Time and a Word

Time and a Word

Time and a Word
Studio album by Yes
Released 24 July 1970
Recorded November 1969 – January 1970 at Advision Studios, London, England
Genre Psychedelic rock,[1] art rock,[2] progressive rock[3]
Length 40:06
Label Atlantic
Producer Tony Colton
Yes chronology
Time and a Word
The Yes Album
Singles from Time and a Word
  1. "Time and a Word"
    Released: 5 May 1970
  2. "Sweet Dreams"
    Released: 21 September 1970
Alternative cover
US cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [4]
Robert Christgau C[5]

Time and a Word is the second album by progressive rock band Yes, released on 24 July 1970 in the UK and in November 1970 in the U.S. This was the last Yes album to feature the group's original line-up, as Peter Banks was fired before the album's release.

Time and a Word (Atlantic 2400 006) reached No. 45 in the UK.[6] The North American release of the album (Atlantic SD 8273) did not chart.


  • The album 1
  • Track listing 2
  • Album cover 3
  • Personnel 4
  • Reissues 5
    • Sources 5.1
  • Footnotes 6

The album

Jon Anderson's decision to use a live orchestra on most of the album's songs (as he reported in the Yesyears video) put him very much at odds with Peter Banks. Tensions within the band increased, and just after the album's recording was completed in early 1970, Banks was asked to leave. Steve Howe would join the line-up that March, replacing Banks. The album includes two songs Anderson wrote with David Foster, a former bandmate in The Warriors.

Time and a Word's use of a studio orchestra seemed intrusive to some critics, and the album was received in a lukewarm fashion (UK No. 45, Yes' first chart entry at home). The opening track contains an orchestral intro to Richie Havens' song "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed", featuring a main theme from the 1958 film The Big Country by Jerome Moross. Also, the track "The Prophet" borrows from Gustav Holst's "Jupiter" from the Planets Suite.

The album was recorded at Advision Studios in West London.

Track listing

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed" (Richie Havens) 4:48
2. "Then" (Jon Anderson) 5:44
3. "Everydays" (Stephen Stills) 6:08
4. "Sweet Dreams" (Anderson, David Foster) 3:51
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "The Prophet" (Anderson, Chris Squire) 6:34
6. "Clear Days" (Anderson) 2:06
7. "Astral Traveller" (Anderson) 5:53
8. "Time and a Word" (Anderson, Foster) 4:31

Tracks 9–11 first appeared on early West German pressing of Time and a Word, Atlantic/Teldec (GE) (24/4/70).

Album cover

The US and UK releases had different album artwork; the UK version used a black-and-white Dada-esque photo-montage of a nude woman with a butterfly, but this was deemed inappropriate in the US, so the cover there showed a picture of the band. Despite appearing on the US cover, Howe does not play on the album. The back cover of both versions features photographs of Anderson, Squire, Kaye, Bruford, and Banks.


Additional musicians
  • David Foster: vocals on "Sweet Dreams", acoustic guitar on "Time and a Word"


  • 1989 – Atlantic – CD
  • 1994 – Atlantic – CD (Remastered)
  • 2003 – Rhino – CD (Remastered with bonus tracks)
  • 2013 - Rhino - CD as part of The Studio Albums 1969-1987


  • Time and a Word CD booklet essay, Mike Tiano, c. 2003
  • AllMusicGuide.com


  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/time-a-word-mw0001948160
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/time-a-word-mw0001948160
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/time-a-word-mw0001948160
  4. ^ Eder, Bruce (2011). "Time and a Word – Yes | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (2011). "Robert Christgau: CG: yes". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Chart Stats – Yes – Time and a Word". chartstats.com. 2011. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2011.