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Best Of: Time Has Come
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
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The time has come to buy this compilation!
J. E FELL | Carterville, Illinois United States | 02/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this disk "Time Has Come Today: The Best Of The Chambers Brothers" to get a copy of the great song "Time Has Come Today" which is a combination of psychedelic rock and soul. I was pleasantly surprised with the rest of the songs on the disk. The Chambers Brothers were one of the first integrated rock groups and their music was a great combination of psychedelic rock, gospel, soul and funk. Besides the memorable "Time Has Come Today" cuts like "A New Time - A New Day" and "Love, Peace and Happiness" emphasize the more psychedelic aspects of the band and contain some nasty distorted guitar work. Cuts like "Uptown" and "I Can't Turn You Loose" are more soulful cuts. "People Get Ready" brings the band's gospel roots to the front with excellent harmony vocals and a touching rendition of this classic song. "All Strung Out Over You", "I Can't Stand It" and "Funky" have infectious danceable funky beats. The music is sort of a cross between Jimi Hendrix, James Brown and Sly & The Family Stone. The compilation from 1966-1970 contains some rare singles and soundtrack cuts as well as an additional alternate version of "Time Has Come Today". My only regret is that the disk is not longer. It is approximately 63 minutes so a number of additional cuts could have been added including the over 10 minute album version of "Time Has Come Today" rather than the single version included here. Do not let this deter you from purchasing this set. It is better than either of the other compilations listed on this site because it contains more cuts than either "Greatest Hits" or "Time". There are only 3 total songs from these other 2 compilations that do not appear on "Time Has Come:Best Of The Chamber's Brothers". This is a fine representation of how the musicians and bands of the sixties incorporated the influences of other genres of music into their own sound. It is a shame that this band is only known for "Time Has Come Today" because the Chambers Brothers deserve better as evidenced by this anthology."
Soul Rock Pioneers
David Kinney | San Francisco, Ca. United States | 09/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Soon after purchasing this wonderful collection of soulfully rockin' gems I mentioned it to my old highschool buddy Pat,who's a record collecting fiend. "Dang, I'd forgotten all about them" ,he said. Well, me too,and that was unfortunate because I missed out on hearing some great music for the past thirty years. The Chambers Brothers were arguably the first self contained,songwriting, African American rock band in America.With the addition of British drummer Brian Keenan they were one of the first integrated bands to have success.They pioneered the way for Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone so their historical value would be substantial even if they were mediocre.In fact they're terrific!Great gospel trained voices singing funky rock n' soul over big fat beats.This was the sound that lessers like Rare Earth and Pacific Gas and Electric were trying for,but they just did'nt have the moxie to pull it off.'Time Has Come Today' was the big hit,and the version that appears here benefits from having seven minutes of psychedelic frou-frou edited from the middle.What's left is a tight rockin' tick tockin' postcard from the swinging sixties. Every song on here is fun and swinging.The live "Wade In The Water" provides an excellent example of just how good these guys were in concert.So now I gotta have their live album too.After all I gotta make up for thirty years time.You should get yours now."
Where is the long version???
Philip L. Walsh Jr. | Island Heights, NJ | 01/05/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Without the long version of "Time Has Come" how can this be the best of the Cambers Bros. Was very dissapointed. Pass this one up.
Look for the long version."