CBID is the Chuck Berry International Directory, a 2.200 page pile of Chuck Berry records information published in four volumes between 2008 and 2013. For details see the bibliography section of this site.
CBID is never complete as new records and CDs appear and some old rarities are discovered. This section presents interesting additions and corrections to CBID.
Today: Johnny B. Goode was released as a single in March 1958. In the US it took until late 1959 when the hit finally appeared on Chuck Berry Is On Top. However, this was not the first LP release of this song. Here's the album to know. Also we show yet another version of the CHUCK album as an addition to our blog post of November 2017.
Correction - see Volume 4, page 1989
ONE DOZEN BERRYS
Philips B 94229 L • 1958
Sorry folks but there is a very important difference on this Australian release, compared to the US one. They actually changed the dreadful â€śLow Feelingâ€ť with the classic â€śJohnny B. Goodeâ€ť.
I didnâ€™t see this when doing CBID Vol. 4. But what an intelligent thing to do.
Of course Chess should have done exactly the same thing since the song and album came out in the US at the same time, March 1958. The actual album could even have hit the charts. The front cover is the same as the US one but the back is different, just the titles on side 1 and 2 and a survey of other Philips albums (no rockâ€™nâ€™roll though).
This means actually that Johnny B. Goode first appeared on an LP in 1958, in Australia. Unfortunately we donâ€™t know for sure when this album came out in 1958.
Thanks to Thierry Chanu for making me aware of this fact.
POLAND / EU
Decca 00602557682472 (86) • 2017
I just came across another issue of the Â«ChuckÂ» album, namely from Poland.
It comes in a CD Jewel case (plastic) with booklet and is on Decca 00602557682472 (86). The front cover is a little bit different because of the white line going all around. Itâ€™s printed in very small lettering: ZAGRANICZNA PLYTA â€“ POLSKA CENA, repeated over and over again on the white line. This is also printed on the inside of the back cover visible when you look at the CD itself. I have scanned the front, back, inside cover and label. The CD label says made in the EU but the cat.no is different from the UK one although the label look exactly the same except for the number.
The shrink wrap has a red/white/black sticker on it.