Time and a Word
YES‘ second album, Time and a Word is augmented by live orchestral arrangements by Tony Cox, and is the last album to feature the original band line-up. By the time Time and a Word was released in the UK in July 1970, Peter Banks had left the group, to be replaced by guitarist Steve Howe.

The female nude on the album cover was deemed inappropriate for the album’s U.S. release (November 1970), so a photo of the new line-up was used, putting Howe on the cover of an album on which he does not perform.

Time and a Word was far more sophisticated than its predecessor, and even included an orchestra on some songs. The cosmic and mystical elements of their songwriting were even more evident on this album. It also saw the band’s first chart appearance as they made #45 in the UK.

Personnel

Jon Anderson
Vocals

Peter Banks
Guitars

Bill Bruford
Percussion

Tony Kaye
Keyboards

Chris Squire
Bass, Vocals

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Dan Hersch & Bill Inglot 2003 Stereo Remasters for Warner Music UK/USA

Yes - Debut
Time and a Word Remastered in 2003 from the master tape of the original 1970 mix by Eddie Offord.
Available as:
HD 24-192 or 24-96 Downloads (no extra tracks) at HD Tracks, HiResAudio
CD at Amazon
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MP3 Downloads at iTunes (Standard Edition, Mastered for iTunes), iTunes (Deluxe Edition), Google Play, 7 Digital, Microsoft Store
Streaming at Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Rdio, Tidal
This Remaster of Time and a Word is also available as part of the ‘Studio Albums 1969-1987‘ Box Set at Amazon.
The Box Set contains the following remastered albums and their original track listing (ie no bonus tracks): Yes, Time and a Word, The Yes Album, Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Relayer, Going for the One , Tormato, Drama, 90125, Big Generator. Each individual album comes in a gatefold sleeve that replicates the original LP packaging.


Isao Kikuchi 2013 Stereo Remasters for Warner Music Japan

Time and a Word is also available as part of the High Vibration SACD Box Set at Amazon.
High Vibration is a 16 x Hybrid SACD Box Set made for the Japanese fans, containing their first 13 albums on 15 discs plus a bonus disc of extra tracks. All Remastered by Isao Kikuchi at 24-96 & 16-44.1 with a 220 page book in Japanese.
Albums: Yes, Time and a Word, The Yes Album, Fragile, Close to the Edge, Yessongs, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Relayer, Going for the One , Tormato, Drama, 90125, Big Generator and a Bonus Disc.
Bonus Disc: Something’s Coming, Dear Father, Roundabout (Single Edit), America, Total Mass Retain (Single Version), Soon (Single Edit), Abilene, Run Through The Light (Single Version), Run With The Fox, Owner Of A Lonely Heart (Move Yourself Mix), Leave It (Single Remix), Big Generator (Remix).


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The Survival Years 1968-71 - From Perpetual Change by David Watkinson

Time And A Word was clearly an improvement on the first album in terms of style and arrangements. Bill commented, ‘The difference between the first and second LP’s is immense. Consequently, I envisage a huge improvement between the second and third.‘ The album would give the world a few classic tracks that YES would perform for many years such as ‘Time And A Word‘ and ‘Sweet Dreams‘ and YES‘ own space odyssey ‘Astral Traveller‘, clearly influenced by Jon’s love of science fiction. This highlighted the emerging interest in all things spiritual and cosmic that would soon become a trademark of the band. In the remaining tracks ‘Then,’ ‘Clear Days‘ and ‘Prophet,’ we hear YES in various moods, pooling influences from the Beatles, Holtz and Jazz.

Jon Anderson later remarked of the classical influences on this album: ‘I had speakers at the bottom of my bed, blasting out classical music all the time. I was interested in opening up the sound of the band, developing a string sound, and we talked about trying a Mellotron, but we thought it only had a certain sound, and that it relates to only a certain type of music. We did try it out a couple of times, then we decided to use real musicians, string and brass, things like that. So, in some ways, it was kind of an adventure really, Sor the most part it worked but sometimes the musicians weren’t really up to it. They were session men, but they didn’t really sound like they were up. They were just doing their job.

Time And A Word, released on 25 July, entered the charts on 1 August where it spent three weeks, hitting no. 45 at its peak. The band were not pleased with the album. ‘It was the same problem all over again.‘ Chris explains, ‘I’d imagined it sounding much grander somehow, but we didn’t quite get there.‘ Two singles were released, the title track plus ‘The Prophet,’ but both only sold in very small quantities and YES decided after this that they weren’t a singles band.

