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When this album first appeared in the '80s, many highly regarded old masters were finally having their catalogs overhauled in meaningful ways after years of neglect and haphazard availability. The Great Twenty-Eight went a long way toward giving Chuck Berry fans a solid collection of his best-known music. Rock ’n’ Roll Rarities went deeper for the serious fan. Producer Steve Hoffman searched the Chess Records vault and uncovered a variety of alternate versions and mixes that had never before been made available to fans. Some songs were inexplicably hard to find, while others were stereo remixes of songs previously only heard in mono. But others—the real draw here—were demos and alternate versions of songs that Berry fans had committed to memory. The chance to hear “new” versions of “Rock ’n’ Roll Music,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Little Queenie,” and “Sweet Little Sixteen” provides true excitement for those who thought they’d heard it all.

Customer Reviews

Chuck Berry is rock & roll

Chuck Berry invented rock & roll,Elvis just stole it.

Not Essential, But Worth A Listen

The other reviewer is an idiot. Elvis started recording before Berry, so that would kind of refute that argument. Anyway, back to the review. There are some early 60s songs here that are hard to find in stereo, which is nice. All of the others are alternate versions, which could be nice for fans who have heard the original versions many times. This is great, but only essential to the biggest of Berry fans.


Roll on Brother Chuck….. roll on the sweet beat.


Born: October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Of all the early breakthrough rock & roll artists, none is more important to the development of the music than Chuck Berry. He is its greatest songwriter, the main shaper of its instrumental voice, one of its greatest guitarists, and one of its greatest performers. Quite simply, without him there would be no Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, nor a myriad others. There would be no standard "Chuck Berry guitar intro," the instrument's clarion call to get the joint rockin' in any setting....
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