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THE CHUCK BERRY
Paperback, 486 pages, 774 illustrations, 2008
For the heavyweight Berry fan. Everything you ever wanted to know about Chuck Berry, in four enormous volumes compiled by the world-renowned Norwegian Berry collector and authority, Morten Reff. Comprehensively annotated, with dozens of illustrations of rare record labels and sleeves, previously unpublished photos, etc.
This volume (VOLUME 1) contains:
1 - USA Discography
2 - UK Discography
3 - International Discographies (Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, East Germany, Finland, France, (West) Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Yugoslavia).
"Phénoménal." Jukebox Magazine (June 2008)
"The detail is quite staggering, with hundreds of reproductions of record labels, sleeves, release details, and forthright comments on quality and content. For someone who is so dedicated to Chuck Berry, Morten is refreshingly honest and doesn't pull any punches... There are all sorts of rarities here, from promo releases and exotic foreign pressings to long-forgotten TV-advertised albums and all sorts of other Berry collectables... Morten's directory is the ultimate Chuck Berry discography and, apart from being a must for any devotee, is a book that any record collector could happily dip into over and over again. Roll on Volumes 2, 3 and 4." Now Dig This (June 2008)
"If you're a Chuck Berry completist, or just want to see what they are up against, you have to have this book." Blue Suede News (Summer 2008)
"The most comprehensive catalogue imaginable... an ambitious and detailed duck walk" Record Collector (August 2008)
"The first of four promised volumes which aim to provide the ultimate reference guide to all aspects of Chuck Berry's career and legacy... this opening opus (in the now familiar Music Mentor format of sturdy paperback, with its agreeable balance between price and quality of type and illustration) sets out firmly to produce a companion volume and extension to [Fred] Rothwell's work, Long Distance Information, which is fulsomely acknowledged throughout. Where Fred described the who, where and when of the sesssions, Morten picks up the baton and investigates where all those recordings ended up - and the journey is fascinating... There's everything from Filipino 78s to Dutch picture sleeves, to Saudi cassettes. I have hardly put the book down since I got it... I defy anyone remotely interested in Berry, or even rock'n'roll discography, not to be swept along by this first slab. It is a monumental piece of work... Roll on Volume 2." Blues & Rhythm (December 2008)
"This is a book aimed chiefly at fanatical Berry enthusiasts... but run-of-the-mill Berry admirers will enjoy flipping the pages to savour the visual aspects of the lovely esoteric labels, such as South Africa's Teal or the Filipino Custom Audio... Future volumes will cover bootlegs, TV, videos, cover versions of Berry titles, soundalikes and even karaoke. Can't wait!" Juke Blues (Winter 2008)
VOLUME 2 contains listings of bootlegs; radio albums; movies; TV shows; video and DVD releases; international tour itineraries; hits, achievements and awards; Berry's songs, roots, and influence on other artists; tributes; Chuck Berry in print; fan clubs and websites; plus annotated discographies of pianist Johnnie Johnson (post-Berry) and the ultimate Berry copyist, Eddy Clearwater.
VOLUME 3 contains a massive annotated listing of over 4,500 cover versions, including many rarities.
VOLUME 4 contains cover versions by title, hit cover versions, over 900 soundalikes, non-Berry songs with similar titles, cover versions in the movies and on TV, games, and even a brief chapter on Chuck Berry karaoke! Additions and Corrections to Volumes 1, 2 and 3. Index.
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