Still only two years old as a band, YES began to play in larger venues and focused on playing festivals. The band were very much a support band despite all their hard work and constant touring. Although YES were begining to share the stage with bigger acts and were benefitting from better sound systems and superior lighting, visually it was a basic show. The standard set up would be twelve to fifteen 500-watt lights and that was it. Time And A Word offered the opportunity for more touring and live performances, but the inclusion of a twenty-piece created absolute chaos.

Then on 2 May, Roy Flynn made an official announcement: ‘The group and Peter felt their music has begun to stagnate and YES have cancelled all their engagements and are not taking any more bookings until they find a suitable guitarist replacement.‘ Peter had become increasingly distant from the rest of the band, and he was the only member who had been opposed to using an orchestral sound on the album. He had, reputedly, found recording Time And A Word very difficult and, as time passed, discovered that his style of laying and the direction YES were moving in were diametrically opposed.

At this point, the band;s members were thoroughly depressed, not knowing for sure whether they could or should continue. Questions were raised about whether they ought to find a replacement guitarist or even stop playing altogether. Without a manager, moeny, guitarist or a record company who had faith in them, times were tough for the band and YES needed some time away to rethink. Decamping to Devon in order to contemplate the future and work on new material, the only hope the band retained came from a singular belief in their music.

It was a very bleak period after that second album where nothing had really happened at all,‘ Bill recalled, ‘And we were still stunningly unfamous! Bands don’t get that long now, three years into our career and we were still in staggeringly bad shape. I think the feeling was in those day, you give the band three albums, pretty much. Now you’d have about three seconds, so there’s no chance to develop anything at all. So I was grateful to be a young musician.

Fortunately, there was a glimmer of hope on the horizon when Jon and Chris found a new guitarist. Before leaving for Devon, the recalled seeing Steve Howe play in a number of London clubs. Impressing them with his style, performance and overall technique, the band called him to a meeting in the hope he would consider joining YES

Excerpted from David Watkinson’s ‘Perpetual Change‘.

Lyrics

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NO OPPORTUNITY NECESSARY, NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED

Step out in the night when you’re lonely
Listening for the sounds that your ears don’t hear
I know your cross is heavier with every step, every step
But I know a man and he’d walk miles for you

Stop!
You stay where you are
Take a look at yourself
Take a good look at yourself

Can’t tell your mama, she’d only tell ya
That she told you so
The life you’re leading she won’t believe
The real trick of life we all know

Dawn turns to day and the dawning
Daytime night time and we still can’t see
Why must we wait until the morning light?
To wake up and be


WRITTEN BY

Ritchie Havens (Feldman)


PERFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums
Tony Kaye: organ
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Tony Colton

Orchestral arrangements by Tony Cox
Engineer: Eddie Offord


THEN

And in a time that’s closer
Life will be even bolder – Then
Souls will be complicated
Life will be consummated – Then
Hearts will be brought together
Soon in our minds forever – Then

As long as we see
There’s only us who can change it
Only us to rearrange it
At the start of a new kind of day

Love is the only answer
Hate is the root of cancer – Then
Truth is just for the being
And there’s the sight for seeing – Then
Thoughts will be thought together
Soon in our minds forever – Then

As long as we see there’s only us
Who can change it
Only us to rearrange it
At the start of a new kind of day

And in a time that’s closer
Life will be even bolder – Then
Love is the only answer
Hate is the root of cancer – Then
Thoughts will be thought together
Soon in our minds forever – Then


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson


PERFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums
Tony Kaye: organ
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Tony Colton

Orchestral arrangements by Tony Cox
Engineer: Eddie Offord


EVERYDAYS

Look at the sad goodbyes
Everydays are killing time
Sun coming up outside
No men are born this time
Saturday’s child stays home
Nothing to say, so long

Well, well, well, another day
Well, well, well, another day

Grocery store ten bucks
Just making change for plastic cherries
Up in a tree jaybird looking at me
No word
Everyone looks you can’t see
We can’t be ignored easily

Well, well, well, another day
Well, well, well, another day

Soft within the wayward things
Like ecstasy the sound of trees
Most anything, what a baby sees

