Chuck Berry The Definitive Collection

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  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: Chess


  • 1.Maybellene
  • 2.Thirty Days
  • 3.You Can't Catch Me
  • 4.Too Much Monkey Business
  • 5.Roll Over Beethoven
  • 6.Brown Eyed Handsome Man
  • 7.Havana Moon
  • 8.School Day
  • 9.Rock And Roll Music
  • 10.Oh Baby Doll
  • 11.Reelin' And Rockin'
  • 12.Sweet Little Sixteen
  • 13.Johnny B. Goode
  • 14.Around And Around
  • 15.Beautiful Delilah
  • 16.Carol
  • 17.Memphis, Tennessee
  • 18.Sweet Little Rock & Roller
  • 19.Little Queenie
  • 20.Almost Grown
  • 21.Back In The U.S.A.
  • 22.Let It Rock
  • 23.I'm Talking About You
  • 24.Come On
  • 25.Nadine (Is It You?)
  • 26.You Never Can Tell
  • 27.Promised Land
  • 28.No Particular Place To Go
  • 29.I Want To Be Your Driver
  • 30.My Ding-A-Ling (Live)

Product Description:

Personnel: Chuck Berry (guitar); Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rogers , Owen McIntyre (guitar); James Robinson , L.C. Davis (saxophone); Dave Kafinetti, Johnnie Johnson, Lafayette Leake, Otis Spann, Paul Williams (piano); Nic Potter (electric bass); Reggie Boyd, G. Smith, Willie Dixon (bass guitar); Fred Below, Odie Payne, Jr., Robbie McIntosh , Jasper Thomas, Ebby Hardy (drums); Jerome Green (maracas); Band Chorus, Etta James & The Marquees, Martha Berry (background vocals).
Audio Remasterer: Erick Labson.
There have been many, many Chuck Berry compilations released by Chess over the years, but as of the spring of 2006, there was no comprehensive single-disc set in print; there was the double-disc 2005 set Gold, which itself was a retitled reissue of 2000's Anthology, but the classic comp The Great Twenty-Eight was long out of print, and nothing had replaced it until the 2006 release of The Definitive Collection. This generous 30-track selection offers nearly everything that was on The Great Twenty-Eight and in nearly the same sequence -- "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" and "Roll Over Beethoven" are swapped, for instance, but it's not really a noticeable change. "Bye Bye Johnny" is the only song missing from The Great Twenty-Eight, which is not a huge omission, especially since it's been replaced with two great singles, "You Never Can Tell" and "Promised Land." "My Ding-A-Ling" is also here and, while it is a worse song than "Bye Bye Johnny," it was Chuck's only number one single, so its inclusion makes sense -- and it hardly sinks a collection that is by far the best, most comprehensive single-disc Chuck Berry set yet assembled. Sure, there are some great Berry songs that are absent, but all the major songs are here; plus, if you need more than 30 songs, turn to either Gold or The Chess Box. If you want a single-disc best-of collection of all of Chuck's finest, this is the one to get. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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