After School Session

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After School Session
Chuck Berry - After School Session.jpg
Studio album by Chuck Berry
Released May 1957[1]
Recorded May 21, 1955 – January 21, 1957, Chicago, Illinois[2]
Genre Rock and roll
Length 33:16
Label Chess
Producer Leonard Chess, Phil Chess[2]
Chuck Berry chronology
After School Session
(1957)
One Dozen Berrys
(1958)
Singles from After School Session
  1. "No Money Down"
    Released: December 1955[1]
  2. "Too Much Monkey Business"
    Released: September 1956[1]
  3. "School Days"
    Released: March 1957[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]

After School Session is the debut studio album of Chuck Berry, released in May 1957 on Chess Records, catalogue LP 1426. With the exception of two tracks, "Roly Poly," and "Berry Pickin'," all selections had been previously released on 45 rpm singles. It is the second long-playing album released by the label.

Song releases[edit]

The first song on the original version of After School Session to be released was "Wee Wee Hours", the B-side of "Maybellene", issued in July 1955.[1] It peaked at number 10 on Billboard magazine's R&B Singles chart.[4] The next song to be released was "Together We Will Always Be", the B-side of "Thirty Days", in September 1955. The next two songs released were "No Money Down" backed with "Down Bound Train", in December 1955,[1] the former peaking at number 8 on the R&B Singles chart.[4] In May 1956, "Drifting Heart" was released as the B-side of "Roll Over Beethoven". Berry's next single, "Too Much Monkey Business" backed with "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", was released in September 1956;[1] these songs reached number 4 and number 5 on the R&B Singles chart, respectively.[4] "Havana Moon", the B-side of "You Can't Catch Me", was released in November 1956. The last single from the album to be released was "School Day (Ring Ring Goes the Bell)" backed with "Deep Feeling", in March 1957,[1] with the former reaching number 1 on the R&B Singles chart and number 3 on the Hot 100.[4]

Recording sessions[edit]

The songs on After School Session were taken from Berry's first five sessions for Leonard and Phil Chess. "Wee Wee Hours" was the first to be recorded, on May 21, 1955. "Together (We'll Always Be)" was recorded in September 1955. At the next session, on December 20, 1955, Berry recorded "Roly Poly" (also known as "Rolli Polli"), "No Money Down", "Berry Pickin'", and "Down Bound Train". The third session was on April 16, 1956, when he recorded "Too Much Monkey Business", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", and "Drifting Heart". "Havana Moon" was recorded on October 29, 1956. The last session took place on January 21, 1957, when he recorded "School Days" and "Deep Feeling".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Chuck Berry.

Side One
No.TitleLength
1."School Days"2:43
2."Deep Feeling"2:21
3."Too Much Monkey Business"2:56
4."Wee Wee Hours"3:05
5."Roly Poly (aka Rolli Polli)"2:51
6."No Money Down"2:59
Side Two
No.TitleLength
7."Brown Eyed Handsome Man"2:19
8."Berry Pickin'"2:33
9."Together (We Will Always Be)"2:39
10."Havana Moon"3:09
11."Downbound Train"2:51
12."Drifting Heart"2:50
Bonus tracks (2004 release)
No.TitleLength
1."You Can't Catch Me"2:44
2."Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)"2:25
3."Maybellene"2:19

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Technical[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States May 1957 Chess Records LP LP-1426
United States August 27, 1966 Chess Records Stereo-Pak 21-383A
United States 1990 Chess Records CD CHD-9284
United States May 9, 1995 MCA Special Products CD MCAD-20873
United States March 23, 2004 Geffen Records/Chess Records Cassette B0001685
CD B0001685-02

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Rudolph, Dietmar. "A Collector's Guide to the Music of Chuck Berry: The Chess Era (1955–1966)". Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  2. ^ a b c After School Session (CD liner notes). Chuck Berry. United States: Geffen Records/Chess Records. 2004. pp. 10–15. B0001685-02. 
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ a b c d "Chuck Berry: Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 

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