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Best Of: Time Has Come

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16 annotated slices of psychedelic soul, including rare singles and B-sides! Includes the hit single and alternate versions of Time Has Come Today; I Can't Turn You Loose ; single versions of Love, Peace and Happiness and People Get Ready; Wake Up , and more.


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  1. Time Has Come Today 4:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. All Strung Out Over You (Album Version) 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. People Get Ready (Album Version) 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. I Can't Stand It (Album Version) 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Uptown (Album Version) 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. I Can't Turn You Loose (Album Version) 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. A New Time - A New Day (Album Version) 7:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. You Got The Power - To Turn Me On 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Are You Ready (Single Version) 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Wake Up (from the motion picture "The April Fools") 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Love, Peace And Happiness (single version) 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Let's Do It (Do It Together) (Album Version) 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. New Generation (Single version) 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Funky (Album Version) 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Wade In The Water (live)10:22Album Only
16. Time Has Come Today (Single Version 1 - rejected version) 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 8, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002AFM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,784 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. E FELL on February 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
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".
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I recently bought this CD and was disappointed. I have the original album "The Chambers Brothers - The Time has Come" released in 1967 on vinyl (Columbia records, Stereo CS 9522). On vinyl, the song "Time Has Come Today" is approximatley 10 minutes long (as opposed to the track on this CD "Time Has Come: The Best of the Chambers Brothers" which is only 4:51 minutes) The best part of this song was edited out for this CD. For that reason, I give it only 3 stars. I saw the Chambers Brothers live in Hawaii in 1970. They did a performance of "Time Has Come Today" which must have gone on for 20 minutes. It was great.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David E. Levine on April 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a decent enough collection of the Chambers Brothers best but there are two songs which had great extended album versions: "Time Has Come Today'" and "New Generation." The original album which includes "Time Has Come Today" is still in print and can be ordered in cd form. Unfortunately, the "New Generation" album is not in print. Therefore, the "long" version of that song is hard to get. I loved the Chambers Brothers and I used to buy their albums in vinyl when I was in high school. I also used to see them perform live. I would play the great long versions over and over. Here, the collection is great but the versions included are disappointing. The cd still gets 4 stars for great performances by a great band.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By donkey_shot on December 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The wonderful, multi-racial CHAMBERS BROTHERS are yet another example of the shameful way in which the major companies can treat a great musical heritage: Former band members have been in litigation against Columbia Records and its parent company, Sony for more than two decades now. Like many other artists of the 60s, the CHAMBERS have apparently not seen a dime from Columbia for many, many years.

All the while, Sony/Columbia has been repackaging CHAMBERS BROTHERS product in a bitpiece way since the advent of the cd format: one morsel here, another scrap there! After (commendably, surprisingly) re-releasing "The Time Has Come" with bonus tracks in 2000, no further material has been forthcoming; instead, fans are being treated to shoddy-at-best re-issues that often overlap - this "best of" collection being just another example of such heartless business policy. It is highly doubtful that former band members have seen any of Sony/Columbia`s cd sales profits diverted their way...

Meanwhile, none of the Columbia-era CHAMBERS BROTHERS albums (save the first, as mentioned) are currently in print: Used cd copies of "Love, Peace and Happiness", which was licensed by Columbia to GNP/Crescendo in the 90s sell on the internet for upwards of $100...and all the while, former members of this great psychedelic relic most likely have to scrape together a livelihood.

My personal experience with this fine vocal group BTW contrasts markedly with the stingy corporate policies I just described:
My (then-)girlfriend and I saw the CHAMBERS BROTHERS play a small L.A. club at the very tail-end of their career, in 1984. They performed in front of an audience of perhaps 5-10 patrons (!).
The CHAMBERS BROTHERS worked their way through material spanning their whole (even then!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 1998
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An excellent collection of the songs that helped make the music of the sixty's so great. This CD contains the short and long versions of "Time has come today". Also, who could forget the warm sound of "People get ready". Not all the songs are big hits, but enough good cuts to make this album a worthwhile purchase. Unfortunately, the recording quality is very gritty with a fair amount of distortion. The problem is that the music is so good that it make this selection hard to pass up. I would still recommend it to anyone.
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