The complete Chuck Berry recordings for Chess in the first half of the 60s – incredible stuff all the way through, richer, and more varied stylistically than his earlier proto rock/
punchy rhythm & blues of the mid-to-late 50s – more than 100 tracks on 4CDs in this beautifully designed box for Hip-O Select! The earlier tracks from the 60s find Chuck expanding on his 50s hit sounds without sacrificing the gut level excitement – the simple chording, pummeling & rumbling rhythms continue, but there's a measure of control and a kind of, we hate to say it, but, maturity that permeates – and he's able to pull off more of a blues based mode as the years went on and he got a little older, without putting the old firebrand out, by any stretch of the imagination. That vibe comes especially into play with the piano of Johnnie Johnson and sax by Leroy Davis and others, and the box set includes the joint numbers with Bo Diddley from later in the decade, the classic Live In London recordings from '65, and tons
of great stuff. Incredible material that's too often overlooked in Berry's canon – in a box set that's easy on the eyes, too! The first couple discs features recordings mostly from 60 & 61, and jumps to 63 or 64 at the end, while discs 3 & 4 features work from 63-66. 108 tracks in all, quite a few of which have never been officially released, with titles including "Drifting Blues", "Stop And Listen", "Adulteen", "The Mand And The Donkey", "Go Go Go", "Trick Or Treat", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", "Johnny B Goode (Live)", "You Never Can Tell", "Fraulein", "You Two
", "No Particular Place To Go", "She Once Was Mine", "Welcome Back Pretty Baby", "Wee Hour Blues", "Ramona Say Yes", "Lonely School Days" and much much more!
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