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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 ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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"].
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2003
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 081227378721
  • Catalog Number: 73787

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yes Primary Artist
Bill Bruford Drums, Group Member
Chris Squire Bass, Group Member
Tony Kaye Keyboards, Group Member
Technical Credits
Richie Havens Composer
Jon Anderson Composer, Contributor
Peter Banks Contributor
Chris Squire Composer
Steve Stills Composer
David Foster Composer
Tony Colton Producer
Tony Cox Orchestral Arrangements
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
Eddy Offord Engineer
Peter Sanders Inlay Photography
Bryan Lasley Art Direction
Loring Eutemey Cover Design
Barry Wentzell Cover Photo
David Foster Composer
Tim Scanlin Liner Note Coordination
Kuni Takeuchi Liner Notes
Mike Tiano Liner Notes
Barrie Wentzell Cover Photo
Daniel Hersch Remastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A ground breaking album of what was coming for Yes.

    This album marks Yes' first time with a symphony orchestra, and it also marked the debut of Steve Howe, but he would'nt perform until the next year after this album and tour was completed, and would eventually replace Peter Banks on guitar, and this is'nt the only time that Yes would perform along side with a symphony orchestra, they would in fact have orchestral tracks on their 1978 album "Tormato", as for Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, and Bill Bruford would perform with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by David Palmer of their songs like "Roundabout", "Close To The Edge", and Steve Howe's first performance of "Survival", but then they would the same idea with a symphony orchestra in their 2001 album "Magnification" conducted by Larry Groupe. This album, by the way had two covers, one with a naked woman on it, and the other with Yes on the cover with Steve Howe in the picture, and this album is excellent all the way through, and every Yes fan will enjoy this album.

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