Bo Diddley

The Chess Box

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Not every single track you'll ever want or need by the legendary shave-and-a-haircut rhythm R&B/rock pioneer, but a great place to begin. Two discs (45 songs) in a great big box with a nice accompanying booklet contain the groundbreaking introduction "Bo Diddley" (never again would he be referred to as Ellas McDaniel), its swaggering flipside "I'm a Man," the killer follow-ups "Diddley Daddy," "I'm Looking for a Woman," "Who Do You Love?," and "Hey Bo Diddley;" signifying street-corner humor ("Say Man"), piledriving rockers ("Road Runner," "She's Alright," "You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover"), and numerous stunning examples of his daringly innovative guitar style.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:43 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:55
3 2:50 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:26 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:48 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:38 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:27 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:30 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:30 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:27 SpotifyAmazon
11 3:10 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:09 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:19 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:29 SpotifyAmazon
15 3:03 Amazon
16 3:10 Amazon
17 3:02 Amazon
18 2:57 SpotifyAmazon
19 3:14 Amazon
20 2:03 SpotifyAmazon
21 2:42 SpotifyAmazon
22 2:24 SpotifyAmazon
23 2:47 SpotifyAmazon
24 2:50 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 4:01 SpotifyAmazon
2 3:01 Amazon
3 2:46 Amazon
4 2:34 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:44 SpotifyAmazon
6 4:25 Amazon
7 2:19 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:52 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:27 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:59 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:25 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:26 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:47 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:20 SpotifyAmazon
15 4:24 SpotifyAmazon
16 3:12 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:51 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:39 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:52 SpotifyAmazon
20 2:46 SpotifyAmazon
21 2:35 SpotifyAmazon
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