Artist: Chuck Berry
Album: The Complete Chess Singles: As & Bs 1955-61
Release Date: 03/10/2015
Everyone from The Beatles to Jimi Hendrix to Elton John has paid homage to Chuck Berry, and for good reason. Berry was the torch-bearing pioneer for rock n’ roll that brought about a new era in music, and the masses responded accordingly. Due in part to the technological advances of the time such as electric guitars and amplifiers, Berry’s ripping guitar solos and catchy hooks catapulted him to the forefront of popular music.
This distinctive sound is flawlessly demonstrated on Acrobat’s upcoming release The Complete Chess Singles As & Bs 1955-61. The album is a double disc set that contains a whopping fifty tracks, complete with everything that you could ask for in a Chuck Berry collection. Yes, the classics are all here and accounted for. This collection features everything from “Roll Over Beethoven” to “Johnny B. Goode” and, of course, “Run Rudolph Run.” This release spans what most would consider his musical prime and Berry is in excellent form throughout.
Though Elvis Presley would become known as “the King of Rock and Roll,” this compilation allows listeners to both hear and feel the power of Berry’s music and the uncanny similarities between his style of rock and those that soon followed. Whether you are a Chuck Berry aficionado or you have yet to delve into ‘50s rock n’ roll this collection is an excellent addition to any music library.
– Landon Gampel