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Gold [2 CD] Original recording remastered

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Features 50 Classic Tracks, From His First Hit 'Maybellene' to his Only #1 'My Ding-A-Ling'. Digitally Remastered for superior sound. MCA. 2005

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Maybellene
  2. Wee Wee Hours
  3. Thirty Days
  4. You Can't Catch Me
  5. Downbound Train
  6. No Money Down
  7. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
  8. Roll Over Beethoven
  9. Too Much Monkey Business
  10. Havana Moon
  11. School Day
  12. Rock & Roll Music
  13. Oh Baby Doll
  14. Sweet Little Sixteen
  15. Guitar Boogie
  16. Reelin' and Rockin'
  17. Johnny B. Goode
  18. Around and Around
  19. Beautiful Delilah
  20. House of Blue Lights
  21. Carol
  22. Jo Jo Gunne
  23. Memphis
  24. Sweet Little Rock & Roller
  25. Little Queenie
  26. Almost Grown

Disc: 2

  1. Back in the U.S.A.
  2. Do You Love Me
  3. Betty Jean
  4. Childhood Sweetheart
  5. Let It Rock
  6. Too Pooped to Pop
  7. I Got to Find My Baby
  8. Don't You Lie to Me
  9. Bye Bye Johnny
  10. Jaguar and Thunderbird
  11. Down the Road a Piece
  12. Confessin' the Blues
  13. I'm Talking About You
  14. Come On
  15. Nadine (Is It You?)
  16. You Never Can Tell
  17. Promised Land
  18. No Particular Place to Go
  19. Dear Dad
  20. I Want to Be Your Driver
  21. Tulane
  22. My Ding-A-Ling [Single Edit][Live]
  23. Reelin' and Rockin' [Live]
  24. Bio


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 26, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000929ACS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,281 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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It's a given that an anthology of Chuck Berry is essential to any well-rounded rock and roll collection. "Gold", with excellent remastered sound, attractive booklet, and friendly price, may be the one to get. If you already have the outstanding remastered "Anthology", though, be aware that "Gold" is the identical material presented in the identical running order.

If you own the two Chess Best-ofs, which, taken together, total 40 tracks, you're missing some 12 essential tracks from "Gold" and "Anthology".

If you have the out-of-print "Great 28", not only are you missing 24 of these tracks (including "Wee Wee Hours", "You Never Can Tell", "Promised Land", "Don't You Lie to Me"), but the sound quality here is much improved, so it's time to upgrade.
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Every song on this CD is a winner. Unfortunately, the sound quality leaves something to be desired. Not all of the songs have a "broken speaker" sound to them in places (usually the louder notes), but enough do to make it irritating to listen to this set. Buy the 3 disc Chess box set instead. I checked it out of the local libary and listened to the same songs that sounded terrible on this "Gold" edition and they sounded fine on the Chess box set edition.
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I agree with most of the other reviewers, for song selection this is great for a single compilation. However, I was not very impressed with the sound quality on some songs, especially the beginning of Sweet Little Rock & Roller, which sounds distorted as though the master tape was damaged. Also on some other songs (ex: Reelin' and Rockin') the sound is distorted on the low end, as though the levels are too high in the mix. Has anyone else noticed this? I'm actually wondering whether the copy I purchased is legitimate. I do not own previous versions so I cannot say whether this version is actually an improvement.
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Wow... that's all I can say. I bought this CD completely on a whim. I wanted something that wasn't thrash or death metal for once and chose Chuck Berry, seeing as how he was one of rock music's progenitors.

Anyway, this collection is simply stunning. From the very first song to the final little number, I was hooked. The songs are just simply so catchy, it's damn near impossible to stop yourself from breaking into a hoedown during songs like "Maybelene" or "30 Days". What makes this music so good is it's simplicity. Each song averages around 2 1/2 minutes or so, and each follows a fairly basic verse-chorus-verse format, but instead of making everything sound stale or trite it only enhances each song's unique fun. Each song drops in, lays down a beat and Chuck commences vocally hopping about in ways only he can. Truth be told, his soloing isn't overly-complex or intricate, it's just fun to listen to in it's own right. Hey, if it sounds good, who cares if it's simple?

Now I feel like an idiot for not listening to this genius earlier in my life. Chuck Berry is awesome, and who cares how metal that sounds. 5 stars.
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Gold is the Chuck Berry compilation to own if you don't already have one. The songs included are the same as on the excellent 2-CD Anthology from 2000. That collection expanded the classic Berry compilation The Great Twenty-Eight from 28 to 50 songs. So if you don't plan to track down every Chuck Berry album (nearly impossible anyway now that most of them are out of print) or spring for the big 3-disc Chess Box, Gold is the collection to get. The music is exactly the same as the Anthology and it's priced cheaper as well.

The essential Chuck Berry tracks that you need are all here. There are too many to name but just a few of the classics you'll find here are Johnny B. Goode, Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven, Sweet Little Sixteen, School Days and Rock and Roll Music. The only notable omission is Run Rudolph Run, but that one tends to show up on numerous Christmas compilations anyway. Chuck Berry is one of the single most important performers in rock history. But if rock history doesn't particularly interest you, his music is just incredibly enjoyable to listen to as well. Despite the earliest of these songs being fifty years old now, they have aged incredibly well. There are a couple of dated elements here and there, but overall these songs still hold up as good as anything. Almost all of them were written by Berry himself and his vocals and guitar are always top notch. He had a spectacular feel for rhythm and a wonderful sense of humor. Many of his songs were filled with innuendos in an era where sexuality was not allowed in popular music. The songs are mostly about cars and sex, and about half of the songs about cars are really metaphors for sex.

This is essential music that belongs in any rock and roll lovers collection. Chuck Berry Gold has a lot of music for a good price, so if you have no Chuck Berry music I would strongly suggest buying this CD right away.
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Booklet - printing error?
I bought my copy in the US, although the back label says "Manufactured and distributed by Universal Music Canada Inc." Anyway, yes, my booklet is missing a block of text there, too. I'm 51 years old, and I can assure you that record companies have always been sticklers for details.
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