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The Anthology

Chuck BerryAudio CD
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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 (March 15, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: June 27, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B00004U01E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,339 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Maybellene
2. Wee Wee Hours
3. Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)
4. You Can't Catch Me
5. Down Bound Train
6. No Money Down
7. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
8. Roll Over Beethoven
9. Too Much Monkey Business
10. Havana Moon
See all 26 tracks on this disc
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
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

By all rights, Chuck Berry should be walking on red carpets and playing palaces around the world. Of course, for various, often unseemly reasons, this is not the case in 2000 and it's a shame. In a weird way, Berry's legacy--his influence and his innovation--often obscures the brilliance of the music itself. He didn't just pave the way for rock & roll's domination, he also created some of the genre's best songs regardless of historical impact. With an arsenal that included slashing boogie-woogie-inspired guitar leads, a forceful, convincing vocal delivery, and an incredible knack for lyrical flow, Berry set awfully high standards for rock. If the three-disc Chess Box is more than you're looking for, this 50-song, two-CD set gives you all of the high points (except for the Christmas songs), all nicely remastered in a way that restores the music's rhythmic intensity. Berry's career enjoyed many peaks: his earliest triumphs from the mid-1950s proved the appeal of his country-and-R&B hybrid; in 1958 he delivered an astonishing run of creative and commercial successes from "Johnny B. Goode" to "Carol"; in 1964, after watching from prison as the Beatles jump-started their career on his engine, Berry returned with a vengeance, reeling off "Nadine," "You Never Can Tell," "Promised Land"--each one a gem--along with other ferociously energetic romps like "Dear Dad." Berry's music is all about momentum, and his brilliantly building, universally resonant three-minute narratives fused with the driving music to powerful effect, churning into eternity like the locomotive in "Let It Rock." "Can't stop the train, gotta let it roll on," he sings, and you can actually feel the train bearing down on you. --Marc Greilsamer

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The Anthology by Chuck Berry

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail, Hail, Chuck Berry July 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
It's a given that an anthology of Chuck Berry is essential to any well-rounded rock and roll collection. This one, with pristine sound and attractive packaging, may be the one for you if you want more than just the mega-hits. That being said, here's what you need to know :
Forget the MCA "Millenium Collection" CD, which is criminally skimpy.
The two Chess Best-ofs, taken together, total 40 tracks, and if you have those already, you're in good shape, although you'd be missing some 12 essential tracks from this new set.
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.
The question comes down to : this new collection or the "Chess Box", with 3 discs and 71 tracks. Hard call : "Anthology" has four tracks not on the box set, but they're fairly dispensible ("Guitar Boogie", "Do You Love Me", "I Got to Find My Baby", and "I Want to Be Your Driver". The box set has 21 tracks not on "Anthology", including some goodies like "Anthony Boy", "Merry Christmas Baby", "Run Rudolph Run", "Little Marie", and "Have Mercy Judge", but also some clunkers (in relative terms; this is Chuck Berry, after all), and excellent sound as well, but you have to shell out more and have a coffee table available to keep the box on. My advice : go with this new "Anthology" and send the money you save to the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and feel good about both.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well picked double-disc of rock 'n' roll roots November 2, 2001
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MCA's latest compilation, expanding upon and replacing the double-LP/single-CD "The Great Twenty-Eight," is a nearly perfect stop between single-disc collections and the more inclusive "Chess Box." Nearly all of Berry's seminal sides are present, including his first single (1955's "Maybelline" b/w "Wee Wee Hours"), hits from the peak chart years of '57 and '58 ("School Days" "Rock and Roll Music" "Sweet Little Sixteen" "Johnny B. Goode" "Carol"), post-jail hits from '64 ("Nadine" and "No Particular Place to Go"), a few sides from the waning years of the Chess label (e.g., "Tulane" and "Bio"), and Berry's last #1, "My Ding-A-Ling."

