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For their second album, YES comes back with the same original line-up with PETER BANKS and TONY KAYE still playing with JON AMDERSON, CHRIS SQUIRE and BILL BRUFORD. The big difference with the first album is the addition of a strings orchestra quite present throughout the album.

We have again 2 covers one from ....Richie HAVENS and another one from Stephen Stills that show at this time (1970) ANDERSON and SQUIRE were not fishing in the topographic oceans yet. Now do you like string orchestration or not? that's what we will make you appreciate this album or not. Sometimes well in the front like on NO OPPORTUNITY NECCESSARY , sometimes addind a lush sound in the background like on EVERYDAYS, but you can't escape it.

Once again, the bass of CHRIS SQUIRE leads the charge the whole album as PETER BANKS takes a back seat doing here and there some free-jazz style soloing! You know JON ANDERSON is the boss as he is the writer or co-writer of 6 songs out of 8.Only CHRIS SQUIRE is credited as a co-writer on THE PROPHET.

But to reach the next level, ANDERSON and SQUIRE already knew a few changes have to be made within the band in order to progress.

The best tracks on this album are the title track TIME AND A WORD which could be fearured on any best-of compilations, the sweet ballad CLEAR DAYS and SWEET DREAMS. There is not a really a bad track on TIME AND A WORD, just a few a little bit over- orchestrated.ASTRAL TRAVELLER is good too!

Definitely, not a must-have YES album, but like the first one a pleasnt one to listen to it once in a while. Great things are bound to come very soon . 3 STARS for a good album.

febus | 3/5 |


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