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Anthology [Double CD, Original recording remastered, Import]

Chuck Berry Audio CD
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Of all the early breakthrough rock & roll artists, none is more important to the development of the music than Chuck Berry. He is its greatest songwriter, the main shaper of its instrumental voice, one of its greatest guitarists, and one of its greatest performers. Quite simply, without him there would be no Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, nor a myriad others. There would ... Read more in Amazon's Chuck Berry Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Jan 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B00004U01E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Maybellene
2. Wee Wee Hours
3. Thirty Days
4. You Can't Catch Me
5. Downbound Train
6. No Money Down
7. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
8. Roll Over Beethoven
9. Too Much Monkey Business
10. Havana Moon
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Back In The U.S.A.
2. Do You Love Me
3. Betty Jean
4. Childhood Sweetheart
5. Let It Rock
6. Too Pooped To Pop
7. I Got To Find My Baby
8. Don't You Lie To Me
9. Bye Bye Johnny
10. Jaguar & Thunderbird
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Also called The Anthology 31 Aug 2003
By Sean
Format:Audio CD
Chuck Berry is criminally underrated; he is both the 1st poet and the 1st true guitar god of Rock N' Roll.

Lyrically he invented a slick urban slang. He set his love stories in the modern world: Refrigerators, Cadillacs, phones clutter Chuck's world giving the songs a identifiable point of reach with the audience. His attention for detail 'a coffee coloured Cadillac', '700 records, all rock rhythm and jazz'. His humour 'I was campaign shouting like a southern diplomat', all of No Particular Place to go.

Chuck could create a entire verse out of place names (Sweet Little Sixteen, Back in the USA); he was also the greatest exponent of the car song (No Money Down, Jaguar and Thunderbird)

How many school dropout guitarist can related to ''he never learnt to read or write so well but he could play the guitar just like a-ringin a bell''?

Chuck's second great genius was his guitar playing. What more can be said about Johnny Be Goode?. The most famous guitar intro in history. Essential to any aspiring guitarist as Smoke On The Water and Teen Spirit. That lick in School Days and No Particular Place to Go; every guitarist from Keith, Steve Jones to Slash has used that lick; it is the most repeated lick in history. Chuck used two fingered lead lines which has become the Rock N' Roll lead guitar cliché.

His band are also instrumental in the sound. Blues god Willie Dixon (bass) and Johnnie Johnston (piano) gave Berrys music a groove, a feeling which still reverates today.

Chuck could be varied a lot: it's nice to see that The Anthology has included Havana Moon (latin) and Bio (blues) highlighting his different styles; Maybellene itself was influenced by Hillbilly.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The true pioneer of rock'n'roll 15 Oct 2003
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Chuck Berry-compilation 16 May 2003
By Docendo Discimus TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Look no further. This double-disc retrospective is the best Chuck Berry-compilation available.
I have been able to find one (1) really good song missing from this set, the (somewhat chauvinistic) "Ain't That Just Like A Woman", but apart from that, everything you would want is here. And the sound quality is superior to the much more expensive Chess Box.
If you're a fan of rock n' roll, you need Chuck Berry in your CD collection. Elvis Presley may have been hugely influential as far as the imagery of rock n' roll is concerned, but Chuck Berry was its originator, the man who created rock n' roll both musically, lyrically and not least instrumentally. He is the true father of the genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the pioneers of rock n roll 17 Jan 2004
By "sibul"
Format:Audio CD
Chuck Berry, durring the 50's was one of rock's true inventors, along with Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and John Lee Hooker. This cd should be part of everyone's rock n roll, maybe even general music, collection. The bottom line is this: you don't like Chuck Berry, You don't like rock n' roll
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great from the greatest 2 May 2004
By D. Bibb
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What can I say,buy,buy,buy.All the hits plus the best tracks from Chess years.No lp fillers in this collection.If you need or want more than a greatest hits this is for you.Hail,hail rock and roll.
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