Sunday, 10 June 2018

Chuck Berry - The Singles Collection 1956-1961

  

Perhaps a good way to help state just how influential an artist was is to look at this list below, that shows some of the artists who have covered his material either in the studio or live over the years. It shows the reverence in which this great, original rocker’s work was held:-

Roll Over Beethoven - The Beatles; Electric Light Orchestra
Brown Eyed Handsome Man - Buddy Holly
Too Much Monkey Business - The Rolling Stones
You Can’t Catch Me - John Lennon
School Day - The Beach Boys
Rock And Roll Music - The Beatles; The Beach Boys
Sweet Little Rock n Roller - Rod Stewart
Johnny B. Goode - Jimi Hendrix
Around And Around - David Bowie
Beautiful Delilah - The Kinks
Carol - The Rolling Stones
Run Rudolph Run - Keith Richards
Back In The USA - Southside Johnny; Bruce Springsteen
Memphis Tennessee - The Faces
Let It Rock - The Rolling Stones
Bye Bye Johnny - The Rolling Stones
Come On - The Rolling Stones


The music on this compilation is from the late fifties and early sixties, so it is all in mono. It is quite acceptable, given from whence it dates, a full, balanced, direct mono sound. No complaints there.

Berry’s delivery of much of his material is often quite bluesy, slowed down, when compared to rock 'n' roll. It doesn’t detract from it though. Essential stuff. Trailblazing in its guitar sound and also in its clever, concise and often witty lyrics.

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