Wednesday, 22 March 2017

CHUCK BERRY – SINGLE REVIEW

Chuck Berry – Big Boys (Dualtone/Decca Records)
Chuck Berry - Big Boys

Release Date: Out Now

2016 may have taken some modern stars of music away from us but 2017 has taken a true legend in the form of Chuck Berry. The silver lining to this cloud is that, before he went, Chuck recorded a ten track album of completely new material and this single is the first shot across the bows from that collection, due out in June. ‘Big Boys’ chimes out with that trademark guitar sound and some splendid honky-tonk piano. Then Chuck slides in, hitting those notes bang on without a hint of his advancing years and oh boy does he sound like he’s having fun. The gang vocals in the chorus and rolling drum fills are just a joy to behold but when you remember that this was written and recorded when the man was coming to the end of his 80s, well, it makes you realise how much fun there is still to have. The new album features Berry’s son, grandson, long time band mates and distinguished guests like Tom Morello and Gary Clark Jr. so I would urge you to make allowance in your June budget for ‘Chuck’ the album.


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