Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Oldies - Time Has Come Today by The Chambers Brothers

What's this? I know what you're thinking. This is a very well known piece of rock history. But, did you know that the version you heard on the radio was NOT the original version of the song? The Chambers Brothers first recorded this song in 1966. It was released as a single on Columbia 43816, two years before it became a #11 hit in 1968. The updated version was issued as a single on Columbia 44414. The original version is a bit different, with a gritty garage rock feel. Have a listen:

Now, if you have the time, here's the "long" version of Time Has Come Today from the Chambers Brothers 1968 album, The Time Has Come. This full eleven minute version was played on progressive rock stations, but it was way too long for the hit music stations. Columbia knew that, which is why they edited it down to 4:46 for the single. Light up, sit back, and peace out with the Chambers Brothers from Los Angeles:

If you've got the time, we've got the oldies. Someone asked me recently why I never play the long version of certain songs, like this one, or Light My Fire by The Doors. Actually, I play every version I can find. Listen to MusicMaster Oldies any day at about 5:04pm Central Time and you'll always hear what I call and "Epic" song. Basically, that's any song that runs longer than ten minutes. You may not think there were many songs like that in the 1960's, but you can listen for over a month without hearing the same one twice!


  1. Did you take the time to listen all the way through? If you did, now you know why I consider this to be a Christmas song. Didn't get that? Listen again.

  2. Next time we gain an hour for Daylight Savings Time, I think I'll fill that extra hour with nothing but "time" songs.

  3. Pa-rum-pum pum-pum.

  4. I'm thinkin' about the subway...

    BTW, back when I was a d-jin', we would always play time songs every New Years' Eve.

  5. His version of 'I Can´t turn you loose' is the very best I never heard. Thanks for your work and friendly regards from Portugalete