The Chambers Brothers, Love, Peace and Happiness (1969)
I really loved that Chambers Brothers song, The Time Has Come Today (learned it off the Tour of Duty soundtrack LP of course). And for the longest time that was enough – I almost wanted to believe that it was a total one-off. Well in a way it was, which is to say the band never really worked like that again (nor before). That was a one-off slice of summer-of-love psychedelia. You dig down into what this band was about and you find a gospel group, a soul/funk thing is happening, simmering, but it’s a gospel group. And really not even close to a rock band, despite Time’s 60s-rawk grunt. I started collecting up Chambers Brothers records – mostly on CD actually; easier to find. But then I found this. What a record. Some stunning performances here, half live, half studio. Great covers of tunes by Otis Redding and Curtis Mayfield and, yes, The Bee Gees. One of my favourite LPs. Also anytime I play it – including playing it in a bar as part of a DJ set or whathaveyou – someone always comes up and asks about it. Particularly that killer Bee Gees cover.
Sample Track: To Love Somebody
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