CHUCK BERRY - Rock And Roll Music: Any Old Way You Choose It (2014) & Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll [OST] (1987)
This 16-CD set is rock's Book of Genesis in full: everything Berry recorded across more than three decades from his sideman appearance on a 1954 single by Joe Alexander to his last studio album, 1979's surprisingly credible Rockit. And Paul McCartney wrote the introduction to the liner notes. There are inevitable valleys, such as Berry's late-Sixties stay at Mercury Records. But Berry made consistently entertaining, often magnificent records at Chess, between the hits, and the best live recordings in this set - full sets from 1963 (Detroit), '69 (Toronto) and Britain ('72) - catch Berry in those years of renaissance. There are few rock & roll lives worthy of recounting in this kind of detail. Berry's was the first.
More facts on Chuck Berry:
* In Rolling Stone’s list of The Immortals - the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, Chuck Berry is listed at Number Five.
* Six of his songs are in Rolling Stone’s Greatest 500 Songs Ever Written.
* In Rolling Stone’s Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time, Johnny B. Goode is Number One.
* He was a Kennedy Center honoree in 2000. He received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984.
* When he was in the first round of inductees into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, his induction read: While no individual can be said to have invented rock and roll, Chuck Berry comes the closest of any single figure to being the one who put all the essential pieces together. It was his particular genius to graft country & western guitar licks onto a rhythm & blues chassis in his very first single, 'Maybellene'.
Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is an album by Chuck Berry and soundtrack to the film of the same name, which was released in 1987 under record label, MCA. The album was recorded live at The Fox Theatre, St Louis, Missouri and Berry Park, Wentzville, Missouri on October 6 and October 16, 1986. The event was held to celebrate Berry's 60th birthday and it included several special guests. The album does not include the Berry song "School Days," which includes the line the album's title is derived from (although the song does appear in the film). The release of this album on MCA was something of a homecoming for Berry, who from 1954 to 1966 and again from 1970 to 1975 recorded for Chess Records which, by 1986, was now part of MCA.
The Soundtrack To The Documentary Film Chronicling The All Star Concert Celebrating Chuck Berry's 60th Birthday Organized By The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, Guest Stars include: Robert Cray Linda Ronstadt, Eric Clapton, Julian Lennon & Etta James Band Consists Of Chuck's Longtime Pianist Johnnie Johnson, Stones' Associated Players Keyboardist Chuck Leavell And Saxman Bobby Keys.
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