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Time Signature
4 stars Not a masterpiece, but still essential. Worth a buy.

While 'Time and a Word' may not be considered THE essential Yes album, it is nonetheless a very interesting symphonic rock album. It blends rock, jazz and symphonic classical music fairly well. In some tunes, the classical instrumentation works very well, such as in 'Then', while in others it, like 'No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed', it works less well. In 'No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed' the classical instrumentation with it's cowboy-movie style generates more of a humorous effect, which is probably intended.

This album, while not a masterpiece does contain several songs which are, if not masterpieces, then at least near masterpieces, including 'The Prophet', 'Then', 'Everydays' and 'Astral Traveller' (and Iron Maiden fans will find many elements on this album which appear to have inspired Steve Harris on the early Maiden albums).

'Time and a Word' certainly is worth a buy and it is a very interesting album albeit not as interesting as many of Yes' later efforts. It may not be an essential Yes album, but it is nonetheless an essential prog album in general.

Time Signature | 4/5 |


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