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Time and a Word [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

YesAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 14, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Elektra / Rhino
  • ASIN: B00007KWHO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed
2. Then
3. Everydays
4. Sweet Dreams
5. The Prophet
6. Clear Days
7. Astral Traveler
8. Time And A Word
9. Dear Father
10. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed (Original Mix)
11. Sweet Dreams (Original Mix)
12. The Prophet (Single Version)

Editorial Reviews

Their 1970 LP features the UK single version of The Prophet and two tracks released only in Germany!

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
"Time And A Word" (released in 1970) was The Yes' second album and in my opinion was a better album then their debut. It clearly shows the group experimenting with different sounds. Just listen to "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed" and "Clear Days" which utilize an orchestra. There are some great songs on this cd beginning with the above mentioned song "No Opportunity Needed...", "Then", "Sweet Dreams", and "Astral Traveller". Granted this album isn't as great as "Fragile" or "Close To The Edge", but then again they didn't have Steve Howe or Rick Wakeman. Interestingly, Howe appears on the cover of the U.S. release of "Time And A Word" but doesn't play on it. It wasn't until the next album "The Yes Album" (released in 1971) , that Howe replaced Peter Banks as guitarist. And Tony Kaye was later replaced by keyboard wizard extroardinaire, Wakeman. There are four bonus tracks included in this newly remastered cd. 1) Dear Father, 2) No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed (Original Mix), 3) Sweet Dreams (Original Mix), 4) The Prophet (Single Version), all of which are a nice addition to the regular album song listing. The sound quality of this cd is much better than the previous Joe Gastwirt remasters which had no punch. This version has more bottom end, increased midrange and pumped up output level. There's also an eight page booklet included that has some colorful pictures of the group and lyrics to the songs. This is a must for all Yes fans or those who enjoy listening to seventies progressive rock such as Emerson, Lake & palmer, King Crimson, or Genesis.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes And A Word June 16, 2005
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The 2nd Yes album, 1970's "Time And A Word," saw the band add some orchestral arrangements to some of their songs. Some fans were turned off by it, and even Yes themselves now say they don't think the orchestral touches on the album worked completely (and the band would not take on orchestral accompanyment again until 2001's "Magnification"). Personally, I'm not bothered one bit by the orchestral flourishes. They don't *bury* the band, for heaven's sake, and I think they enhance the songs that they're used on very well. Yes themselves are still the main attraction throughout "Time And A Word," and the album is excellent. It features several of my personal favorite Yes songs, such as the amazing cover of Richie Havens' "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed," the captivating sounds of "Then," the perfect pop-rock of "Sweet Dreams," the supremely powerful rock of "Astral Traveller" (with a killer guitar riff from Peter Banks), and the great beauty of the closing title track. The band are in top form on "Time And A Word," as they also say goodbye to guitarist Banks, who would be replaced by longtime guitarist Steve Howe shortly after the album's release (SO shortly, in fact, that the original US album cover features a group photo with Howe, even though Banks is the guitarist on the album!). I've always loved "Time And A Word." It's a very strong Yes album, and I highly recommend it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very solid 2nd album February 19, 2003
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I always considered this to be one of Yes's most underrated efforts. The title track is a great song that is still on the band's playlist at concerts. The upbeat "Sweet Dreams" is my personal favorite. "The Prophet", "Then" and "Astral Traveller" are also excellent tracks. The new Rhino release with extra tracks is noteworthy for the bonus track "Dear Father" (formerly only available on the "Yesterdays" compilation) and the original UK only cover. This was the last album with Peter Banks, who was of course replaced by the great Steve Howe.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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"Time And A Word" is one of the most underrated Yes albums, made at a time when they were still young, fresh and ready to rock. The jazz and classical influence becomes more prominent, although their sound was still formative and would fully gel on the next album, "The Yes Album". Nonetheless, there's some good stuff here and on a recent re-listen I found myself enjoying nearly every track. The obvious weak point, noted by most reviewers, is the orchestra, which is added to most of the songs and does not quite mix with the group's basic sound. This proved to be the case with all of the orchestral-rock albums released that year, a list that also included works by Deep Purple, The Nice and Pink Floyd. All of those artists would soon learn how to best express themselves through the use of a wider array of keyboards, although on "Time And A Word" the string backing works OK on the ballad "Clear Days" and the anthemic title track.
Not surprisingly, the two best songs are those without the orchestra, and they point squarely to the sound devoloped for the upcoming "Yes Album"--"Sweet Dreams" is a strong, melodic pop-rock song with an uplifting chorus, while the slightly psychedelic "Astral Traveller" features the soon-to-be trademark "cosmic" lyrics and complex instrumental interplay that would make them famous. "Astral Traveller" would even improve in live performance after Steve Howe joined the group, and is a song the band should reconsider adding to their live setlist (they have periodically reprised "Sweet Dreams" and the title track over the years).
"Time And A Word" is upbeat, positive music that stands in stark contrast to the music being made by today's youth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you very much.
In Japan we cannot get this CD of US press.So I am glad to get this CD.
The sound of Rhino US is deep, depth, and clear. Read more
Published 1 month ago by masaki t.
4.0 out of 5 stars Time & This Remaster Elevates 2nd Yes Outing
inally hearing it years later it didn't make much of an impression as I was immersed in the later day Yes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Werner
4.0 out of 5 stars Time To Review This
Yes' second album is different to say the least. In a very bold move, they decided to hire an orchestra to give their sound a more robust feel, at the expense of two key members,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Todd7
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great album with great remastering and great bonus tracks. I would recommend this cd to fans of the early Yes period (1969-1980)
Published 10 months ago by Ryan Cassidy
5.0 out of 5 stars Had it on Vinyl, Better on Disc.
Wow! I liked this album when I got it as a kid of 16 and it's great to have it again to listen to. This is definitely the proto-Yes we fans would come to love with albums such as... Read more
Published 10 months ago by ru2112sh
5.0 out of 5 stars Time And A Word
This "album" had everything I wanted on it. It's hard to find copies of "Dear Father" and the ones I have are starting to fade.
Published 11 months ago by Joan Spengler
4.0 out of 5 stars FROM THE FORMATIVE PERIOD OF YES
This is the second album by Yes, recorded with an orchestra. It does not contain all original material. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Captain K
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh YES!!!!
I discovered this LP during the Vietnam War stationed in Thailand in 1973 and was very taken by it. The cover of Ritchie Havens "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Gary D. Kaylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes - AFFIRMATIVE
I bought this CD together with the Yes - Yes album...originally this was a double longplaying and I've once owned the album, so this was a renewed meeting with this great band...
Published 13 months ago by Jean Vanholder
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes' 1970 rock-orchestral experiment is an interesting oddity pointing...
`Time and a Word', the 1970 second album release from Yes, has a distinct character different from the rock-pop feel of the debut and different again from the 1971 landmark `Yes... Read more
Published 15 months ago by The Guardian
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I'm guessing you're being figurative as "Yes" was the first album, released 7-25-69 and "Time And A Word" came out on 11-2-70.
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