Various Artists ~ A Life In YES: A Tribute To Chris Squire

Yes Tribute


How can you say anything negative about YES? You can’t. ‘Nuff said. Now, let’s get on with this review. 12 songs are on this tribute to one of the great bass players of all time…Chris Squire. The first song starts off with 2 YES members (at one time or another). Jon Davison & Patrick Moraz start off with “On The Silent Wings Of Freedom”. Next up, we have Steve Hogarth (Marillion) & Larry Fast (Peter Gabriel) doing a nice version of “Hold Up Your Hand” from Chris’s solo album “Fish Out Of Water”. Annie Haslem (Renaissance) brings another YES song to a different level with “Onward”, as she did previously with “Turn Of The Century” with Steve Howe. David Sancious (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) & Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) do a sweet, but, shorter version of “South Side Of The Sky”. Billy Sherwood, currently taking Mr. Squire’s spot in YES, with Chris’s blessing, does his version of “The Fish”. I love Billy Sherwood’s other work, but, wasn’t overly impressed with this one. 2 great musicians Steve Porcaro (Toto) & Steve Hackett (Genesis) do their version of “The More We Live  – Let Go” which doesn’t have that Billy Sherwood sound that I had first heard in YES. Jon Davison  & Tony Kaye (again, both YES members) do “Parallels”. While Tony Kaye is no Rick Wakeman, he pulls this off with style. Nikki Squire (Esquire & ex-wife of Chris) & Dweezil Zappa take on “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”. Todd Rundgren, John Wesley & Tony Kaye cover “Roundabout”. Candice Knight (Blackmore’s Night) & Brian Auger (Oblivion Express) do a nice version of “Don’t Kill The Whale”. There are 2 extra bonus tracks, 1 from The Prog Collective & Chris Squire, himself doing a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” from the album “Back Against The Wall”, a tribute album for Pink Floyd. I really enjoyed this album, although, at times, I thought that I had heard some of these versions of these songs, but, I could be wrong. Either way, as a tribute to Chris Squire, Billy Sherwood did a bang up job with this & a lot of help with all of the artists on this album. I give this 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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