This next set of timely songs share a certain “group vibe” …they are the product of bands rather than a featured individual.
Guess Who? No Time
On occasion I catch the CBC radio program Vinyl Tap. It is hosted by former Guess Who and BTO member Randy Bachman. With his wealth of experience in the music industry his programs are always enjoyable and informative. Format-wise, he usually follows a pattern that I frequently employ myself… that is, the selection of songs based on a given theme. So it was serendipitous (but not especially surprising) that, having completed my first post on the subject of time, I caught a bit of a recent broadcast in which Bachman’s subject matter is… time. I didn’t hear more than a song or two at that point (although I’m sure you could find the podcast if interested) but it did inspire me to begin this chapter with a song by the Guess Who.
No Time can be found (two different recordings of the song) both on the band’s 1969 release, Canned Wheat and on its next album, American Woman. It is the latter recording that was released as a single (and reached #1 in Canada and #5 in the US).
I must confess that I have a greater fondness for the original recording…Canned Wheat was one of my earliest pop vinyl acquisitions… and any album that can boast Laughing and Undun in addition to that first version of No Time is worth hearing and even collecting!
That said, my Youtube illustration (below) is the latter single…
BTW, if you’d like to hear the original, hear it here…
The Beatles Any Time At All
Not too surprising that most bands, if around for a while, will see fit to incorporate time into a song title (or two). Proof? From their Hard Day’s Night soundtrack (1964), here’s The Beatles with Any Time at All…
The Beach Boys I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times
Pet Sounds, released in 1966, was certainly an artistic high point for The Beach Boys and is still considered one of the finest albums in pop music history. It was not, however, typical of the band’s earlier offerings and I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times is exemplary of this departure. It contains few of the instruments usually associated with rock music of the time and its theme is one of alienation and depression.
The Rolling Stones Time Is on My Side
Just like our opening act (The Guess Who), The Rolling Stones recorded two versions of Time Is On My Side in 1964. The single peaked at #6 in the US and #3 in Canada. Here are The Stones in live performance…
The Doors Love Me Two Times
The Doors can’t claim the level of introspection of I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times on this single (which reached #25 on the charts in 1967)… but Love Me Two Times was banned in New Haven (Connecticut) for being “too controversial”.
Crosby Stills and Nash Long Time Gone
This “supergroup” trio was formed at the end of the sixties. Their first album (appropriately) titled Crosby Stills & Nash peaked at #6 on the charts and won the group a Grammy in 1970 (in the best new artist category). Long Time Gone was not one of their charting singles from the album but it remains evocative both of the era and the trio’s sound.
I just had to add this…
Sometimes we find unusual pairings in pop music. I came across this performance of the song with the aforementioned…along with new band member Neil Young (C S N & Y) and Tom Jones!
The Chambers Brothers Time Has Come Today
See what comes of starting out in a Baptist church choir! These siblings released this opus (the album version is about 11 minutes long) as a single in 1968 where it reached #11 on the charts.
The Association Time for Livin’
Of course I couldn’t finish this post without a contribution from…
The song, from the group’s 1968 album Birthday, was the last Association single to reach the Top 40, peaking at #39.
And, speaking of last, that’s my last song for this post. But I hope to be back with some time-ly individual offerings next month.