- Number of Discs: 4
- Released: March 31, 2009
- Label: Hip-O Select
Rolling Stone - p.724 stars out of 5
-- "[With] timeless killers....It also includes some great blues covers and a live set that finds Berry joking it up onstage..."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.794 stars out of 5
-- "[A] tremendous archival collection comprising 108 remastered tracks."
Personnel: Chuck Berry (vocals, guitar, steel guitar); Martha Berry (vocals); Jules Blattner Group, Jeff Krivet, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Bo Diddley (guitar); Peter John Hogman (harmonica); James Robinson (tenor saxophone); Johnnie Johnson (piano, organ); Ellis "Lafayette" Leake, Paul Williams & His Hucklebuckers , Bob Scrivens (piano); Willie Dixon (double bass); Brian David Kattenhorn, Howard Jones, Billy Downing, Odie Payne, Jr. (drums); Mike Boocock, Roger Fairhurst, Brian Cockburn Smith, Ricky Green, Neil Carter, Bill Armstrong (background vocals).
Audio Remixers: Andy McKaie; Peter Doell.
Liner Note Author: Fred Rothwell.
Photographers: Brian Cockburn Smith; Ulf Kruger; David Redfern; Jan Persson; Chuck Stewart.
Unlike his fellow original rock & rollers like Elvis, Little Richard, and Jerry Lee Lewis from the Class of '56, Chuck Berry remained quite vibrant in the '60s and even recorded some of his best songs--"You Never Can Tell," "No Particular Place To Go," and "Nadine" in the decade of Beatlemania. Including all of these classics and more, YOU NEVER CAN TELL: THE COMPLETE CHESS RECORDINGS 1960-1966 thoroughly covers this era over four discs and 108 tracks, 18 of which were previously unreleased. Capturing many different sides of the rock-&-roll giant--including his blues phase, great instrumental versions of favorites like "Brown Eyed Handsome Man," and 45 minutes of a 1963 live show in Michigan--the box is a must-own for serious Berry devotees and an in-depth rendering of one of the greats in his last essential era.