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The Great Twenty-Eight – Chuck Berry

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Track Listing:-
1. Maybellene
2. Thirty Days
3. You Can’t Catch Me
4. Too Much Monkey Business
5. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
6. Roll over Beethoven
7. Havana Moon
8. School Days
9. Rock & Roll Music
10. Oh Baby Doll
11. Reelin’ and Rockin’
12. Sweet Little Sixteen
13. Johnny B. Goode
14. Around and Around
15. Carol
16. Beautiful Delilah
17. Memphis
18. Sweet Little Rock & Roller
19. Little Queenie
20. Almost Grown
21. Back in the U.S.A.
22. Let It Rock
23. Bye Bye Johnny
24. I’m Talking About You
25. Come On
26. Nadine
27. No Particular Place to Go
28. I Want to Be Your Driver

On 18th March 2017, we all heard that one of the great pioneers of Rock n Roll music, Chuck Berry had passed away.

There’s no underestimating the impact that Chuck had on the music world, he has continued to be an influence with many bands and solo artists with his guitar solos and showmanship.

So onto the review, this album was released in 1982 and it’s a collection of Berry’s best songs from his Chess years of 1955 to 1965. You can certainly tell as it is just wall to wall great songs including the likes of Johnny B Goode, Sweet Little Sixteen and Rock n Roll Music.

The album acts as a great introduction to Chuck’s music and I imagine this album will probably be listened to quite a lot around the world over the next week or so.

One comment to make about the album, is just how lo-fi it sounds, there isn’t much in regards to production values. But this adds to the appeal of the collection, you don’t need to spend months tweaking the sound of the drum skin or the perfect temperature of the guitar strings and tea.

Personally, I really enjoy his blues driven guitar clearly heavily influenced by T-Bone Walker. The start of his songs generally are startled into life by his trademark blues rock guitar fighting to grab the listener’s attention.

The guitar solos are incredibly energetic and fast, with the rhythm of the drums and double bass helping to drive them along as well. They always sound fresh and heavily improvised which adds to the lo-fi feel of the songs.

The lyrical themes of the album tend to be driven around teenage angst and young live which was a common theme among the music of the time.

What will be a controversial thing to day, some songs on this collection do have a filler feel to them. Such as ‘Brown-Eyed Handsome Man’ and ‘Around and Around’.

But apart from that, the mysic is real toe tapping stuff, and an album that all rock fans should pick up and listen to.

RIP Chuck.

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