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Hace dos años  se editó nada más y nada menos que el álbum  de la obra  integral de   Una caja de 16 CDs, 21 horas de música en total: “Chuck Berry: The Complete Studio Recordings . . . Plus!”, que recopila todo lo que Chuck grabó, desde su primera sesión en 1954, hasta el oscuro y casero “Rock It”, su último disco en 1979.

El extraordinario sello alemán Bear Family (conocido por sus reediciones exhaustivas) edita una caja que va a contener a todos los chuck berrys, no sólo va a estar el maestro del rhythm and blues y uno de los más grandes artistas de toda la historia del rock and roll, sino que también sus encarnaciones menos conocidas: líder de una big-band, cantante de música disco (“Havanna Moon”), crooner country, viajero psicodélico…

Chuck Berry Record/CD/Book Cover

Y también está el de las jam-sessions con su colega en Chess, Bo Diddley (el genial, clásico LP de ambos “Two Great Guitars”. De los 16 CDs, cinco son en directo. la caja trae un libro de 250 páginas con una introducción de Paul McCartney y un concienzudo trabajo discográfico de los trabajos de Chuck, paar ello Richard Weize, fundador de Bear Family, se ha valido de una red de fanáticos de Chuck Berry para el proyecto.

“Universal ha sacado tres cajas recientemente, pero la nuestra es 10 veces mejor”, ha dicho, y se ha quedado tan pancho, porque es completamente cierto, no engaña a nadie.

La box set se completa con un segundo libro repleto de fotos de Berry no vistas jamás, tomadas por su primo, el fotógrafo profesional, Harry Davis. Hay incluso algunas de Chuck en el Cosmopolitan Club en 1954-55, allí es donde Chuck Berry se dio a conocer.

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“No podía creer lo que veía”, dice Weize. Berry, de 88 años, todavía toca regularmente en St. Louis, pero que nadie espere nueva música de él.

“¿Darte una canción? Yo no puedo hacer ya eso. Mi voz se ha ido. Mi garganta está desgastada. Y mis pulmones se me están yendo.”

Tracklist de la caja:

CD 1

  1. Maybellene
  2. Wee Wee Hours
  3. Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)
  4. Together (We Will Always Be)
  5. You Can’t Catch Me
  6. Roly Poly
  7. Berry Pickin’ (Instrumental)
  8. (The) Down Bound Train
  9. No Money Down
  10. I’ve Changed
  11. Drifting Heart
  12. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
  13. Roll Over Beethoven
  14. Too Much Monkey Business
  15. Havana Moon
  16. Rock And Roll Music (Demo)
  17. Untitled Instrumental
  18. Deep Feeling (Instrumental)
  19. School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell)
  20. Lajaunda (Español)
  21. Blue Feeling (Instrumental)
  22. Low Feeling (Instrumental)
  23. How You’ve Changed
  24. Rock And Roll Music
  25. Oh Baby Doll
  26. Question Method
  27. How High The Moon (Instrumental)
  28. Maria Joe Alexander
  29. Hope These Words Will Find You Well – Joe Alexander
  30. Sweet Little Sixteen (Demo)

CD 2

  1. Sweet Little Sixteen
  2. Rock At The Philharmonic (Instrumental)
  3. Guitar Boogie (Instrumental)
  4. Night Beat (Instrumental)
  5. Time Was (slow version)
  6. Reelin’ And Rockin’
  7. Chuckwalk (Instrumental)
  8. Johnny B Goode
  9. Around And Around
  10. Ingo (Instrumental)
  11. It Don’t Take But A Few Minutes
  12. Blues For Hawaiians (Instrumental)
  13. Beautiful Delilah
  14. Vacation Time
  15. 21
  16. 21 Blues
  17. Oh Yeah
  18. Hey Pedro
  19. Time Was
  20. House Of Blue Lights
  21. Carol
  22. Jo Jo Gunne
  23. Memphis Tennessee
  24. Anthony Boy
  25. Sweet Little Rock And Roller
  26. Long Fast Jam (Instrumental)
  27. Long Slow Jam (Instrumental)

