The Chambers Brothers – 1967 – The Time Has Come
An amazing blend of soul, Psychedelia and rock, this is an album with great power
“Time has come today” is an all time classic anthem.
1 All Strung Out over You (2:30)
2 People Get Ready (3:52)
3 I Can’t Stand It (2:42)
4 Romeo and Juliet (4:32)
5 In the Midnight Hour (5:32)
6 So Tired (4:05)
7 Uptown (2:56)
8 Please Don’t Leave Me (3:00)
9 What the World Needs Now Is Love (3:20)
10 Time Has Come Today (11:06)
The Chambers Brothers: Lester Chambers, Willie Chambers, Joe Chambers, George Chambers, Brian Keeney. Producer: David Rubinson. Recorded between 1966 and 1967. A black four-piece vocal group with a white drummer in the ’60s may not have been unique, but it was still something of a revolutionary act, and this, coupled with their smash hit “Time Has Come Today,” ensures the Chambers Brothers their place in rock history. The group started out as the house band at the hip Electric Circus club in New York’s East Village. Besides their hit, THE TIME HAS COME revolves around the band’s gospel roots, which are effectively used to sweeten and develop a variety of R&B and pop material such as Bacharach and David’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” and the gently swinging “Romeo and Juliet.” Their version of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready” is perhaps the most obviously gospel-based cut here, and with hindsight it’s apparent that, rather being a new direction, the band’s trippy excursion was something of a detour. But the cowbell and guitar intro to “Time” still thrills today check out the sly “Little Drummer Boy” quote on the extended guitar solo, too. And in the light of later developments such as Parliament/Funkadelic, the rest of the track sounds like a prophecy.
This, the Chambers Brothers’ coming-of-age record, was a well-timed and even better executed exercise in modern record-making. The brothers had recorded several excellent gospel-folk sides on a few labels (including CBS) in the mid-’60s. They were darlings of the folk set, and even sang backup on a few unreleased Bob Dylan sessions in 1965. By 1967, they were at loose ends. Having demoed a slightly demented song called “Time Has Come Today” that year, the group entered the studio with producer David Rubinson, who was fresh from some critical acclaim after recording Moby Grape. The resulting album and subsequent title-track hit were huge successes, especially on FM radio. The rest of the album shows the brothers not just embracing the psychedelic trends, but also redefining their RB leanings. Fabulous. – (Matthew Greenwald, All Music Guide)