CHUCK BERRY - Johnny B. Goode: His Complete '50s Chess Recordings (2007)
Chuck Berry's legendary breakthrough 1950s Chess recordings has gotten their first thorough presentation anywhere via a 4-CD, 103-song box set on Chess/Hip-O Select Records. These are the groundbreaking recordings by the first poet laureate of rock a?™na?™ roll that set the tone lyrically and musically for all that came after. To paraphrase John Lennon, if they didn't call it rock'n'roll, they'd call it Chuck Berry music, and this remarkable new set shows why. Digitally remastered from the original Chess masters, the collection features not only such oft-covered classics as “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Rock And Roll Music,” “Memphis,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Carol,” and “Little Queenie,” but it also shows the evolution of the artist and his songs, while presenting a surfeit of rarities, including 16 previously unreleased tracks. With the exception of two live recordings, all of these tracks were recorded at Chess Studios from May 21, 1955, through a massive late July 1959 session, which culminated in the only time Berry played session lead guitar for an artist other than himself: two tracks by a studio group called the Ecuadors. Other rarities on the set, aside from the unreleased tracks, include a pair of live versions of “Maybellene” and “Roll Over Beethoven” Chuck recorded for Alan Freed's 1956 New York “Camel Rock'n'Roll Dance Party” album, several original masters overdubbed for the fake On Stage Chess album, and a number of recordings making their U.S. CD debut.
CD Edition limited to 5000 non-numbered limitied edition copies.
DISC 1: 01. Maybellene 02. Wee Wee Hours 03. Thirty Days (To Come Back Home) 04. Together (We Will Always Be) 05. You Can’t Catch Me 06. Rolli Polli (instrumental) 07. Down Bound Train 08. Berry Pickin’ (instrumental) 09. No Money Down 10. I’ve Changed 11. Drifting Heart 12. Brown Eyed Handsome Man 13. Roll Over Beethoven 14. Too Much Monkey Business 15. Maybellene (live) 16. Roll Over Beethoven (live) 17. Havana Moon 18. Rock And Roll Music (demo) 19. Untitled Instrumental 20. Deep Feeling (instrumental) 21. School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell) 22. Low Feeling (instrumental) 23. La Jaunda (Espanol) 24. Blue Feeling (instrumental) 25. How You’ve Changed 26. Oh Baby Doll
DISC 2: 01. Rock And Roll Music (alternate) 02. Rock And Roll Music 03. 13 Question Method (early version) 04. How High The Moon (instrumental) 05. Sweet Little Sixteen (demo) 06. Sweet Little Sixteen (take 3) 07. Sweet Little Sixteen (take 11) 08. Sweet Little Sixteen (original master) 09. Sweet Little Sixteen (sped up originally released version) 10. Rock At The Philharmonic (instrumental) 11. Guitar Boogie (instrumental) 12. Night Beat (take 3) (instrumental) 13. Night Beat (instrumental) 14. Time Was (slow version, take 4) 15. Time Was (slow version) 16. Reelin’ And Rockin’ (take 1) 17. Reelin’ And Rockin’ (takes 7/8) 18. Reelin’ And Rockin’ 19. Chuckwalk (instrumental) 20. Johnny B. Goode (alt. take 2/3) 21. Johnny B. Goode 22. Around And Around (overdub take 2) 23. Around And Around (overdub take 3) 24. Around And Around 25. Ingo (overdub take 3) (instrumental) 26. Ingo (instrumental)
DISC 3: 01. It Don’t Take But A Few Minutes 02. Blues For Hawaiians (instrumental) 03. Beautiful Delilah (alternate takes 15/16) 04. Beautiful Delilah (take 6) 05. 21 Blues 06. 21 07. 21 (take 14) 08. Vacation Time 09. Oh Yeah 10. Hey Pedro 11. Time Was (fast version) 12. House Of Blue Lights 13. Carol 14. Jo Jo Gunne 15. Memphis Tennessee 16. Anthony Boy 17. Sweet Little Rock ‘n’ Roller (alternate take 5) 18. Sweet Little Rock ‘n’ Roller (take 11A) 19. Long Fast Jam (instrumental) 20. Long Slow Jam (instrumental) 21. Merry Christmas Baby 22. Merry Christmas Baby (alternate) 23. Run Rudolph Run
DISC 4: 01. Little Queenie (take 8) 02. Little Queenie 03. That’s My Desire 04. Do You Love Me (alternate) 05. Do You Love Me 06. Almost Grown (take 14) 07. Almost Grown (take 28) 08. Almost Grown 09. Back In The U.S.A. 10. Blue On Blue (alternate a/k/a Upchuck) (instrumental) 11. Blue On Blue (instrumental) 12. Betty Jean (alternate take 14) 13. Betty Jean (alternate take 17) 14. Betty Jean 15. County Line 16. Childhood Sweetheart (alternate) 17. Childhood Sweetheart 18. One O’Clock Jump (instrumental) 19. I Just Want To Make Love To You (take 3) 20. I Just Want To Make Love To You 21. Broken Arrow (take 21) 22. Broken Arrow 23. Let It Rock (alternate mix) 24. Let It Rock 25. Too Pooped To Pop (take 4A) 26. Too Pooped To Pop 27. Ecuadors - Say You’ll Be Mine 28. Ecuadors - Let Me Sleep Woman
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