“The London Chuck Berry Sessions” by Chuck Berry - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1972Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

Following in the footsteps of Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, Chuck headed for London to record with the locals. Despite featuring white session men playing the blues, the LP quickly became his biggest selling album ever, shifting 500,000 units within a month. Go figure. As Tim Lewis’s perfect fold-out cover and the record number indicate, “The London Chuck Berry Sessions” (Chess LP-60020, October 1972) had been intended as a double album. It was released as a single LP, though, with two very different sides: one side recorded in the studio and the other side containing excerpts from a live performance at the Lanchester Arts Festival. Mnsr. Berry had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand that night - at the end of the record you can hear the festival management trying in vain to get the audience to leave so that the next performers, Pink Floyd, can take the stage, and the crowd begins chanting “We want Chuck!” The good-natured daftie “My Ding-A-Ling”, from the live side of the album, was edited down to approximately 4 minutes for single release, and subsequently became Berry’s only No. 1 chart hit in both the US and UK. This world’s insane…

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A1 [03:10] 5.0.png Chuck Berry - Let’s Boogie (Charles Berry) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A2 [05:45] 5.3.png Chuck Berry - Mean Old World (Walter Jacobs) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A3 [02:49] 4.7.png Chuck Berry - I Will Not Let You Go (Charles Berry) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
A4 [05:55] 4.9.png Chuck Berry - London Berry Blues (Charles Berry) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
A5 [03:26] 5.0.png Chuck Berry - I Love You (Charles Berry) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B1 [07:07] 6.0.png Chuck Berry - Reelin’ And Rockin’ [live] (Charles Berry) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B2 [11:33] 5.3.png Chuck Berry - My Ding-A-Ling [live, album version] (Charles Berry) Pop
B3 [04:23] 5.4.png Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode [live] (Charles Berry) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

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