January 12, 2015

Chuck Berry: Complete Recordings To Be Released As 16CD Set


One of the originals!  And still going strong.  Now a complete set available.

Others who are also doing this are George Harrison and The Rolling Stones for example.

I had the pleasure of seeing him 'live' many years ago, and I have most of the songs listed at link below.Classic rock!

He was an inspiration to so many people - including the Beatles, just for starters.
George Harrison and John Lennon singing the lead vocals below:


I think Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis are some the few big names thankfully still remaining of this era, although there are probably more I am unaware of.

Who could forget this dance scene from"Pulp Fiction"? 
And Marty McFly in "Back To The Future"?  
All Chuck Berry's music!


Chuck Berry’s entire recording career will be released as the 16 disc set’Rock And Roll Music – Any Old Way You Choose It – The Complete Studio Recordings … Plus!’.

This one is not for the feint of heart (or wallet), but it is one gorgeous set. 16-CDs containing 396 tracks by the iconic Chuck Berry, taking in virtually every studio recording that he ever made.

It’s a product of Germany’s Bear Family Records who are one of the world’s greatest archive labels, releasing rare recordings and complete discographies from many of the best artists of the last sixty years.

This time around, they’ve gathered every single and LP track ever produced by Berry, including every side from Chess, Mercury and Atco, along with every surviving alternate take and even a rare pre-Chess single with Joe Alexander that was recorded in 1954. Also included are many live recordings dating from 1956 to 1972.

The first of the two books in the set is a 108-page photo essay made up of many previously unseen images that were found by British photography Bill Greensmith in the possession of Berry’s uncle, Harry Davis. These photos date back to Berry’s pre-recording days playing in clubs around St. Louis.

The second is a 256-page book that includes an essay by Berry’s biographer Bruce Pegg with additional writings by Mike Snow and Roger Fairhurst, a complete discography by Fred Rothwell and hundreds of additional photographs.

Many thanks to Noise 11 - more details there.

Above - an anthem? "Hail, Hail Rock and Roll".

Picture credit and more information: Bio

From You Tube:
Paul McCartney chats about how he first met Ronnie Wood, and they talk about Little Richard and Chuck Berry's influence on their music. Paul didn't know the history of the blues, so for him Little Richard was the first guy he heard who sang like that!

This clip is taken from The Ronnie Wood Show, an award-winning TV series first broadcast on Sky Arts. Every episode features top artists joining Ronnie for impromptu jamming, lively chat and reminiscing about the wild days of rock'n'roll.
 If you get a chance to watch The Ronnie Wood's Show  - take it!

 Below: picture via Twitter.


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