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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2004
  • Label: Chess
  • UPC: 602498613528
  • Catalog Number: 000168702
  • Sales rank: 32,603

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 Jr. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Berry responds to the British Invasion

    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.

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