The Definitive Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2006
  • Label: Chess
  • UPC: 602498808801
  • Catalog Number: 000441702
  • Sales rank: 20,941

Album Credits

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 Jr. 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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