by Chuck BerryChuck Berry


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As the guy who pretty much invented rock & roll, it was inevitable that Chuck Berry would have a volume of Bear Family's ongoing Rocks series devoted to him -- and so he does, a 32-track collection that pulls from his prime, his first decade of recordings for Chess beginning with 1955's "Maybellene" and ending with 1965's "Dear Dad." In between are all the standards and just enough semi-obscure rockers ("Go-Go-Go," "Oh Baby Doll," "Betty Jean") to keep this fresh. But this Rocks isn't a place to turn for obscurities, or Berry's sweeter moments like "Havana Moon" and "Wee Wee Hours" -- it's all about Chuck reeling and rocking, and it's a gas gas gas.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/21/2011
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127171399
catalogNumber: 17139
Rank: 34606

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chuck Berry   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Bass,Vocals,Overdubs,drum overdubs
Willie Dixon   Bass,Vocals,Double Bass
Etta James   Vocals
Matt "Guitar" Murphy   Guitar
Marvin Gaye   Vocals
Johnnie Johnson   Piano,Vocals
Chuck Barksdale   Vocals
Fred Below   Drums
Martha Berry   Vocals
Bill Bixler   Bass
Harvey Fuqua   Vocals
Jerome Green   Vocals
Ebby Hardy   Drums,Vocals
Lafayette Leake   Piano
Odie Payne   Drums
Jasper Thomas   Drums
Chester Simmons   Vocals
Reese Palmer   Vocals
Paul Williams   Piano
James Robinson   Tenor Saxophone
Leroy Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Jules Blattner   Guitar
Ecuadors   Vocals
James Nolan   Vocals

Technical Credits

Chuck Berry   Composer,Producer,Piano Overdubs,Guitar Overdubs
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
Bill Dahl   Biographical Information
Bill Millar   Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Marvin Brodie   Composer
Sven T. Uhrmann   Illustrations
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Este   Photo Restoration

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