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CHUCK BERRY â€“ AFTER SCHOOL SESSION â€“ ORIGINAL 1957 CHESS
RECORDS MONO LP 1426
CHUCK BERRYâ€™S VERY FIRST ALBUM!!!
ORIGINAL BLACK CHESS
LABEL WITH SILVER PRINT.
DEEP GROOVE PRESSING
RARE TRUE FIRST VERSION OF THE COVER WITHOUT
THE â€œBOXEDâ€ CHESS LOGO IN YELLOW â€œBOXâ€ IN THE UPPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE
FRONT PANEL ON THE COVER AND WITHOUT THE "CHECKERED" PATTERN ON THE
ACCORDING TO OUR VENDOR, THIS
ITEM COMES FROM THE ESTATE OF THE RECENTLY DECEASED MEMBER OF THE DUKE
ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA WHOSE NAME HE DID NOT DISCLOSE. WE WERE UNABLE TO VERIFY
THE AUTHENTICITY OF THIS INFORMATION OR THEÂ
IDENTITY OF THE SAID INDIVIDUAL.
THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. PRESSING; THIS IS
NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
ORIGINAL, THICK CARDBOARD COVER (AMERICAN STYLE)
ORIGINAL LAMINATED COVER
THICK, HEAVY VINYL
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Chuck Berry's first album
boasts a picture of him lifted from his appearance in the 1956-vintage rock
& roll movie Rock, Rock, Rock -- it's a daring pose if you look closely,
the singer/guitarist/songwriter captured at his most animated, in what was a
pretty bold pose for a black artist in an interracial movie, strutting and
duck-walking across the screen with his guitar at full...exposure. That said,
bold as the movie appearance was and the pose that was reflected in its cover,
After School Session came out fairly late, given that his first hit,
"Maybellene," dated from the summer of 1955. This was partly owing to
the sheer novelty of rock & roll LPs -- during that period, only a relative
handful reached the public, and a significant portion of those were the work of
or Bill Haley,
whose associations with the gigantic RCA Victor and Decca labels, respectively,
put them in virtually a separate universe from everyone else in the field,
especially Berry, recording for the tiny independent Chess label. Chess Records
hadn't even issued its first LP until the end of 1956, and that album, the
soundtrack LP Rock, Rock,
Rock, had included "Maybellene." After School Session was
only the label's second-ever long-player, and its timing was predicated on the
fact that, after "Maybellene," the rock & roll legend hadn't
charted another major pop hit in almost two years (though he had generated some
serious R&B hits, which are included here, among them the blues "Wee
Wee Hours" -- which was what Berry originally purported to represent as
his sound -- and the more rhythm-oriented "No Money Down" and
"Brown Eyed Handsome Man").
It was the release and hit
status of "School Day" in the early spring of 1957 that yielded this
album, which is a brilliant compendium of the range, depth, and breadth of
Berry's music across his first two years as a recording artist. The sounds
ranged from the pounding, jargon-laden teen-oriented beat of "School
Day" through those R&B and blues classics to the moody instrumental
"Deep Feeling"; the Latin-flavored, Calypso-influenced "Havana
Moon"; the slow, romantic ballad "Together (We'll Always Be),"
which showed Berry working in a '40s R&B-pop mode similar to the music of the Ink Spots,
and attempting a Nat King Cole
style of soft singing; his more successful effort in that ballad vein,
"Drifting Heart"; and the mysterious, ominous, darkly shimmering
"Down Bound Train," which could almost have been Berry's (and black
music's) answer to "Ghost Riders in the Sky."
(REVIEW REPRINTED COURTESY OF BRUCE EDER,
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unless otherwise noted, ALL records are graded visually, and NOT play-graded!;
weÂ grade records under the strong,
diffuse room light or discrete sunlight)
WE GRADE THE VINYLÂ ASÂ NEAR MINT.
Some VERY LIGHT AND SUPERFICIAL abrasions â€“ mostly sleeve scuffs -Â are (barely) visible, but are probably
inaudible,Â and do not affect visual
integrity or beauty of the vinyl. The original luster is very much intact, and
the vinyl shines and sparkles almost like new.
The record is pressed on a beautiful, thick, inflexible vinyl, which
was usually used for the first or very early pressings. Usually, the sound on
such thick vinyl pressings is full-bodied, vivid, and even dramatic. Do not
expect to obtain such a majestic analog sound from a digital recording!
Mono pressing of this title is much rarer, and by far moreÂ preferable to its FAKE ("electronically
rechannelled") stereo counterpart. We estimate that FAKE stereo copies of
this album outnumber monos by a ratio of at least 20:1.
The record has a "deep groove" (an indent in the
label about 1/2-inch from the edge of the label, which on SOME labels is
associated with very early or first pressings).
Of course, this is a full-bodied ANALOG recording, and not an inferior,
COVER (THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, LAMINATED, GLOSSY COVER):
THE COVER IS NICE --- ABOUT VERY GOOD++ (VG++).
The following flaws or
imperfections are noted on the cover: