Thursday, 10 March 2016

Yes, “The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)” from Fragile (1971): YESterdays

“The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus),” from Yes’ 1971 album Fragile, is a fitting contribution from the late, great Chris Squire. The song, which takes its name from both Squire’s nickname and Jon Anderson’s request to name the song partially after a prehistoric fish, is well crafted and gives the bassist an opportunity to shine while still bringing out special moments from Steve Howe and Alan White.
The track seamlessly emerges from the inventive guitar harmonics of Steve Howe from the earlier “Long Distance Runaround.” Howe’s Gibson sets the pace which is promptly followed by the steady syncopation of high-hat and snare drum from Bill Bruford. Elements of cowbell and kalimba are sprinkled in the mix before the main theme of the song is established by Squire’s Rickenbacker 4001 model bass.
Things build around the bass, with Howe adding a wah-wah pedal effect; then a tambourine enters into the mix. Squire’s bass is delayed and/or doubled, building the track more and more. An unexpected twist occurs as Anderson and Squire repeat the mantra, “Schindleria Praematurus,” Before you know it, two and a half minutes have passed and it’s over.

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