Hail hail rock 'n' roll! Chuck Berry's Greatest just got greater!

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      The world of rock 'n' roll lost one of its greatest heroes with the death of Chuck Berry last March, but there's some good news today for hardcore Berry fans who've been waiting to score a fine memento of his stellar career in boogie.

      Universal Music Canada has just announced that on December 15 it will release a "super-deluxe" version of his greatest hits compilation, The Great Twenty-Eight, via a five-disc box set on blue vinyl.

      Here's some promotional bumph:

      Housed in a textured box, the Super Deluxe Edition will complement the original two-LP, 28-song compilation with an additional LP, More Great Chuck Berry, containing 14 more hits, rarities and B-sides missing from the original, as well as a rare live album, Oh Yeah! Live in Detroit, available on vinyl for the first time. The collection will also include a newly created bonus ten-inch EP Berry Christmas, featuring four holiday-themed classics on “Rudolph-Red” vinyl, with one song on vinyl for the first time as well.

      The Great Twenty-Eight Super Deluxe Edition--which also includes a 12″ x 12″ book featuring an introductory essay by Keith Richards--will be limited to 500 copies worldwide, with a wide-release black-vinyl edition becoming available in January. Here's the complete track listing:

      LP 1 & 2: The Great Twenty-Eight
      The original classic 2-LP compilation

      Side 1
      1. Maybellene
      2. Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)
      3. You Can’t Catch Me
      4. Too Much Monkey Business
      5. Brown-Eyed Handsome Man
      6. Roll Over Beethoven
      7. Havana Moon

      Side 2
      1. School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell)
      2. Rock And Roll Music
      3. Oh Baby Doll
      4. Reelin’ And Rockin’
      5. Sweet Little Sixteen
      6. Johnny B. Goode
      7. Around And Around

      Side 3
      1. Carol
      2. Beautiful Delilah
      3. Memphis, Tennessee
      4. Sweet Little Rock And Roller
      5. Little Queenie
      6. Almost Grown
      7. Back In The U.S.A.

      Side 4
      1. Let It Rock
      2. Bye Bye Johnny
      3. I’m Talking About You
      4. Come On
      5. Nadine (Is It You?)
      6. No Particular Place To Go
      7. I Want To Be Your Driver

      LP 3: More Great Chuck Berry

      Side 1
      1. Wee Wee Hours
      2. No Money Down
      3. Drifting Heart
      4. La Jaunda (Español)
      5. Blue Feeling
      6. Vacation Time
      7. Joe Joe Gun

      Side 2
      1. Too Pooped To Pop “Casey”
      2. Our Little Rendezvous
      3. You Never Can Tell
      4. Promised Land
      5. Little Marie
      6. Dear Dad
      7. My Ding-A-Ling (live single version)

      LP 4: Oh Yeah! Live In Detroit
      Recorded at the Walled Lake Casino, October 25 & 26, 1963
      First time on vinyl
      *First U.S. release

      Side 1
      1. Guitar Boogie
      2. Let It Rock
      3. Almost Grown
      4. Chuck Berry Dialogue 1
      5. Too Much Monkey Business*
      6. Johnny B. Goode
      7. Introduction / Instrumental
      8. Sweet Little Sixteen

      Side 2
      1. Wee Wee Hours
      2. Chuck Berry Dialogue 2
      3. Maybellene
      4. Medley: Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite/Johnny B. Goode/Let It Rock/School Day

      Bonus: Berry Christmas EP

      Side 1
      1. Run Rudolph Run
      2. Merry Christmas Baby

      Side 2
      1. Spending Christmas (first time on vinyl)
      2. Christmas

      You can order the box set here, and listen to one of Chuck's finest tunes here: