Berry, Chuck

Band members               Related acts

- Stan Bronstein - sax (1973)

- Chuck Berry - vocals, guitar (1973)

- Rick Frank - drums (1973)

- Wayne "Tex" Gabriel - guitar (1973)

- Adam Ippolito - keyboards (1973)

- Gary van Soyoc - bass (1973)




- none known




Rating: ** (2 stars)

Title:  Bio

Company: Chess

Catalog: CH-50043

Year: 1973

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: gatefold sleeve; minor edge wear

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4143

Price: $10.00

Cost: $1.00


Chuck Berry's one of those musical oddities ...  Most musicians will swear on a stack of bibles that he's been a gigantic influence on their careers, yet you can bet most of 'em don't own a single Chuck Berry LP, CD, or 45.  Judging by Berry's post 1950s sales, the same seems to be the case for the listening audience ... 


Produced by Esmond Edwards, 1973's "Bio" found Berry trying to capitalize on his unexpected commercial reemergence via the earlier "The London Chuck Berry Sessions".  Backed by Elephant's Memory (definitely one of the year's odder collaborations), like virtually everything in Berry's catalog, the album was a mixed success.  Apparently a concept piece setting Berry's life to music, the autobiographical title track proved mildly interesting, while "Hello Little Girl Goodbye" showed the then 47 year old Berry could still rock with considerable energy.  Elsewhere, tracks such as the greasy instrumental "Woodpecker" and the country-ish "Rain Eyes" were little more than throw-away filler.  Hardly a massive seller, the collection managed to hit # 175. (The album was originally released with a gatefold sleeve.)


"Bio" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) Bio   (Chuck Berry) - 

2.) Hello Little Girl Goodbye   (Chuck Berry) - 

3.) Woodpecker (instrumental)   (Chuck Berry) - 

4.) Rain Eyes   (Chuck Berry) - 


(side 2)

1.) Aimlessly Driftin'   (Chuck Berry) - 

2.) Got It and Gone   (Chuck Berry) - 

3.) Talkin' About My Buddy    (Chuck Berry) - 




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