Time and a Word

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Time and a Word is the second studio album by English rock band Yes, released on 24 July 1970 by Atlantic Records. It was put together several months after the release of the band's 1969 eponymous debut, during which they continued to tour heavily and recorded Time and a Word during gaps between shows. Yes continued to follow their early musical direction of performing original material and cover versions of songs by pop, jazz, and folk artists. A small orchestra of brass and string session musicians was used on most of the album's songs.

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Time and a Word
Studio album by
Released24 July 1970
Recorded17 December 1969 – 5 February 1970
StudioAdvision, London
GenreProgressive rock
ProducerTony Colton
Yes chronology
Time and a Word
The Yes Album
Singles from Time and a Word
  1. "Time and a Word"/"The Prophet"
    Released: 27 March 1970
  2. "Sweet Dreams"/"Dear Father"
    Released: 19 June 1970
Alternative cover
US cover
featuring Steve Howe (far right)

Guitarist Peter Banks did not support the idea of adding an orchestra to the album, resulting in increased tensions between him and the rest of the group. During their UK tour in April 1970, and before the album's release, Banks was fired by the band and replaced by Steve Howe. The UK album cover was considered inappropriate for the American market, so a photograph of the band was used; due to the lineup change, this put Howe on the cover of an album on which he did not perform.

Time and a Word received mixed reviews from critics, but became the band's first release to enter the UK Albums Chart, peaking at number 45; however, it did not chart in the United States. In 2003, the album was remastered with several previously unreleased tracks.