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The Definitive Collection

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Review

There have been many, many Chuck Berry compilations released by Chess over the years, but as of the spring of 2006, there was no comprehensive single-disc set in print; there was the double-disc 2005 set Gold, which itself was a retitled reissue of 2000's Anthology, but the classic comp The Great Twenty-Eight was long out of print, and nothing had replaced it until the 2006 release of The Definitive Collection. This generous 30-track selection offers nearly everything that was on The Great Twenty-Eight and in nearly the same sequence -- "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" and "Roll Over Beethoven" are swapped, for instance, but it's not really a noticeable change. "Bye Bye Johnny" is the only song missing from The Great Twenty-Eight, which is not a huge omission, especially since it's been replaced with two great singles, "You Never Can Tell" and "Promised Land." "My Ding-A-Ling" is also here and, while it is a worse song than "Bye Bye Johnny," it was Chuck's only number one single, so its inclusion makes sense -- and it hardly sinks a collection that is by far the best, most comprehensive single-disc Chuck Berry set yet assembled. Sure, there are some great Berry songs that are absent, but all the major songs are here; plus, if you need more than 30 songs, turn to either Gold or The Chess Box. If you want a single-disc best-of collection of all of Chuck's finest, this is the one to get. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Maybellene Chuck Berry 2:22
  3. 2 Thirty Days Chuck Berry 2:25
  4. 3 You Can't Catch Me Chuck Berry 2:45
  5. 4 Too Much Monkey Business Chuck Berry 2:57
  6. 5 Roll Over Beethoven Chuck Berry 2:23
  7. 6 Brown Eyed Handsome Man Chuck Berry 2:19
  8. 7 Havana Moon Chuck Berry 3:9
  9. 8 School Day Chuck Berry 2:41
  10. 9 Rock & Roll Music Chuck Berry 2:30
  11. 10 Oh Baby Doll Chuck Berry 2:39
  12. 11 Reelin' and Rockin' Chuck Berry 3:14
  13. 12 Sweet Little Sixteen Chuck Berry 3:0
  14. 13 Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry 2:39
  15. 14 Around and Around Chuck Berry 2:40
  16. 15 Beautiful Delilah Chuck Berry 2:11
  17. 16 Carol Chuck Berry 2:48
  18. 17 Memphis, Tennessee Chuck Berry 2:12
  19. 18 Sweet Little Rock & Roller Chuck Berry 2:23
  20. 19 Little Queenie Chuck Berry 2:41
  21. 20 Almost Grown Chuck Berry 2:20
  22. 21 Back in the U.S.A. Chuck Berry 2:27
  23. 22 Let It Rock Chuck Berry 1:48
  24. 23 I'm Talking About You Chuck Berry 1:51
  25. 24 Come On Chuck Berry 1:50
  26. 25 Nadine (Is It You?) Chuck Berry 2:35
  27. 26 You Never Can Tell Chuck Berry 2:44
  28. 27 Promised Land Chuck Berry 2:23
  29. 28 No Particular Place to Go Chuck Berry 2:42
  30. 29 I Want to Be Your Driver Chuck Berry 2:15
  31. 30 My Ding-A-Ling [Single Edit] Chuck Berry 4:16

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