The Chess Box

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The Chess Box
Box set by Chuck Berry
Released 1988
Recorded May 21, 1955–1973[1]
Genre Rock and roll
Length 198:17[1]
Label Chess
Producer Leonard Chess, Phil Chess, Chuck Berry, Esmond Edwards[2]
Compiler Andy McKaie
Chuck Berry chronology
Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll
(1987)
The Chess Box
(1988)
On the Blues Side
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A[3]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[4]

The Chess Box is a title given to several box sets released by Chess Records for artists such as Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Etta James. The most prominent of these is the set for Chuck Berry, which won a Grammy Award for Best Historical Album in 1989.[5] Berry's The Chess Box was reissued on vinyl in 1990.[1]

Songs[edit]

The songs "I'm Just a Lucky So and So" and "Time Was" were previously unreleased. "Cryin' Steel" was first released as "Surfin' Steel" on Chuck Berry on Stage and "Ramona Say Yes" did not have saxophones.[6]

Another song of interest is "Chuck's Beat" which was released on Two Great Guitars which featured Bo Diddley.

Track listing for Chuck Berry box[edit]

All tracks written by Chuck Berry, except as noted.

Disc 1[edit]

  1. "Maybellene" – 2:18
  2. "Wee Wee Hours" – 2:02
  3. "Thirty Days" – 2:21
  4. "You Can't Catch Me" – 2:42
  5. "No Money Down" – 2:56
  6. "Downbound Train" – 2:49
  7. "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" – 2:15
  8. "Drifting Heart" – 2:47
  9. "Roll Over Beethoven" – 2:22
  10. "Too Much Monkey Business" – 2:53
  11. "Havana Moon" – 3:06
  12. "School Days" – 2:40
  13. "Rock and Roll Music" – 2:30
  14. "Oh Baby Doll" – 2:36
  15. "I've Changed" – 3:04
  16. "Reelin' and Rockin'" – 3:15
  17. "Rockin' at the Philharmonic" – 3:21
  18. "Sweet Little Sixteen" – 3:10
  19. "Johnny B. Goode" – 2:37
  20. "Time Was" (Gabriel Luna, Miguel Prado, Bob Russell) – 1:56
  21. "Around and Around" – 2:38
  22. "Beautiful Delilah" – 2:13
  23. "House of Blue Lights" (Don Raye, Freddie Slack) – 2:24
  24. "Carol" – 2:46

Disc 2[edit]

  1. "Memphis, Tennessee" – 2:10
  2. "Anthony Boy" – 1:52
  3. "Jo Jo Gunne" – 2:45
  4. "Sweet Little Rock N' Roller" – 2:20
  5. "Merry Christmas Baby" (Lou Baxter, Johnny Moore) – 3:11
  6. "Run Rudolph Run" (Marvin Brodie, Johnny Marks) – 2:43
  7. "Little Queenie" – 2:40
  8. "Almost Grown" – 2:18
  9. "Back in the U.S.A." – 2:27
  10. "Betty Jean" – 2:29
  11. "Childhood Sweetheart" – 2:42
  12. "Let It Rock" – 1:45
  13. "Too Pooped to Pop" – 2:33
  14. "Bye Bye Johnny" – 2:03
  15. "Jaguar and Thunderbird" – 1:50
  16. "Down the Road a Piece" (Raye) – 2:13
  17. "Confessin' the Blues" (Walter Brown, Jay McShann) – 2:07
  18. "Thirteen Question Method" – 2:12
  19. "Crying Steel" – 2:32
  20. "I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So" (Mack David, Duke Ellington) – 2:50
  21. "I'm Talking About You" – 1:48
  22. "Come On" – 1:48
  23. "Nadine (Is It You?)" (Berry, Alan Freed) – 2:35
  24. "Crazy Arms" (Ralph Mooney, Chuck Seals) – 2:12
  25. "You Never Can Tell" – 2:40
  26. "The Things I Used To Do" (Guitar Slim) – 2:40
  27. "Promised Land" – 2:20

Disc 3[edit]

  1. "No Particular Place to Go" – 2:41
  2. "Liverpool Drive" – 2:53
  3. "You Two" – 2:08
  4. "Chuck's Beat" (Berry, Bo Diddley) – 10:35
  5. "Little Marie" – 2:34
  6. "Dear Dad" – 1:48
  7. "Sad Day Long Night" – 2:42
  8. "It's My Own Business" – 2:10
  9. "It Wasn't Me" – 2:32
  10. "Ramona Say Yes" – 2:40
  11. "Viva Viva Rock N' Roll" – 2:00
  12. "Tulane" – 2:36
  13. "Have Mercy Judge" – 2:38
  14. "My Dream" – 5:56
  15. "Reelin' and Rockin' [Live]" – 7:02
  16. "My Ding-a-Ling [Live Single Edit]" – 4:16
  17. "Johnny B. Goode [Live]" – 3:13
  18. "A Deuce" – 2:32
  19. "Woodpecker" – 3:33
  20. "Bio" – 4:22

Personnel[edit]

Per Allmusic Guide[2]

Performers
Production

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Eder, Bruce. "The Chess Box – Chuck Berry : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "The Chess Box – Chuck Berry : Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (August 3, 2012). "Chuck Berry". MSN Music. Microsoft. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ Fricke, David. "Chuck Berry: The Chess Box : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on February 10, 2009. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Past Winners Search". Grammy.com. The Recording Academy. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Rudolph, Dietmar. "A Collector's Guide to the Music of Chuck Berry: The Chess Era (1955-1966)". Retrieved September 3, 2009.