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Chuck Berry Gold
     

Chuck Berry Gold

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by Chuck Berry
 

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Universal's 2005 release Gold is a repackaged reissue of their excellent 2000 release Anthology, containing the same 50 tracks over two CDs, the same mastering, and the same liner notes. The only difference is the title and the artwork, which are tailored to be part of Universal's ongoing Gold series (which somehow is more extensive than their ongoing

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Universal's 2005 release Gold is a repackaged reissue of their excellent 2000 release Anthology, containing the same 50 tracks over two CDs, the same mastering, and the same liner notes. The only difference is the title and the artwork, which are tailored to be part of Universal's ongoing Gold series (which somehow is more extensive than their ongoing Platinum series, even if it isn't as precious a metal). Clearly, anybody who owns that previous compilation has no need to repurchase this set, but anybody who's looking for a good compilation of Chuck Berry's classic Chess recordings of the '50s and '60s should get this, since this contains all of the hits plus the great majority of such excellent non-hit singles as "Jaguar & Thunderbird," "Tulane," and "Jo Jo Gunne," none of which are on the seminal Great Twenty-Eight comp (all 28 songs from that collection are here, however). While it's not as exhaustive as the triple-disc Chess Box, there's not a bad cut here outside of the abominable "My Ding-A-Ling" -- a novelty that grows worse with each passing year, but is regrettably (yet somehow fittingly) Chuck's only number one single -- and it comes as close to being a definitive Chuck Berry anthology as a double-disc compilation can be.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2005
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602498805589
catalogNumber:
000436402

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chuck Berry   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Willie Dixon   Bass,Double Bass
Etta James   Background Vocals
Matt "Guitar" Murphy   Guitar
Hubert Sumlin   Guitar,Drums
Johnnie Johnson   Piano
Nic Potter   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Fred Below   Drums
Martha Berry   Background Vocals
Bo Diddley   Guitar
Reggie Boyd   Bass
Stan Bronstein   Saxophone
L.C. Davis   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Rick Frank   Drums
Wayne "Tex" Gabriel   Guitar
Jerome Green   Maracas
Ebby Hardy   Drums
Adam Ippolito   Piano
Lafayette Leake   Piano
Robbie McIntosh   Drums
Odie Payne   Drums
Jimmy Rogers   Guitar
Otis Spann   Piano
Jasper Thomas   Drums
Gary VanScyoc   Electric Bass
Dave Kafinetti   Piano
Owen McIntyre   Guitar
Paul Williams   Piano
G. Smith   Bass
Matt Murphy   Guitar
Marquees   Guest Appearance
James Robinson   Saxophone
Ecuadors   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Little Walter   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Alan Freed   Composer
Jay McShann   Composer
Harlan Leonard   Producer
Freddie Slack   Composer
Phil Chess   Producer
Stanley Clarke   Composer
Esmond Edwards   Producer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Don Raye   Composer
Baron Wolman   Cover Photo
Russell Fratto   Composer
Mark Humphrey   Liner Notes
Will D. Cobb   Composer
Leonard & Phil Chess   Audio Production

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The Anthology 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OK, Elvis is Elvis. No one can deny it, but luckly for him, Chuch was born a black guy. History would be different if Chuch Berry was white. Hail, Hail Chuck. I am white, by the way
Guest More than 1 year ago
With the inclusion of every track from The Great Twenty-Eight plus 22 additional tracks, all remastered with warm, rich dynamics, The Anthology easily usurps its aforementioned predecessor as THE essential Chuck Berry CD. As a matter of fact, it is no overstatement to say that every Rock & Roll CD collection shouldn't be without it. With all due respect to the great Scotty Moore, in three of the first four songs of this set Berry lays the blueprint for Rock & Roll guitar playing and songwriting. But he doesn’t stop there. "Roll Over Beethoven," "Too Much Monkey Business," "Rock And Roll Music," "Reelin’ & Rockin’," and of course, the quintessential Rock & Roll number, "Johnny B. Goode." If Berry’s career had ended with that, he’d still be one of the great pioneers of Rock & Roll. Oh, but he was just getting started. The sheer quality of the 10 consecutive songs from "Down the Road Apiece" through "I Want to Be Your Driver" on disc 2 reveal how he continued to create vital music well into the sixties, just as "Tulane" and "Bio" proved he was still none too pooped to pop. If you own The Great Twenty-Eight, you will be pleased with the inclusion of some egregious omissions from that compilation: "Downbound Train," "House of Blue Lights," "Down the Road Apiece," "Confessin’ the Blues," "You Never Can Tell," "Promised Land," and especially "Dear Dad." These additions and the remarkable sound quality make it worth buying those fabulous 28 songs all over again. Chuck’s guitar sound is thick and raunchy. Willie Dixon’s bass comes through more fully, while Johnny Johnson’s indispensable piano completes the sound on top of the backbeat from any of a number of talented drummers on the Chess roster. Make no mistake, not every song is a winner. "My Ding-A-Ling’s" placing at the top of the Pop Charts is the only thing that earns it way onto The Anthology; and after about four minutes, the seven-minute-long live version of "Reelin’ & Rockin’" makes you wish Chuck had forgotten his watch on the night in question. "Havana Moon" and "Bye Bye Johnny" haven’t gotten any better since their release on The Great Twenty-Eight. To that end, there are still omissions, many of which can be found on Chuck Berry Blues and the hard-to-find Chuck Berry in London/Fresh Berrys CD. The best of those omissions, "St Louis Blues," coincidentally shows up on both. The twenty-page booklet includes informative liner notes, as well as recording information for each song. This is the place to begin. The Anthology is Rock & Roll at its seminal, bare-bones best. Over the course of 50 songs, Berry puts on a veritable guitar clinic. If I haven’t made it clear, replace your The Great Twenty-Eight with this. If you don’t have any Chuck Berry CDs, what are you waiting for?