Beloved 1982 Compilation Augmented with 30 Bonus Tracks including More Hits, Rarities, B-Sides, Live Material and Christmas Tunes!
Late, great rock 'n' roll innovator Chuck Berry - who passed away at the age of 90 on March 18, 2017 - is memorialized with The Great Twenty-Eight: Super Deluxe Edition, a lavishly expanded new colored 5 disc box set version of his definitive 1982 compilation. Housed in a textured box, the original 2LP compilation is augmented by two additional albums and an EP. More Great Chuck Berry features 14 further hits, rarities and b-sides while the rare 1963 live release, Oh Yeah! Live In Detroit, makes its vinyl debut. The collection is rounded out by the newly-created 10" EP, Berry Christmas, featuring four of his festive songs including "Run Rudolph Run," "Merry Christmas Baby," "Christmas" and "Spending Christmas."
The super deluxe edition also includes a handsome 12" x 12" book, with an introductory essay by Keith Richards and a new essay by bestselling author and SiriusXM host Alan Light, to complement Michael Lydon's liner notes from the original version of the retrospective. There are also reminiscences from DJ Lee Alan, plus Berry's complete US single, album and EP discographies, reproductions of Berry's original LP cover art and rarely-seen photographs.
After its 1982 release, The Great Twenty-Eight became the most widely-appreciated of the countless compilations of Berry's work, so much so that it was No. 21 on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. "When The Great Twenty-Eight was released in 1982," writes Light in his new notes, "it was immediately recognised as one of the essential albums in rock 'n' roll history."
Enter this edition of The Great Twenty-Eight, with 30 more Chuck Berry recordings – the Great Fifty-Eight, as it were – fleshing out the story of rock 'n' roll's poet laureate while also demonstrating, through the addition of a riveting live album from 1963, his power as a stage performer...the opportunity to spotlight additional facets of his music is the greatest contribution to his history that this collection offers.
• Super Deluxe Edition colored 5 disc box set
• LP1&2: Original 28-song, 2LP set from 1982
• LP3: More Great Chuck Berry featuring 14 more hits, rarities and B-sides
• LP4: Oh Yeah! Live In Detroit recorded at the Walled Lake Casino on October 25 & 26, 1963 (first time on vinyl)
• Bonus Berry Christmas EP
• 12 x 12 book featuring reproductions of Chuck's original LP graphics, images from the rare Chess EP series, and other photographs and memorabilia from the Chess archives, as well as a complete LP and singles discography
• Book also contains a new essay by Alan Light & the original liner notes by Michael Lydon