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His Best, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Strictly focusing on his single tracks in a chronological manner, this first of two volumes in MCA's Chess 50th Anniversary collection hits all the high spots of Chuck Berry's career up to 1958. It also serves as the first compilation to really showcase his development as a songwriter over the first three years of his massive crossover success, including the seldom-anthologized "Downbound Train" perhaps the darkest and most demonic ditty he ever recorded juxtaposed against his car songs "Maybellene," "You Can't Catch Me", his calculated and carefully crafted instant classics for the 1950s teenage market "Reelin' and Rockin'," "Sweet Little Sixteen," "School Day", and his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Strictly focusing on his single tracks in a chronological manner, this first of two volumes in MCA's Chess 50th Anniversary collection hits all the high spots of Chuck Berry's career up to 1958. It also serves as the first compilation to really showcase his development as a songwriter over the first three years of his massive crossover success, including the seldom-anthologized "Downbound Train" perhaps the darkest and most demonic ditty he ever recorded juxtaposed against his car songs "Maybellene," "You Can't Catch Me", his calculated and carefully crafted instant classics for the 1950s teenage market "Reelin' and Rockin'," "Sweet Little Sixteen," "School Day", and his celebrations of the music itself "Rock and Roll Music," "Johnny B. Goode," "Roll Over Beethoven". There's a ton of great music here with a second companion volume to complete the picture, and for a big chunk of what makes Berry perhaps rock & roll's original triple-threat package singer, songwriter, and guitar hero, there's much here to tip the scales in its favor to recommend this volume as a first-time purchase.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1997
  • Label: Universal Mod Afw
  • UPC: 076732937129
  • Catalog Number: 9371
  • Sales rank: 176,360

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Maybellene (2:22)
  2. 2 Thirty Days (2:24)
  3. 3 You Can't Catch Me (2:45)
  4. 4 Downbound Train (2:52)
  5. 5 Brown Eyed Handsome Man (2:19)
  6. 6 Roll over Beethoven (2:25)
  7. 7 Too Much Monkey Business (2:56)
  8. 8 Havana Moon (3:09)
  9. 9 School Day (2:43)
  10. 10 Rock & Roll Music (2:34)
  11. 11 Oh Baby Doll (2:39)
  12. 12 Reelin' and Rockin' (3:17)
  13. 13 Sweet Little Sixteen (3:03)
  14. 14 Johnny B. Goode (2:42)
  15. 15 Around and Around (2:41)
  16. 16 Beautiful Delilah (2:11)
  17. 17 Carol (2:50)
  18. 18 Anthony Boy (1:54)
  19. 19 Jo Jo Gunne (2:48)
  20. 20 Memphis (2:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chuck Berry Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Overdubs
Willie Dixon Bass
Johnnie Johnson Piano
Fred Below Drums
Jerome Green Maracas
Ebby Hardy Drums
Lafayette Leake Piano
Jimmy Rogers Guitar
George "Harmonica" Smith Bass
Otis Spann Piano
Jasper Thomas Drums
Technical Credits
Chuck Berry Composer
Alan Freed Composer
Leonard Chess Producer
Phil Chess Producer
Stanley Clarke Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Russell Fratto Composer
Will D. Cobb Composer
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