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Episode 81 – Yes Tracks Through Time part 2 – Time and a Word

Time and a Word title
and the time is…various

The eighty-first episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring several studio and live versions of the track, ‘Time and a Word’.

Listen and then let me know if I have missed out any live recordings or if you have different opinions of the performances included by contacting me via any of the different routes on the right hand side or by leaving a comment below!

  • How does this track change in performance?
  • Do the musicians try to stick close to the original?
  • Can you hear the character of the musicians involved through their interpretations?


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Theme music

The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from the following two creative commons sources:

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2 replies on “Episode 81 – Yes Tracks Through Time part 2 – Time and a Word”

Hi Kevin! The Yesshows version of TaaW (London 78) is part of the “big medley”. While on the record it’s edited and cuts to GftO of another gig (Frankfurt 77), I think in reality it goes to Long Distance Runaround. Nevertheless it’s been also my favourite version of the song! Another great episode. Thanks!

Thanks Miguel – great to know you are listening! I do remember that difference now that you mention it. How strange to cut and paste live versions like that. I suppose we are fortunate now to be in an age of digital media where there are fewer restrictions on length of recordings etc.

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