Chuck Berry

The Anthology

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Universal's 2005 release Gold is a repackaged reissue of their excellent 2000 release The Anthology, containing the same 50 tracks over two CDs, the same mastering, and the same liner notes. The only difference is the title and the artwork, which are tailored to be part of Universal's ongoing Gold series (which somehow is more extensive than their ongoing Platinum series, even if it isn't as precious a metal). Clearly, anybody who owns that previous compilation has no need to repurchase this set, but anybody who's looking for a good compilation of Chuck Berry's classic Chess recordings of the '50s and '60s should get this, since this contains all of the hits plus the great majority of such excellent non-hit singles as "Jaguar & Thunderbird," "Tulane," and "Jo Jo Gunne," none of which are on the seminal Great Twenty-Eight comp (all 28 songs from that collection are here, however). While it's not as exhaustive as the triple-disc Chess Box, there's not a bad cut here outside of the abominable "My Ding-A-Ling" -- a novelty that grows worse with each passing year, but is regrettably (yet somehow fittingly) Chuck's only number one single -- and it comes as close to being a definitive Chuck Berry anthology as a double-disc compilation can be.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:22 Amazon
2 3:05 SpotifyAmazon
3 2:24 Amazon
4 2:45 Amazon
5 2:51 Amazon
6 2:59 Amazon
7 2:18 Amazon
8 2:24 Amazon
9 2:56 Amazon
10 3:09 Amazon
11 2:43
12 2:33
13 2:39 Amazon
14 3:03 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:21 SpotifyAmazon
16 3:17 Amazon
17 2:42 Amazon
18 2:41 Amazon
19 2:11 Amazon
20 2:29 SpotifyAmazon
21 2:50 Amazon
22 2:47 Amazon
23 2:15 Amazon
24 2:24 SpotifyAmazon
25 2:44 Amazon
26 2:19 Amazon
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