The Cheech and Chong Album are one of the more bizarre attempts at a rock and roll album by two marijuana gurus. It was recorded by two guys in their early twenties, but never got off the ground. One of them eventually took it up as a full time career, while the other quit his job. A curious thing happened to this lesser-known album, though.
While trying to promote the album, they discovered a marketing idea that would make them famous. They called it “cheech and chong tours.”
Essentially, they would visit bars and restaurants around the country and play a cheap guitar behind the stage, and tell stories. It became something of a free for all, with bartenders usually getting so many questions that they usually had time left in the hourglass to answer them. Eventually, the group decided they needed a better way to promote their new album, so they changed the name to “Cheech and Chong.”
This Cheech and Chong album review will attempt to answer the question, “What is this thing?” I don’t know. At least I don’t know how to describe it. There is no recognizable sound, recognizable lyrics or recognizable tunes. So, there isn’t much point in trying.
Marijuana was definitely an influence when Cheech and Chong got together. Unlike today where some states have made marijuana legal, and other states allow hemp, CBD and closely related cannabis products like Delta 8 hemp flower reviews that blur the line between legal hemp and illegal thc.
Instead, let’s talk about the music. Well, there is one huge highlight, and that is Carlos Santana. He opens the album with a rather awesome and memorable instrumental part, which sounds sort of like an elevator going up and coming down, taking you to a strange world of strange sounds. It’s hard to describe, other than to say it’s sort of like a trip to the subconscious. I can tell you, it’s worth a listen.
The next highlight is actually the songs. Carlos Santana plays most of the album, but there are some standout moments. One of those moments is “Who Is It?” which starts off the album and contains some interesting lyrics. It also contains some interesting instrumental backing tracks.
That’s about it for our cheech and chong album review. We’ll wrap things up by looking at some other notable albums that came out during the era. An interesting choice is Don’t Worry, It’s All Right (Wake Up To Rock ‘N’ Roll). This album features both of Santana’s great guitar work, as well as the synthesizer rock style. This album should be on the list of any fan of this genre.
An overlooked album is Something To Believe, with its hit single, “Convoy.” On first listen, it may seem a little corny, but then it clicks.
Santana’s voice is distinctive and this album will make you believe. Another great album that’s worth a listen is Black Ice, with the band doing most of the vocals and backing tracks. The album wasn’t a massive success, but it has a killer song, “Haitian Divorce” on it.
Before we wrap things up, let’s discuss something briefly about credibility. Music reviews of any sort have to be done with respect. Nobody wants to get a bad rap for something they didn’t like, so it’s important to take a bit of time when reviewing an album.
A reviewer shouldn’t be too subjective in their criticism but should offer an honest opinion of the work being reviewed. When something you enjoy or know about gets criticized in a review, it can put you in a defensive mood, so it’s important to know that you’re not being judged for something you really love.