Bill Haley was the first to have a major hit with a rock'n'roll record and Elvis Presley was the man who made the music popular, but Chuck Berry was the man who really pioneered the music. Listen to Maybelline (the opening cut here) to dispel any doubts. Of course, music was racially segregated in those days and that explains why Chuck receives less credit than he deserves for his contribution to musical history. On this collection, you get to hear all the essential Chuck Berry songs and many other highly desirable songs. Many of his songs have been covered enthusiastically down the years including by Elvis, who covered several of Chuck's songs.
The classic songs featured here include Maybelline, Brown eyed handsome man, Roll over Beethoven, Too much monkey business, School days, Rock and roll music, Sweet little sixteen, Reeling and rocking, Johnny B Goode, Memphis, Sweet little rock and roller, Back in the USA, Nadine, You never can tell, Promised land and No particular place to go. The only classics omitted are Run Rudolph run and Merry Christmas baby, but although I love Christmas music, I don't mind their omission - I like Christmas songs best on their own CD's.
My ding a ling is a novelty song that became a huge hit for Chuck in the early seventies, going all the way to number one in Britain. Many of Chuck's fans don't like it at all and I can understand why, but I love it.
If you are interested in rock'n'roll, you need at least one Chuck Berry collection. Committed fans may prefer to go for a more comprehensive collection with more CD's - one that includes those Christmas songs - but for most people, this is the best choice.