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Definitive Collection
     

The Definitive Collection

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by Chuck Berry
 
There have been many, many Chuck Berry compilations released by Chess over the years, but as of the spring of 2006, there was no comprehensive single-disc set in print; there was the double-disc 2005 set Gold, which itself was a retitled reissue of 2000's Anthology, but the classic comp The Great Twenty-Eight was long out of

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There have been many, many Chuck Berry compilations released by Chess over the years, but as of the spring of 2006, there was no comprehensive single-disc set in print; there was the double-disc 2005 set Gold, which itself was a retitled reissue of 2000's Anthology, but the classic comp The Great Twenty-Eight was long out of print, and nothing had replaced it until the 2006 release of The Definitive Collection. This generous 30-track selection offers nearly everything that was on The Great Twenty-Eight and in nearly the same sequence -- "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" and "Roll Over Beethoven" are swapped, for instance, but it's not really a noticeable change. "Bye Bye Johnny" is the only song missing from The Great Twenty-Eight, which is not a huge omission, especially since it's been replaced with two great singles, "You Never Can Tell" and "Promised Land." "My Ding-A-Ling" is also here and, while it is a worse song than "Bye Bye Johnny," it was Chuck's only number one single, so its inclusion makes sense -- and it hardly sinks a collection that is by far the best, most comprehensive single-disc Chuck Berry set yet assembled. Sure, there are some great Berry songs that are absent, but all the major songs are here; plus, if you need more than 30 songs, turn to either Gold or The Chess Box. If you want a single-disc best-of collection of all of Chuck's finest, this is the one to get.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/2006
Label:
Chess
UPC:
0602498808801
catalogNumber:
000441702
Rank:
12784

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Performance Credits

Chuck Berry   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Multi Instruments
Willie Dixon   Bass
Hubert Sumlin   Guitar
Johnnie Johnson   Piano
Nic Potter   Electric Bass
Fred Below   Drums
Martha Berry   Background Vocals
Reggie Boyd   Bass
Jerome Green   Maracas
Ebby Hardy   Drums
Lafayette Leake   Piano
Robbie McIntosh   Drums
Odie Payne   Drums
Jimmy Rogers   Guitar
Otis Spann   Piano
Jasper Thomas   Drums
Dave Kafinetti   Piano
Owen McIntyre   Guitar
Paul Williams   Piano
G. Smith   Bass

Technical Credits

Chuck Berry   Composer,Producer
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
Esmond Edwards   Producer
Bud Scoppa   Liner Notes
Jenny Shapiro   Licensing

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