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His Best [Bo Diddley] [076732937327]

  • 1. Bo Diddley
    2. I'm a Man
    3. You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care)
    4. Diddley Daddy
    5. Pretty Thing
    6. Bring It to Jerome
    7. I'm Looking for a Woman
    8. Who Do You Love?
    9. Hey! Bo Diddley
    10. Mona
    11. Before You Accuse Me
    12. Say Man
    13. Dearest Darling
    14. Crackin' Up
    15. Story of Bo Diddley, The
    16. Roadrunner
    17. Pills
    18. I Can Tell
    19. You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover
    20. Ooh Baby
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9373

  • Credits

    Personnel: Bo Diddley (vocals, guitar, violin); Jerome Green (vocals, maracas); Peggy Jones (guitar, background vocals); Jody Williams, Ricky Jolivet (guitar); Edward Drennon (electric violin); Billy Boy Arnold, Little Walter, Lester Davenport (harmonica); Otis Spann, Lafayette Leake (piano);
    Willie Dixon, James Bradford, Jesse James Johnson, Chester Lindsey (bass);
    Frank Kirkland, Clifton James, Billy Downing, Edell Robertson (drums); Cornelia Redmond (tambourine); The Bo-ettes (aka The Cookies), Bobby Baskerville, The Moonglows, The Flamingos, The Carnations (background vocals).
    Producers: Leonard Chess, Phil Chess, Bo Diddley.
    Compilation producer: Andy McKaie.
    Includes liner notes by Don Snowden.
    Digitally remastered by Erick Labson, MCA Music Media Studios, North Hollywood, California.
    This is part of Chess Records' 50th Anniversary series.
    Personnel: Bo Diddley (vocals, guitar, violin); Jerome Green (vocals, maracas, background vocals); Peggy Jones (guitar, background vocals); Ricky Jolivet, Jody Williams (guitar); Eddie Drennon (electric violin); Lester Davenport, Little Walter, Billy Boy Arnold (harmonica); Lafayette Leake, Otis Spann (piano); Clifton James, Billy Downing, Edell Robertson, Frank Kirkland (drums); Cornelia Redmond (tambourine); Bobby Baskerville, The Carnations, The Cookies , The Flamingos , The Moonglows (background vocals).
    Recording information: Chicago, IL (03/02/1955-09/11/1966).
    Photographer: Ray Avery.
    The Chess Records' "His Best" compilations are generally outstanding, and the Bo Diddley installation is no exception. Outside of purchasing Bo's key studio albums, or shelling out for the comprehensive box set, HIS BEST is the Bo Diddley disc to have, since it covers all of his essential hits, from "Roadrunner" to "I'm a Man" to "Hey! Bo Diddley" to "Who Do You Love?"
    But the real surprise here is the quality of the remastering, which brings out a real crispness and edge to the recordings, and the "longer cuts" that result from re-edits to the original masters. Also here, of course, are the infectious, hugely influential Bo Didley beat, the rumbling, ch-chinking guitar, Bo's neo-blues wails and self-mythologizing lyrics, and everything else that makes this music some of the absolute best and most important in the chapters of early rock & roll.

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