• Wed. Feb 21st, 2024

Chuck Berry – Chuck, The Final Album From the Rock and Roll Icon!

Earlier this year, we lost rock and roll icon Chuck Berry at the age of 90. To the world of rock and roll, his passing was seen as a great loss; few artists from rock and roll’s infancy were so influential to so many generations of rock and roll artists (I even did an article on the best covers of Chuck Berry songs a few months back that stands as proof of this).

Chuck, released just a few months after Berry’s passing, is his final studio album, and, believe it or not, his first album of new studio material since 1979! Musicians playing on the release include Berry’s usual backing band, as well as family members. Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave fame) even has a guest appearance on the release.

This is one of those instances where I had no idea what to expect from the release whatsoever. After all, we had not gotten a Chuck Berry studio album in nearly four decades! With the album being released posthumously, it now has the responsibility and the burden of standing as a tribute to Berry’s legacy. Does it fulfill that goal?

 

 

Even at age 90, Chuck Berry still manages to sound like himself; the songs on this album still feel like classic Chuck Berry recordings, albeit with slightly more modern/refined production. For longtime fans and followers of this rock and roll pioneer, that is going to be great news.

From slow ballads to the fun, fast-paced rock and roll we all grew to love Berry for, this release is one that hits all the high notes, and in its 10-track duration, is never boring or mundane. Highlights include the opening one-two punch of “Wonderful Woman” “and “Big Boys,” both of which are a ton of fun to listen to, “Lady B. Goode,” which his a sequel to Berry’s classic anthem “Johnny B. Goode,” and the island-tinged sounds of “Jamaica Moon.” Only the bizarre, mostly spoken-word “Dutchman” feels out of place, but the rest of the album is a winner.

Chuck Berry’s legacy will always live on, and with the release of Chuck, he has given audiences a posthumous gem featuring many memorable songs. Longtime fans and followers will be pleased by what they hear on this release. Highly recommended!

 

By Taylor Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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