Chuck Berry

The Definitive Collection

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There have been many, many Chuck Berry compilations released by Chess over the years, but as of the spring of 2006, there was no comprehensive single-disc set in print; there was the double-disc 2005 set Gold, which itself was a retitled reissue of 2000's Anthology, but the classic comp The Great Twenty-Eight was long out of print, and nothing had replaced it until the 2006 release of The Definitive Collection. This generous 30-track selection offers nearly everything that was on The Great Twenty-Eight and in nearly the same sequence -- "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" and "Roll Over Beethoven" are swapped, for instance, but it's not really a noticeable change. "Bye Bye Johnny" is the only song missing from The Great Twenty-Eight, which is not a huge omission, especially since it's been replaced with two great singles, "You Never Can Tell" and "Promised Land." "My Ding-A-Ling" is also here and, while it is a worse song than "Bye Bye Johnny," it was Chuck's only number one single, so its inclusion makes sense -- and it hardly sinks a collection that is by far the best, most comprehensive single-disc Chuck Berry set yet assembled. Sure, there are some great Berry songs that are absent, but all the major songs are here; plus, if you need more than 30 songs, turn to either Gold or The Chess Box. If you want a single-disc best-of collection of all of Chuck's finest, this is the one to get.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:21 Amazon
2 02:25 Amazon
3 02:44 Amazon
4 02:55 Amazon
5 02:23 Amazon
6 02:18 Amazon
7 03:08 Amazon
8 02:42
9 02:32
10 02:38 SpotifyAmazon
11 03:16 Amazon
12 03:02 Amazon
13 02:41 Amazon
14 02:40 Amazon
15 02:10 Amazon
16 02:49 Amazon
17 02:14 Amazon
18 02:22 Amazon
19 02:42 Amazon
20 02:21 Amazon
21 02:28 Amazon
22 01:48 Amazon
23 01:51 Amazon
24 01:50
25 02:35
26 02:43
27 02:24 Amazon
28 02:44 Amazon
29 02:15 SpotifyAmazon
30 04:16
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