29/4/15 – The Chambers Brothers – Time Has Come Today – 1968

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The Chambers Brothers Pic 3The Chambers Brothers sat astride Soul/R&B with a Psychedelic nod but it’s R&B in multi-coloured clothing dressed for the times, black music influenced by white music that was influenced by black music. On Time Has Come Today, there’s certainly something Small Faces in there (no one was more enamoured with black music than Steve Marriott). There’s something about that cowbell, the tempo change and the crescendos that borrow from Sixties Pop/Rock and in the eleven minute version that appears on the album, the delays and the fuzzy Eastern guitar scales make for a true psychedelic jam, including manic laughter.

Time Has Come Today was their most popular song, a much edited version reaching No.11 in the US charts in 1968. It captured the spirit of the times – freedom to be whatever you wanted to be, to say what you wanted  without prejudice towards your look, your sex or the colour of your skin. To think that skin colour might change someone’s opinion of another person’s character is as absurd as humans get. (Next, they’ll be trying to stop same sex marriage!). For many of the Psychedelic Soul bands the fight against these prejudices ran deep in their songs. Time Has Come Today isn’t as lyrically rebellious as the title suggest. In those days ‘free love’ was controversial but the plight of the younger generation, the hypocrisy of the establishment, poverty, Vietnam, were issues less articulate song writers than say Bob Dylan had difficulty in expressing seriously whilst tripping on acid in bed with multiple body painted strangers and consequently they may have sometimes jumbled up the message in their songs. Still, it seems they got the injustices across anyway in a world that was ripe for change. With Time Has Come Today it’s as if it was just the title that had people throw their fists in the air in agreement – the time had most certainly come for something and I’m in.

The Chambers Brothers pic 1

The Chambers Brothers were another black/white band, the drummer was Brian Keenan and he played with the band from 1965-1971. (He died of a heart attack in 1985). They were also one of those Sixties bands that didn’t receive royalties, singer Lester Chambers became homeless and was rescued with his son by Yoko Ono finding and paying for his accommodation.

Mostly forgotten The Chambers Brothers were one of the major ambassadors of change, of breaking down the barriers between black and white and were instrumental in blending black and white music as black musicians continued to be inspired by Psychedelia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chambers_Brothers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lester_Chambers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Chambers

Time has come today
Young hearts can go their way
Can’t put it off another day
I don’t care what others say
They say we don’t listen anyway
Time has come today
(Hey)

Oh
The rules have changed today (Hey)
I have no place to stay (Hey)
I’m thinking about the subway (Hey)
My love has flown away (Hey)
My tears have come and gone (Hey)
Oh my Lord, I have to roam (Hey)
I have no home (Hey)
I have no home (Hey)

Now the time has come (Time)
There’s no place to run (Time)
I might get burned up by the sun (Time)
But I had my fun (Time)
I’ve been loved and put aside (Time)
I’ve been crushed by the tumbling tide (Time)
And my soul has been psychedelicized (Time)

(Time)
Now the time has come (Time)
There are things to realize (Time)
Time has come today (Time)
Time has come today (Time)

Time [x11]

Oh
Now the time has come (Time)
There’s no place to run (Time)
I might get burned up by the sun (Time)
But I had my fun (Time)
I’ve been loved and put aside (Time)
I’ve been crushed by tumbling tide (Time)
And my soul has been psychedelicized (Time)

(Time)
Now the time has come (Time)
There are things to realize (Time)
Time has come today (Time)
Time has come today (Time)

Time [x4]
Yeah

This is the eleven minute version with appropriate visuals.

Here they are performing the shorter version.

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