Chuck Berry in London Songs Ranked

Chuck Berry in London is the eighth studio album by Chuck Berry, released in 1965 by Chess Records. Only eight of the tracks were actually recorded in London with the UK R&B group The 5 Dimensions, in January, 1965. Five other tracks were recorded in Chicago in December, 1964 with the Jules Blattner Group. The remaining track, “Night Beat” was left over from a 1957 session. This album, along with St. Louis to Liverpool and Fresh Berry’s, constitutes part of Chuck Berry’s lost Chess years, and, for most listeners, a broader “lost period” for Berry. At the time, his music was never more widely copied and covered, courtesy of the British invasion bands streaming into the U.S. in person and on record, yet he couldn’t chart a single or get top bookings in the U.S. Here are all of Chuck Berry in London songs ranked.

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14. You Came a Long Way From St. Louis

“Chuck is Chuck’s first new studio album since 1979’s Rock It! (and obviously now his last one), and it shows an artist for whom age truly was a number, as he hadn’t lost his creative and performing spark.”

13. St. Louis Blues

“I don’t know of any other musician who sounds or sounded as vibrant and energetic at 90 years of age as Chuck does on this record. His guitar playing and singing are as lively as ever, especially combined with the latest, state-of-the-art recording technology. Chuck is still rocking it!”

12. His Daughter Caroline

“The album is a family affair, with Chuck’s daughter on harmonica and accompanying/backup vocals and three generations of Berry men on guitars.”

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11. Jamaica Farewell Song

“Worthwhile things can come to those who wait and this is an end-of-career, near masterwork from the true King of Rock and Roll. Even in the sunset of his life, Chuck could still deliver some vocal fireworks and play his guitar just like a ring in a bell.”

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10. Night Beat

“Wonderful album by a guitarist/singer/composer I have liked since my youth. This beautiful cd tells his story, from start to finish. I liked the blues quality and also those of his songs with a “country” flavor. “

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9. Dear Dad

“”Dear Dad” may be the best single ever to peak at #95 on Billboard. A commercial dip to be sure but it continued his top-drawer run of singles 1964-65.”

8. I Got a Booking

“All around great album. I’ve always kind of liked Chuck Berry but this CD I love. Songs seem mature compared to most of his earlier stuff. Liner notes are really good too. I’m usually not that big on liner notes but these are super interesting.”

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7. Butterscotch

“I actually like the slower songs on this disk versus the rockers, but all in all it is an enjoyable listen. The lyrics on one particular song are great where Chuck mentions he doesn’t want to stop playing.”

6. After It’s Over

“His voice on this is quite strong considering his age. A few weak songs make this less than 5 stars. I wouldn’t have liked those songs if they were from the vintage Chuck.”

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5. The Song of My Love

“I’m absolutely pleasantly surprised on how good this cd is from the perspective of the songwriting, the guitar playing ( absolutely NO ONE that plays rock guitar has not played one of the his licks, pro and amateur alike)”

4. She Once Was Mine

“His story telling on Dutchman is goose bump inducing. As people say Elvis was the King…but simply put without Chuck there would most likely be no guitar driving rock, or it would be much different.”

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3. Why Should We End This Way

“This was the last berry in the bowl and it was still sweet. The problem with a serious Chuck Berry album is that he was forced to compete against himself and his own history. Chuck defined the parameters of Rock and Roll.”

2. My Little Love Light

“This CD is his last set of contemporary recordings. If this record had been produced in 1956, it would probably be considered a near-classic collection of Chuck Berry songs.”

1. I Want to Be Your Driver

“Berry had nothing to prove. His music is in the cosmos alongside Beethoven on a gold disc headed into intergalactic space. Talk about you can’t catch me!”