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The Great Twenty-Eight

Chuck BerryAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Maybellene (Single Version) 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Thirty Days (To Come Back Home) (Single Version) 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. You Can't Catch Me (Single Version) 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Too Much Monkey Business (Single Version) 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Single Version) 2:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Roll Over Beethoven (Single Version) 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Havana Moon (Single Version) 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. School Day (Ring Ring Goes The Bell) (Single Version) 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Oh Baby Doll (1957 Single Version) 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Reelin' And Rockin' (Single Version) 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Sweet Little Sixteen (Original Demo) 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Johnny B. Goode (Single Version) 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Around And Around (Single Version) 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen16. Beautiful Delilah (Single Version) 2:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Memphis, Tennessee (Single Version) 2:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Sweet Little Rock 'N' Roller (Single Version) 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Little Queenie (Single Version) 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Almost Grown (Single Version) 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Back In The U.S.A. (Single Version) 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Let It Rock (Single Version) 1:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Bye Bye Johnny (Single Version) 2:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. I'm Talking About You (Single Version) 1:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. Come On (Single Version (Mono)) 1:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen26. Nadine (Single Version) 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen27. No Particular Place To Go (Single Version) 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen28. I Want To Be Your Driver (Album Version) 2:13$1.29  Buy MP3 

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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, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B000002Q61
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Chuck Berry Biography Chuck Berry's vast contribution to the music world is reflected in the plaudits he has won from many of the most well known artists who followed him. As a songwriter, guitarist and performer, he shaped rock and roll and has more than earned his place in the Top 5 of the Rolling Stone list of The Immortals. In 2004 six of his songs found their way onto the magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs... Chuck Berry is still alive. Sixty years ago, he invented rock 'n' roll. He all but vanished. He still plays, though. Even records new material. But not for us. . . . He was maybe six, maybe seven when he found his father's perpetual-motion machine Friction. It didn't work. But the son chuck Berry made something that's still going. You still hear it today, One of the first records he made was tucked away inside the Voyager spacecraft, chosen to represent humanity itself to the cosmos, and that spacecraft is now somewhere way out there, on the edge of the solar system, barreling through the frictionless vacuum. So he succeeded where his father failed. He created something that will go on forever. Chuck Berry invented rock 'n' roll. Okay, nobody invented rock 'n' roll. It's a patchwork of blues and country and folk, and it's more than that, too. Chuck Berry's music wasn't totally anything. His first single, "Maybellene," was built out of an old white hillbilly country song, then fed through the blender of Berry's guitar and Willie Dixon's bass until something entirely new poured out. And whatever that was, that new sound, that white-black hybrid, Berry ran with it, and the rest of the world did, too. There's no arguing that the songs that Berry wrote in the mid-1950s - songs like "Johnny B. Goode," "Sweet Little Sixteen," and "Roll Over Beethoven" - are the bedrock substrates underlying pretty much everything we now call rock 'n' roll. "If you tried to give rock 'n' roll another name," he said, "you might call it Chuck Berry."

