Blues

Blues

by Chuck Berry
     
 

Considering that the backbone of rock 'n' roll is the blues, it comes as no surprise that the father of the genre was quite a blues man himself. This wonderful collection brings together some of the most expressive blues performances that Chuck Berry -- the masterful and innovative singer, guitarist and composer -- cut for Chess Records, one of the very greatest of… See more details below

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Considering that the backbone of rock 'n' roll is the blues, it comes as no surprise that the father of the genre was quite a blues man himself. This wonderful collection brings together some of the most expressive blues performances that Chuck Berry -- the masterful and innovative singer, guitarist and composer -- cut for Chess Records, one of the very greatest of blues labels. Berry's musical roots run deep, and you can hear him channeling blues, swing, rhythm and blues and assorted other influences all throughout these vivid tracks. Berry may have laid down the blueprint for rock 'n' roll in his seminal recordings, but, as these performances dramatically prove, the music of his youth was never far from the picture.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Chuck Berry grew up on the blues, taking Muddy Waters as a particular hero, so when he signed with Chess Records in the mid-'50s, the label undoubtedly figured they were getting a blues artist. Which Berry was, but his bright, skittering guitar style and penchant for writing songs with lyrics that set aside blues clichés for something closer to beat poetry meant Berry's forward-looking version of the blues became something else altogether, creating the very template for rock & roll. It also brought a younger teenaged audience into the game, and Berry increasingly aimed for it. But before that groundbreaking shift in style and demographic, Berry turned out some interesting straight blues sides for Chess, several of which are collected here, and it's intriguing to wonder what might have happened had Berry stuck with the blues rather than redefining it into rock & roll. Highlights include the powerful "Wee Wee Hours," a chugging version of Don Raye's "Down the Road a Piece," a try at Guitar Slim's "Things I Used to Do," the hybrid "Driftin' Blues," which features a near doo wop backup chorus, and a revved up and rocking rendition of W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues." Berry's guitar work is revealing on these early numbers, his tone always bright and fresh, as if he was a colt who just couldn't wait to get out there and run. And run he did.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2003
Label:
Chess
UPC:
0602498001301
catalogNumber:
000053002
Rank:
29901

Tracks

  1. House of Blue Lights  - Chuck Berry
  2. Wee Wee Hours  - Chuck Berry
  3. Deep Feeling  - Chuck Berry
  4. I Just Want to Make Love to You  - Chuck Berry
  5. How You've Changed  - Chuck Berry
  6. Down the Road a Piece  - Chuck Berry
  7. Worried Life Blues  - Chuck Berry
  8. Confessin' the Blues  - Chuck Berry
  9. Still Got the Blues  - Chuck Berry
  10. Driftin' Blues  - Chuck Berry
  11. Run Around  - Chuck Berry
  12. Route 66  - Chuck Berry
  13. Sweet Sixteen  - Chuck Berry
  14. All Aboard  - Chuck Berry
  15. Things I Used to Do  - Chuck Berry
  16. St. Louis Blues  - Chuck Berry

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chuck Berry   Primary Artist,Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Matt "Guitar" Murphy   Guitar
Hubert Sumlin   Guitar
Johnnie Johnson   Piano
Fred Below   Drums
Reggie Boyd   Bass
Louis Cennamo   Bass
L.C. Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Equadors   Background Vocals
Ebby Hardy   Drums
Lafayette Leake   Piano
Odie Payne   Drums
Jasper Thomas   Drums
Phil Thomas   Drums
Willie Dixon Band   Bass
G. Smith   Bass
Bob Scrivens   Piano

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
Guitar Slim   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Jay McShann   Composer
Freddie Slack   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Bobby Troup   Composer
Walter Brown   Composer
Big Maceo Merriweather   Composer
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
B.B. King   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Don Raye   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Joe Josea   Composer
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers   Composer
Eddie Williams   Composer

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