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Album Review

With MCA putting much of its rock promotion muscle behind metal and hard rock in the early 1990s, Chagall Guevara seemed to get lost in the shuffle. It's unfortunate, because the band showed some potential on this little-known CD. Not at all predictable, the melodic rockers have a very wide variety of direct or indirect influences — the album makes it sound like they were listening to everyone from Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Alice Cooper to INXS. "Murder In the Big House" has an especially Cooper-ish groove, while "Take Me Back to Love Canal" exemplifies the band's more punk-influenced side, and "Rub of Love" hints at Lou Reed. Chagall Guevara should have done a lot better commercially.

Customer Reviews

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Few bands have had the flash on the music that Chagall Guevara did. Comprised of independent musicians that, in their own right stood strong, this band released a quite remarkable albumn in the early 90s. Fronted by Steve Taylor on vocals and Dave Perkins on lead guitar, the group brought an electricity to the stage and captured it on this recording. Standouts include Violent Blue, one of the greatest rock songs ever, and Murder in the Big House. Every song is worth the price. One of the greatest bands to never make it big, CG, is recognized by alternative music fans as a notable, if briefly lived, supergroup.


Of all the albums that came out with the breakthrough of alternative rock, Chagall Guevara is among the best. Melodic, rocking, imaginative, and proficient, Chagall Guevara was ahead of its time and frankly, there are few tragedies bigger than the fact that MCA dropped them.

The review does a small disservice to the record: true, it is not heavy metal, but this record fits nicely as a lighter, less sludgy grundge album. The sound fits with the rock and roll from the 1970's (like many grunge rockers) yet still has some of the jangle in the sound that defined bands like Toad the Wet Sprocket. Thus, the album is not really out of place in it's time. In fact, experience has shown us that it wasn't out of left field so much as it was on the cutting edge of what was to come.


Really glad to see this on Itunes. I had it back in the early 90's. I sold it several years ago, but have never stopped listening to it. It is a very cool and very
original rock album.


Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s

Alternative CCM rockers Chagall Guevara were led by singer/songwriter Steve Taylor, previously known for a series of well-received solo efforts before retiring from Christian music as a result of the controversy surrounding the satirical bent of his lyrics, particularly "I Blew Up the Clinic Real Good" from the album I Predict 1990. He returned to duty in 1990, after forming Chagall Chevara with guitarists Dave Perkins and Lynn Nichols, bassist Wade Jaynes, and drummer Mike Mead; strongly influenced...
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