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Single Disc Chuck Berry Compilation September 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
For someone on a budget who is interested in the music of this legendary artist, look no further than this single disc album. The sound and track selection here are excellent. Anyone interested in early Rock 'N Roll needs to have at least one Chuck Berry album in their collection and you can't go wrong here. For those of you have a few extra dollars around, I strongly suggest 2 disc set, "Anthology 2"; or upgrade even further to the 3 disc "The Chess Box" set. "The Box Set" can easily be considered one of the foundations of rock n roll & the Mt Olympus of Chuck Berry collections.
****July 2006 Update. The release of the "Definitive Collection" now puts "Great Twenty-Eight" in the #2 slot. "Definitive Collection" has every track included here (in basically the same order), but includes two more tracks: "Promised Land" & "My Ding-A-Ling". So if you're budget dictates a single disc album purchase, "Definitive Collection" should be your choice.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Chuck Berry January 28, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Some of the newer "remastered" packages have better sound quality, but if you are looking for a restrospective sampling of some of the best "roots of rock n roll" music ever, this might well be it. 28 songs on one cd, I mean you will feel like you have died and gone to Chuck Berry heaven. The full staple of hits is here, including some gems little heard. My favorites next to the ones everyone knows would be "30 Days"...a real cookin classic and "Nadine". This version of "Roll Over Beethoven" is simply the best ever done...not many songs will give a person goose bumps or send a shiver down the spine, but this is one of those....absolutely fantastic! It is no wonder so many of the world's greatest rock n roll groups were influenced by Mr. Berry...he had the soul to make rock n roll great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let me hear some of that rock and roll music October 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is the definitive single disc Chuck Berry compilation. The title says it all. It contains 28 great songs. Not necessarily Chuck's "greatest" songs, but great nonetheless. "You Never Can Tell" is unquestionably one of Chuck's greatest songs, and it's not here. But, c'est la vie. The songs that they do include are great, so I won't complain. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, all of Chuck on one CD! December 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
We've waited a long time for a stellar one-CD set of Berry's music, and this is it! The sound quality is very good, there are no live versions (which mar other Berry "greatest hits" packages), and there is nothing but great music here.
It's a shame that Chuck Berry is not universally recognized as one of the greatest rock lyricists and most innovative figures. This CD will convince even skeptics of his brilliance. Without Chuck Berry, there would be no Beatles, Rolling Stones or Kinks, or at least in the forms they eventually took.
This CD contains all of Berry's original recordings, pristine and beautifully remastered. Who can deny that his way with words was umatched: "He never, ever learned to read or write so well, but he could play a guitar just like a-ringing a bell..." It's a tragedy that most people have grown up listening to inferior musicians do paltry cover versions of the songs Berry wrote and performed better than anyone else.
This set is an absolutely essential component of any collection, of any genre. Chuck Berry was a pioneer with words and music and his influence is sorely underestimated today. Had Chuck Berry been born white, he would be regarded as a rock God instead of being neglected and virtually forgotten in many circles. These 28 magnificent songs just about cover his catalogue of hits. This is a great sampling, but incomplete, so if you want to experience Berry's real genius, branch off into his lesser known songs. But for the money, this one rocks!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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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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Published 19 days ago by Merlene Green
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If you like Chuck Berry - you will love this album.
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Published 2 months ago by Gene Adkins
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT!!!
I utilize this dvd while walking my TreadClimber, before I know it, I've walked 45 minutes/hour. It's really easy to do,
the music REALLY gets you pumped! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Martina
5.0 out of 5 stars Berry Cool!
Chuck Berry! Such a cool cat. Every time a Chuck Berry song is played in my presence, I'm immediately in a better mood than I was prior. Read more
Published 8 months ago by AaronPerspective
4.0 out of 5 stars Ahh Sweet Little 16
Chuck put out some fun tunes. And among these 28 are some of his best. Lots of fun for those of his era or if you want to hear some fun tunes.
Published 9 months ago by KlondikeMatisse
5.0 out of 5 stars historic
this guy virtually invented rock and roll. He even invented many of the performance moves like the "duck walk". a must have CD
Published 10 months ago by Andrew G. Bourassa
4.0 out of 5 stars Most of Chuck Berry's greatest hits
This is a comprehensive and reasonably priced sampling of the major work of Chuck Berry. It's got the major hits like "Maybelline" and "Johnny B. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Arnold Krupat
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy
If you are interested in the early days of rock and roll then you have to listen to Chuck Berry. His influence on this genre of music can be heard in this CD of his music.
Published 18 months ago by kevin carrabine
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock & Roll defined
Required listening for anybody interested in Rock & Roll. This defines the sound and spirit of the genre in the later half of the fifties. Read more
Published 20 months ago by chris hansen
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