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(Rolling Stone)   Despite his death, family of Chuck Berry will still release 'Chuck,' his first album in 38 years   ( rollingstone.com) divider line
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2017-03-20 10:37:28 AM  
To be fair, this album was scheduled to be released this year anyway, so it would have come out if Chuck Berry were still alive.  So I'm holding back my kneejerk reaction that this is them cashing in on his death.
 
2017-03-20 11:02:20 AM  

jake_lex: To be fair, this album was scheduled to be released this year anyway, so it would have come out if Chuck Berry were still alive.  So I'm holding back my kneejerk reaction that this is them cashing in on his death.


Exactly.

This isn't a Hendrix estate style cash in, this is an album that was due out in 2017 anyway that is still on schedule.

No big deal.
 
2017-03-20 11:06:35 AM  
Will Marvin get a cut?
 
2017-03-20 11:46:36 AM  
If Grammy history is any indication, it will win Album of the Year
 
2017-03-20 12:01:13 PM  
Despite? This'll probably bump up the release date. If they hurry, he might finally get his first #1 album.
 
2017-03-20 12:53:59 PM  

Bruce Campbell vs Army of Farkness: If Grammy history is any indication, it will win Album of the Year


Depends on his backup singer.
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2017-03-20 12:56:27 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: jake_lex: To be fair, this album was scheduled to be released this year anyway, so it would have come out if Chuck Berry were still alive.  So I'm holding back my kneejerk reaction that this is them cashing in on his death.

Exactly.

This isn't a Hendrix estate style cash in, this is an album that was due out in 2017 anyway that is still on schedule.

No big deal.


I've often wondered about all the post-death Hendrix releases. I mean, did the dude really have all these complete songs just stashed away? Or is it more like his family paid a bunch of no-names to write songs they could attach Jimi's name to?

/gonna miss Chuck
//his sense of humor
///my ding-a-ling
 
2017-03-20 12:59:46 PM  
Meh. They're only doing it to satisfy the foreign markets.

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2017-03-20 01:09:34 PM  

jake_lex: To be fair, this album was scheduled to be released this year anyway, so it would have come out if Chuck Berry were still alive.  So I'm holding back my kneejerk reaction that this is them cashing in on his death.


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2017-03-20 01:26:02 PM  
Is one of the songs going to be about farting on a hooker, or secretly filming ladies in the bathroom of his restaurant?
 
2017-03-20 01:27:18 PM  

idrow: jake_lex: To be fair, this album was scheduled to be released this year anyway, so it would have come out if Chuck Berry were still alive.  So I'm holding back my kneejerk reaction that this is them cashing in on his death.

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Yeah, if they rush it out to get it out there as soon as possible after his death, striking while people are still mourning it, then it's a cash grab.  I was just pointing out this isn't just them scouring the vaults for something to toss together for some cash, this is an album of songs Chuck wrote for it, that was going to be released regardless of what happened.  So I'll give it a chance.
 
2017-03-20 02:44:46 PM  
I saw him live maybe 6 or 7 years ago. He sounded okay when he remembered the words, but the guitar playing wasn't there anymore, worse than amateur even. I wasn't expecting magic but it was still pretty cringey. But with enough studio magic and editing I guess it could work.
 
2017-03-20 02:45:39 PM  
So let's say this gets released soon-ish and there's actually some songs worth a damn, and it's released to rock radio.  Are you telling me I could actually hear a terrestrial rock station play new music by Chuck Berry followed by old-ish music from Disturbed?  At what point does that not sound weird?
 
2017-03-20 03:02:11 PM  

browntimmy: I saw him live maybe 6 or 7 years ago. He sounded okay when he remembered the words, but the guitar playing wasn't there anymore, worse than amateur even. I wasn't expecting magic but it was still pretty cringey. But with enough studio magic and editing I guess it could work.


I saw him about the same time ago as well. He couldn't remember his songs, and like you said, his guitar playing really wasn't there - but there were flashes, moments when he just killed it for a little bit, and that made it all worth it. Just to see Chuck nailing one of his famous riffs up close and in person was enough for me
 
2017-03-20 04:48:25 PM  

jake_lex: cashing in on his death.


Hell, what family man WOULDN"T want his family to cash in on his death?  If anything, he probably did the album with that purpose in mind.    The travesty would NOT be releasing it to the public.
 
2017-03-20 04:55:07 PM  
I saw Chuck Berry in Las Vegas in 1989.  I managed to tip my way up to the front table in the center.  Chuck put on an awesome show and was still doing the duck walk at age 63.  Never did I think he'd still be regularly touring twenty five years later.

Jerry Lee Lewis opened up for him.  Without a doubt, one of the most memorable concerts I've attended.
 
2017-03-20 05:04:00 PM  

jake_lex: To be fair, this album was scheduled to be released this year anyway, so it would have come out if Chuck Berry were still alive.  So I'm holding back my kneejerk reaction that this is them cashing in on his death.


True, but it will easily sell 100 times the units it would have sold if he were still alive.
 
2017-03-20 05:16:47 PM  

Great_Milenko: jake_lex: To be fair, this album was scheduled to be released this year anyway, so it would have come out if Chuck Berry were still alive.  So I'm holding back my kneejerk reaction that this is them cashing in on his death.

True, but it will easily sell 100 times the units it would have sold if he were still alive.


Ethics!
 
2017-03-20 06:51:59 PM  
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2017-03-20 07:53:00 PM  
I read he spent like 10+ years working on it to get it perfect.... you would hope it would already be production ready or close even with much meddling the current product.
 
2017-03-20 10:04:42 PM  
happydude45:
I saw him about the same time ago as well. He couldn't remember his songs, and like you said, his guitar playing really wasn't there - but there were flashes, moments when he just killed it for a little bit, and that made it all worth it. Just to see Chuck nailing one of his famous riffs up close and in person was enough for me

Same here, I saw him in 2010 i think.  He was on my bucket list for many many years but he just never came around here.  I debated making the trek to St. Louis to see him at his club and it would have been worth it.  Was he as good as he was in his prime?  Not by a long shot however there were those moments of magic that I couldn't put a price tag on.  I still kick myself for missing my once chance to see Johnny Cash and there was no way I would have wanted the same to happen with Chuck as well.
 
2017-03-20 10:39:59 PM  

Biledriver: [sites.google.com image 426x240]


Ugh, stole my line three hours before I came up with it.

A funny thing, the press release that came out for this album in October very prominently noted that the album is dedicated to his wife. I wonder if Chuck had a sense that his time was coming soon -- the release was issued on his 90th birthday, after all -- and that he, or she, felt that he needed to make a nice gesture to her to at least partially make up for his indiscretions.
 
2017-03-21 08:15:53 AM  

There are some who call me Tim: happydude45:
I saw him about the same time ago as well. He couldn't remember his songs, and like you said, his guitar playing really wasn't there - but there were flashes, moments when he just killed it for a little bit, and that made it all worth it. Just to see Chuck nailing one of his famous riffs up close and in person was enough for me

Same here, I saw him in 2010 i think.  He was on my bucket list for many many years but he just never came around here.  I debated making the trek to St. Louis to see him at his club and it would have been worth it.  Was he as good as he was in his prime?  Not by a long shot however there were those moments of magic that I couldn't put a price tag on.  I still kick myself for missing my once chance to see Johnny Cash and there was no way I would have wanted the same to happen with Chuck as well.


Seen Chuck and Johnny Cash in '95. Chuck at 68 was still duckwalking and playing hard.
 
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