CHUCK BERRY - Have Mercy: His Complete Chess Recordings 1969-1974 (2010)
Fulfilling Phil Chess's prophecy, Chuck Berry returned to Chess Records in 1969 after a three year stay with Mercury Records. And it was like he never left, as his very first session produced a great two-sided single, "Tulane" b/w "Have Mercy Judge." The record didn't chart, but it was obvious that Chuck was truly "back home" (as his first album back on Chess was called) and already producing high quality "Chess" recordings once again. This third and last 4 CD set of Chuck Berry's Chess recordings collects every available master and alternate from "Tulane" till the label shuttered its doors to recording new music. The 71 tracks here include his only #1 ("My Ding-A-Ling (live)"), plus 22 previously unreleased recordings, ranging from cool in-studio jams/instrumentals ("Turn On The House Lights," "Rockin'") to 4 additional live recordings from the smoking concert that produced the live side of The London Chuck Berry Sessions; from an intimate, small group session in October of 1972 which produced two throwback "Chuck blues" tracks, "Blues #1" and "Annie Lou," to Chuck's renditions of "Jambalaya" and "Dust My Broom." There's also a live version of "South Of The Border" only previously released as a "B" side in the U.K. and the hot concert London Sessions per formance of "Roll `Em Pete," also originally only released in edited form as a "B" side with a different rhythm section dubbed in - this set has both the complete original and single versions. As with the two earlier volumes, Have Mercy includes liner notes by Berry biographer (and the set's co-compiler) Fred Rothwell, great period photos and graphics, as well as complete sessionby - session credits. - amazon.com
DISC 1: 01. Tulane 02. Have Mercy Judge 03. Untitled Instrumental 04. My Ding-A-Ling 05. Gun (instrumental - fast) 06. Gun (instrumental - slow) 07. Gun (instrumental) 08. That’s None Of Your Business 09. Instrumental 10. Christmas 11. I’m A Rocker 12. Flyin’ Home (instrumental) 13. Fish & Chips 14. Some People 15. My Pad (poem) 16. Oh Louisiana 17. Festival 18. Let’s Do Our Thing Together 19. Your Lick 20. Bound To Lose
DISC 2: 01. Bordeaux In My Pirough 02. San Francisco Dues 03. My Dream (poem) 04. Sweet Little Sixteen (live) 05. Roll ’Em Pete (live) 06. It Hurts Me Too (live) 07. Around And Around (live) 80. Promised Land (live) 09. Reelin’ And Rockin’ (live) 10. My Ding-A-Ling (live) 11. Johnny B. Goode (live) 12. Roll ‘Em Pete (live single edit) 13. My Ding-A-Ling (live single edit) 14. Let’s Boogie 15. Mean Old World
DISC 3: 01. I Love You 02. I Will Not Let You Go 03. London Berry Blues 04. South Of The Border (live) 05. Blues #1 06. Annie Lou 07. Rain Eyes 08. Me And My Country 08. Sue Answer 09. Got It And Gone 10. A Deuce 11. Talkin’ About My Buddy 12. Hello Little Girl, Goodbye 13. One Sixty Nine AM 14. Aimlessly Driftin’ 15. Woodpecker 16. Bio
DISC 4: 01. Roll Away 02. I’m Just A Name 03. Too Late 04. Turn On The Houselights 05. Heel Sneakers 06. Jambalaya 07. The Song Of My Love 08. South Of The Border 09. Swanee River 10. You Are My Sunshine 11. Johnny B. Blues 12. Dust My Broom 13. Don’t You Lie To Me 14. My Babe 15. Here Today 16. I Just Want To Make Love To You 17. Rockin’ 18. Shake, Rattle And Roll 19. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
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