CD 3

  1. Merry Christmas Baby
  2. Run Rudolph Run
  3. Little Queenie
  4. That’s My Desire
  5. Do You Love Me
  6. Almost Grown
  7. Back In The USA
  8. Fast B 6 (Instrumental)
  9. Blue On Blue (Instrumental)
  10. Betty Jean
  11. County Line
  12. Childhood Sweetheart
  13. One O’Clock Jump (Instrumental)
  14. I Just Want To Make Love To You
  15. Broken Arrow
  16. Let It Rock
  17. Too Pooped To Pop
  18. Say You’ll Be Mine – The Ecuadors
  19. Let Me Sleep Woman – The Ecuadors
  20. Drifting Blues
  21. I Got To Find My Baby
  22. Don’t You Lie To Me
  23. Worried Life Blues
  24. Our Little Rendezvous
  25. Bye Bye Johnny
  26. Run Around
  27. Jaguar And Thunderbird
  28. Diploma For Two
  29. Little Star
  30. The Way It Was Before
  31. Away From You
  32. Down The Road Apiece
  33. Confessin’ The Blues
  34. Sweet Sixteen
  35. Thirteen Question Method
  36. Stop And Listen

CD 4

  1. I Still Got The Blues
  2. I’m Just A Lucky So And So
  3. Mad Lad (Instrumental)
  4. Crying Steel (Instrumental)
  5. Route 66 (Take 10)
  6. I’m Talking About You
  7. Rip It Up
  8. On
  9. Adulteen
  10. The Man And The Donkey
  11. Go Go Go
  12. Trick Or Treat
  13. Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Instrumental)
  14. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
  15. All Aboard
  16. Nadine (Is It You?)
  17. You Never Can Tell
  18. The Little Girl From Central
  19. (The) Things I Used To Do
  20. I’m In The Danger Zone
  21. I’m In The Twilight Zone
  22. Fraulein
  23. Lonely All The Time (Crazy Arms)
  24. O Rangutang (Instrumental)
  25. Big Ben (Blues)
  26. (The) Promised Land
  27. Brenda Lee
  28. No Particular Place To Go
  29. You Two
  30. Liverpool Drive (Instrumental)
  31. Chuck’s Beat (Instrumental)
  32. Bo’s Beat (Instrumental)
  33. Little Marie
  34. Go, Bobby Soxer

CD 5

  1. Lonely School Days
  2. His Daughter Caroline
  3. Dear Dad
  4. I Want To Be Your Driver
  5. Spending Christmas (My Blue Christmas)
  6. The Song Of My Love
  7. Butterscotch (Instrumental)
  8. After It’s Over (Instrumental)
  9. Why Should We End This Way
  10. You Came A Long Way From St Louis
  11. She Once Was Mine
  12. Jamaica Farewell
  13. My Little Love Light
  14. I Got A Booking
  15. St Louis Blues
  16. Shake Rattle And Roll
  17. Honey Hush
  18. Wee Wee Hours (Instrumental)
  19. Run Joe
  20. It’s My Own Business
  21. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
  22. Every Day We Rock And Roll
  23. My Mustang Ford (Instrumental)
  24. My Mustang Ford
  25. Merrily We Rock And Roll
  26. Vaya Con Dios
  27. Wee Hour Blues
  28. It Wasn’t Me
  29. Ain’t That Just Like A Woman
  30. Right Off Rampart Street 2:21
  31. Welcome Back Pretty Baby
  32. Sad Day, Long Night (Instrumental)

CD 6

  1. Ramona, Say Yes
  2. Viva (Viva) Rock And Roll
  3. His Daughter Caroline (Fast version)
  4. Lonely School Days (Fast version)
  5. Campus Cookie (Instrumental)
  6. Mum’s The Word
  7. My Tambourine
  8. Laugh And Cry
  9. Maybelline
  10. School Days
  11. Sweet Little Sixteen
  12. Johnny B Goode
  13. Memphis
  14. Roll Over Beethoven
  15. Rock’n’Roll Music
  16. Club Nitty Gritty
  17. Around And Around
  18. Oh Captain
  19. Thirty Days
  20. Back In The USA
  21. Misery
  22. Carol
  23. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
  24. Let It Rock
  25. Reelin’ And Rockin’
  26. Almost Grown
  27. Ramblin’ Rose
  28. Check Me Out
  29. I Do Really Love You
  30. Back To Memphis
  31. Bring Another Drink
  32. It Hurts Me Too
  33. Goodnight, Well It’s Time To Go
  34. So Long
  35. My Heart Will Always Belong To You
  36. Flying Home (Instrumental)

