Chuck Berry Is On Top (1959, 3rd album)
His finest sequence of songs and features more hits than any other LP.
Up: “Jo Jo Gunne” (yeah, the number that band named itself after) has some fresh twists and turns and deserved to be a hit as much as some other tracks here. (second guitar: Bo Diddley.)
Down: “Hey Pedro.” Oh well, it was 1959.
St. Louis To Liverpool (1964)
Clearly a triumphant attempt to catch some of the wave from the British Invasion. Has some of Berry’s most, uh, sophisticated tale-spinning in “Little Marie” (sequel to “Memphis, Tennessee,” quite a bit below that standard) “Our Little Rendezvous” (supposed to be in outer space!) “No Particular Place To Go,” (the chrome monster finally attacks), “Promised Land” followed by “You Never Can Tell” (a shout of triumph on the rails, then a unique item that’s sort of a wry joke but that I insist contains a hint of the shadow that fell over Berry a few years earlier). ((Or maybe that’s “Things I Used To Do.”))
Rock ‘n Roll Rarities (2-LP, 1986)
More for the confirmed fanatics. However, the sequencing, sonic variations (even the stereo remixes) gimme a little electric crackle and I believe this is the first time “Run Rudolph Run” appeared on a long-player.