TITLE: Time and a Word
YEAR RELEASED: 1970
CHART ACTION: #45 UK
SINGLES: Time and a Word, Sweet Dreams
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not really
LINEUP: Jon Anderson, Peter Banks, Tony Kaye, Chris Squire, Bill Bruford
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The second album by the progressive band adds a live string section to the proceedings, which at times helps and hinders the band.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: For their second album, Yes also did a mix of covers and originals. The covers, of songs by Richie Havens and Stephen Stills, were surprising, but what was more surprising was the band’s use of a string section playing live during the recording.
At times, the strings seemed superfluous, as the group would be best served of letting themselves loose with their own instrumental prowess. Yet there were also times where they sounded thin and needed a boost from the strings.
To my ears, this is an improvement of their debut album by a small margin. The original songs are better constructed and aren’t as noodly or boring. Yet the strings both add and detract.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The album resulted in Banks being excused from the group, as he disagreed with Anderson regarding the string section. Also, the US market had a different cover again, and when they released it in the US, Steve Howe was already in the band so Howe’s on the US cover.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. Single mixes and a B-side.
GRADE: B: Casual prog fans would find this interesting, but it won’t covert anyone to that genre.