Chuck Berry – Christmas With Chuck Berry (2017)

FrontCover1Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist who pioneered rock and roll. Nicknamed the “Father of Rock and Roll”, he refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive with songs such as “Maybellene” (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957) and “Johnny B. Goode” (1958). Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music.


Born into a middle-class African-American family in St. Louis, Berry had an interest in music from an early age and gave his first public performance at Sumner High School. While still a high school student he was convicted of armed robbery and was sent to a reformatory, where he was held from 1944 to 1947. After his release, Berry settled into married life and worked at an automobile assembly plant. By early 1953, influenced by the guitar riffs and showmanship techniques of the blues musician T-Bone Walker, Berry began performing with the Johnnie Johnson Trio.[3] His break came when he traveled to Chicago in May 1955 and met Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess, of Chess Records. With Chess, he recorded “Maybellene”—Berry’s adaptation of the country song “Ida Red”—which sold over a million copies, reaching number one on Billboard magazine’s rhythm and blues chart.

Chuck Berry Portrait

By the end of the 1950s, Berry was an established star, with several hit records and film appearances and a lucrative touring career. He had also established his own St. Louis nightclub, Berry’s Club Bandstand. He was sentenced to three years in prison in January 1962 for offenses under the Mann Act—he had transported a 14-year-old girl across state lines. After his release in 1963, Berry had several more successful songs, including “No Particular Place to Go”, “You Never Can Tell”, and “Nadine”. However, these did not achieve the same success or lasting impact of his 1950s songs, and by the 1970s he was more in demand as a nostalgic performer, playing his past material with local backup bands of variable quality. In 1972 he reached a new level of achievement when a rendition of “My Ding-a-Ling” became his only record to top the charts. His insistence on being paid in cash led in 1979 to a four-month jail sentence and community service, for tax evasion.

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Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986; he was cited for having “laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance.” Berry is included in several of Rolling Stone magazine’s “greatest of all time” lists; he was ranked fifth on its 2004 and 2011 lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[9] The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll includes three of Berry’s: “Johnny B. Goode”, “Maybellene”, and “Rock and Roll Music”.[10] Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” is the only rock-and-roll song included on the Voyager Golden Record. (wikipedia)


And here are 4 fine Christmas by Chuck Berry, most of them in a sentimental mood … bluesy…

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Chuck Berry (guitar, vocals)
a bunch of unknown studio musicians

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01. Run Rudolph Run (Single Version) (Marks/Brodel/Berry) 2.43
02. Christmas (unknown) 3.26
03. Merry Christmas Baby (Single Version) (Baxter/Moore) 3:12
04. Spending Christmas (Berry) 2:09



Out of all the reindeers, you know you’re the mastermind
Run, run Rudolph, Randalph ain’t too far behind
Run, run Rudolph, Santa’s got to make it to town
Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
Run, run Rudolph cause I’m reeling like a merry-go-round

Said Santa to a boy “Child, what have you been longing for?”
“All I want for Christmas is a Rock and Roll electric guitar”
And then away went Rudolph whizzing like a shooting star

Run, run Rudolph, Santa has to make it to town
Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
Run, run Rudolph, reeling like a merry-go-round


Run, run Rudolph, Santa’s got to make it to town
Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
Run, run Rudolph, I’m reeling like a merry-go-round

Said Santa to a girl “Child, what would please you most to get?”
“A little baby doll that can cry, sleep, drink and wet”
And then away went Rudolph, whizzing like a Saber jet

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Jefferson Airplane – Flight Log (1977)

FrontCover1Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, that became one of the pioneering bands of psychedelic rock. Formed in 1965, the group defined the San Francisco Sound and was the first from the Bay Area to achieve international commercial success. They were headliners at the Monterey Pop Festival (1967), Woodstock (1969), Altamont Free Concert (1969), and the first Isle of Wight Festival (1968) in England. Their 1967 break-out album Surrealistic Pillow ranks on the short list of the most significant recordings of the Summer of Love. Two songs from that album, “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit”, are among Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

The October 1966 to February 1970 lineup of Jefferson Airplane, consisting of Marty Balin (vocals), Paul Kantner (guitar, vocals), Grace Slick (vocals), Jorma Kaukonen (lead guitar, vocals), Jack Casady (bass), and Spencer Dryden (drums), was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.[3] Marty Balin left the band in 1971. After 1972, Jefferson Airplane effectively split into two groups. Kaukonen and Casady moved on full-time to their own band, Hot Tuna. Slick, Kantner, and the remaining members of Jefferson Airplane recruited new members and regrouped as Jefferson Starship in 1974, with Marty Balin eventually joining them. Jefferson Airplane was presented with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.


Flight Log (1966–1976) is a compilation album by the American rock band Jefferson Airplane. Released in January 1977 as a double-LP as Grunt CYL2-1255, it is a compilation of Jefferson Airplane and Airplane-related tracks, including tracks by Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna, as well as solo tracks by Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, and Jorma Kaukonen. Although primarily a compilation album, the album includes one previously unreleased song: “Please Come Back” written by Ron Nagle and performed by Jefferson Starship. “Please Come Back” is not available on any other release.

