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Chuck Berry 1956

Review

Billboard

January / 1956

Chuck Berry

No Money Down (Arc, BMI) Chess 1615

Down Bound Train (Arc, BMI) Chess 1615

Berry's showmanly performance on the humorous talking-novelty "No Money Down" should pay off in plenty of juke and jockey play and cash-across-the-counter. It's a great reading, loaded with sock personality impact and a hard-driving, insistent beat. The flip, a fast moving almost country-styled blues, has an exciting pace and a fine vocal of Berry.


Review

Billboard

May 19 / 1956

Chuck Berry

Roll Over Beethoven (Arc, BMI) Chess 1626

This side has humor, a driving beat and, most of all, Berry's own distinctive and wailingly primitive style. A natural for action. Flip is "Drifting Heart" (Arc, BMI).


Review

Billboard

December 22 / 1956

Various artists (soundtrack)

Rock, Rock, Rock (1-12")

The Moonglows, Chuck Berry, The Flamingos.

Chess LP 1425

This looks like one of the strongest rock and roll packages extant. The artists and much of the material have already been smashes on single disks; in addition, the artists are all appering in the film, "Rock, Rock, Rock", for which a lot of the new material in this album has been written. Promotion has been - and will continue to be - heavy. Sides include Chuck Berry's "Maybellene", "Thirty Days" etc; Moonglows "Sincerely", "Sea Saw" etc and the Flamingos' "Would I Be Crying", "A Kiss From Your Lips" etc. Be sure to stock this one for the youngsters. Strong pop appeal also indicated.

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