Chuck Berry With the Steve Miller Band, 'Live at the Fillmore Auditorium' (1967)
In 1967, the Steve Miller Band had yet to transform into the hit-making machine of their Seventies prime. Instead, the Bay Area outfit was more rooted in R&B and the emerging swirl of psychedelia – which made them a brave choice to back Berry for a 1967 concert at the famed Fillmore in San Francisco. But the band acquitted themselves beautifully, propelling their ad hoc leader through a catalog of standards from the blues canon – such as Willie Dixon's "(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man" and Memphis Slim's "Every Day I Have the Blues" – as well as a handful of Berry's own anthems, up to and including "Johnny B. Goode." Throughout the inspired set, Berry stretches out in a way not seen on record since his showdown with Bo Diddley three years prior.