Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry [Pye]

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This was only the third U.K. album release of Chuck Berry's work -- English Decca had managed to get One Dozen Berry's out in 1958 before losing its rights to the Chess catalog, and then it was up to Pye Records to release New Jukebox Hits in 1960, and issue this compilation of Berry material, drawn mostly from earlier singles and albums. Chuck Berry was the means by which most early '60s British rock & roll bands discovered his work. Essentially it's a compilation of hits ("School Day," "Maybelline," " "Sweet Little Sixteen," "Johnny B. Goode") and better album cuts ("Down the Road a Piece," "Mad Lad," "Confessin' the Blues," etc.) compiled together, not at all different from Chess' albums of the period. There's little doubt that the Rolling Stones, and Keith Richards in particular, wore out a copy of this platter learning how to play "Around and Around" and working out their version of "Come On."