Chuck Berry Is on Top

Chuck Berry Is on Top is the third studio album by rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry, released in July 1959 on Chess Records, catalogue LP 1435. With the exception of one track, "Blues for Hawaiians," all selections had been previously released on 45 rpm singles,[1] several of which were double-sided and charted twice. In his review of the album for AllMusic, Cub Koda described it as "almost a mini-greatest-hits package in and of itself" and the most perfectly realized collection of Berry's career.[2] In 2008, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab reissued the album with St. Louis to Liverpool on an Ultradisc II Gold compact disc. In 2012, Hoodoo reissued the album with One Dozen Berrys on the same CD.

Chuck Berry Is on Top
Chuck Berry Is on Top cover
Studio album by Chuck Berry
ReleasedJuly 1959[1]
RecordedMay 21, 1955–1959, Chicago, Illinois
GenreRock and roll
Length29:26
LabelChess LP–1435[1]
ProducerLeonard Chess, Phil Chess
Chuck Berry chronology
One Dozen Berrys
(1958)
Chuck Berry Is on Top
(1959)
Rockin' at the Hops
(1960)
Singles from Chuck Berry Is On Top
  1. "Maybellene"
    Released: July 1955
  2. "Johnny B. Goode" / "Around and Around"
    Released: March 31, 1958
  3. "Carol"/"Hey Pedro"
    Released: August, 1958
  4. "Sweet Little Rock & Roller"/"Jo Jo Gunne"
    Released: October, 1958
  5. "Anthony Boy"
    Released: January, 1959
  6. "Almost Grown" / "Little Queenie"
    Released: March, 1959
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[2]

Track listing

All tracks written by Chuck Berry.

Side one

  1. "Almost Grown" – 2:21
  2. "Carol" – 2:48
  3. "Maybellene" – 2:23
  4. "Sweet Little Rock & Roller" – 2:22
  5. "Anthony Boy" – 1:54
  6. "Johnny B. Goode" – 2:41

Side two

  1. "Little Queenie" – 2:43
  2. "Jo Jo Gunne" – 2:47
  3. "Roll Over Beethoven" – 2:24
  4. "Around and Around" – 2:42
  5. "Hey Pedro" – 1:57
  6. "Blues for Hawaiians" – 3:23

Personnel

Charting history

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position[3]
1955 "Maybellene" Billboard Top 100 5
1956 "Roll Over Beethoven" Billboard Top 100 29
1958 "Johnny B. Goode" Billboard Top 100 8
1958 "Carol" Billboard Hot 100 18
1958 "Jo Jo Gunne" Billboard Hot 100 83
1958 "Sweet Little Rock & Roller" Billboard Hot 100 47
1959 "Anthony Boy" Billboard Hot 100 60
1959 "Almost Grown" Billboard Hot 100 32
1959 "Little Queenie" Billboard Hot 100 80

References

  1. ^ a b c Rudolph, Dietmar. "A Collector's Guide to the Music of Chuck Berry: The Chess Era (1955–1966)". Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  2. ^ a b Cub Koda. "Chuck Berry Is on Top > Overview". AllMusic Guide. Retrieved February 9, 2011.
  3. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 - Chuck Berry". Retrieved October 27, 2017.

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