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Chuck Berry (Chess Box) [Box set]

Chuck BerryAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: November 22, 1988
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Chess
  • ASIN: B000002Q3Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,170 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. No Money Down
6. Downbound Train
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Memphis
2. Anthony Boy
3. Jo Jo Gunne
4. Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller
5. Merry Christmas Baby
6. Run Rudolph Run
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. No Particular Place To Go
2. Liverpool Drive
3. You Two
4. Chuck's Beat
5. Little Marie
6. Dear Dad
See all 20 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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We may not know who wrote the book of love, but the author of the rock & roll dictionary was Charles Edward "Chuck" Berry. You've got a signature guitar riff that other giants (think Rolling Stones) have based entire careers on. Songs such as "School Day" told teen tales as though they were novels. "Too Much Monkey Business" in where Bob Dylan discovered poetry and rap music found a contemporary starting point. "Johnny B. Goode," "Sweet Little Sixteen," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Back in the USA"--the titles alone evoke unparalleled rock atmosphere. If this three-CD set contains less unreleased ephemera than the usual box, it's because there are so many essentials to squeeze in. This one's got 'em all, A to Z. --Ben Edmonds

Product Description

71 electrifying essentials by one of the most influential rockers ever: My Ding-A-Ling; Sweet Little Sixteen; School Day; Maybellene; Johnny B. Goode; No Particular Place to Go; Rock & Roll Music; Carol , and all those other hits join Downbound Train; Drifting Heart; Havana Moon; Betty Jean; Bye Bye Johnny , and more!

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
In October of 2006 Chuck Berry will be 80 years old. Of the founders of rock `n' roll, he is today the one whose honor and esteem is most out of whack with his actual contributions. By any standards, Chuck Berry is one of the founding titans of rock. Musically, he contributed more than any other of the original inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Elvis put rock `n' roll on the map, but Chuck is the one who drew it. Before Bob Dylan and the rash of great rock `n' roll song writers to spring up in the wake of Beatlemania, Chuck Berry was hands down the finest rock songwriter, with the lone exception of his equal Buddy Holly. It is only a slight over implication to state that most rock since Berry has been a variant of his original adaptation of rhythm and blues. And lyrically Berry was the most gifted lyricist before the advent of Bob Dylan. Of all the rock and roll performers, Berry was the easiest to understand when he sang, precisely pronouncing every word and for a very good reason: they were good words. Indeed, his diction was so superb that his earliest listeners refused to believe that he was a black man; they were convinced he was white. Chuck Berry has long been criticized for his lack of involvement in the Civil Rights movement and for reinforcing some negative images of black males, but by presenting himself as an undeniably intelligent and gifted black at a time when many whites were denying that blacks were as intelligent was itself an important contribution. Besides, working as a black crossover artist he was sometimes able to get his own back by subtle messaging. We all know, for instance, that in "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" he wasn't really talking about eye color. Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Have" CD for the Serious Rock 'n' Roll Fan January 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Chuck Berry has released some fine albums throughout his career (Chuck Berry Is on Top, St. Louis to Liverpool), and until it went out of print the budget-minded could have gotten by with The Great Twenty-Eight. But for only a few dollars more you can enjoy this generous 71-track sampling of his entire career from 1955 to 1973.
Chuck Berry wrote the book on rock 'n' roll guitar and was a major influence on British teenagers Keith Richards and George Harrison and countless other guitarslingers since.
In the sixties, every British band had at least one Chuck Berry song in its live set and many of them made it onto vinyl as a tribute to the true king of rock 'n' roll--the Beatles ("Roll Over Beethoven," "Rock and Roll Music"), the Rolling Stones ("Carol," "Around and Around"), the Kinks ("Beautiful Delilah"), the Yardbirds ("Too Much Monkey Business"), the Dave Clark Five (Reelin' and Rockin'"), even Brian Wilson had to give Berry a songwriting credit for writing "Surfin U.S.A."
Berry's songs are timeless. While he's perhaps best known from his fifties heyday when he had such hits as "Maybelline," "Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Johnny B. Goode," he still managed to place "No Particular Place to Go" in the top ten in 1964 during the height of Beatlemania.
This box set also shows the blusier side of Chuck Berry as well. Songs like "Wee Wee Hours" and "No Money Down" reflect the sound of his Chess labelmates. [Note: Bluesman Willie Dixon plays bass on nearly all of Berry's fifties sides.] And tracks like "A Deuce" would show Berry was still relevant into the seventies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a lot of great music, but... November 11, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This 3 CD Chuck Berry box set houses a lot of great, timeless stuff from the pioneering rock & roll master. The thing is, there's no denying that this stuff can start to sound mighty similar after not too long, even over the course of 1 CD, plus, although the track listing is strong in general, there are a number of iffy/ head-scratching inclusions that could have been substituted for more enjoyable material. All that said, casual Chuck fans are not going to want to spring for this much, & "The Great Twenty-Eight" remains an ideal item for those who appreciate and /or like Chuck, but don't worship him.

