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07/06/2015

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James Hannigan

Is it fair to say Squire played the bass like a guitar? Meaning he played his own lines like a guitarist would rather than simply playing as rhythmic support. And oh yes his backing vocals were unique and integral to Yes' sound.

I got to see a briefly reformed Syn at Joe's Pub about 10 years ago. It was great, a rare opportunity to watch Squire up close

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I wouldn't exactly say that Squire played bass like a guitar. The earliest proceeding example that immediately comes to mind is Bach. Bach's basslines (for example in his chorales) are incredibly melodic. And they stand out from the music in way that suggests that they're intended to be featured as a surface as well as a structural part of the music. With his trebly tone and incisive lines, Squire was absolutely a 'lead' bassist. But the structural integrity of his lines as well as his willingness to hang around the root or triad notes (for example in the verses of "A Venture,") proves to me that he was indeed a bass player at heart, albeit a very creative one. Of course, his back-up vocals are integral to Yes's sound. Although, they blend in so well that I couldn't say exactly what his voice sounds like! A Wizard - A True Star! ;-) I'm jealous that you saw Squire at Joe's Pub. I once saw John Entwistle play with his band from up close at a relatively small club and I was absolutely knocked out.

James Hannigan

Chris thanks for the education; makes sense. He was raised singing church music as a youth contributed I think to Yes' orchestral tendencies. I hear his singing as counterbalancing Jon Anderson's very high voice, but together they just sound good, it's simple as that.

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Thanks again, Jim. I will continue to investigate the Yes harmonies.

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