Throwback Thread: Chuck Berry

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Columbus Alive

I would argue that this quintessential Chuck Berry compilation, called simply The Great Twenty-Eight, is the single greatest distillation of rock and roll ever released. The record kicks off with "Maybellene" and never lets up, evincing rock's undeniable power and its ability to send chills from head to foot.

If you grew up in the 1950s, this thing would've scared your parents to death.

The entire history and language of rock music -- nods to its R&B roots and prophecy of its crazy future -- is contained herein. Some of the songs might sound a bit dated, but that's only because these hits immediately became what people considered rock music. Berry made rock serious and, at the same time, had more fun playing it than anyone else.