- Bio: 👍🏻
- Hello Little Girl, Goodbye: 👍🏻
- Woodpecker: 👍🏻
- Rain Eyes: 🤷♂️
- Aimlessly Driftin’: 👍🏻
- Got It and Gone: 👍🏻
- Talkin’ About My Buddy: 🤷♂️
Chuck Berry died two days ago. I should have gotten to one of his records sooner, but I had already listened to Run The Jewels when I found out Saturday. Then yesterday, my brother and I were scrambling to finish Iron First before he left town and I just ran out of time and steam to listen to anything at all yesterday.
I thought I knew what to expect with this record, but I couldn’t have been more surprised. At some point, I had some “Best Of” CD that I listened to enough times that I thought I knew Chuck Berry, and knew what all his songs sounded like. That “Best Of” album had something like 20 songs on it and they all sounded like “Johnny B. Goode,” more or less. It turns out I didn’t know 💩 . I chose Bio not recognizing any of the tracks, but thinking it was a fitting name for an album to listen to after his passing.
I was completely floored by the title track. It didn’t sound anything at all like I was expecting. I thought I’d get more of the same: great Rock and Roll (maybe the best), but also pretty much just clones of his other tracks. But Bio is way more Blues than I expected. Hello Little Girl, Goodbye was more in line with what I imagined, but even then it didn’t actually sound like the songs of his I’d heard before. And then Woodpecker was basically a Funk song. I don’t know who chose the tracks for that compilation CD I had, but they did Chuck and I a hell of a disservice by only picking tracks that were so similar when his catalog is so diverse. I will absolutely listen to more Chuck Berry in the future.