- Vinyl (6 Feb. 2012)
- Limited Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Limited Edition
- Label: Atlantic
- ASIN: B0036BDPTS
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Time and a Word [VINYL] Limited Edition
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Some of the material on Time And A Word gives an increasing insight into the future direction of the band. 'Then', 'The Prophet' 'Astral Traveller' and their treatment of Buffalo Springfield's 'Everydays' have the kind of long, complex instrumental passages that would become one of Yes' trademarks. In fact 'Astral Traveller' is almost a precursor to the following album's 'Starship Trooper.
'No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed', 'Sweet Dreams' and the title track are good examples of the band's ability to write short, more accessible pieces to counter the more ambitious efforts, and like the debut, the individual msuicianship on display is quite excellent.
The only real downside on 'Time And A Word' is the orchestral element. It provides more nuisance value, rather than compliment the existing music. In fact, a CD is available (maybe from this website) of BBC sessions from this era of Yes that contains much of the Time And A Word Material, and the difference is staggering. The music flows better and has much more impact when you can hear the individual playing without an orchestra involved.
The use of an orchestra on this album led to guitar player Peter Banks' departure, and I have to say I'm in the Banks camp when it comes to this aspect of the record.
Another downside is the quality of the production on the title track, it's simply awful. For some reason, Peter Banks doesn't get to play guitar on the track so instead of a nice acoustic guitar being played, there's an awful twanging at the start of the track that sounds like a five year old is playing. The live version of the track was always far better. That's the reason for two points dropped. Otherwise, a good album, and a good tongue wetter for what was to follow with the Steve Howe inspired The Yes Album.
The tensions within the band are obvious. Peter Bank's playing, which was so perfectly suited to the first album, seems uncoordinated and clumsy - the inclusion of the original mixes of "no opportunity..." and "Sweet Dreams" highlights this particularly and hint as to why an orchestra was thought to be necessary. The symbiotic relationship which the band would later have with producer Eddie Offord is a thing of the future. The band are still lacking in self-confidence and Tony Colson's production wasn't always to their liking - the use of the orchestra has been described as possibly the most unsympathetic in a rock album ever - while the band's ambitions were clearly way-ahead of what the existing line-up were capable of delivering.
Yes were still covering other peoples material at this time - Richie Haven's "No opportunity necessary, no experience needed" and Buffalo Springfield's "Everydays" getting the Jon Anderson treatment. "Then", "The Prophet" and "Astral traveller" point the way towards the band's next incarnation in "The Yes Album" while "Clear Days" is basically just Jon and orchestra.
The first bonus track is "Dear father" which has found a new home since, I guess, the "Yesterdays" album is somewhat redundant, in the current catalogue. The final track, unusually for a single version, is a different recording of "The Prophet", in full, rather than an edited down "radio" single and is a nice addition for those who haven't come accross it before.
Like the first album there are songs by the band and musical influences from other sources including the Richie Havens song No Opportunity needed, no experience necessary. Featuring the main them from the film The Big Country by Jerome Moross and the track prophet has excerpts from Gustav Holst's The Planets Suite. Also like the first album there is a Stephen Stills song with Everydays. (from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young)
Once again we get the original British album comer here with the Dada esque black and white photo of a nude woman with a butterfly.
Track listing is
1 No opportunity, No experience needed. 2 Then 3 Everydays 4 Sweet Dreams 5 The Prophet 6 Clear days 7 Astral Traveller 8 Time and a word. Bonus tracks are 9 Dear Father 10 No opportunity necessary, No experience needed (original mix) 11 Sweet Dreams (original Mix) 12 The Prophet (single version)
all tracks remastered
However, being a fan of the psychadelic and rock movements towards the far end of the 60s, i was attracted to general sound on this album. Be warned, it's a fairly raw and edgy, and without Steve Howe's more refined playing, Peter Banks uses guitars in a harsher style that may not appeal to everyone. However, i have grown to love the comparitively primative sound of organ-based rock, and enjoyed the album immensly.
Stand out tracks for me are the title cut, "Then" and the truly startling "Astral Traveller" (a title which was skillfully echoed later in "Starship Trooper" from "the Yes Album").
I must warn you again, that a lot of pre-Howe Yes is not what one might expect from such a derided prog rock band, but if you like bands like the Nice, Soft Machine and a little smattering of early Caravan, it's well worth looking into both this, and the self-titled debut.
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