St. Louis to Liverpool

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St. Louis to Liverpool
Chuck Berry - St. Louis To Liverpool.jpg
Studio album by Chuck Berry
Released November 1964
Recorded December 1957 – August 1964
Studio Chess Studios, Chicago
Genre Rock and roll
Length 31:34
Label Chess
Producer Leonard Chess, Philip Chess
Chuck Berry chronology
Two Great Guitars
(1964)
St. Louis to Liverpool
(1964)
Chuck Berry in London
(1965)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]

St. Louis to Liverpool is the seventh studio album and tenth album overall by rock and roll artist Chuck Berry, released in 1964 on Chess Records, catalogue number 1488. It peaked at number 124 on the Billboard album chart, the first of Berry's studio albums to appear on the chart. Music critic Dave Marsh named it "one of the greatest rock & roll records ever made"[2]

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On October 18, 1963, Berry was released from prison after having spent 20 months incarcerated owing to conviction on a charge under the Mann Act.[3] During his time in prison, emerging rock groups had found inspiration in his work. The Beach Boys had based their number 3 hit single "Surfin' U.S.A." on his "Sweet Little Sixteen"; the Beatles had included "Roll Over Beethoven" on their second American album; the debut single in the United Kingdom by the Rolling Stones was their cover of "Come On," and they had included "Carol" on their first American album, England's Newest Hitmakers.

Wishing to capitalize on his popularity during the British Invasion, Berry and Chess Records fashioned this album to appeal to young buyers. St. Louis to Liverpool includes four of the five charting singles he enjoyed in 1964, the final year he would have multiple records appearing on the Billboard Hot 100: "No Particular Place to Go," "You Never Can Tell," "Promised Land," and "Little Marie," a sequel to "Memphis, Tennessee." The additional eight tracks included the four b-sides of those singles; "Our Little Rendezvous," a b-side from 1960; a previously unreleased alternate take of his 1958 holiday single "Merry Christmas Baby"; an instrumental outtake from a 1950s session; and "Liverpool Drive," a recent instrumental.

On April 13, 2004, the Chronicles division of the Universal Music Group remastered the album for compact disc with three bonus tracks as part of its 50th anniversary commemorative of Chess Records, including "O'Rangutang," the flip side of the fifth of his 1964 charting singles "Nadine (Is It You?)," and a track that had appeared on the 1990 rarities album Missing Berries. In 2008, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab reissued the album with Chuck Berry Is on Top on an Ultradisc II Gold compact disc.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chuck Berry except as noted.

Side one
No. Title Chess source Length
1. "Little Marie" Chess 1912 A 2:37
2. "Our Little Rendezvous" Chess 1767 B 2:03
3. "No Particular Place to Go" Chess 1898 A 2:44
4. "You Two" Chess 1898 B 2:11
5. "Promised Land" Chess 1916 A 2:24
6. "You Never Can Tell" Chess 1906 A 2:43
Side two
No. Title Chess source Length
1. "Go Bobby Soxer" Chess 1912 B 2:59
2. "Things I Used to Do" (Eddie Jones) Chess 1916 B 2:42
3. "Liverpool Drive" (instrumental)   2:56
4. "Night Beat" (instrumental)   2:46
5. "Merry Christmas Baby" (Lou Baxter, Johnny Moore)   3:14
6. "Brenda Lee" Chess 1906 B 2:15
2004 reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Chess source Length
13. "Fraulein" (Lawton Williams) previously unreleased 2:51
14. "O'Rangutang" (instrumental) Chess 1883 B 3:02
15. "The Little Girl from Central" (early version of "Brenda Lee") Missing Berries 2:39

Personnel[edit]

  • Chuck Berry — vocals, guitars
  • Matt "Guitar" Murphyelectric guitar on "Our Little Rendezvous"
  • Johnnie Johnsonpiano on "Our Little Rendezvous', "You Never Can Tell". "Things I Used to Do", "Merry Christmas Baby", "Fraulein", "O Rangutang', and "The Little Girl from Central"
  • Lafayette Leake — piano on "Promised Land", "Night Beat", and "Brenda Lee"
  • Paul Williams — piano on "No Particular Place to Go", "You Two", and "Liverpool Drive"
  • Willie Dixonbass on "Our Little Rendezvous", "Promised Land", "Night Beat", "Merry Christmas Baby", and "Brenda Lee"
  • Odie Paynedrums
  • Fred Below — drums on "Night Beat" and "Merry Christmas Baby"
  • Ebby Hardy or Jaspar Thomas — drums on "Our Little Rendezvous"
  • Leroy C. Davis — tenor saxophone on "Our Little Rendezvous," "You Never Can Tell", "Fraulein', and "O Rangutang"
  • James Robinson — tenor saxophone on on "You Never Can Tell", "Fraulein", and "O Rangutang"
Technical personnel

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1965 Billboard Pop Albums 124

Single

Year Single Chart Position
1964 "Little Marie" Billboard Black Singles 54
1964 "No Particular Place to Go" Billboard Black Singles 10
1964 "You Never Can Tell" Billboard Black Singles 14
1965 "Promised Land" Billboard Black Singles 41

References[edit]

  1. ^ St. Louis to Liverpool at AllMusic
  2. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (Editors). The Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1st edition, Random House/Rolling Stone Press, 1979, p. 33.
  3. ^ Scoppa, Bud (2004). Liner notes for St. Louis to Liverpool. Universal Chronicles B0001687-02.

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