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Chuck Berry: Rock and Roll Music (1998)

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For fans who must have every bit of Chuck Berry
15 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film does not rate an 8.0 rating (OK, only 10 folks have voted). (Like ccthemovieman, I'm assuming we're talking about the same movie, the 1969 concert).

Chuck Berry puts on an energetic show, but as a rock and roll video, this movie leaves quite a bit to be desired. First, the sound is poor by today's standards. It sounds compressed and almost mono. Second, Chuck's backup band adds nothing. (This is not uncommon, and it's why Keith Richards put together the "Hail Hail Rock and Roll" video, so that the great Chuck Berry could have a decent back up band.) There is just a drummer and two guitar players. If you've ever heard Chuck Berry live, you know that a great keyboard player adds tremendously to the concert.

Further, the film maker adds almost nothing. The director simply alternates between closeups of Chuck's face, Chuck's guitar, and attractive young women in the audience. That's it, over and over. The film pretty much starts at the beginning of Chuck's set, and continues without editing through to the end. Most other directors would have tightened up the concert with some editing.

Lastly, it's not really that good of a concert. I've seen Chuck Berry (by the way, he's still in his prime), and he put on a much better show. If you're going to make a video, at least pick a great concert.

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