The Chambers Brothers – Time Has Come Today (1968)


The Chambers Brothers are an American soul band, best known for their eleven-minute 1968 hit ‘Time Has Come Today‘. The group was part of the wave of new music that integrated American blues and gospel traditions with modern psychedelic and rock elements. Their music has been kept alive through heavy use in film soundtracks. … They played at places like The Ash Grove, a very popular Los Angeles folk club. It became one of their favorite haunts and brought them into contact with Hoyt Axton, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Reverend Gary Davis, and Barbara Dane. Dane became a great supporter, performing and recording with the brothers. With the addition of Brian Keenan (January 28, 1943 – October 5, 1985) on drums, Dane took them on tour with her and introduced them to Pete Seeger, who helped put the Chambers Brothers on the bill of the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. One of the songs they performed, ‘I Got It’, appeared on the Newport Folk Festival 1965 compilation LP, which was issued on the Vanguard label. They were becoming more accepted in the folk community, but, like many on the folk circuit, were looking to electrify their music and develop a more rock and roll sound. Joe Chambers recalled in a May 1994 Goldmine article that people at the Newport Folk Festival were breaking down fences and rushing to the stage. ‘Newport had never seen or heard anything like that.’ After the group finished and the crowd finally settled down, the MC came up and said ‘Whether you know it or not, that was rock ‘n’ roll.’ That night they played at a post-concert party for festival performers and went to a recording session of the newly electrified Bob Dylan. Shortly after appearing at Newport, the group released its debut album, People Get Ready. The band scored its only major hit in the fall of 1968 with ‘Time Has Come Today‘, an 11-minute opus written by Joe and Willie Chambers and highlighted by echoing vocal effects and Keenan’s drumming which gave the song a psychedelic feel. “Time Has Come Today” was edited for release as a single and spent five consecutive weeks in September/October at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, just missing the Top Ten. …”
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