CD Bo Diddley/Go Bo Diddley (CD 6291686),
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Bo Diddley/Go Bo Diddley

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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2869175

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    Personnel includes: Bo Diddley (vocals, guitar, violin), Jerome Green (vocals, maracas), Jody Williams (guitar), Otis Spann (piano), Willie Dixon (bass), Frank Kirkland (drums).
    Recorded in Chicago between 1955-1958.
    All songs written by Ellis "Bo Diddley" McDaniel except "Bring It To Jerome" (Jerome Green) and "Pretty Thing" (Willie Dixon).
    2 LPs on 1 CD. BO DIDDLEY is available seperately on cassette.
    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. ~ Mark Deming

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