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The Chess Box

November 28, 1988 | Format: MP3

$28.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 28, 1988
  • Release Date: November 28, 1988
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Geffen
  • Copyright: (C) 1988 MCA Records Inc.
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 3:21:30
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  • ASIN: B001NTUYQC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,145 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 5, 2006
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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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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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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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