EXPERIENCE PSYCHEDELIC ROCK HISTORY
– TIME HAS COME TODAY –
THE CHAMBERS BROTHERS
November 1967 – 11:06
The Top 13 Historic & Classic 1960s Psychedelic Songs Count-Down
is based on ascending order of release dates – not on popularity or chart position.
The only exception is #1
This is #8
And my soul’s been psychedelicized. No shit! This song is epic!
Man, did the Chambers Brothers nail this one; lyrics, music, attitude – everything! It took a group of soul singers to step in and show everyone how it’s done!
This is a monster among psychedelic songs, unrelenting in its power and driven by an insane koo koo clock-ticking beat, wailing guitar that slides into “the Little Drummer Boy” and then psychedelic howls that evolve into madness and the coolest cacophony of fuzz guitar, manic drums and throbbing bass that builds into one of the best hard-rockin’ “reprise and finish” to a song ever. Whew!
I was fortunate to grow up in a household that had the radio on all the time so I got into R ‘n’ B in the ’50s when I was a just a little single digit Rocker – and those songs stuck. And I’m amazed at how much poetry I have memorized in song. So I love Soul and Rhythm ‘n’ Blues as they thankfully dominated the Top 40 by the mid-to-late ’50s and early ’60s as that’s what I was raised on. So to hear a unique sound that combined rock ‘n’ soul and psychedelic jazz-fusion was a thrill!
The Chambers Brothers: Joe: guitar/vocals, Willie: guitar/vocals, Lester: harp/vocals and George: bass/vocals and Brian Keenan: drums; created a song that became an instant classic in Rock History and an emblematic iconic song of the Psychedelic ’60s!
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00individual would like to remind everyone of the power these songs had back then; this song in particular was a landmark on many levels. L.A. had just gone through the Watts Riots of ’65 and this song, by an L.A. interracial band, had strong statements in its lyrics that were almost subliminal but the title itself spoke of revolution and rights – on many levels; thought, action, injustice, inequality, beliefs and on down to the right to alter our own consciousness.
Whenever I heard this song I felt stronger, more confident and much like The Doors’, “We want the world and we want it now”, they both instilled a psychic link of power that our Tribe had, we had the numbers, things needed to change and like us, the Chambers Brothers knew that
TIME HAS COME TODAY!
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(a little out of sync, but soon just adds to the psychedelia!)
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