Limited Anniversary Edition
Chuck Berry is truly an American original. There will never be another Chuck Berry nor anyone in the music industry who could influence generations upon generations of aspiring rock 'n rollers like Chuck has.
Celebrating six decades in the music business, this East St. Louis native initially captivated millions of kids in the fifties with his first recordings like Maybellene and Roll Over Beethoven. He drove the rockers mad with his famous guitar licks, poetic lyrics and dynamic presence on the stage.
Introduced to Chess Records by fellow blues rocker Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry hit a goldmine immediately with his arsenal of tunes that he presented to Phil and Leonard Chess. A lot of these great songs became top charting singles which culminated in his masterwork third album Berry Is On Top.
Kicking things off with one of his finest smash hits Almost Grown, Chuck Berry roars through a treasure trove of 11 more champions which made this one of the most important and emulated albums of all time. The album features classic gems like his monumental hits of all time Johnny B. Goode and Roll Over Beethoven, plus more powerhouses like Carol, Maybellene, Sweet Little Rock & Roller, Little Queenie, Around and Around and Jo Jo Gunne. Noted for his stellar guitar work, pretty much introducing the turnaround riff to a whole new generation of guitar players, Berry Is On Top was truly a primer for a ton of rock and blues artists for years like Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Johnny Winter, The Animals and The Yardbirds.
Chuck Berry was more than a rock 'n roll genius. He was a natural poet. He could rhyme. He could compose lyrically two and three minute musical stories about the everyday man and woman, about the struggles of being a teenager, about romance, about cars, about faraway places, about dancing, and most notably about rock 'n rollin'.
His unconventional approach to music was unlike that of anyone before him. He opened the doors for millions of music fans around the world to enjoy rock and blues, making him one of the first pioneers of the popular recording business that we all enjoy to this day.
Friday Music is no stranger to the music of the legendary Chuck Berry and the Chess Records' arsenal of fine recordings. That is why we are so very proud to announce another fine installment in The Chuck Berry/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with his legendary masterpiece Berry Is On Top - The Anniversary Edition.
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry) for the first time on audiophile vinyl from the Chess monophonic tapes, Chuck Berry's Berry Is On Top will truly become one of the most important and historical 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl titles in quite some time. To celebrate Chuck Berry's six decades in the music business, we further enhance this limited anniversary edition with a stunning gatefold cover featuring the original artwork elements as well as two classic inside gatefold photos of the man who started rock and roll. Chuck BerryÄBerry Is On Top - The Anniversary EditionÄImpeccable monoÄHappy Holidays! Go Go Johnny Go!
LP Track Listing:
_1. Almost Grown
4. Sweet Little Rock & Roller
5. Anthony Boy
6. Johnny B. Goode
7. Little Queenie
8. Jo Jo Gunne
9. Roll Over Beethoven
10. Around and Around
11. Hey Pedro
12. Blues for Hawaiians