This two-fer CD gathers two albums originally released only in the U.K. by Chuck Berry's British label, Pye Records, 1963's THE LATEST AND THE GREATEST and 1964's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, featuring the hits "Nadine" and "No Particular Place To Go."
Liner Note Author: Alan Clayson.
The value of this two-for-one CD from England's Beat Goes On Records is greater than the sum of its parts -- most of the important tracks here can be found on either the Chuck Berry box or one of the individual MCA-Chess CDs, but they sound infinitely better here, in new late-'90s transfers, than they do on MCA's mid-'80s digital editions. And "good" in this case means they're clean but mean, crisp but raunchy, not like the over-cleaned up versions off of the Chess Box's first disc. The notes are a bit vague as far as the origins of the two LPs are concerned -- they were patchwork creations from recent singles and old U.S. album tracks, done specifically for the British market by Pye Records -- but the sound makes up for those shortcomings. ~ Bruce Eder