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Sunday, August 23, 2009
Chuck Berry - The Chess Years Red Box - Too Pooped To Pop
More of The Chess Years and the fabulous Chuck Berry: Discs 3 and 4 feature 29 and 30 songs on each volume,and are packed with tons of lesser known songs. These discs are most likely the best sounding material, that inspired so many bands to pick up a guitar and give these a try. Which shows, that these songs are not complicated,so much as the brilliance is in that they are simple,catchy and so hum-able,they are hard to resist, and usually the most memorable. Plus they have a really happy energy and enthusiasm that you hear when he sings and plays, that just pulls you into the music. The "Go Go Go Little Queenie" singing has got a great riff, and a simple sing along that appears easy to write, but are in reality difficult. It's actually hard to condense all of those feelings into a 2 minute 30 second song. "Back In The USA" sounds downright anthem like. "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" could be anyone of any color,he just has to have brown eyes. Nadine is also a wonderful riff-fest, and will play in your head for days. I don't think this music really needs describing,it's just exciting to hear again. I doubt that today's charted music can hold a candle to this. Complete with artwork/scans below. Chuck 3