Friday, July 24, 1970

Yes Time and a Word released

Time and a Word


Released: July 24, 1970

Peak: -- US, -- UK, -- CN, 22 AU

Sales (in millions): --

Genre: progressive rock


Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed (Richie Havens, Jerome Moross) [4:45]
  2. Then (Anderson) [5:42]
  3. Everydays (Stephen Stills) [6:05]
  4. Sweet Dreams (Anderson, David Foster) [3:46] (6/19/70, --)
  5. The Prophet (Anderson, Squire) [6:31] (3/27/70, B-side of “Time and a Word”)
  6. Clear Days (Anderson) [2:03]
  7. Astral Traveller (Anderson) [5:47]
  8. Time and a Word (Anderson, Foster) [4:29] (3/27/70, --)

Total Running Time: 39:08

The Players:

  • Jon Anderson (vocals, percussion)
  • Peter Banks (guitar, backing vocals)
  • Chris Squire (bass, backing vocals)
  • Tony Kaye (keyboards)
  • Bill Bruford (drums, percussion)


2.398 out of 5.00 (average of 9 ratings)

About the Album:

The same lineup which appeared on the debut album from Yes in 1969 returned to make Time and a Word. This would be guitarist Peter Banks last album with the band. He objected to the addition of orchestra to songs on the album, complaining that rock bands such as Deep Purple and the Nice had already done it. WK He was fired before the release of the album. Steve Howe, who has since probably become the name most associated with Yes after singer Jon Anderson, came on board for the tour. A photo including Howe, even though he didn’t play on the album, is used for the U.S. album cover.

The album covered much of the same territory as the debut, mixing original material and covers by pop, jazz, and folk artists. The covers included No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed by Richie Havens and Buffalo Springfield’s Everydays, written by Stephen Stills.

Of the six originals on the album, all are written or co-written by Anderson. Some include credits to David Foster, Anderson’s bandmate in The Warriors. Lyrically, Anderson was moving away from simple love themes to topics of greater scale, described by band biographer Dan Hedges as “life, oneness and the future.” WK

The Prophet was one such song. Anderson wrote it about a man followed my many who tells them to find themselves and not follow like sheep. It also showed Anderson’s interest in incorporating classical music by borrowing a theme from Gustav Holst’s The Planets. WK

The album didn’t sell any better than the debut, although it did chart. Atlantic considered dropping the band. A review from New Musical Express hailed the album as one of the year’s best releases, citing the group’s ability “to perform intricate and highly complex ensemble passages with meticulous dexterity and precision.” WK

Notes: The 2003 remastered version of the album added alternate mixes of “No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “The Prophet” as well as “Dear Father,” which was the B-side of “Sweet Dreams.”

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First posted 7/25/2021.

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