The Great Twenty-Eight

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The Great Twenty-Eight
ChuckBerry TheGreatTwentyEight.png
Greatest hits album by
GenreRock and roll
ProducerLeonard Chess, Phil Chess
Chuck Berry chronology
The Great Twenty-Eight
Chess Masters
Alternative cover
The Great Twenty-Eight: Super Deluxe Edition (2017)
The Great Twenty-Eight: Super Deluxe Edition (2017)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars [1]
MSN Music5/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone5/5 stars [3]
Sputnikmusic5/5 stars [4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music5/5 stars[5]

The Great Twenty-Eight is a compilation album by Chuck Berry, released in 1982 on Chess Records. In 2003, the album was ranked number 21 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list,[6] the second-highest ranking compilation on the list after The Sun Sessions by Elvis Presley. Out of print for many years, the compilation was reissued on vinyl by Geffen Records on August 4, 2017, five months after his death. All of its 28 tracks can be found on the 2000 Anthology two-disc set. Geffen later announced a 'Super Deluxe Edition' vinyl reissue, containing the original album, a new compilation 'More Great Chuck Berry', a live album 'Oh Yeah! Live In Detroit', recorded in 1963, and a 10" EP called 'Berry Christmas'.[7]

A survey of Berry's first decade of recording on Chess Records, it contains 21 singles along with six of their B-sides and one album track from Chuck Berry in London. Of those singles, eleven were Top 10 hits on the Billboard R&B singles chart and ten were Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Chuck Berry.

Side one
No.TitleChess sourceLength
1."Maybellene"Chess 1604 A (1955)2:18
2."Thirty Days"Chess 1610 A (1955)2:24
3."You Can't Catch Me"Chess 1645 A (1956)2:42
4."Too Much Monkey Business"Chess 1635 B (1956)2:53
5."Brown Eyed Handsome Man"Chess 1635 A (1956)2:17
6."Roll Over Beethoven"Chess 1626 A (1956)2:23
7."Havana Moon"Chess 1645 B (1956)3:05
Side two
No.TitleChess sourceLength
1."School Days"Chess 1653 A (1957)2:40
2."Rock and Roll Music"Chess 1671 A (1957)2:30
3."Oh Baby Doll"Chess 1664 A (1957)2:33
4."Reelin' and Rockin'"Chess 1683 B (1958)3:14
5."Sweet Little Sixteen"Chess 1683 A (1958)2:55
6."Johnny B. Goode"Chess 1691 A (1958)2:38
7."Around and Around"Chess 1691 B (1958)2:35
Side three
No.TitleChess sourceLength
1."Carol"Chess 1700 A (1958)2:46
2."Beautiful Delilah"Chess 1697 A (1958)2:08
3."Memphis"Chess 1729 B (1959)2:12
4."Sweet Little Rock and Roller"Chess 1709 A (1958)2:20
5."Little Queenie"Chess 1722 B (1959)2:38
6."Almost Grown"Chess 1722 A (1959)2:19
7."Back in the U.S.A."Chess 1729 A (1959)2:25
Side four
No.TitleChess sourceLength
1."Let It Rock"Chess 1747 A (1960)1:50
2."Bye Bye Johnny"Chess 1754 A (1960)2:03
3."I'm Talking About You"Chess 1779 A (1961)1:48
4."Come On"Chess 1799 A (1961)1:50
5."Nadine (Is It You?)"Chess 1883 A (1964)2:30
6."No Particular Place to Go"Chess 1898 A (1964)2:44
7."I Want to Be Your Driver"Chuck Berry in London (1965)2:15
Total length:68:55



  1. ^ The Great Twenty-Eight at AllMusic
  2. ^ MSN Music review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  6. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time". Rolling Stone. 2012. Retrieved September 23, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ uDiscover Hosts Limited Edition Box Set Of Chuck Berry’s ‘Great Twenty-Eight’

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