Chuck Berry -Under the Influence

 chuck-berry-under-the-influence-chuck-berryChuck Berry is “The King of Rock and Roll”.  As an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, he was  the pioneers of  early rock and roll music that inspired so many great bands of the 60’s and beyond.

With songs such as “Maybellene” (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957) and “Johnny B. Goode” (1958), Chuck Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and utilizing guitar solos and showmanship that would be a major influence on subsequent rock music. –Wiki 

The following list of songs are by Chuck Berry or Covered Berry Songs by other well known bands that became “Under the InFluence“:

“Look No Further, This Is Pure Rock At Its Finest.”
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chuck-berry-under-the-influence-amazon-imageChuck Berry is quite ppossibly the most important artist in rock and roll. Most people may credit Elvis Presley with that title, and while he is worthy, Chuck is far more worthy. Without Chuck, there’d probably no Elvis. Or Jerry Lee Lewis. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Eric Clapton, even Bob Dylan – none of them probably would’ve came into focus. Each of the artists listed was influenced by Chuck Berry in one way or another. John Lennon himself perhaps put it best: “If you were to give rock and roll another name, it would be Chuck Berry”.

As with all influential artists in rock and roll, Chuck Berry has anthologized an almost obscene number of times. However, as with all artists, only a few of his collections are worth getting. And for those just getting into Chuck Berry, there is no better place to start than “The Definitive Collection”.

This 30 song, single disc collection contains all the ideal Berry classics for the casual fans: “Maybellene”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Brown Eyed Handsome Man”, “School Day”, “Rock And Roll Music”, “Sweet Little Sixteen”, the timeless “Johnny B. Goode”, “Little Queenie” and a host of others are all here, all in chronological orders, all digitally remastered and sounding better than ever. The sound quality alone is enough to get even the most avid Berry fan to add yet another compilation to their collection.

The liner notes by Bud Scoppa do an excellent job at emphasizing Berry’s impact on the music world, and the packaging as a whole is quite excellent. If you’re just beginning the music of Rock’s Prime Minister, than this cd is a must have.