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1972’s The London Chuck Berry Sessions was released at a time when other American icons (Muddy Waters, B.B. King) headed to the UK to record records in the sympathetic and adoring environment offered by Britain. Berry’s album was split between five studio songs and three tracks recorded live at a festival in Coventry, England. Unlike his peers, Berry eschewed the usual supporting cast of superstar UK rock stars, with the Faces’ Ian McLagan and Kenny Jones being the only famous names accompanying him in the studio. Sticking to the tried and true riffs that have informed everyone from the Beatles and the Stones forward, this set opens with ‘Let’s Boogie’, an infectious shuffle. Also included are the instrumental ‘London Berry Blues’, the Little Walter blues classic ‘Mean Old World’ and ‘I Love You’, a number that chugs along lazily and is a blueprint for anything Keith Richards ever sang lead on. The live portion finds the classics ‘Reelin’ And Rockin’’ and ‘Johnny B. Goode’ bookending ‘My Ding-A-Ling’, a ribald, ditty that ironically became Berry’s only chart-topping single.


The London Chuck Berry Sessions

Chess Records – CH (60020) 1972 Pressing

Matrix / Runout (Side A Etched): CH 60020 A-1

Other (Side A Stamped): -1-1 P.R. D G.K.

Matrix / Runout (Side B Etched): CH 60020 B-1

Other (Side B Stamped): -1-1 G.K.


Track Listing

Side A

Recorded at Pye Studios in London

Let's boogie

Mean old world

My Ding-a-ling

I will not let you go

Side B

Recorded during performance at the Lanchester Arts Festival, Coventry, England

London berry blues

I love you

 Reelin' and rockin'

Johnny B. Goode


Record Grading

Very Good (VG)

Sleeve Grading

Good (G)


The London Chuck Berry Sessions

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