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Extremely Cool
     

Extremely Cool

by Chuck E. Weiss
 
After an 18-year hiatus from recording, Chuck E. Weiss returned to the studio with Extremely Cool, his first album since 1981's The Other Side of Town on Select. Extremely Cool made one wish that Weiss hadn't stayed away from the studio for so long, for it's an enjoyable and unpretentious collection of roots music and Americana. A variety of

Overview

After an 18-year hiatus from recording, Chuck E. Weiss returned to the studio with Extremely Cool, his first album since 1981's The Other Side of Town on Select. Extremely Cool made one wish that Weiss hadn't stayed away from the studio for so long, for it's an enjoyable and unpretentious collection of roots music and Americana. A variety of earthy material finds its way to this release, which ranges from the bluesy rock of "Pigmy Fund" and "Devil with Blue Suede Shoes" and the roots-rock of "Jimmy Would" and "It Rains on Me" to the zydeco-influenced "Oh, Marcy" and the jazz-minded "Sonny Could Lick All Them Cats." The thing that ties all of these songs together is Weiss' earthy, down-home nature -- instead of trying to seduce listeners with slickness or technique, Weiss wins you over with his honesty and lack of pretense. This CD employs such noteworthy guests as Tom Waits (one of the executive producers) and guitarist Tony Gilkyson (brother of folk-pop singer Eliza Gilkyson and a former member of Lone Justice and X) -- and it made a person hope that Weiss wouldn't wait another 18 years to record his next album.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/02/1999
Label:
Slow River Records
UPC:
0635981004121
catalogNumber:
41

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Performance Credits

Chuck E. Weiss   Primary Artist,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Snare Drums
Tom Waits   Guitar,Vocals
Rick Vito   Bass
Tony Gilkyson   Guitar
John Herron   Organ,Accordion,Background Vocals
J.J. Holiday   Guitar
Will McGregor   Bass
Nick Vincent   Percussion,Drums,Snare Drums
Jim Christie   Percussion,Drums
Lee Thornberg   Trumpet
Eleni Mandell   Background Vocals
Jon Herron   Organ,Accordion
Mike Murphy   Piano
C.C. Worall   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Tom Waits   Producer,Executive Producer
Kathleen Brennan   Executive Producer
Tony Gilkyson   Producer
Screamin' Jay Hawkins   Composer
Michael Hutchinson   Producer,Engineer
Chuck E. Weiss   Producer,Illustrations
Johnny Depp   Executive Producer
Donna Bates   Illustrations
George A. Howard   Producer

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