the recent present day, when he passed away due to his long on-going battle with leukemia…He was just 67…

He appeared on every album, on every stage, anywhere you saw or heard Yes, he was there…

Their amazing 70’s trilogy of albums, ‘Fragile’, “Close To The Edge’ and ‘Tales From Topographic Oceans’, set the bar for every other band around them…They saw the persona’s of Chris and Jon, along with Rick Wakeman on keyboards and Steve Howe on Guitar, with drummer Bill Bruford on ‘Fragile’ and ‘Edge’, and then drummer Alan White on ‘Tales’…

Instantly recognizable songs engulfed these masterpieces, including ‘Heart of The Sunrise’, ‘And You And I’, ‘Long Distance Runaround’, ‘The Revealing Science Of God’, and of course, ‘Roundabout’…

Chris took time in between to make a solo effort, ‘Fish Out Of Water’, and then, even during the horrendous 80’s, Chris kept the ‘yes-ship flag’ flying by incorporating a more commercial sound (thanx to the inclusion of guitarist/songwriter Trevor Rabin)…Many fans protested, others ate it up…

But, whatever the outcome, Squire always had the band’s best interests at heart…and it was a heart that never stopped beating…


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