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Album Review

Yes' second (and least successful) album was a transitional effort; the group trying for a more produced and sophisticated sound through the use of an orchestra. Even so, the results weren't conventional, because the group didn't tone down or turn down its sound. Much of Time and a Word relies on bold, highly animated performances by Bill Bruford, Chris Squire, and Tony Kaye. Additionally, by this time the group was developing a much tauter ensemble than was evident on their first LP, so there's no lack of visceral excitement. "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed" was a bold opening, a highly amplified, frenzied adaptation of the Richie Havens song, melded with Jerome Moross' title music from the movie The Big Country. Somewhat more successful musically is "Then," which keeps the orchestral accompaniment to a minimum and allows Kaye and Peter Banks to stretch out on organ and guitar. "Everydays" is highlighted by Jon Anderson's ethereal vocals and Kaye's dueting with the orchestra. A surprising amount of the material here seems rather tuneless, but the group was solidifying its sound and, in the process, forcing Banks out of the lineup, despite some beautiful moments for him (and Tony Kaye) on the prettiest parts of "The Prophet," a piece that also contains fragments of music that anticipate Yes' work right up through Tales from Topographic Oceans. The title "Astral Traveller" anticipates the themes of future group work, though they still don't have the dexterity to pull off the tempo changes they're trying for. By the time the record was completed, Banks was out of the band, which is why Steve Howe, his successor, ended up pictured on the cover of most editions. The 1997 remastering does make the orchestral accompaniments work better than they did on the original LP. [Note: In January of 2003, Rhino Records issued an expanded and remastered of Time and a Word, with notably crisper sound, new annotation by Mike Tiano, and a quartet of bonus tracks: "Dear Father" in its final version off of the single, with orchestra replacing Peter Banks' guitar, the alternate German-released mix of "Sweet Dreams," the somewhat rougher, original mix of "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed," and the single edit of "The Prophet"].

Customer Reviews

time and a word, awesome!

was at the tender age of twelve when i first heard this album, loved it so much i played it to death, this greatly annoyed my sister whose album it was, and my mother who was forever telling me to turn it down! consider this a classic, do listen, i hope you enjoy as much as i do

Under rated

This album is under rated. One of the best earliest Yes LP's.

Biography

Formed: 1968 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Far and away the longest lasting and the most successful of the '70s progressive rock groups, Yes proved to be one of the lingering success stories from that musical genre. The band, founded in 1968, overcame a generational shift in its audience and the departure of its most visible members at key points in its history to reach the end of the century as the definitive progressive rock band. Their audience remained huge because they had always attracted younger...
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