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Wednesday, August 24, 2005


The PP Guru continues with his one a day aural vitamin helping of Yes Music in celebration of both the new live box set, Yes - The Word is Live and accompanying DVD - Songs from Tsongas both having been released this month.

Wikipedia: Time and a Word
Time And A Word was the second album by progressive rock band Yes, released in mid-1970 in the UK (the group's home country) and November 1970 in the US. This was the last Yes album to feature the group's original line-up of Jon Anderson (vocals), Chris Squire (bass, vocals), Peter Banks (guitar), Tony Kaye (keyboards) and Bill Bruford (drums).

Time and a Word

Album by Yes
ReleaseJune 1970
RecordedNovember 1969-
January 1970
Genre(s)Symphonic rock
Length40 min 06 s
LabelAtlantic Records
ProducerTony Colton
Professional reviews
Yes chronology
Time and a Word
The Yes Album

With the ambitious decision to use string arrangements on most of the album's songs, Peter's role as a guitarist was diminished. Tensions within band members increased, and just after the album's recording was completed in early 1970, Peter was asked to leave, which he relunctantly did. Steve Howe would join the line-up that March, replacing Banks.

Time And A Word's use of heavy strings seemed intrusive to some critics, and while the album was received in a lukewarm fashion upon its release (UK #45, Yes' first chart entry at home), it is more warmly remembered today.

With the acquisition of Steve Howe, the band would start to compose and routine the music for The Yes Album over the summer of 1970 which, upon its release the following spring, would finally earn the band their success. In effect, Time And A Word marks the end of Yes's formative, yet musically significant, period.

Track listing

  1. "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed" (Richie Havens) - 4:48
  2. "Then" (Jon Anderson) - 5:46
  3. "Everydays" (Stephen Stills) - 6:08
  4. "Sweet Dreams" (Jon Anderson/David Foster) - 3:50
  5. "The Prophet" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire) - 6:34
  6. "Clear Days" (Jon Anderson) - 2:06
  7. "Astral Traveller" (Jon Anderson) - 5:53
  8. "Time and a Word" (Jon Anderson/David Foster) - 4:32

Time And A Word (Atlantic 2400 006) reached #45 in the UK. It never charted in the US.

Time And A Word was remastered and reissued in 2003 with several bonus tracks.

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USA COVER with wrong lineup
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Roger Dean's UK COVER

Where were you on November 2, 1970? when Yes- second album, Time and a Word was first released?

The only thing that springs to PP Guru's mind about 1970 was that it was the year that his aunt had graduated from Trenton State College and the PP Guru, who was only 6 years old at the time had to attend the ceremony in a suit. The PP Guru didn't like wearing the suit too much and had whining fit about it. It also marked the occasion that the PP Guru called his stepfather, in sorely need of a REALITY CHECK ROGER - a bleedin' asshole, even though the PP Guru had no recollection of where he had heard that terminological phrase having been used before. Nevertheless, the PP Guru had acheived in getting a good and sore assbeating for his abrupt forwardness.

Time and a Word line-up consisted of Jon Anderson- vocals, Chris Squire - bass, Tony Kaye, organs, Peter Banks last appearance on guitar, and Bill Bruford- drums.

This was the first album to utilize orchestral arrangements - a process that the band would not use again until 2001's Magnification album. Feeling inadequate working with a orchestra was a major contributing factor leading up to Banks' departure. Incidently, since Banks left the band before the street date release of the album, the first edition printing of the album cover spotted a elongated nude woman in some chessboard decorated corridor, while the American version of the cover already featured Bank's successor, Steve Howe posing with the rest of the band on the photo cover!!

Highlights: Cover version of Ritchie Havens' No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed - complete with a middle section that sounds as if lifted from the theme of Bonanza tv show, Jon Anderson's short and punchy rocker, Sweet Dreams, and the lyrically thought-provoking (a protest of the Viet Nam war?) The Prophet which along with Astral Traveller would serve as the blueprint for more drawn out cosmic rockers like Starship Trooper and Sound Chaser on future albums.

Best lyrical line: Just remember when you're gone there's someone after you - from the Prophet by Jon Anderson and Chris Squire.

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