Why on earth do they do this? In typical Legacy fashion (not the great Sony reissue label), which means, most of the time anyway, rip-off, the yobs at this label grab a bunch of substandard live recordings of Chuck Berry working his ass off and if the quality were above that of a piss poor bootleg they might have been worth something -- and toss in a couple of studio cuts -- in this case three -- and let you think you're getting a package of Berry's singles. It's true they don't tell you what you're getting, but they also don't tell you what you aren't. This is the kind of shoddy, snake oil rack job marketing that makes people angry. Avoid Heartbeat of Rock and Roll because it's not worth the materials used to issue it. There are boatloads of great Chuck Berry comps out there -- start out with the Chess Definitive Collection if you're new to the great one, or, even a veteran who wants something with all the hits. Never pay a penny for this coaster.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek