Where There's Smoke There's Cheech & Chong (Anthology) [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This double-CD anthology of Cheech & Chong's work properly leans on the albums they did for Ode in the early and mid-'70s, adding a few tracks from their late-'70s/early-'80s stint on Warner Bros. and the 1985 single and small pop hit "Born in East L.A." It being a Rhino compilation, you naturally get a few extras, too: the non-LP 1971 Christmas single "Santa Claus and His Old Lady," two commercials for the Up in Smoke film, a concert commercial with the Tyrone Shoelaces character of "Basketball Jones" fame, and a 1972 live sketch, "Old Man in the Park" which was never included on any of their albums. There are also extensive liner notes by Barry Hansen aka Dr. ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This double-CD anthology of Cheech & Chong's work properly leans on the albums they did for Ode in the early and mid-'70s, adding a few tracks from their late-'70s/early-'80s stint on Warner Bros. and the 1985 single and small pop hit "Born in East L.A." It being a Rhino compilation, you naturally get a few extras, too: the non-LP 1971 Christmas single "Santa Claus and His Old Lady," two commercials for the Up in Smoke film, a concert commercial with the Tyrone Shoelaces character of "Basketball Jones" fame, and a 1972 live sketch, "Old Man in the Park" which was never included on any of their albums. There are also extensive liner notes by Barry Hansen aka Dr. Demento, who of course has played many of those songs over the years on his radio show. But overall this stuff is more juvenile than it is funny. Actually, the duo had just a bit more range than they were given credit for, with a facility for musical satire in cuts like the elderly bluesman parody "Blind Melon Chitlin'," the update of Leiber & Stoller's "Framed," the Top Ten hit "Earache My Eye" possibly an influence on Spinal Tap in its use of a fake bad heavy metal record by Alice Bowie, and "Basketball Jones." They were pretty deft at inserting sound effects and layering voices, though not to anywhere near the profound end that the Firesign Theatre and Monty Python did. And it's surprising how many of these songs were actually Top 100 chart hits -- no less than eight of them. You do wonder who the core audience of this retrospective is going to be -- present-day kids might actually find the junior high-level drug humor that dominates the material tame. That leaves it to the people who, um, grew up on these albums when they were in junior high school in the 1970s. And if there are a whole lot of people that are still into Cheech & Chong as adults, doesn't that say something rather peculiar about a segment of our culture?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227426521
  • Catalog Number: 74265
  • Sales rank: 72,219

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cheech & Chong Primary Artist
Carole King Electric Piano
Billy Preston Organ
David Sanborn Saxophone
Tom Scott Conductor, Saxophone
David Foster Conductor
Nicky Hopkins Piano
Jim Keltner Percussion
George Bohannon Voices
Paul Hubinon Voices
Danny Kortchmar Guitar
Rick Marotta Drums
Andy Muson Bass
Stanley Sheldon Bass
Klaus Voormann Bass
Waddy Wachtel Guitar
Jai Winding Keyboards
Alice Bowie Track Performer
Technical Credits
Tom Scott Arranger
David Foster Arranger
Gene Page Horn Arrangements
Darlene Love Contributor
Lou Adler Producer
Tchad Blake Engineer
David Bluefield Contributor
Neil Brody Engineer
Hank Cicalo Engineer
Chick Corea Composer
Dennis Dragon Engineer
Ricky Fataar Contributor
Carla Fredricks Engineer
Sherry Goffin Contributor
Barry Hansen Liner Notes, Compilation Assistant
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Compilation Assistant
Steve Katz Engineer
Jean King Contributor
Dennis Kirk Engineer
Wayne Neuendorf Engineer
Scott Smith Contributor
Tim Weston Contributor
Rae Dawn Chong Contributor
Steve Woolard Discographical Annotation
Howard Frank Executive Producer
Scott Harper Contributor
Shawn Amos Editorial Coordinator
Daniel Goldmark Editorial Research
Jim Root Engineer
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