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The Best of Chuck Berry 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 (17 July 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Spectrum
  • ASIN: B00004TJVD
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,041 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No Particular Place To Go
2. School Day (Ring, Ring Goes The Bell)
3. Sweet Little Sixteen
4. Let It Rock
5. Memphis Tennessee
6. Nadine (Is It You)
7. You Never Can Tell
8. Promised Land
9. Reelin' And Rockin'
10. My Ding-A-Ling
11. Maybelline
12. Roll Over Beethoven
13. Johnny B. Goode
14. Carol
15. Almost Grown
16. Back In The USA
17. Little Queenie
18. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
19. Sweet Little Rock And Roller
20. Rock & Roll Music

Product Description

UK Best Of for the original Mr. Rock N Roll, all the hits including My Ding-A-Ling, No Particular Place To Goand Sweet Little Sixteen. 20 tracks. 1994 release. Standard jewelcase.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
For anyone who doesn't have any Chuck "Crazylegs" Berry this is an excellent place to start. Why? Well have a think about some of the arguments below.

1. To produce a best-of single disc on Berry is fiendishly difficult given the volume of great work he's produced but I'd say that the compiler(s) have done as good a job as possible. OK they have included "My Ding-a-ling" which I hate perhaps even more than other correspondents. But they would have been criticised if they didn't - Chuck didn't actually get very many hits but this one actually made the number one position. I would add that the man did have a penchant for the occasional novelty number - think "Too pooped to pop" or "Anthony Boy".

2. Sheer value has to come into this as well. Nineteen Berry Classics (and that's what they are) well presented in musical terms is superb value at the current price.

3. And now we get on to the real nitty gritty , the actual music. Well the first thing to say that it was so completely different to absolutely anything that was happening elsewhere. It was blues based but guitar dominated like no one else had ever been. You could call it guitar boogie for want of a better descriptive phrase but that doesn't help much. The combination of the guitar and that individualistic voice were highly distinctive.

4. And those toons. Such a lot of them and I don`t understand comments about "samishness". In fact Chuck only very rarely repeated tunes and arrangements although it`s worth commenting it was something that was quite frequently done in the blues field which was Berry`s background. The compilers' don't help themselves here by putting "No particular place to go" and "School Day" right at the start, this being one of the few exceptions.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By dafiem@excite.com on 13 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you are to young to remember Berry the first time around, and want to experience the work of a true rock and roll great, this is the album for you. The greats are all there, opening with the sublime "No particular place to go" to the glorious ending of "Rock 'n' roll music". Just buy it and bask in it's glory.
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53 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Jay O. on 5 July 2004
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Chuck Berry is of course the grandaddy of rock'n'roll, feted by any pop musician worth their salt. Tracks like 'Rock & Roll Music' and 'Johnny B. Goode' have been covered by dozens of artists - so much so that many music fans may be unaware of the originals. This Best Of is a straightfoward introduction to where these famous songs came from, and includes all the regular suspects plus some the casual fan might not know.
Worth getting? Sound quality's good [I suspect, although the liner notes don't say, that it's all been digitally remastered] and any one of these tracks is a two and a half minute slice of classic pop perfection. The problem came, for me, when I played all twenty of them on this album back to back - I was very surprised to hear how similar many of them sounded. Three or four songs have exactly the same opening riff, and melody lines and chord sequences are repeated all over the place. I can only suppose that this was standard for early rock'n'roll music, but to my modern sensibilities it does sound repetitive and, after a while, even a little dull. Chuck Berry's vocal delivery is so stylish that it lifts the songs, but not quite enough to make them really engaging.
The album remains fun, but one to dip into rather than to play frequently - although as party music that everyone'll like, if that's what you're buying, it's definitely a great album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bubbles01536 on 12 May 2013
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Love this era, but to be honest, I didn't enjoy this CD as much as I thought I would. There is a lot of similarity between tracks , music wise, but still an enjoyable listen. He was the forerunner of his genre and you'll hear many tracks that have been covered by other artists. It isn't an album I would play back to back but there are some good tracks on here that I've added to various playlists and it nice to have one or two pop up on shuffle play. The sound quality is okay but I've heard better quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. T. Taylor on 17 July 2011
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I have really enjoyed this CD. The lyrics are clear and the backing is great. It makes you want to dance.
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By Michelle Storey VINE VOICE on 16 Jun. 2011
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This is another cd i ordered for my clients, along with Buddy Holly (see my review for that one, and you will understand) well Chuck went down just as well with them too. my only problem is that the whole album is so short due to the length of the songs in those days, averaging 2 minutes. saying that though, still brilliant. and my dementia clients loved the songs. one sat by the cd player singing along and jiving to it. music certainly makes a difference to their lives, as i have said in my Buddy Holly review, gone are the days of sitting in front of a tv on full volume, slowly going mad. it brings a positive change of mood to them all. well it does when i'm on duty, it's the first thing i put on when i go in. i love Chuck myself, so everybody's happy.
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By JF Horton on 17 Sept. 2014
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I really enjoyed Chuck Berry for many years in my youth and owned the "Best of" vinyl album with an image of a cherry red convertible car on the cover complete with gleaming chrome work. Unfortunately there was not a CD with the same cover image on Amazon. I find that, although most of the tracks are undiminished, the music has dated somewhat. It is still excellent but not as appealing as it used to be. The version of "Carol" on this, and presumably other recordings is unsurpassable. i have always hated "My Dingaling" and there are some second-rate tracks on the album.
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