High Treason

Posted: October 10, 2011 in Discography

After the commercial failure of 1975’s ‘Jesus Died…‘ Chester took time off to reassess Rokkard’s mission. He spent the time writing some of the most straight-up rock songs he’s ever produced. He was all set to go and record them when, one night in August 1977, he heard about the death of Elvis Presley. Chester was so inflamed by the outpouring of grief for someone he thought as both a charlatan and a circus performer, he scrapped the songs and furiously wrote an entire album based on his hatred for Elvis.

Much like its predecessor, ‘Piss Off Elvis‘ was not well received; it failed to chart anywhere. A shame because the closing track of Stealing Priscilla is a piano ballad as heartfelt as anything Chester had ever written.

Chester is still adamant the album is a classic, but at the time another rethink was needed.

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