Saturday, January 21, 2017

131. Chuck Berry - The Great Twenty-Eight

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This album was released in 1982 but the songs are actually from the 50's and 60's. The original album
cover art,  indeed,  doesn't  look like  it was created in the 80's,  even with its  Harlow-like  typeface
(1930's) for the album title and block-type lettering for the name of the artist. The colours are basic;
all three primary colours, and the photo, a posterized black-and-white. 

The pose, of course, is classic Berry. 

It's a  coffee-inspired  tweak  I did  and one that  I would love  to see
hanging on the wall  of my favourite coffee shop  while I sip a cup of
the brew that I'm all too familiar with soft music to go.

No sweeteners required. This time, just Berry.  

No. 21, Rolling Stone, The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time; No. 51, Entertainment Weekly, 100 Greatest Albums Ever

Cover art design by Mike Metz. Album produced by Leonard Chess & Phil Chess. Chess 1982.

This is the place to start listening to  Chuck Berry.  The Great Twenty-Eight  was a two-LP,  single CD compilation that
emerged during  the early '80s.  It has proved  to be one of the  most enduring of all compilations  of Berry's work.  Up
until the  release  of this disc,  every attempt  at a compilation  had either  been too sketchy  (the  1964 Greatest Hits
album on Chess)  or too demanding for the casual listener (the three Golden Decade double-LP sets),  and this was the
first set to find a happy medium between convenience and thoroughness. 

Veteran listeners will love this CD  even if they learn little from it,  while neophytes will want to play it to death.  All
of the cuts come  from Berry's  first nine years in music,  including all  of the major singles as well as  relatively minor
hits such as "Come On"  (which was more significant  in the history of rock & roll in its  cover version performed by the
Rolling Stones as their debut release).  The sound is decent throughout (surprisingly, except for  "Come On," which has
some considerable  noise),  although it is  considerably  outclassed  by the most  recent round of  remasterings.  In the
decades since its release,  there have been more comprehensive  collections of Berry's work, but this is the best single
disc, if one can overlook the relatively lo-fi digital sound. Bruce Eder for AllMusic

(A) Maybellene - Thirty Days - You Can't Catch Me - Too Much Monkey Business - Browned-Eyed Handsome Man - Roll Over Beethoven - Havana Moon

(B) School Days - Rock and Roll Music - Oh Baby Doll - Reelin' and Rockin' - Sweet Little Sixteen - Johnny B. Goode - Around and Around

(C) Carol - Beautiful Delilah - Memphis - Sweet Little Rock and Roller - Little Queenie - Almost Grown - Back in the USA

(D) Let It Rock - Bye Bye Johnny - I'm Talking About You - Come On - Nadine - No Particular Place to Go - I Want to be Your Driver

"Johnny B. Goode" live with Bruce Springsteen from Johnny B. Goode on YouTube