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Johnny B Goode: His Complete 50's Chess Recordings Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (February 19, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • 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: Hip-O Select
  • ASIN: B0012IWJAS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,299 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Maybellene
2. Wee Wee Hours
3. Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)
4. Together (We Will Always Be)
5. You Can't Catch Me
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Rock and Roll [Alternate Take]
2. Rock and Roll Music
3. 13 Question Method [Early Version]
4. How High the Moon [Instrumental]
5. Sweet Little Sixteen [Demo Version]
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. It Don't Take But a Few Minutes
2. Blues for Hawaiians [Instrumental]
3. Beautiful Delilah [Alternate Takes 15 & 16]
4. Beautiful Delilah [Take 6]
5. 21 Blues
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Little Queenie [Take 8]
2. Little Queenie
3. That's My Desire
4. Do You Love Me [Alternate Take]
5. Do You Love Me
See all 28 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Four CD set. Chuck Berry is an influential American guitarist, singer/songwriter and one of the pioneers of Rock 'N' Roll music. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's website, "While no individual can be said to have invented Rock and Roll, Chuck Berry comes the closest of any single figure to being the one who put all the essential pieces together." John Lennon was more succinct: "If you tried to give Rock and Roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'." Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Chuck Berry #5 on their list of The Immortals: The First Fifty. He was also ranked 6th on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. 103 tracks. Hip-O Records. 2008.

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This is a must have set for all Chuck Berry fans and to any music fan!
Maheen Wickramasinghe
Booklet is very imformative and gives dates, personnel and dates of the releases.
William Lynd
The sound quality far surpasses anything in any format presently available.
Mike B.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By William Lynd on February 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Universal Music / Hip-O Select has put together this fine release and deserve high kudos for a job well done. The sound is is fantastic and to have a complete set of Chuck's 50's sides all in one place is just great!
You will hear the early sides like "Maybelline" right through 1959's "Too Pooped To Pop". In between you hear a little studio chatter and a bunch of fun alternate versions and a few songs that were never released. Booklet is very imformative and gives dates, personnel and dates of the releases. I highly recommend this set and sincerely hope there are subsequent volumes to cover the 60's.

A couple of small complaints: I really enjoy the alternate versions, but multiple versions (5 in row for example of "Sweet Little Sixteen") can be a little tiring and I think it may have been nice to either space them out or have the alternate versions on their own disc. The packaging is a bit annoying, I would have preferred separate cases, but these are small issues!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Steve Wachholder on May 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I recently purchased this new 4-CD box set of Chuck Berrys complete Chess recordings made during the period from 1955 to 1959. A box set containing all of Berrys Chess recordings from 1955 to the late 1970s should have been released years ago. Chuck Berry was the most influential artist in the history of Rock and Roll before the Beatles came along. He composed over 90 percent of everything he recorded and is one of the greatest guitar players in the history of Popular Music. Geffen Records has used every avalible track recorded by Berry at Chess up to 1959 which includes several alternate and unreleased takes. The songs are spread over 4-CDs in the exact order they were recoreded. Some lesser fans of Chuck may find it a little ponderous having to listen to several versions of the same song. However, if you are a true Chuck Berry fan like I've been for the last 35-years, you won't mind. In fact,the 5-versions of Sweet Little Sixteen and 3-versions of Reelin And Rockin are one of the high points in this box set. You can really hear these songs developing in the studio, along with some occasional comments spoken by Chuck, his band and his producers,Phil and Leonard Chess. A total of 103 songs make up this set which also includes a small 23-page pull-out booklet containing some biograpical information about Berry plus his recording disography. There are only 2-negatives that I would point out about this set. The first is the packaging. The 4-CDs come in a fold-up type box which is open on both sides. They should have placed each disc in its own individual case that way you would not have to worry about how to transport it to your car or elsewhere outside of your home. This fold-up type box is held together by a thin red thred like string. Very tacky. Why could'nt these people get it right.Read more ›
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mike B. on May 21, 2008
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This is, by far, the best compilation of Chuck Berry material ever made available to the public. The sound quality far surpasses anything in any format presently available. And, if it's not on Chess, it's not the REAL Berry. Enough said.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maheen Wickramasinghe on August 27, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Wow!!! This is unbelievable I can't believe there aren't many reviews on this great set of Chuck's complete 50's Chess works! Why is Chuck forgotten to the younger audience today? I find this very mysterious.I am 28 and I have listened to Mr. Berry's outstanding singing since I was 12. Love him! I am visually impaired and I, too, am a musician. This is a must have set for all Chuck Berry fans and to any music fan! Love the studio chatter and alternate takes very much. Would love to hear from any Chuck Berry or music fan!
hemantha.maheen@gmail.com
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