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listen  1. Memphis (Live At The Beach Club, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina/1963) 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Gunslinger (A/K/A Bo Diddley's A Gunslinger) 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Hey Bo Diddley (Live At The Beach Club, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina/1963) 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Old Smokey (Live At The Beach Club, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina/1963) 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Bo Diddley's Dog 3:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I'm All Right 4:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mr. Custer (Live At The Beach Club, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina/1963) 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. What's Buggin' You (A/K/A Crackin' Up) 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Road Runner (Live At The Beach Club, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina/1963) 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Bo Diddley (December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), born Ellas Otha Bates, was an original and influential American rock ‘n roll singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He was known as “The Originator” because of his key role in the transition from blues music to rock ‘n roll, influencing a host of legendary acts including Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix and Eric ... Read more in Amazon's Bo Diddley Store

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  • Audio CD (March 8, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • ASIN: B004K7M6XS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,166 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On March 8, 2011 Hip-O Select is proud to present the first reissue of Bo Diddley's Beach Party, the legendary rocker's first live album ever. A rough 'n' tumble affair recorded live at a raucous Myrtle Beach beach club on July 5 and 6. 1963, the album presents the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Famer blasting his way through ten songs, nine originals plus an instrumental take on Chuck Berry's 'Memphis'. In the liner notes for the package, critic/deejay Chris Moms says that it's a live album that bristles with almost punk-like energy. Kicking off with a Diddleyfied cover of Chuck Berry's 1959 recording 'Memphis,' Beach Party blazes through a hot set of cornerstone numbers 'Gunslinger,' 'Hey Bo Diddley,' 'Road Runner' and 'Crackin' Up' (retitled 'What's Buggin' You') plus such oddities as an instrumental take on 'On Top Of Old Smokey' and an adaption of.. .'Mr. Custer'... Bo & Co. tore up 'the redneck Riviera' with their raucous, beat crazed attack and exuberant songs. We couldn't have said it better ourselves, and for the first time since original release in late 1963, Bo Diddley's Beach Party will once again be available to rock your blues away.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jambus on April 3, 2011
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As a Bo Diddley fan, this is the album I have been waiting on to be released. I have worn out the vinyl copy from the 60's. This album reflects Bo Diddley as the true artist that he was. His live performance would get the place rocking. While touring with greats like Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke in the 60's a lot of artist hated to follow Bo's performance on stage. One artist commented that; "Bo Diddley left a hole in the stage when he came off." Bo Diddley's Beach Party demonstrates his unique style of play on the guitar. This is specially noted in the live version of "Road Runner" where he take his pick down the strings to create the sound of his roadrunner. This is a must album for any Bo Diddley fan and a good introduction to new fans who would like to discover Bo Diddley for the first time.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rene M. Passarieu Jr. on March 11, 2011
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Bo Diddley is my favorite of the early rock and rollers, especially for his raw power. I have been reading about this album for 30 years and hoping it would be reissued. It's not terrible, but Bo's studio recordings were so powerful and raw that a live setting really doesn't improve much. I'm sure being there in 1963 would have been awesome. Listening to the fragments of the show that survived is another matter though. I was hoping the whole show had survived, if indeed there was more, but apparently they only had enough to do a straight reissue of the LP.

Hey Bo Diddley is the only track that really jumps out and improves on the studio recording. The cover of Chuck Berry's Memphis is an instrumental and there are several other middling instrumentals. He never gets around to actually singing the words to Roadrunner, and the remainder is just not up to the standard set by albums like Bo Diddley's a Gunslinger and Have Guitar Will Travel.

If you're a big Bo Diddley fan like me, I guess you HAVE to get this, but I'd rather Universal release more volumes of the Chess Masters covering the years 1962-1965.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pascal on May 16, 2011
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A welcome surprise : the reedition of this Bo Diddley's show (1963). The recording is not so good compared to modern techniques but the excitement is here. It is live and lively. And this is an opportunity to discover Bo's own "I'm All Right" which was carefully copied by Nanker & Phelge alias Jagger-Richards as "I'm alright" during the Rolling Stones' 1965 tour (album Got Live If You Want It). Bo was the originator, indeed ! Excellent liner notes, thoughtful too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on June 9, 2011
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The dense, primitive, and at times overmodulated sound of this 1963 live recording might be a negative if it didn't reinforce the guttural punch at the core of Bo Diddley's rock `n' roll. Seemingly recorded with a single microphone, you can make out the drums, bass and guitar, as well as Diddley's vocals, but it's the combination of the instruments with hard driving rhythms and the incessant shave-and-a-haircut rhythm that gives the record its power. Diddley sounds fired up for these two summer performances at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, singing with abandon and giving his guitar a real workout. The crowd's raucous response hints at the frenetic dancing that must have accompanied these performances, and Diddley works hard to keep the audience fired up.

The song list includes Diddley favorites "Gunslinger" and "Road Runner," but also adopts and integrates folk tunes ("Old Smokey" and "Goodnight Irene") and popular novelty hits (Larry Verne's "Mr. Custer") to the cause of keeping dancers on the floor. If you wondered why 1950's parents were alarmed by rock `n' roll, this rough, raunchy and ready live set will give you a hint. Diddley howls - literally - on "Bo Diddley's Dog," and his take on "I'm All Right" shows the Rolling Stones version on the T.A.M.I. Show to be more copy than cover. Originally issued in 1963, this album has been a tough find until this mono reissue brought the show into the digital age. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Henry Ewert on June 22, 2012
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This record was made before live rock albums were popular, perhaps because James Brown was in the process of creating one. The recording quality therefore is poor; however, the sound is adequate, and in places some instruments sound good. The songs are with a couple of exceptions really good -- it is clearly a good early Sixties Bo Diddley show. The highlight is "I'm All Right," which a year later became a concert mainstay for the Rolling Stones, and Bo's version is wonderful. This is not a cd for someone who wants excellent sound or even performance perfection, but it has a unique energy and spirit, and it has a place in r&b history.
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