Among the session musicians featured on the album are two members of the Grateful Dead and one member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. David Crosby appears on one track, and Jerry Garcia plays on three tracks, two of which also feature Mickey Hart.


The album included a lavish 12-page full-color, full-size (12 booklet, containing photographs of the band throughout the period covered by the compilation. It also contained a detailed history of the band, written by Patrick Snyder of Rolling Stone magazine.

Flight Log was first reissued on CD by BMG Japan on October 22, 2008 as a part of the “Paper Sleeve Collection” reissue series (BVCM-35468-9). The release features an exact reproduction of the Grunt 1977 edition of the LP packaging including a reduced scale reproduction of the original booklet and inner sleeve jackets for the CDs. Also included is a second booklet containing all the lyrics in both English and Japanese. The only omission by BMG Japan was not reproducing the original GRUNT label on the CDs. The audio quality is as good as the original master tapes available for the Japanese LP pressing and features JVC K2 24 Bit Remastering. However, it sounds as if the master tapes had been damaged on at least three songs, and significantly obvious on the introduction of “Silver Spoon”. CD 1 contains Side A and B, and CD 2 contains Side C and D.


On April 5, 2011, BGO Records released a remastered edition of Flight Log in a standard jewel case with cardboard slip cover. The BGO version is said to be a sonic improvement on the BMG/Sony edition, nonetheless, certain tape defects such as on Silver Spoon still exist. (wikipedia)


This odds and sods collection of the Jefferson Airplane gives an eclectic overview of one of the premier San Francisco bands. Although several of their better-known songs are included (“White Rabbit,” “Volunteers”), the purpose of Flight Log seems to be to tell the story of the original JA lineup rather than present their greatest hits. The first half of the record documents the group together, the second half the group apart. A live version of “Somebody to Love” rides the sonic punch of Kaukonen and Cassady; Marty Balin’s “Comin’ Back to Me” remains one of the Airplane’s finest ballads.


The initial Hot Tuna recordings are also represented here along with tracks from the Blows Against the Empire assemblage. The inclusion of Jefferson Starship’s “Ride the Tiger points the way to a slicker, pop-oriented future. While Flight Log is not essential, it may certainly be of interest to devout fans of the Jefferson Airplane. (by J.P. Ollio)

No ! This sampler is more … it´s a wonerful und great overview of one of the finest bands from the bay area and all these wonderful side projects.(including a fine booklet !)



Various Jefferson Airplane line-ups:

Signe Anderson (vocals)
Marty Balin (vocals)
John Barbata (drums)
Jack Casady (bass)
Papa John Creach (violin)
Spencer Dryden (drums)
Jorma Kaukonen (lead guitar, vocals)
Paul Kantner (vocals, guitar)
Sammy Piazza (drums)
Pete Sears (bass, guitar)
Grace Slick (vocals, piano)
Skip Spence (drums)
Nick Buck (piano)
Craig Chaquico (lead guitar)
Joey Covington (drums, vocals)
David Crosby (vocals, guitar)
Chris Ethridge (bass)
David Freiberg (vocals, keyboards, bass, guitar)
Jerry Garcia (guitar, pedal steel guitar, lead guitar)
Mickey Hart (percussion, gongs)
Tom Hobson (guitar)
Nicky Hopkins (piano)
Will Scarlett (harmonica)
Jack Traylor (vocals)


01. Come Up The Years (Balin/Kantner) 2.29
02. White Rabbit (Slick) 2.30
03. Comin’ Back To Me (Balin) 5.16
04. Won’t You Try Saturday Afternoon (Kantner) 5.01
05. Greasy Heart (Slick) 3.23
06. If You Feel (Blackman/Balin) 3.17
07. Somebody To Love (live) (Slick) 3.57
08. Wooden Ships (Crosby/Kantner/Stills) 6.08
09. Volunteers (Balin/Kantner) 2.03
10. Hesitation Blues (Hot Tuna) (Traditional).4.59
11. Have You Seen The Stars Tonite (Paul Kantner & Jefferson Starship) (Kantner/Crosby) 3.48
12.Silver Spoon (Grace Slick & Paul Kantner) (Slick) 1.51
13. Feel So Good (Kaukonen) 5.38
14. Pretty As You Feel (Covington/Casady/Kaukonen) 4.30
15. Milk Train (Creach/Slick/Spotts) 4.20
16. Ja Da (Keep On Truckin’) (Hot Tuna) (Fuller) 3.12
17. ¿Come Again? (Grace Slick) (Toucan/Slick/Freiberg) 3.06
18. Sketches Of China (Paul Kantner, Grace Slick & David Freiberg) (Kantner/Slick) 5.05
19. Genesis (Jorma Kaukonen w/ Tom Hobson) (Kaukonen)
20. Ride The Tiger (Jefferson Starship) (Kantner/Slick/Byong Yu) 5.03
21.  Please Come Back (Jefferson Starship) (Nagle) 3.51



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