The Anthology

The Anthology

by Chuck BerryChuck Berry

CD(Dutch Import)

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Falling squarely between the 71-track triple-disc Chess Box and numerous single-album distillations of Chuck Berry's hits, most notably The Great Twenty-Eight, is this 2000-released, chronologically compiled double-disc set. Its 50 tunes include all of Berry's seminal Chess hits plus key album tracks like "Beautiful Delilah," "Jo Jo Gunne," and "Jaguar & Thunderbird" that were influential but never cracked the charts. The 20-page booklet features a fascinating, extensive essay that provides crucial insights into Berry's work as well as rare pictures and track-by-track personnel listing. Since virtually all of Berry's essential work was done for the Chess label, now part of the Universal empire, there's no reason to decry the lack of anything from Berry's Mercury years, even though those tracks are now owned by the same company and could have been included, especially tacked onto disc two that times out at a relatively conservative 64 minutes. But with a lineup like this, who's complaining? Berry is the undisputed father of rock & roll and his music, much of it blues based and in a few cases like "Havana Moon" even Caribbean inspired, remains timeless as well as inspirational decades after it was recorded. The joys of discovering forgotten, relatively obscure cuts like "Come On" or "I'm Talking About You," both of which are easily on par with any of his more popular hits, is one of life's little bonuses. Berry's lyrics remain intriguingly descriptive, and the remastered sound brings these songs alive with every instrument, especially Willie Dixon's dynamic, jazzy stand-up bass clearly defined. The savvy track selection makes this a better, more consistent listen than the bulky box and stands as the best introduction to one of the most significant pop musicians of 20th century music and the single most important rock & roller ever.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/2000
Label: Chess
UPC: 0008811230425
catalogNumber: 112304
Rank: 34887

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chuck Berry   Primary Artist
Willie Dixon   Bass
Etta James   Background Vocals
Matt "Guitar" Murphy   Guitar
Hubert Sumlin   Guitar
Johnnie Johnson   Piano
Nic Potter   Electric Bass
Fred Below   Drums
Martha Berry   Background Vocals
Stan Bronstein   Saxophone
L.C. Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Jerome Green   Maracas
Lafayette Leake   Piano
Odie Payne   Drums
Jimmy Rogers   Guitar
Otis Spann   Piano
Dave Kafinetti   Piano
Owen McIntyre   Guitar
Marquees   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Chuck Berry   Composer
Alan Freed   Composer
Jay McShann   Composer
Walter Brown   Composer
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
Esmond Edwards   Producer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Russell Fratto   Composer

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