CHUCK BERRY: Massive Box Set Released
Did you realize Chuck Berry made his last recordings in 1979?
Chuck Berry‘s entire recording career — from his start in 1954 to his obscure home-recorded 1979 finale Rockit — has been released on a massive 21-disc collection by Bear Family Records. Rolling Stone reports that the German reissues specialist has uncovered a fascinating amount of rarities to go alongside the St. Louis legend’s hits and other influential recordings.
- A 1979 disco version of “Havana Moon.”
- A demo of him working on the melody of “Sweet Little 16.”
- Jamming with fellow rock pioneer Bo Diddley on a 1964 tune “Bo’s Beat.”
The set also includes a 250-page book on Berry, with a foreward by Paul McCartney, and a second volume of photography, including many never-before-seen images — some reaching back more than 60 years — taken by Harry Davis, a professional photographer who happens to be Berry’s cousin.