St. Louis to Liverpool

St. Louis to Liverpool

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by Chuck Berry
     
 
This album puts the lie to the popular myth that Chuck Berry's music started to fade away around the same time that the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, et al. emerged covering his stuff. His songwriting is as strong here as ever -- side one is packed with now-familiar fare like "Little Marie" (a sequel to

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This album puts the lie to the popular myth that Chuck Berry's music started to fade away around the same time that the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, et al. emerged covering his stuff. His songwriting is as strong here as ever -- side one is packed with now-familiar fare like "Little Marie" (a sequel to "Memphis, Tennessee"), "No Particular Place to Go," "Promised Land," and "You Never Can Tell," but even filler tracks like "Our Little Rendezvous" and "You Two" are among Berry's better album numbers, the latter showing off the slightly softer pop/R&B side to his music that many listeners forget about. Side two includes a bunch of tracks, including the hard-rocking "Go Bobby Soxer" and the even better "Brenda Lee," the slow blues "Things I Used to Do" (with a killer guitar break), and the instrumentals "Liverpool Drive" and "Night Beat," one fast and the other slow, that never get reissued or compiled anywhere.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/2004
Label:
Chess
UPC:
0602498613528
catalogNumber:
000168702
Rank:
45207

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chuck Berry   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Willie Dixon   Bass
Matt "Guitar" Murphy   Guitar
Johnnie Johnson   Piano
Fred Below   Drums
Ebby Hardy   Drums
Lafayette Leake   Piano
Odie Payne   Drums
Jasper Thomas   Drums
Paul Williams   Piano
James Robinson   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Guitar Slim   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
Andy McKaie   Reissue Producer
Lawton Williams   Composer
Bud Scoppa   Liner Notes
Lou Baxter   Composer
Marshall Paul   Liner Notes
Johnny Moore   Composer

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St. Louis to Liverpool 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Having toured the UK in the early '60s, Berry was aware of the impact he was having, and perhaps had an inkling of the British tsunami that was about to flood American shores. This album, released in 1964, doesn't greatly change Berry's formula of clever lyrics, memorable guitar licks and Johnnie Johnson's ever-present piano backings, but it does add a few classics and some fine album tracks to the canon. // Best known are the hit "No Particular Place to Go," and the oft-covered "You Never Can Tell. Both are heard in crisp, expansive stereo - sure to confound listeners weaned on AM radio. A trio of slow blues includes the original "Night Beat," a cover of Guitar Slim's "Things I Used to Do" and a late-night reading of the Charles Brown chestnut "Merry Christmas, Baby." The original album's tracks include a follow-on to "Memphis" titled "Little Marie," and this release's bonus tracks include a follow-on to "Sweet Little Sixteen" titled "The Girl From Central." // Berry sounds energized on album cuts like "Our Little Rendezvous" and "Promised Land," and especially on the original instrumental "Liverpool Drive." With the Beatles and Rolling Stones just then beginning to cover his catalog on record, his singing, lyrics and guitar playing still sound contemporary-for-the-time. Even when he's recycling his own riffs and melodies, Berry adds new tempos, arrangements or lyrical twists that reinvent the original spark. Three bonus tracks include the non-US ballad, "Fraulein," the B-side instrumental "O'Rangutang," and the aforementioned "The Girl From Central." All tracks appear to be original stereo, except for 2, 10-12, and 14. // 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings.