Anthology (Chuck Berry album)

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The Anthology
Greatest hits album by Chuck Berry
Released June 27, 2000 (2000-06-27)[1]
Recorded May 21, 1955 – December 22, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois
September 28, 1958 in St. Louis, Missouri
February 3, 1972 at the Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry, England
1973 in New York[2]
Genre Rock and roll
Label Chess
Producer Leonard Chess, Phil Chess, Esmond Edwards, Andy McKaie[2]
Compiler Andy McKaie[2]
Chuck Berry chronology
Live! (Chuck Berry album)
(2000)
Chuck Berry - Anthology
(2000)
Live on Stage
(2000)
Chuck Berry - Gold
The cover of the 2005 repackaged version of the Anthology album
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A−[4]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[5]

Anthology is a two-disc compilation album by rock and roll performer Chuck Berry released on July 27, 2000 by Chess Records.[1] The album is intended as an overview of Chuck Berry's song-writing career. It is a two-disc anthology which contains 50 tracks of Chuck Berry's finest songs.

The album was later reissued and packaged in 2005 as part of Universal Records' Gold series. The album was simply retitled Gold.

Reception[edit]

Robert Christgau states how Anthology is less expensive than The Chess Box, he thinks that it removed several good songs like "Have Mercy Judge" and "Anthony Boy".[4] David McGee, Milo Miles, and Mark Kemp, of Rolling Stone magazine, are of the opinion that Anthology is one of the best of Chuck Berry's compilation albums.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chuck Berry, except as indicated. All songs produced by Leonard & Phil Chess, except where indicated.[2]

Disc 1[edit]

  1. "Maybellene" – 2:22
  2. "Wee Wee Hours" – 3:05
  3. "Thirty Days" – 2:24
  4. "You Can't Catch Me" – 2:45
  5. "Downbound Train" – 2:51
  6. "No Money Down" – 2:59
  7. "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" – 2:18
  8. "Roll Over Beethoven" – 2:24
  9. "Too Much Monkey Business" – 2:56
  10. "Havana Moon" – 3:09
  11. "School Days" – 2:43
  12. "Rock and Roll Music" – 2:33
  13. "Oh Baby Doll" – 2:39
  14. "Sweet Little Sixteen" – 3:03
  15. "Guitar Boogie" – 2:21
  16. "Reelin' and Rockin'" – 3:17
  17. "Johnny B. Goode" – 2:42
  18. "Around and Around" – 2:41
  19. "Beautiful Delilah" – 2:11
  20. "House Of Blue Lights" (Don Raye, Freddie Slack) – 2:29
  21. "Carol" – 2:50
  22. "Jo Jo Gunne" – 2:47
  23. "Memphis" – 2:15
  24. "Sweet Little Rock & Roller" – 2:24
  25. "Little Queenie" – 2:44
  26. "Almost Grown" – 2:19

Disc 2[edit]

  1. "Back in the U.S.A." – 2:29
  2. "Do You Love Me" – 2:24
  3. "Betty Jean" – 2:28
  4. "Childhood Sweetheart" – 2:45
  5. "Let It Rock" – 1:49
  6. "Too Pooped To Pop" – 2:37
  7. "I Got to Find My Baby" – 2:17
  8. "Don't You Lie to Me" – 2:05
  9. "Bye Bye Johnny" – 2:07
  10. "Jaguar & Thunderbird" – 1:52
  11. "Down the Road a Piece" (Raye) – 2:16
  12. "Confessin' the Blues" (Jay McShann, Walter Brown) – 2:10
  13. "I'm Talking About You" – 1:51
  14. "Come On" – 1:51
  15. "Nadine (Is It You?)" – 2:36
  16. "You Never Can Tell" – 2:44
  17. "Promised Land" – 2:25
  18. "No Particular Place to Go" – 2:44
  19. "Dear Dad" – 1:52
  20. "I Want to Be Your Driver" – 2:17
  21. "Tulane" – 2:39
  22. "My Ding-a-Ling (Live, Single Edit)" – 4:19
  23. "Reelin' and Rockin (Live)" – 7:04
    • Produced by Esmond Edwards
  24. "Bio" – 4:24

Personnel[edit]

Per liner notes[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Overview: Anthology by Chuck Berry". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Gold (CD liner). Chuck Berry. United States: Geffen Records/Chess Records. 2005. pp. 20–25, 27. 0602498805589. 
  3. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Review: Anthology by Chuck Berry". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Review: Anthology by Chuck Berry". Robert Christgau. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b David McGee, Milo Miles, Mark Kemp. "Chuck Berry Album Guide". Rolling Stone. United States: Jann S. Wenner. Retrieved December 4, 2010.