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  • Format: CD
  • SKU: ADDCD3122
  • UPC: 824046312220
  • Street Date: 03/10/15
  • PreBook Date: 02/03/15
  • Label: Acrobat »
  • Genre: Pop/Rock
  • Run Time: 145 mins
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Year of Production: 2014
  • Box Lot: 25
  • Territory: NORTH AMERICA
  • Language: English


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Chuck Berry - The Complete Chess Singles As & Bs 1955-61

Chuck Berry was one of the key figures in the rock 'n' roll explosion of the mid-'50s

Chuck Berry - The Complete Chess Singles As & Bs 1955-61
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Chuck Berry was one of the key figures in the rock 'n' roll explosion of the mid-'50s, as musical styles that had been part of R&B and country for a number of years came together in a cross-cultural hothouse fuelled by the power of mass media and the rebellious attitudes of the baby boom generation. So distinctive and individual are Chuck's guitar technique and songwriting style that his hits from that era have become some of the touchstones which characterise the whole genre of rock 'n' roll. His trademark guitar intros and riffs, and songs like "Johnny B. Goode" and "Roll Over Beethoven" have become part of the universal language of rock 'n' roll to the extent that any group of reasonably competent musicians could perform a passable version of them without a rehearsal. Signed to the Chess label on Muddy Waters recommendation in 1955, he scored a million seller with his first hit "Maybellene", and over the next few years recorded a string of classics, the songs articulating the experiences of teen life and the new consumerism in brilliantly observed lyrics as well as a musical style that combined the best of R&B and country. Even B sides like "Round And Round", "Reeling And Rocking" and "Memphis Tennessee" have become classics which have been essential elements of many bands' repertoire over the years. This great value 50-track 2-CD set comprises every A &B side released by Chuck during these phenomenal formative years, and it's a must-have for every true fan of rock 'n' roll.

Track Listing

Disc 1:
  • Maybelline
  • Wee Wee Hours
  • Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)
  • Together (We Will Always Be)
  • No Money Down
  • The Downbound Train
  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Drifting Heart
  • Brown Eyed Handsome Man
  • Too Much Monkey Business
  • You Can't Catch Me
  • Havana Moon
  • School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell)
  • Deep Feeling
  • Oh Baby Doll
  • La Jaunda
  • Rock And Roll Music
  • Blue Feeling
  • Sweet Little Sixteen
  • Reelin' And Rockin'
  • Johnny B. Goode
  • Around And Around
  • Beautiful Delilah
  • Vacation Time
  • Carol
  • Disc 2:
    • Hey Pedro
    • Sweet Little Rock and Roller
    • Jo Jo Gunne
    • Run Rudolph Run
    • Merry Christmas Baby
    • Anthony Boy
    • That's My Desire
    • Almost Grown
    • Little Queenie
    • Back In The U.S.A.
    • Memphis, Tennessee
    • Broken Arrow
    • Childhood Sweetheart
    • Let It Rock
    • Too Pooped to Pop
    • Bye Bye Johnny
    • Worried Life Blues
    • I Got To Find My Baby
    • Mad Lad
    • Jaguar And Thunderbird
    • Our Little Rendezvous
    • I'm Talking About You
    • Little Star
    • Come On
    • Go-Go-Go

Press Quotes

Featuring his unique guitar licks and brilliantly observed lyrics... Any rock 'n' roll fan will revel in hearing Berry's memories.

     —Bob Morello, Boston Post Gazette

Combining this body of work with Berry's fifties material is one of the best ways to get the lowdown on the glory days of rock 'n' roll and its aftermath... There is so much to explore here.

     —Mike Ragogna, Huffington Post

A terrific portrait of Chuck's great initial explosion... A really nice double-disc set of Berry's prime.

     —Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Whether you are a Chuck Berry aficionado or you have yet to delve into '50s rock n' roll this collection is an excellent addition to any music library.

     —Landon Gampel, Elmore Magazine

Chuck Berry changed the world of rock forever, and this 2-CD set has all of his most important works in the same collection. This is the real deal, and Chuck proved way back when, that there truly is only one way to rock!

     —Jeb Wright, Classic Rock Revisited

The succession of catchy tunes is relentless.

     —Robbie Gerson, Audiophile Audition


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