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New Chuck Berry album released

09 Juin 2017

The rock "n" roll legend's final album, Chuck, hit stores today, less than three months after he passed away at the age of 90.

For those who still have questions, even after all the testimonials that came with his death in March, Berry has left behind "Chuck" (Dualtone), his first new studio album since 1979's "Rock It" to silence the doubters.

In an interview with The Associated Press, his son Charles Berry Jr. said the musician started working on new material shortly after the last album came out. "The original tapes were all burned up in a fire, so he just started recreating it and fine-tuning the songs".

Chuck Berry's son, daughter and grandson all perform on the new record.

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Among the tracks on the record are the "Johnny B. Goode" sequel "Lady B. Goode", and a rewritten version of "Havana Moon" called "Jamaica Moon". "Lady B. Goode" brings the perspective of "the little teen queen" who fell in love with someone who sounds an awfully lot like Johnny B. Goode - a humble country boy who finds fame with his guitar.

Berry, opening with a hard-driving R&B guitar riff similar to Johnny B. Goode, sings: "She followed him around where he would play his guitar/Till he got so popular they made him a star". It doesn't face down mortality like two other final albums by recently departed artists, David Bowie's Blackstar and Leonard Cohen's You Want It Darker.

The album is also Berry's way to sing the praises of his own family. "It's a celebration of rock "n" roll music - something Berry did better than nearly anyone else".

New Chuck Berry album released