CD 7

  1. Sweet Little Rock’n’Roller
  2. Oh Baby Doll
  3. I Can’t Believe
  4. Soul Rockin’
  5. Ma Dear
  6. Rock Cradle Rock
  7. The Love I Los
  8. Louie To Frisco
  9. I Love Her, I Love Her
  10. Little Fox
  11. Song Of My Love
  12. Rock Cradle Rock (alt take)
  13. Good Lookin’ Woman
  14. My Woman
  15. It’s Too Dark In There
  16. Put Her Down
  17. Concerto In B Goode (Instrumental)
  18. Tulane
  19. Have Mercy Judge
  20. Untitled Instrumental
  21. My Ding-A-Ling

CD 8

  1. Gun (Instrumental)
  2. Gun (Fast) (Instrumental)
  3. Gun (Slow) (Instrumental)
  4. That’s None Of Your Business
  5. Instrumental
  6. Christmas
  7. I’m A Rocker
  8. Flyin’ Home (Instrumental)
  9. Fish & Chips
  10. Some People
  11. My Pad (Poem)
  12. Oh Louisiana
  13. Festival
  14. Let’s Do Our Thing Together
  15. Your Lick
  16. Bound To Lose
  17. Bordeaux In My Pirough
  18. San Francisco Dues
  19. My Dream (Poem)
  20. Roll ‘Em Pete
  21. Reelin’ And Rockin’
  22. My Ding-A-Ling
  23. Johnny B Goode
  24. Let’s Boogie

CD 9

  1. Mean Old World
  2. I Love You
  3. I Will Not Let You Go
  4. London Berry Blues (Instrumental)
  5. Blues #1 (Instrumental)
  6. Annie Lou
  7. Rain Eyes
  8. You And My Country
  9. Sue Answer
  10. Got It And Gone
  11. A Deuce
  12. Talkin’ About My Buddy
  13. Hello Little Girl Goodbye
  14. One Sixty Nine AM (Instrumental)
  15. Aimlessly Driftin’
  16. Woodpecker (Instrumental)
  17. Bio
  18. Roll Away
  19. Hi-Heel Sneakers
  20. Jambalaya
  21. The Song Of My Love
  22. South Of The Border

CD 10

  1. I’m Just A Name
  2. Too Late
  3. Turn On The Houselights (Instrumental)
  4. Swanee River
  5. You Are My Sunshine
  6. Johnny B Blues (Instrumental)
  7. Dust My Broom
  8. Don’t You Lie To Me
  9. My Babe
  10. Here Today
  11. I Just Want To Make Love To You
  12. Rockin’ (Instrumental)
  13. Shake Rattle And Roll
  14. Baby What You Want Me To Do
  15. Chuck’s Beat
  16. Bo’s Beat
  17. Bio

CD 11

  1. I Got To Find My Baby (Stereo)
  2. Bye Bye Johnny (Stereo)
  3. Run Around (Stereo)
  4. Diploma For Two (Stereo)
  5. Down The Road Apiece (Stereo-longer fading)
  6. Route 66 (Stereo, alt take)
  7. I’m Talking About You (Stereo)
  8. Come On (Stereo, alt take)
  9. Go Go Go (Stereo)
  10. Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Stereo remix)
  11. Jamaica Farewell (Mono)
  12. My Mustang Ford (Stereo remix)
  13. It Wasn’t Me (Stereo, alt take)
  14. Ain’t That Just Like A Woman (unfaded)
  15. Ramona, Say Yes (Stereo, alt mix w/o sax)
  16. Move It
  17. Oh What A Thrill
  18. California
  19. Pass Away
  20. I Need You Baby
  21. If I Were
  22. House Lights
  23. I Never Thought
  24. Havana Moon
  25. Wuden’t Me