Those that do worship him might not be fully satisfied by this set, because he recorded a ton of stuff for Chess Records, & that said, there's a ton of it that isn't here. There is a 9 CD "Chess Years" box set that was released, I'm pretty sure it came out in the early '90s, & apart from a very minimal amount of material that seems to be missing (I'm talking like a handful of tracks or less), it has everything he ever released on Chess--there is a LOT of material on it that is absolutely needless, redundant filler, although much of the material missing on "The Chess Box" is indeed quite good & interesting, & Chuck diehards will want it, although, again, Chuck was not exactly the most versatile artist around.

Admittedly, you could make a strong case that this set IS a decent compromise to the 9 CD set. Considering the similar-ness of so much of the material though, I tend to figure a fair amount of the people who are actually downright excited about the idea of 3 CDs will be delirious at the idea of having 9 CDs worth to sift through, & choose for themselves what's worthwhile & what isn't.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Vintage Chuck Berry
Great collection of Chuck's tunes. Audio quality is commensurate with the technology of the 50's so don't expect booming basses and great fidelity.
Published 4 months ago by Ken L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Chuck Berry
I love The 50's and 60's Music and for the price. I couldn't beat it no where and it is awesome
Published 14 months ago by DianeNull
5.0 out of 5 stars a piece of America -
I disagree with those who say these have poor sound quality. Older records don't need to be cleaned-up to fit the perfect digital world of today. Read more
Published 24 months ago by R. Fairbank
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything expected and better
This collection of Chuck Berry hits is everything that we expected. My husband was looking for one particular song but when we saw this collection we decided to purchase it. Read more
Published on March 17, 2012 by Diane Persico
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of rock and roll
This is a great set to add to your collection if you like rock and roll. The songs date back to when I was an undergrad at a university (that tells you how old I am) and starts... Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by Fred Camfield
5.0 out of 5 stars not too many weak links on this masterpiece
ding a ling is a sorry exception, but beyond that, there are many tutorials into what rock n roll is all about. Read more
Published on November 23, 2011 by Mr Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Seventy-One
Chuck Berry/ Chess Box: Three CD's of Chuck Berry's best. This is an essential box set for anyone who loves Rock n Roll. Read more
Published on November 16, 2011 by J. Bynum
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value
If you are a Chuck Berry fan or a fan of the Musical Fifties, this CD set will suit you well. Excellent Value!!
Published on August 3, 2010 by J. Cloud
5.0 out of 5 stars The Chess Box : Chuck Berry
This 3 CD set is great. There is songs that Chuck has done that I had forgotten. they take you back to that time period in America.
Published on October 18, 2009 by Ronald E. Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr.Chuck Berry
Magnificent-Music and History.One of the fore-fathers of Rock and Roll Music.And its just pleasurable to listen to also. Read more
Published on March 11, 2009 by Brian Shelton
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