Beautiful face all right
Many a place out of sight
Old woman there with red shoes
One million balloons all used
Drive over hills forget your fear
Getting it out of second gear

Well, well, well, another day
Well, well, well, another day


WRITTEN BY

Stephen Stills (Campbell-Connelly)


PEFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums
Tony Kaye: organ
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Tony Colton

Orchestral arrangements by Tony Cox
Engineer: Eddie Offord


SWEET DREAMS

Sweet dreams can solve the future
Sweet dreams provide the past
Sweet things within your makeup
These things will always last
These things will make

Sweet dreams of conversation
Sweet dreams of love relations
Sweet words within your makeup
Sweet words of things to come
Sweet words of things to

Come on and write your letter
You know it will be better anyhow
You’re gonna laugh again
You’re gonna smile again
You’re gonna love again

Sweet dreams are born inside you
Sweet dreams are born to last
Sweet thoughts within your makeup
These thoughts will always last
These thoughts will always last

Come on and write your letter
You know it will be better anyhow
You’re gonna laugh again
You’re gonna smile again
You’re gonna love again

Sweet dreams can solve the future
Sweet dreams provide the past
Sweet dreams can solve the future
Sweet dreams provide the past
(You’re gonna laugh again)


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson & David Foster


PEFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums
Tony Kaye: organ
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Tony Colton

Orchestral arrangements by Tony Cox
Engineer: Eddie Offord


THE PROPHET

Long ago a tall man told a tale of yesterday
Searching for the truth to life and not for just a way
Finding pleasure from this house his ears they did obey
In his life a moment’s pleasure never to delay

He was lost and in his trust he found a new meaning
Seeing the things in different lights his life was redeemed

Words of peace will fill his mind and change his way of life
Peaceful meetings with his heart have made him more alive
Meeting wise old women on the cliffs of life itself
Asking not for personal meaning, more for just himself

Soon we’ll be as he proclaimed in a new way of living
Take the things you need in life but remember the giving

Prophesy within your mind and you will work it out
Prophesy that some will die but only those who doubt
Then you’ll never worry as sometimes you used to do
Just remember when you’re gone there’s someone after you, you


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson & Chris Squire


PEFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums
Tony Kaye: organ
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Tony Colton

Orchestral arrangements by Tony Cox
Engineer: Eddie Offord


CLEAR DAYS

I once knew a sweet young girl
Her body was her world of love
Her laughter was as happiness is
Of all the times I treasure this
And on a day we will remember
On a clear day we will love forever

I once knew a sweet young dream
That if life itself were all we had
And who are we to ask for more
Let’s not be sad let’s be sure
And on a day we will remember
On a clear day we’ll all be together

Together


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson


PEFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums
Tony Kaye: organ
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Tony Colton

Orchestral arrangements by Tony Cox
Engineer: Eddie Offord


ASTRAL TRAVELLER

And in the ruins of the balloon
Stood a man with glasses held high
Wondering when to do it again
Have another fly into the sky
Somewhere flying high

Astral traveller leaving without her
Wandering where lights go, leave out the body load

Once in the air, people who dare
Get a great respect in being.
(Astral traveller)
Heavenly flight wondrous night
And all the sights worth seeing
(Astral traveller)
Just believe in

Astral traveller leaving without her
Wandering where lights go, leave out the body load

Once in the air, people who dare
Get a great respect in being.
(Astral traveller)
Heavenly flight wondrous night
And all the sights worth seeing
(Astral traveller)
Just believe in

Astral traveller leaving without her
Wandering where lights go, leave out the body load


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson


PERFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums
Tony Kaye: organ
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Tony Colton

Orchestral arrangements by Tony Cox
Engineer: Eddie Offord


TIME AND A WORD

In the morning when you rise
Do you open up your eyes
See what I see?
Do you see the same things every day?

Do you think of a way to start the day
getting things in proportion?
Spread the news, and help the world go round

Have you heard of a time that will help us get it together again?
Have you heard of the word that will stop us going wrong?

Well, the time is near the word you’ll hear
When you get things in perspective
Spread the news and help the word go round

There’s a time and the time is now and it’s right for me
It’s right for me, and the time is now
There’s a word and the word is love and it’s right for me
It’s right for me and the word is love.


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson & David Foster


PERFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums
Tony Kaye: organ
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Tony Colton

Orchestral arrangements by Tony Cox
Engineer: Eddie Offord



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