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  • Audio CD (February 2, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Slow River Records
  • ASIN: B00000I04N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Immortalized forever in Rickie Lee Jones's 1979 hit "Chuck E.'s in Love," Chuck E. Weiss has had his own career playing the drums and singing in a craggly blues voice that recalls his more famous buddy Tom Waits, who provides production, vocal, and songwriting assistance. For years, however, he never made it beyond the confines of Los Angeles nightclubs. Here he's assembled an album of freewheeling bar tunes and jump blues that recall the music of his youth with fresh irreverence. "Devil with Blue Suede Shoes" is ramshackle back-alley Chicago blues. "It Rains on Me" offers Waits and Weiss singing like old drunken buddies after closing time. It's what you'd expect, yet couldn't conceive. --Rob O'Connor

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A wild mélange of swamp blues, New Orleans funeral dirges, roadhouse rock, spoken word, and down-at-the-heels story-songs. -- Entertainment Weekly

Although Weiss came by his soul-brother schtick naturally ... all that raspy-voiced patios does get annoying after prolonged exposure. -- People

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eric Fick on May 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
We have heard his name before in the many early tracks by the amazing Tom Waits, and here we are introduced to the mysterious man, who goes by the intriguing name of Chuck E. Weiss. If you enjoy listening to good music, and have fancied calling yourself a fan of Tom Waits, then it would be a great injustice to not add this disc to your collection. It is, if not anything else, extremely interesting to see the other sides of music, the sounds and influences of the greats, including Willie Dixon. A perfect an approachable collection of songs, a touch of the wild, found in such artists as Tom Waits himself and Captain Beefheart, and yet there are the jazzy less savage tracks that you find yourself bound to. There is a cleverness here, something that can be related to, classy sounds with great beats, lyrics, and song structures. The vocals too are performed with a mastery we rarely see, and should be rejoicing to recieve in such an enticing a list of songs, and a Tom Waits collaboration to boot. A fatatic range of sounds and songs, an album to buy and appreciate.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Johnson on January 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Chuck E. Weiss can boast amazing credentials. Back in the 60s, he toured with Lightnin' Hopkins as a drummer. He later performed or recorded with Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon. During the 70s, he lived in Hollywood's famed Tropicana Motel, which was home to his best friend, Tom Waits. In fact, he is immortalized in a Waits song - "Jitterbug Boy (Sharing a Curbstone With Chuck E. Weiss, Robert Marchese, Paul Body and The Mug and Artie)" on the Spare Change album.
This is Chuck E. Weiss's second album (the other was back in 1981). The line-up of supporting musicians and guests is impressive, including Tom Waits and Tony Gilkyson (Lone Justice, X). The album is strong from start to finish, and conjures the same sort of film-noir, gutter-room images and characters as mid-70s Tom Waits.
The first song - "Devil With Blue Suede Shoes" - is a bluesy, swampy, devil-chasin' rocker that kicks like a rodeo bull. The following track - "Deeply Sorry" - is laced with burlesque horns and some very twisted lyrics. These tracks are the true standouts on this fine album. Let's hope Weiss finds his way back into the studio a little more quickly next time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By zincus aramarda on May 4, 2004
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Extremely cool to say the least. Compare it to Tom Waits? Well for a start there a lot more of Tom to dig and it depends entirely upon the genre of the Waits' album you're making the comparison with. Closing Time, Nighthawks at the Diner, Heart of Saturday Night are jazz albums entirely unlike Extremely Cool in anyway and therefore irrvevlant to comparison. Albums such as On the Nickel, Bone Machine, Rain Dogs and Foreign Affairs have got a lot more in common.
Chuck E. Weiss and Tom Waits are both unbelievable cool artists.
Buy their stuff. Buy it now. It will blow your mind, baby.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By careycabal@aol.com on June 12, 1999
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Picture yourself on a warm humid night in the corner booth of a dimly lit bar in the French Quarter with your arm around your baby and the rest of your troubled life ahead of you. As good as this is ... Chuck E. makes it better.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By James Ream on November 4, 1999
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After years of Tom Waits being my favorite artist, when I saw an album by Chuck E., I of course had to hear it. I wasn't disappointed. It's a damn fun disc, and I'm sayin' this after repeated listenings. I hope he does another.. Great job Chuck, (you too, Tom and the others involved) I recommend this to all Waits fans and other non-mainstream listeners. In contrast to Tom, Chuck E. doesn't show a "serious side" here, not that I'd want him to. Tom's lastest, "Mule Variations" is in my opinion easily his most "mature" effort, showing that he has embraced the home life with Kathleen & family and I'm happy for him, he sure as hell deserves it. I gotta say, I do miss the "Blue Valentines"- "Foreign Affairs" restlessness and the incredible "Rain Dogs" "Frank's trilogy" era, but I would rather see the man happy, in love, & taking care of himself than to have him down and out just to create edgy, hobo tunes just to please me. I may be playin' Chuck E.'s cd more often than Mule Variations but hey, who the hell am I to say? I can't critique T. W., he's the soundtrack to my life! Tom And Chuck E.- You guys are Both "Extremely Cool."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Piggylou on June 21, 1999
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Chuck E. Weiss is the last of the original hepcats. With so many pretenders coming out of the woodwork (and damn good ones, too) it's great to see Chuck get his due. Even after his major label debut, Chuck can still be found playing the L.A. coffeehouses for tips. He has no choice, this is what he does. While others are primping for their videos, Chuck is out back smoking a cig and showing off a 1900's bass drum he found somewhere. Chuck didn't assume the style because it is in, it's truly the life he lives. This album is a great cross section of Chuck's music, and the production shows some wonderful Tom Waits traits. But don't think Chuck picked up the act from Tom, it's the other way around. Chuck has a trunkful of other great tunes, one can only hope that this is the beginning of a series of albums. From his dead man's shoes to his two tone car, here's hoping for more of Mr. Extremely Cool.
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