Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley/Go Bo Diddley

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Legendary guitarist, gifted songwriter, master of rhythm, snappy dresser -- Bo Diddley is all these things and more, and this two-fer CD, which reissues Diddley's first two albums on one convenient compact disc, offers a solid introduction to this man's special brand of musical innovation. While anyone looking for a full overview of Diddley's career should obviously go elsewhere (His Best [Chess 50th Anniversary Collection] is a great one-stop shopping place for beginners), these 23 tunes serve up a young Bo Diddley at his raw and primal best, and confirm that right out of the box the guy didn't sound like anyone else in rock & roll. Between Diddley's hypnotic, rhythmic guitar lines; the implacable rattle of Jerome Green's maracas; the spacy echo that threatens to envelop everything around it; and the borderline surrealism of the lyrics (witness the updated "Mr. Bones" routine of "Say Man," the overpopulated family of "Say Bossman," or the supreme bad-ass-ism of "Who Do You Love"), this man's music existed in a world of its own, and while you might not want to live there, the one-hour tour offered on Bo Diddley/Go Bo Diddley makes it sound like a great place to take a vacation. In the interest of accuracy, this disc even includes the same take of "Dearest Darling" twice, since the tune managed to appear on both Bo Diddley and Go Bo Diddley; nice to know someone at Chess' reissue department was paying attention to the details.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:30 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:41 SpotifyAmazon
3 2:37 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:40 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:17 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:32 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:18 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:11 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:51 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:18 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:48 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:41 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:30 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:38 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:34 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:30 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:40 SpotifyAmazon
20 2:30 SpotifyAmazon
21 2:36 Spotify
22 2:35 SpotifyAmazon
23 2:32 SpotifyAmazon
24 2:35 SpotifyAmazon
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