Chuck E. Weiss - The Other Side Of Town
The legend of Chuck E. Weiss continues, or more to the truth, is relived in this remastered edition of his 1981 release of original recordings. For nearly 20 years after, he could be seen every single monday at the LA club The Central, which would eventually become The Viper Room, co-owned by his buddy Johnny Depp. Yeah, he's a pretty influential figure, but one you won't hear talked up about much in the usual music rags. Chuck E. plays just what you'd expect from someone with his roots so deep in rock's history: good old rock and roll, the way it was originally played. Pure nostalgia. And damn good music, too.
Chuck E. Weiss wails all over The Other Side Of Town, bringing a fiery style of blues-tinged rock that reminds me of Jerry Lee Lewis, and his guitar style brings to mind Stevie Ray Vaughn in it's intensity and catchiness. There's something automatically familiar and undeniably enjoyable about this classic rock music, for me, and songs like "Juvenile Delinquent" and "Gina" will transport you back in time about 50 years. To me, that's the kind of rootsy rock music fans of the classic style will want to seek out. If that means you, and you haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting Chuck's sound and clever brand of storytelling rock, give this disc a chance.
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