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

Chuck 4


The Blues Librarian said...

I never had a use for blogs, that is, until I found yours! What a treasure trove. I have the Chuck Berry set and it is like heaven. I wish I had the Bo Diddley set. Top notch stuff. I'm so inspired that I started my own blog and will be posting rare and out of print blues sets at
Thanks for the inspiration.
The Blues Librarian

KL from NYC said...

I hadn't visited in a while, and this was a surprise. Thank you.

Royboy said...

Chucká treasure trove of sings from the late 50's was mined by the rockers in the 60's & 70's as a their homage to a great artist.
Its hard to imagine a rock'n'roll world without chuck. Thanks for posting this marvellous box set.

Royboy said...

A pioneering genius at work here, leaving blueprint for rockers in the 60's & 70's to build on. Hard to imagine a rock n roll world without chuck. Thanks for post