Bonus tracks on Elektra remaster
The musical development - especially the arrangements - of the band is huge. Time and a Word is the Yes-album, where Anderson had all the room he needed to show what he can do - with the help of his fellow-musicians naturally. Anderson's lyrics are also understandable, which is nice.
In addition to six originals there are two cover tracks - "No Opportunity Necessary, no Experience Needed" by Richie Havens and "Everydays" by Stephen Stills. Especially Everydays is a great showcase of the bands talents. It starts treating kindly the original version of Stills but bursts then in to a vigorous middle-part. Peter Banks is energetic on guitar and the song ends with one of Chris Squires most impressive bass lines. Squire is credited as a composer only on "The Prophet" but surely the whole band was involved with the arrangements.
The jazz-side of Bill Bruford can be heard throughout the album and Tony Kaye's keyboard sound is still in balance with the sound of the band. Even though Steve Howe is seen on the cover, he didn't play on the record. But Banks does more than OK. His playing on "Astral Traveller" is so good that it's almost impossible to imagine how Howe would have done a better job. This is the song one would like to hear on Yes-concerts indeed !
"Sweet Dreams" is one of the best prog-pop songs of that era and "Time and a Word" ends the album with good feelings. Even the orchestral arrangements of David Foster are not disturbing. 1970 was after all the year of prog when classical influences was the name of the game.
After this album the fans of The-Yes-with-short-songs had to wait for seven years before Going for the One on 1977 ended for some time the quizz games of what Anderson's lyrics really mean.