Time Is Tight

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"Time Is Tight"
Single by Booker T. & the M.G.'s
from the album Up Tight
B-side "Johnny, I Love You"
ReleasedFebruary 1969 (1969-02)
Genre Soul
Label Stax
Producer(s) Booker T. Jones
Booker T. & the M.G.'s singles chronology
"Hang 'Em High"
"Time Is Tight"
"Mrs. Robinson"

"Time Is Tight" is an instrumental recorded by Booker T. & the M.G.'s for their soundtrack to the 1968 film UpTight .



The group recorded two versions of the song – the shorter (3:14), slower version was released as a single in 1969, and became one of the biggest hits of the group's career, peaking in the US charts at #7 R&B and #6 Pop [1] and reaching number 1 in South Africa. The longer (4:55) version (which was included on the official soundtrack album) is played at a faster tempo than the single version, and features an extended introduction and an instrumental 'breakdown' section, neither of which was included in the single version.



Weekly charts

Chart (1969)Peak
Australia ( Go-Set ) [2] 15
Australia (Kent Music Report) [3] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) [4] 36
Canada Top Singles ( RPM ) [5] 8
Canada Adult Contemporary ( RPM ) [6] 24
Germany (Official German Charts) [7] 31
Ireland (IRMA) [8] 12
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [9] 7
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) [10] 7
South Africa (Springbok Radio) [11] 1
UK Singles (OCC) [12] 4
US Billboard Hot 100 [13] 6
US Adult Contemporary ( Billboard ) [14] 9
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs ( Billboard ) [15] 7
US Cash Box Top 100 [16] 8

Year-end charts

Chart (1969)Position
Australia (Kent Music Report) [17] 56
South Africa (Springbok Radio) [18] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [19] 37
US Billboard Hot 100 [20] 63

Cover versions

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