With his patented "shave & a haircut-two bits" rhythm, which he actually didn't invent but did forever bestow with his name, Bo Diddley created as insular a body of work in the late 1950s and early '60s as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, or any of the other great nascent rockers of the era. This set is a nice introduction to it all, and it includes several variations on his classic rhythm, most notably the lead track that started it all, "Bo Diddley," the immortal and oft-covered "Who Do You Love," the brilliant riff song "Roadrunner," the effervescent "Mona," and the almost ballad "Before You Accuse Me (Take a Look at Yourself)," each of which also show how good a songwriter Bo Diddley was, and it's that writing, really, that makes everything work here. Oh, and then there's that rhythm. That helps a bit, too.
AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett