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 the band increased, and just after the album’s recording was completed in early 1970, Peter was asked to leave, which he reluctantly did. Steve Howe would join the line-up that March, replacing Banks. The album also includes three songs Jon Anderson wrote with David Foster , a former band mate in The Warriors. The US and UK releases had different album artwork; the UK version had black-and-white drawing of a nude woman, but this was deemed inappropriate in the US, so the cover there showed a picture of the band. Despite appearing on the US cover, Steve Howe does not play on the album. The back cover of both versions features photographs of the band members, including Peter 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, rehearse, and record the music for The Yes Album over the summer and autumn of 1970. The album, released 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.
Time and a Word (Atlantic 2400 006) reached #45 in the UK. It never charted in the US.
“No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed” (Richie Havens) – 4:48
“Then” (Jon Anderson) – 5:46
“Everydays” (Stephen Stills) – 6:08
“Sweet Dreams” (Anderson, David Foster) – 3:50
“The Prophet” (Anderson, Chris Squire) – 6:34
“Clear Days” (Anderson) – 2:06
“Astral Traveller” (Anderson) – 5:53
“Time and a Word” (Anderson, Foster) – 4:32
Time and a Word was remastered and reissued in 2003 with several bonus tracks:
“Dear Father” (Anderson, Squire) – 4:14
“No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed (Original Mix)” (Havens) – 4:46
“Sweet Dreams (Original Mix)” (Anderson, Foster) – 4:20
“The Prophet (Single Version)” (Anderson, Squire) – 6:33
Tracks 9–11 first appeared on early West German pressing of Time and a Word, Atlantic (GE) (4/42/70).
Jon Anderson (Written as “John Anderson” on the original LP): Vocals, percussion
Chris Squire: Bass, vocals
Peter Banks: Electric and acoustic guitars, vocal
Tony Kaye: Piano, organ
Bill Bruford: Drums, percussion
David Foster: acoustic guitars on the title track
1989 - Atlantic - CD
1994 - Atlantic - CD (Remastered )
2003 - Rhino - CD (Remastered with Bonus Tracks )
Edited by MRKILLINGJOKE on 5 Jan 2009, 01:23
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