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The Definitive Collection: Chuck Berry

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This 30-song sequence from 2006 is a justifiably titled collection of hits and essentials by rock and roll's most influential icon. The swinging, rockabilly-rooted "Maybelline" from 1956's Rock Rock Rock  (with the Moonglows and Flamingos) jump-starts your listening experience with a preserved production that sounds like it's playing from an old Wurlitzer jukebox. "Roll Over Beethoven" from the same year was one of the first rock and roll songs to rally kids into dismissing the music listened to by their parents (in this case, classical), and its opening riff forged the famous Chuck Berry signature sound that would later birth 1958's epic "Johnny B. Goode" and fan favorite "Promised Land," as well as the less celebrated but equally strong "Let It Rock." And though the "Johnny B. Goode" sequel "Bye Bye Johnny" is absent, the 1964 mono version of the swanky "You Never Can Tell" more than makes up for it. "Too Much Monkey Business" from 1958's After School Session is another welcome gem here, especially if you first heard it covered by Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Kinks or The Yardbirds.

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Spectacular Release

As a long time listener / fan of rock and roll (from 50's to today), it's clear to me that this Chuck Berry release from Geffen Records is certainly the only Chuck Berry release you will want and need to get not only his best tracks but also the best sounding collection. Somebody at Geffen really cared about this collection enough to put some time and dedication into the quality and is highly recommended for any old-time rock and roll or Berry fans.


such a good collection of Chuck Berry. SO WORTH it! Good Classic Rock and Roll!

The Father of Rock & Roll

I don't think most people realize the significance of Chuck Berry to the history of the genre. Without Chuck Berry, it is very likely that Elvis, Beatles, Rolling Stones, and any number of musical groups through today wouldn't exist or at least wouldn't have made the same contributions. Heck, early Rolling Stones is basically a cover band of Chuck Berry music. Elvis may have been the King but Chuck Berry is the father of Rock and Roll. Keith Richards - It's hard for me to induct Chuck Berry (in the HOF) because I lifted every lick he every played! John Lennon - If you tried to give Rock and Roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry. Angus Young (AC/DC) even stole his duck walk! The Beach Boys, 'Surfin' USA' is almost an exact copy of Sweet Little Sixteen. Number 5 in Rolling Stone Magazine Greatest Artists of All Time. 3 of his songs are named in the HOF songs that shaped Rock and Roll. 6 of these songs are in Rolling Stone Magazines top 500 songs of all time. Named number 6 in Rolling Stones greatest guitarists of all time. In short, any serious fan of music must have either this, the GOLD cd or the box set in their collection. The Great Twenty Eight has long been recognized as the definitive Chuck Berry. However, it is out of print and the aforementioned releases have all 28 songs and then some and the mastering is better. Essential.


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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