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The Very Best Of

9 July 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 9 July 2009
  • Release Date: 9 July 2009
  • Label: Play Digital
  • Copyright: (c) 2009 PLAY DIGITAL
  • Total Length: 40:19
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  • ASIN: B002HU8KEE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 574,263 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. Evans VINE VOICE on 5 Dec. 2006
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Chuck Berry is probably my single favourite artist and I would argue THE single most important artist in rock music. Anyone who doesn't enjoy his music simply cannot like rock music period, and no one can deny his influence. He must be the single most widely covered artist. Just some of the people who have recorded his songs are: The Beatles, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones (multiple times) Yardbirds, Animals, Kinks, Faces, Rod Stewart, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, ELO, Uriah Heep, Steve Gibbons, MC5, Dave Edmunds (multiple times), The Band, George Thorogood and Tom Petty. Incidently, the cover songs by Petty, (Jaguar and Thunderbird) The Band (Back To Memphis) and the two I've heard by Thorogood (It Wasn't Me and Louis To Frisco) I actually heard before the Berry originals, never even having heard OF them before, such is the depth of his catalogue.
I say 'depth' it must be acknowledged however that Berry wasn't averse to releasing the same tune with different lyrics. He did this on several occasions with different songs. So most famously 'No Particular Place To Go' is really 'Schoolday'. However he also reissued 'Memphis Tennessee' as 'Little Marie', 'Sweet Little Sixteen' as 'The Little Girl From Central' and 'Country Line' became 'Jaguar And Thunderbird', perhaps the only occasion where the re-write is more famous than the original. Furthermore, he re-used the famous riff from 'Johnny B Goode' many, many times. It could be argued that this doesn't really matter - a good tune is worth hearing again with different lyrics and the brilliant opening of 'Johnny B Goode' warrants countless re-cycling. Furthermore, many blues songs are simply the same tune with a different title anyway.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 April 2014
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I left my home in Norfolk Virginia
California on my mind
I straddled that Greyhound and rode him into Raleigh
and on across Caroline
Stopped in Charlotte and bypassed Rockhill
we never was a minute late
we was ninety miles out of Atlanta by sundown
rollin` out of Georgia state

So begins The Promised Land, one of Chuck Berry`s greatest songs, a paeon to big wide America and all it must have offered a good-lookin` go-getter like him.

Ring ring goes the bell
the cook in the lunch-room`s ready to sell
you`re lucky if you can find a seat
you`re fortunate if you have time to eat
back in the classroom, open your books
gee, but the teacher don`t know how mean she looks

That`s from another corker, School Days. No wonder Bob Dylan, in a now-famous interview in the early sixties, said Smokey Robinson and Chuck Berry were two of America`s `greatest poets`. The wonder too is that Chuck manages to seamlessly fit such a relatively complex lyric into the line. There`s wit here along with a kind of hipster wisdom.

Deep down in Louisiana close to New Orleans
way back up in the woods among the evergreens
there stood a log cabin made of earth and wood
where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode
who never ever learned to read and write so well
but he could play his guitar just like-a ringin` a bell

Berry influenced so many people, both lyrically and musically, the list would be a very long one. The Stones, Kinks, Beatles...etc...etc...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 6 July 2011
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After years of greatest hits some with terrible sleeves and short playing time and sparse info or simply a back sleeve full of adverts for records by other people the Charly label of France has issued 2 CDs of which this is the first and which covers Berry's entire Chess career.
Though it might seem implauasable when you realise that Berry was only a minor star on the U K charts up to 1964 it was the British Invasion which finally made him when at least half of his 50s songs were being covered.
The reason why Berry was the biggest Chess artist in the 50s is because he was astute enough to recognise the coming importance of High School Pop.Though haedly a teenager he played at being one-there was none of the Howlin' Wolf inuendo here.
Berry also seemingly forecasted the hot rod era of the early 60s and not just because the Beach Boys used his tunes but because his first disc Maybelline was possibly the first song where a car was the star.
Creating actual melodies was something he never did too much preferring to recycle existing ones.But that didn't matter to me-I like to hear any soundalike stuff.
Nowadays the politically correct lunatics would ban Memphis Tennessee when they heard a line about a 6 year old girl and studied Berry's prison record!
But finding controversy when there was none to start with was not a new thing-it happenned with My Ding A Ling-his biggest hit in the U K and the disc that toppled him in the end
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mykool on 4 Mar. 2007
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I saw Chuck Berry in concert a few weeks ago and I wondered if he could still perform at the age of 80. He ran on stage and launched into "Roll over Beethoven"! Fantastic! I realised what a great singer he is with such a strong voice. This compilation has all the great tracks but some of the others are not up to same standard as his classsics. It's worth buying instead of some of the other Best Ofs because it includes essential tracks like "Too much Monkey business" (find myself singing that in work everyday - should be the national anthem!)and "Brown-eyed handsome man" which the other compilations often overlook. It also shows what a clever and witty lyricist he was. Great fun.
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