The Best of Chuck Berry [Not Now]

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
A pivotal catalyst in the formation of rock & roll, Chuck Berry welded beat poet lyrics to revved up blues riffs, and with his easy knack for spinning believable and universal narratives in his songs, all of which seemed to feature cars and motion, he was a musical treasure long before anyone really realized it. He sketched out a new kind of American music in the mid-'50s, and then almost single-handedly put the electric guitar at the center of it all. This set combines his first two LPs for Chess Records, 1957's After School Session featuring Otis Spann on piano, Willie Dixon on bass, and Jimmy Rogers on guitar and 1958's One Dozen Berrys with Dixon on bass and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
A pivotal catalyst in the formation of rock & roll, Chuck Berry welded beat poet lyrics to revved up blues riffs, and with his easy knack for spinning believable and universal narratives in his songs, all of which seemed to feature cars and motion, he was a musical treasure long before anyone really realized it. He sketched out a new kind of American music in the mid-'50s, and then almost single-handedly put the electric guitar at the center of it all. This set combines his first two LPs for Chess Records, 1957's After School Session featuring Otis Spann on piano, Willie Dixon on bass, and Jimmy Rogers on guitar and 1958's One Dozen Berrys with Dixon on bass and Hubert Sumlin on guitar, on two CDs and adds in bonus tracks for each session. The result is some vintage Chuck Berry doing what Chuck Berry does on gems like "Too Much Monkey Business," "Brown Eyed Handsome Man," "Maybellene," the spooky "Downbound Train," and the calypso-tinged "Havana Moon." This set doesn't really make for the "best" of Chuck Berry, though, in spite of the new title, since it lacks some key songs like the brilliant "No Particular Place to Go," the fluid and just slightly eerie "You Never Can Tell," and "Promised Land," but it still paints a nice portrait of the early Berry.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2011
  • Label: Not Now Uk
  • EAN: 5060143492792
  • Catalog Number: 4349279
  • Sales rank: 35,121

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 School Days (Ring, Ring Goes the Bell) (2:43)
  2. 2 Deep Feeling (2:20)
  3. 3 Too Much Monkey Business (2:55)
  4. 4 Wee Wee Hours (3:04)
  5. 5 Roly Poly (2:50)
  6. 6 No Money Down (2:59)
  7. 7 Brown Eyed Handsome Man (2:18)
  8. 8 Berry Pickin' (2:32)
  9. 9 Together (We'll Always Be) (2:38)
  10. 10 Havana Moon (3:08)
  11. 11 Down Bound Train (2:51)
  12. 12 Drifting Heart (2:49)
  13. 13 Maybellene (2:21)
  14. 14 Thirty Days (2:25)
  15. 15 Roll Over Beethoven (2:24)
  16. 16 You Can't Catch Me (2:44)
  17. 17 Beautiful Delilah (2:16)
  18. 18 My Ding-A-Ling
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sweet Little Sixteen (3:13)
  2. 2 Blue Feeling (3:01)
  3. 3 La Jaunda (3:12)
  4. 4 Rockin' at the Philharmonic (3:24)
  5. 5 Oh Baby Doll (2:39)
  6. 6 Guitar Boogie (2:19)
  7. 7 Reelin' and Rockin' (3:18)
  8. 8 In-Go (2:29)
  9. 9 Rock and Roll Music (2:33)
  10. 10 How You've Changed (2:48)
  11. 11 Low Feeling (3:08)
  12. 12 It Don't Take But a Few Minutes (2:28)
  13. 13 Carol (2:48)
  14. 14 Sweet Little Rock 'N' Roller (2:22)
  15. 15 Jo Jo Gunne (2:47)
  16. 16 Run Rudolph Run (2:45)
  17. 17 Johnny B. Goode (2:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chuck Berry Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Willie Dixon Bass
Hubert Sumlin Guitar
Johnnie Johnson Piano
Fred Below Drums
Ebby Hardy Drums
Lafayette Leake Piano
Jimmy Rogers Guitar
Otis Spann Piano
Jasper Thomas Drums
Technical Credits
Chuck Berry Composer
Leonard Chess Producer
Michael Heatley Sleeve Notes
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