Chuck Berry's final album set for June release

Carla Harmon
March 23, 2017

For the first time in what feels like forever, Chuck Berry officially launched a new single today, and it proves that even after all this time, he can still rock like he always did.

Chuck drops on June 16.

The album features 10 new tracks, some of which were "originally conceived as far back as the 1980s", reports Entertainment Weekly.

Chuck Berry recorded a whole new album right before he died. But Dualtone Music Group out of Nashville, Tennessee released the first single to the public Wednesday.

Over a rockabilly piano, "Big Boys" heads into a classic rock "n" roll time signature before closing with a solo contributed by a much younger guitar great - Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine fame.

"I was bright in school but my future looked dim / 'Cause the big boys wouldn't let me party with them", sings Berry, showing little of his advanced age.

The album, titled "CHUCK", had previously been announced as in the works in October.

Berry suffered a cardiac arrest at his home in St Louis, Missouri.

During the decades since, Berry has played shows and the various record labels he had been involved with all repackaged his music into greatest hits compilations and collections of rarities, but no proper new albums emerged.

Other tracks on the album include "Darlin", "Jamaica Moon" and "Lady B. Goode", a so-called "spiritual sequel" to his iconic "Johnny B. Goode" from 1958.

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