Chuck Berry – The London Chuck Berry Sessions

17 Aug

Chuck Berry - The London Chuck Berry Sessions CB066 front


Released in October of 1972 unbelievably this is the only Chuck Berry album certified gold by the RIAA. The song ‘My Ding-A-Ling’ was edited for single release and is the only Berry tune to achieve number one status in both the US and UK. This album is a mixed bag consisting of studio and live material. That is always an uneven listen to my ear.

The running order of songs was altered for the Q8 release placing live songs between studio songs. This CB release has returned the running order to match the vinyl album. I found it very amusing at the end of the show the promoters are attempting to clear the house for the next act.

They refer to them as ‘The Pink Floyd’. I never heard PF referred to with a ‘The’ in front of their name. By the way which one is Pink? Enjoy CB


Release: CB066

Source: Q8



14 Responses to “Chuck Berry – The London Chuck Berry Sessions”

  1. atq December 10, 2016 at 11:52 #

    Thanks for this.

    Nice idea to put the correct running order back. I know sometimes people are used to the re-ordered version but seeing as one side is live and one isn’t, it makes sense to have them nicely separated.

    Pink Floyd were credited as The Pink Floyd on their first LP and their 1967 singles, but even then it was probably just the “done thing”.

    Some interesting thoughts on Q8s. As CB says, with a wider tape and faster speed, they ought to be better fidelity than cassettes. (Which is why removing the tape and treating as an open reel can work so well, I suppose). Still, I only own two 8 tracks (I bought them second hand), and have never owned an 8 track player, so I am not an expert!

    • Owen Smith December 10, 2016 at 16:37 #

      Q8s have twice as many tracks across the width of the tape (8 rather than 4), so I think that may come out the same tape width per track as cassette unless I have my numbers wrong. Running at twice the tape speed should help Q8 audio quality though, plus the tape may be thicker since the cartridges are big and can afford a bit more thickness.

      • atq December 10, 2016 at 19:14 #

        Yes, of course, you must be right about the tracks, I’d forgotten that (even though there is a clue in the name)!

  2. Owen Smith August 20, 2016 at 20:55 #

    The sound quality on this is pretty good, Q8 foibles don’t intrude. It just sounds a bit old that’s all. The studio tracks are OK, but this release comes alive in the live tracks. It’s great to hear Chuck interacting with the audience, he really knew how to work the crowd. The quad is pretty impressive too, the audience clearly behind me and Chuck and the band in front. My Ding a Ling is a great track, those sing a longs with the band are always fun. My best memories of doing that at a live concert are with Queen, singing the answering phrases for the late, great Freddie Mercury. It sounds like this crowd had just as much fun doing it with Chuck.

    • Owen Smith September 5, 2016 at 13:37 #

      Plus Q8 decks can have the head alignment drift over time what with the head moving up and down as it changes programs on the tape and whacking the head against the end stop. Whoever invented the 8 track cartridge format should win a prize for inventing the tape format with the most possible ways for it to go wrong.

      • Captain Beyond September 6, 2016 at 18:07 #

        That would have been a team put together by inventor William Powell “Bill” Lear founder of Lear Jet aviation. The Lear Jet Stereo 8 music cartridge was originally conceived to provide music in their business class Lear Jets. I think it was an ingenious design for its time and I still prefer 8-track over Philips compact cassette. The cassette had lower fidelity with the tape being half the width and traveling at half the speed. The cassettes biggest advantage was being able to rewind which an 8-track cannot do. However all the points you make are valid issues with the format.

  3. gleeksmirt7 August 19, 2016 at 03:09 #

    COOL! I’ve always liked this album. Thanks! 🙂

  4. Bruce August 17, 2016 at 18:22 #

    It continues to boggle my mind that a 40 plus year old tape still has most of it’s sound quality intact. Great job ripping.

    • Captain Beyond September 3, 2016 at 18:45 #

      I experience the same reaction as you do Bruce. After repair of the Q8 and during transfer I am just as surprised as you. It does boggle the mind that after 40+ years these treasures can be found inside, of all things, an 8-track cartridge.

    • Owen Smith September 3, 2016 at 19:14 #

      Do you adjust the head alignment on your Q8 deck for each transfer? I understand there is variation between tapes, the duplication equipment was often poorly aligned.

      • Captain Beyond September 5, 2016 at 10:26 #

        Good question. The answer is yes & no. Not as much adjustment as one would rightly assume. You are correct pointing out that there are variations between tapes as well as duplication alignment inaccuracies. Some head alignment adjustment is needed at times for these problem tapes. I have several decks each tracking a little bit differently. I try all decks for the best play alignment if I have a problem cartridge. Have also removed the tape and spool and placed it into a different cartridge case to see if there is any improvement. Then sometimes no matter what effort is applied a particular tape will not track correctly so it goes into the junk pile. Q4 and Q8 tapes are both a gamble never knowing what you will get. Q4’s because of sticky shed syndrome and Q8’s for all their inherent shortcomings. With that said it is still worthwhile to seek out and mine these hidden gems.

  5. Highlander August 17, 2016 at 17:33 #

    In the very early days of Pink Floyd, I believe the band did call themselves “The Pink Floyd”. But, that was in the ’60s. Anyway, this looks very intriguing with members of The Faces. Great idea on changing the running order to keep the studio cuts together. Thanks CB!

  6. lupineassassin August 17, 2016 at 17:16 #

    Thanks for this! 😀

  7. sacdtodvda August 17, 2016 at 09:59 #

    Wow – worth it just for Ian McLagen and Kenney Jones!

    These “London Sessions” things usually have Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts or Ringo.

    I think people back then struggled with the idea of a band that didn’t have “The” in their name.

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