Chuck Berry

36 All-Time Greatest Hits

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Universal's triple-disc 1996 set 36 All-Time Greatest Hits may not be flashy -- and it's certainly not designed to compete with such ambitious box sets as The Chess Box -- but it's a generous and relatively reasonably priced collection of Chuck's Chess classics that digs deeper than the basics (although they're all here), offering such great second-string singles as "Almost Grown" and "Beautiful Dellah" along with such jazzy, smoky late-night numbers as "Drifting Heart" and "Night Beat," and instrumentals like "Berry Pickin'." Again, this isn't designed as a comprehensive overview a'la The Chess Box nor does it quite has the succinct purposefulness of The Great 28, but it sure offers a lot of great music in its 36 tracks.

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