Where There's Smoke There's Cheech & Chong (Anthology)

Where There's Smoke There's Cheech & Chong (Anthology)

by Cheech & Chong
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Where There's Smoke There's Cheech & Chong (Anthology)

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?

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/2002
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227426521
catalogNumber: 74265
Rank: 40195

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
Tommy Chong   Composer
Hank Cicalo   Engineer
Dennis Dragon   Engineer
Ricky Fataar   Contributor
Carla Fredricks   Engineer
Sherry Goffin   Contributor
Barry Hansen   Liner Notes,Compilation Assistant
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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