Also known as the founders of “Rock Gospel,” the Chambers Brothers always went for feeling and excitement in their songs. It didn’t hurt that Lester Chambers has one of the most soulful voices ever. While Sly is rightly lauded for combining funk and psychedelic sounds, it was still soul music, not rock. The unheralded Chambers Brothers put gospel soul into their unique brand of rock music.
The Brothers had been kicking around L.A. for ten years before they finally landed a slot at the Newport Folk Festival. They brought the house down, landed a deal with Columbia, went electric, and eventually had a top 10 album with The Time Has Come!
"Time Has Come Today"
Early "People Get Ready" on Shindig with washtub bass!
"Time Has Come Today" covered by The Ramones