June 27: Chuck Berry released “Anthology” in 2000

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Those seeking classic Berry all in one place now have countless choices, but these are the best: the flawlessly programmed The Great Twenty-Eight (or its slightly retooled update The Definitive Collection), the more in-depth and fully rounded Anthology (reissued in the exact same form as Gold, in 2005), or the hefty Chess Box, which offers the pleasure of side trips into Berry’s lesser-known work, much of it in a blues vein and some of it instrumental.
~Rollingstone.com

Wikipedia:

Released June 27, 2000
Recorded May 21, 1955 – December 22, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois
September 28, 1958 in St. Louis, Missouri
February 3, 1972 at the Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry, England
1973 in New York
Genre Rock and roll
Label Chess
Producer Leonard Chess, Phil Chess, Esmond Edwards, Andy McKaie
Compiler Andy McKaie

Anthology is a two-disc compilation album by rock and roll performer Chuck Berry released on July 27, 2000 by Chess Records. The album is intended as an overview of Chuck Berry’s song-writing career. It is a two-disc anthology which contains 50 tracks of Chuck Berry’s finest songs.

The album was later reissued and packaged in 2005 as part of Universal Records’ Gold series. The album was simply retitled Gold.

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Memphis, Tennessee (1959)

From amazon.com review by “Vine Voice”:

“It’s a given that an anthology of Chuck Berry is essential to any well-rounded rock and roll collection. This one, with pristine sound and attractive packaging, may be the one for you if you want more than just the mega-hits. That being said, here’s what you need to know :
Forget the MCA “Millenium Collection” CD, which is criminally skimpy.
The two Chess Best-ofs, taken together, total 40 tracks, and if you have those already, you’re in good shape, although you’d be missing some 12 essential tracks from this new set.
If you have the out-of-print “Great 28”, not only are you missing 24 of these tracks (including “Wee Wee Hours”, “You Never Can Tell”, “Promised Land”, “Don’t You Lie to Me”), but the sound quality here is much improved, so it’s time to upgrade.
The question comes down to : this new collection or the “Chess Box”, with 3 discs and 71 tracks. Hard call : “Anthology” has four tracks not on the box set, but they’re fairly dispensible (“Guitar Boogie”, “Do You Love Me”, “I Got to Find My Baby”, and “I Want to Be Your Driver”. The box set has 21 tracks not on “Anthology”, including some goodies like “Anthony Boy”, “Merry Christmas Baby”, “Run Rudolph Run”, “Little Marie”, and “Have Mercy Judge”, but also some clunkers (in relative terms; this is Chuck Berry, after all), and excellent sound as well, but you have to shell out more and have a coffee table available to keep the box on. My advice : go with this new “Anthology” and send the money you save to the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and feel good about both.

….and it comes as close to being a definitive Chuck Berry anthology as a double-disc compilation can be.
~Stephen Thomas Erlewine (allmusic.com)

Track listing:

Disc 1

  1. “Maybellene” – 2:22
  2. “Wee Wee Hours” – 3:05
  3. “Thirty Days” – 2:24
  4. “You Can’t Catch Me” – 2:45
  5. “Downbound Train” – 2:51
  6. “No Money Down” – 2:59
  7. “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” – 2:18
  8. “Roll Over Beethoven” – 2:24
  9. “Too Much Monkey Business” – 2:56
  10. “Havana Moon” – 3:09
  11. “School Days” – 2:43
  12. “Rock and Roll Music” – 2:33
  13. “Oh Baby Doll” – 2:39
  14. “Sweet Little Sixteen” – 3:03
  15. “Guitar Boogie” – 2:21
  16. “Reelin’ and Rockin'” – 3:17
  17. “Johnny B. Goode” – 2:42
  18. “Around and Around” – 2:41
  19. “Beautiful Delilah” – 2:11
  20. “House Of Blue Lights” (Don Raye, Freddie Slack) – 2:29
  21. “Carol” – 2:50
  22. “Jo Jo Gunne” – 2:47
  23. “Memphis” – 2:15
  24. “Sweet Little Rock & Roller” – 2:24
  25. “Little Queenie” – 2:44
  26. “Almost Grown” – 2:19

Disc 2

  1. “Back in the U.S.A.” – 2:29
  2. “Do You Love Me” – 2:24
  3. “Betty Jean” – 2:28
  4. “Childhood Sweetheart” – 2:45
  5. “Let It Rock” – 1:49
  6. “Too Pooped To Pop” – 2:37
  7. “I Got to Find My Baby” – 2:17
  8. “Don’t You Lie to Me” – 2:05
  9. “Bye Bye Johnny” – 2:07
  10. “Jaguar & Thunderbird” – 1:52
  11. “Down the Road a Piece” (Raye) – 2:16
  12. “Confessin’ the Blues” (Jay McShann, Walter Brown) – 2:10
  13. “I’m Talking About You” – 1:51
  14. “Come On” – 1:51
  15. “Nadine (Is It You?)” – 2:36
  16. “You Never Can Tell” – 2:44
  17. “Promised Land” – 2:25
  18. “No Particular Place to Go” – 2:44
  19. “Dear Dad” – 1:52
  20. “I Want to Be Your Driver” – 2:17
  21. “Tulane” – 2:39
  22. “My Ding-a-Ling (Live, Single Edit)” – 4:19
    • Produced by Esmond Edwards
  23. “Reelin’andRockin (Live)” – 7:04
    • Produced by Esmond Edwards
  24. “Bio” – 4:24

Here is “Gold” on spotify:

-Egil