The Chambers Brothers

Time Has Come Today

Composed by Joseph Chambers / Willie Chambers

Song Review by

One of the finest and most accessible examples of psychedelic rock & roll to grace the radio airwaves, "Time Has Come Today" has an interesting history. Written over two years before its ultimate recording and release, the song's original version was cut in 1966 and rejected by Columbia Records. This version is now available on the Time Has Come collection. The better-known version is on the album of the same name. An Afro-rock masterpiece, it's guided by a fabulously simple and spacy guitar riff. The lyrics are a meditation of the acid-magnified state of mind and union of the time. The extended album version became one of the first examples of what was to become known as an "underground radio" staple. The earlier, alternate version is equally demented and worth seeking out on the Sony/Legacy collection.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Now! 1966 Acrobat 9:14
The Time Has Come 1967 Sbme Special Mkts.
Easy Rider 1969
Original Soundtrack
Universal Music 4:56
Greatest Hits 1971 Sony BMG 11:06
Rock On! [Columbia] 1972
Various Artists
Columbia
Reelin' in the Years, Vol. 5 1977
Various Artists
Sandstone 3:25
Rock Classics of the 60s 1989
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:48
No Image 198?
Various Artists
Rhino 3:52
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Priority Records
Rock of the 70's, Vol. 5 1992
Various Artists
DCC Compact Classics 3:25
Rock Around the Clock [Risky Business] 1994
Various Artists
Risky Business / Sony Music Distribution 4:50
Psychedelia: Long Strange Trip 1995
Various Artists
Life Times & Music 4:49
Goin Uptown 1995 Sony Music Distribution 4:48
Psychedelia [AAD] 1995
Various Artists
AAD 4:49
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:48
Psychedelic Mind Trip, Vol. 2: Another Flashback 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 11:02
Time Has Come: The Best of the Chambers Brothers 1996 Music on Vinyl
Electrifying 60's 1997
Various Artists
Coyote Records 4:49
San Francisco Live 1997
Various Artists
Arti Faxt Records / Prophecy 9:51
Easyriders, Vol. 3 1997
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:47
Time 1998 Collectables 4:49
Dick Bartley Presents Collector's Essentials on the Radio, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Var├Ęse Vintage / Varese
Classic 60's: Blowin' Your Mind 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time/Life Music 4:54
The Summer of Peace, Love and Music, Vol. 2 [2000] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:58
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1968 1999
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / Polymedia 4:52
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:33
Classic '60s [Time Life] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:54
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:55
Girl, Interrupted [Including Score] 2000
Original Soundtrack
TVT 4:53
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 4:49
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Realm Records 4:52
Rock Hits of the 60's 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:52
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:48
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '60s, Vol. 3 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 4:47
Raised on Rock 2002
Various Artists
Goldies 11:03
Hedwig's Theme From Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2002
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:52
Hollywood's Greatest 2002
Various Artists
Golden Stars
Jukebox Hits of the '60s [Collectalbes] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 4:47
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 4:47
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2002
Original Television Soundtrack
Hip-O 4:54
60's Pop Hits 2002
Various Artists
Immediate / Sony Music Distribution 4:50
Paint It Black: Kaleidoscopic Funk Collision 2002
Various Artists
Harmless 4:52
60's the Decade of Love & Music 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:49
Early Days of the Future: Adventures in West Coast Rock 2003
Various Artists
Prism Entertainment 6:42
Let's Go to San Francisco 2004
Various Artists
Goldies 11:05
More Soul 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:52
Woodstock Generation [Sony Box] 2004
Various Artists
Columbia 11:03
Am Gold: The 60's Generation 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:57
Live Fillmore West 65 2004 Falcon
Twenty Years After: The Woodstock Reunion Concert 2004
Various Artists
SRO
Music from the Vietnam War Years, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 4:53
Freestyle [Sony] 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:51
The '60s Rock Experience 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 4:51
California Classic Rock [DVD] 2005
Various Artists
Standing Room Only
Maximum Cowbell 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG 4:51
Ultimate Soul Collection [Sony] 2006
Various Artists
Sony CMG / Sony Music 4:49
Flower Power [Time Life Box] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:57
Flower Power: Time of the Season [Time Life #2] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:57
Peace And Love [Madacy] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 4:52
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 4:51
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Commercial Canada 4:51
The Ramones: Heard Them Here First 2012
Various Artists
Ace 4:52
Party Rock 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:58
100 Hits: Peace & Love
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Records / Edsel
Get Together: The Colourful Sound of the Sixties
Various Artists
Sony Music
No Image
Original Soundtrack
Scotti Brothers
Party Rock: Kicks
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:58
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:48
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