Time and a Word

Title Time and a Word
Artist Yes
Type Studio

Track list

  1. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed 4:52
  2. Then 5:49
  3. Everydays 6:12
  4. Sweet Dreams 3:51
  5. The Prophet 6:38
  6. Clear Days 2:09
  7. Astral Traveller 5:56
  8. Time and a Word 4:39


Supporting credits

  • David Foster – Acoustic Guitars (8)

About the album

This second album by Yes was released in 1970, and was the last of their albums to feature original guitarist Peter Banks as he was fired before the album was released.

Jon Anderson made the decision to use a live orchestra on most of the album’s tracks, which was a decision that Banks was very much against. This caused tensions to rise within the band, and just after recording was completed, Banks was asked to leave. The band was then joined by Steve Howe in March of 1970.

It would seem that Banks’ protestations were entirely justified as Time and a Word was received poorly by many critics, and indeed many of the tracks have a muddy sound where the orchestra almost overpowers the band. Despite this, the album was Yes’ first chart entry in the UK at #45.

Like Yes before, this album features two different album covers. The UK version features an avant-garde collage of a naked woman with a butterfly, over a tiled floor. This was deemed inappropriate for a US audience, however, so a second cover featuring a photograph of the band was used instead. The US album cover features Howe, looking slightly awkward, despite him not appearing on any track of the album.

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