Also included are numerous lower-charting singles, and superb, lesser-known songs like "Jaguar & Thunderbird" (perhaps known to modern-day pop audiences through its inclusion in Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker's live set) and "I Want to Be Your Driver" (covered by the Blues Project, among others). The double-disc configuration provides room for a trio of cover versions Berry recorded in the 60s: the eight-bar boogie-woogie "House of Blue Lights," the oft-recorded "Down the Road Apiece," and Little Walter's "Confessin' the Blues." Touches of saxophone ("Too Pooped to Pop") and harmonica ("Tulane") also turn up to compliment the usual lineup. A seven-minute live version of "Reelin' and Rockin'" (a hit in the UK taken from the same show that produced "My Ding-A-Ling") also turns up here.

The bare-bones packaging of "The Great Twenty-Eight," has been greatly enhanced on "The Anthology" with vintage photos, an illuminating essay on Berry's career and influence, and session information that unlocks some of the details of the supporting players (e.g.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Father of Rock And Roll April 1, 2001
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Chuck Berry's influence is widespread and he influenced such bands as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Animals, the Yardbirds, Jimi Hendrix and George Thorogood among many others. This remastered 2 cd set is excellent. The sound on these classic tracks is the best yet. New Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Johnnie Johnson sounds great along with Chuck. Nearly every song on this set was a hit for Chuck or covered by another band. Highlights are too many to mention. Everyone has their own favorites. I was glad that the compilers included the instrumental track "Chuck's Boogie". It later became "Jeff's Boogie" when played by Jeff Beck in the Yardbirds. My only quibble is that a few of the minor singles "Anthony Boy", "Little Marie", "Run Rudolf Run" and "Merry Christmas Baby" were left off this set. These songs could have been easily added as the first disc is approximately 70 minutes and the second 65 minutes. I also wish they could have included Chuck's smokin' cover of "Route 66" and "It Wasn't Me" at the expense of the obscure "Do You Love Me". However, if you have the cash you might want to pick up the Chuck Berry 3 cd box set before it goes out of print as it contains most of the songs I just mentioned. The only drawback with the box set other than expense is that the sound is not as good as on this set. This is an ESSENTIAL purchase for those interested in rock and roll guitar and songwriting. It also provides a reference point for fans of some of the many bands Chuck Berry influenced.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best sound quality yet!!
I've had my anthology for a week now. The amazing sound quality is the most impressive I've heard yet from Chuck Berry's catalog and I've owned many variations. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Chuck Goldstein
4.0 out of 5 stars Really complete collection
This album is the most complete Chuck Berry record I have. It includes some tunes I never heard. The songs are originals so they are not in stereo.
Published on May 6, 2012 by Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's "Deep Feeling"?
Others have mentioned the omission of "Run Rudolph Run", which certainly should have been included here instead of some of these selections (e.g. "My Ding-A-Ling"? Come On! Read more
Published on September 30, 2009 by LD2
5.0 out of 5 stars Chuck Berry Rocks
I've played these CD's multiple times already. I never realized the extent and creativity of Chuck Berry's music. There are great songs I've never heard of until now!
Published on May 27, 2009 by Gregory L. Caucutt
4.0 out of 5 stars Chuck
I purchased this album along with a few other vintage performers albums in the hope that with the aid of modern technology the recordings may be actually capable of being listened... Read more
Published on May 25, 2008 by G. Moore
2.0 out of 5 stars THIS SET NOW SUPERCEDED BY A NEW 2007, 3CD BOX FOR LESS $$'S
In 2007, a new three-disc import compilation, Chuck Berry: The Ultimate Collection, was released. The audio on the Ultimate discs is virtually identical to that of the 2000... Read more
Published on October 8, 2007 by BOB
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Can't stop moving as you listen to this CD. I forgot how many great hit's Chuch's had.
Published on January 9, 2007 by Linda L. Sprouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Ridding Around In My Automobile
Hail Chuck Berry. The Father of Rock N Roll. Enough said.
Published on October 16, 2006 by Cody Hess
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent culling from the larger Chess Box
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... Read more
Published on June 5, 2006 by Robert Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 songs by one of the best musicians
I happen myself, to own a lot of Chuck Berry music. If you don't own a lot of his music, or want to check out some of his music, I think this is a great start. Read more
Published on February 12, 2006 by Guy McCord
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