Ranking the Discography: Yes Part II: Time and a Word (1970)

Time and a Word was the last album to feature Peter Banks, as he was fired by the band due to increased tension because he was against adding an orchestra. (He was replaced by Steve Howe during the tour, and Howe is on the cover despite not being involved in recording). It was produced by. Tony Colton. It reached #45 on the UK charts.


Jon Anderson: lead vocals, percussion

Peter Banks: guitar, backing vocals

Chris Squire: bass, backing vocals

Tony Kaye: organ, piano

Bill Bruford: drums, percussion

The Tracks:

  1. “No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed”: The opener starts with a lush orchestral theme taken from The Big Country, and is one of two covers. It feels chaotic at the start.
  2. “Then”: Bruford does some great drumming on this.
  3. “Everydays”: This is a Stephen Stills cover, and features some good orchestra work.
  4. “Sweet Dreams”: One of the best songs on the album, with some good. bass work. This is one of two songs featuring additional vocals from David Foster.
  5. “The Prophet”: This song borrows from Gustav Holst’s The Planets suite, and sounds nice.
  6. “Clear Days”: This one is okay.
  7. “Astral Traveller”: Another one of my favorite songs, with some cool instrumentation.
  8. “Time and a Word”: Not a bad closer, this has good percussion and guitar.

Final Verdict: This is slightly better than its predecessor, but it’s still not there yet.

Grade: C


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