CD 12

  1. Maybeline [sic]
  2. Roll Over Beethoven
  3. Schooldays (School Day)
  4. No Money Down
  5. Sweet Little Sixteen
  6. Johnny Be Goode
  7. First Set Introduction
  8. Guitar Boogie (Instrumental)
  9. Johnny B Goode
  10. Sweet Little Sixteen
  11. School Day
  12. Memphis
  13. Maybellene
  14. Rock And Roll Music
  15. Dust My Broom
  16. Instrumental Boogie (Instrumental)
  17. Too Much Monkey Business
  18. Johnny B Goode

CD 13

  1. Rock At The Philharmonic (Instrumental)
  2. Memphis
  3. Guitar Boogie (Instrumental)
  4. Let It Rock
  5. Wee Wee Hours
  6. Goodnight Sweetheart/Johnnie B Goode/Let It Rock/Rock & Roll Music Medley
  7. Introduction Walled Lake Casino, Detroit (October 26, 1963) first set
  8. Guitar Boogie (Instrumental)
  9. Let It Rock
  10. Almost Grown
  11. Chuck Berry Dialogue #1
  12. Memphis
  13. Johnny B Goode
  14. Introduction Walled Lake Casino, Detroit (October 26, 1963) second set
  15. Instrumental Boogie
  16. Sweet Little Sixteen
  17. Wee Wee Hours
  18. Chuck Berry Dialogue #2
  19. Maybellene
  20. Goodnight Sweetheart/Johnny B Goode/Let It Rock/School Day Medley

CD 14

  1. Fillmore Auditorium Introduction (June 27, 1967)
  2. Rockin’ At The Fillmore (Instrumental)
  3. Everyday I Have The Blues
  4. CC Rider
  5. Driftin’ Blues
  6. Feelin’ It (Instrumental)
  7. Flying Home (Instrumental)
  8. I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man
  9. It Hurts Me Too
  10. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  11. Fillmore Blues (Instrumental)
  12. Wee Baby Blues
  13. Bring Another Drink
  14. Worried Life Blues
  15. Reelin’ And Rockin’
  16. My Ding-A-Ling
  17. Johnny B Goode 3:00

CD 15

  1. Rock And Roll Music
  2. Nadine
  3. School Day (Long Live Rock And Roll)
  4. (In The) Wee Wee Hours
  5. Carol/Promised Land Johnny B Goode
  6. Hoochie Coochie Man
  7. Memphis Tennessee
  8. Too Much Monkey Business
  9. Reelin’ And Rockin’
  10. Sweet Little Sixteen
  11. My Ding-A-Ling
  12. Bonsoir Cherie
  13. Johnny B Goode
  14. Maybelline

CD 16

  1. Lanchester Arts Festival Introduction, Coventry (February 3, 1972)
  2. Roll Over Beethoven (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
  3. Nadine (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
  4. Sweet Little Sixteen (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
  5. Instrumental (testing) (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
  6. Roll ‘Em Pete (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
  7. Around And Around (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
  8. It Hurts Me Too (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
  9. Promised Land (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
  10. Reelin’ And Rockin’ (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
  11. My Ding-A-Ling (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
  12. Johnny B Goode (Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry (February 3, 1972))
  13. South Of The Border (BBC Television Theatre, London (March 29, 1972))
  14. School Days (BBC Radio, May 11, 1964 ‘Saturday Club’ (BBC Light Programme))
  15. Memphis Tennessee (BBC Radio, May 11, 1964 ‘Saturday Club’ (BBC Light Programme))
  16. Sweet Little Sixteen (BBC Radio, May 11, 1964 ‘Saturday Club’ (BBC Light Programme))
  17. Interview (BBC Radio, May 11, 1964 ‘Saturday Club’ (BBC Light Programme))
  18. Nadine (BBC Radio, May 11, 1964 ‘Saturday Club’ (BBC Light Programme))
  19. Johnny B Goode (BBC Radio, May 11, 1964 ‘Saturday Club’ (BBC Light Programme))
  20. Interview (Dr. Pepper Promo)
  21. Pepper Commercial (Dr Pepper Promo)
  22. Reelin’ And Rockin’ – Roll Over Beethoven (Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles (Late 1977))