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Definitive Collection [Original recording remastered]

Bo DiddleyAudio CD
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listen  7. I'm Looking For A Woman 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Who Do You Love (Single Version) 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Hey! Bo Diddley 2:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mona (Single Version) 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Before You Accuse Me (Take A Look At Yourself) 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen17. Pills 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. I Can Tell 4:33$0.99  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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 17, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000O5905W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,131 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2007 reissue with 20 great tracks from master Bo! Hey Bo Diddley; Pretty Thing; Before You Accuse Me; I Can Tell; I'm a Man , and more!

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bo Deserves Better May 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Yes, every one of the 20 tracks on this set is excellent, and many are seminal classics. But as my esteemed colleague with the "unhelpful" votes writes, this is 1997's Chess comp in new clothes, song for song, and not newly remastered either. Bo Diddley's March 1955 Chess debut, 'Bo Diddley' b/w 'I'm A Man' represented Bo with a fully developed style and persona, one side redefining children's nursery rhymes against an masterfully arranged and recorded track that is pure rhythm long before J.B.'s mid-sixties funk bombs. Emphasizing tom-toms, Jerome Green's sizzling maracas, and the primal jangle of Bo's guitar, it was backed by a blues classic that inspired Muddy Waters' 'Mannish Boy'. This is surely one of the most influential singles ever, and followups such as the irresistable 'You Don't Love Me' and 'Pretty Thing' are just as explosive, original, and uncompromised. Bo's influence on second generation rock 'n' rollers such as The Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Animals, and (obviously) Pretty Things insured his work would shape popular music for decades to come. And on their classic 1973 debut New York Dolls included just one cover, Mr. Diddley's 'Pills'. All these great recordings and more are included on this collection. Yet, unforgiveably, very little of Bo Diddley's great body of work - his fat years cover roughly 1955 to '66 - remains in print in his own country. By all means snap this up if you are a neophyte looking to buy your first Bo collection, for the music is utterly undated, even thrilling. However, clocking in at under an hour, the set remains merely acceptable (the remastering is very good), certainly not generous. For fans there is nothing here we don't already have. Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is...His Best. September 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Yeah, I see what they did with the repackaging that has been mentioned already. I was lucky enough to get the former version of this album for about 3 dollars through an "overstock sale" at a music club recently, glad I got it then!

Good collection here, I have to give it 5 stars; Bo is such an influential artist of course. Almost seems to deserve more on the "reissue", but for a casual fan of Bo and the history of Rock and Roll, this is a must have, if you like what you hear here, then perhaps graduate to the Chess box set too!?

He and Chuck Berry are essential to any Rock And Roll collection, in what form you choose to catalog them is up to you I guess. Either a box set or a nice collection like this, at least you get a good feel either way of such a wonderful almost forgotten today artist.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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If you don't already own a Bo Diddley Collection this is a good place to start, but I would recommend getting the British Import "The Story of Bo Didley" instead. It costs a little more but has about three times as much music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bo Diddley-The Definitive Collection February 8, 2009
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Bo Diddley invented his own sound-and that's a hard thing to do. His African rhythms are a cornerstone of Rock and Roll. This collection shows how diverse he was. Anyone who had their songs covered by Eric Clapton, George Thorogood, and The New York Dolls had to be on to something!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Said -Who Do You Love? June 23, 2008
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The last time I had occasion to mention the late Bo Diddley in this space was in connection with a series of interviews and performances along with Chuck Berry, Little Richard and others in Keith Richards Chuck Berry tribute film Hail, Hail Rock and Roll. The talk centered, rightly, on the dismal fate of many black recording artists who developed what would become Rock and Roll when the white artists like Elvis took it over and reaped the benefits of a mass audience. Well, those interviews occurred a while ago, back in the 1980's, but Bo's sense of not having been properly recognized I believe remained until his death. Yet, when one thinks of the sounds created by the founders of Rock and Roll can anyone deny that Bo's primal beat was not central to that explosion? I think not.

Here, in one album we have, if not all of Bo's creative work then a good part of it, at least a good place to start. Of course, the classic song Bo Diddley and its offshoots and variations are here. However, the one Diddley song that will probably outlive them all though is Who Do You Love. Although not a theme song it nevertheless expresses the raw energy of rhythm and blues/ rock/ carib sound like not other. Hell, George Throughgood was able to make a whole career on the basis of having covered that song and other Bo work (and to be fair, covering the work of Elmore James and Hound Dog Taylor as well).

And that is a good point to finish on. The really great rockers, and Bo is in that company, unlike the one-shot johnnies get covered because their work expresses something that someone else later wishes to high heaven that they had created. (George has been quoted directly on that point.
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Bo Diddley played a box guitar made by Gretsch
and played it like a drum.
What more can I say?
Bo Diddley was one of the true pillars of rock n' roll
yes... that was how you spelled back when Bo invented it.
This Definitive Collection is well ... definitive.
A quality product.
Enjoy and please, do not fade away.
O'Doul
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5.0 out of 5 stars DEFINITIVE COLLECTION
I GREW UP LISTENEING TO R& BLUES, AND SOUL MUSIC.. I STILL LISTEN TO ITANND ENJOY IT. MUDDY WATERS,
AND MANY MORE.
Published 13 months ago by ZZ2
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfaction
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Published 15 months ago by Roger P Coyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Bo Diddley at His Best
Wow, what a cd. High quality sound, great selection of hits and some songs that I heard for the first time. There were two songs that I didn't care for but the rest were super. Read more
Published on January 6, 2009 by Stephen F. Maziarz Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Diddley does Diddley
Took me back in time.Sound quality is super.I saw Bo's act in a Conn.club in the fall of 1960.A true legend.
Published on December 22, 2008 by S. Gartner
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing album
This is just a really good collection assembled here. There's always those purists who think one song shouldn't have made it on a greatest hits type album and that another should... Read more
Published on July 28, 2008 by Matthew Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Really enjoyed this CD of pioneer Bo Diddley. Showcases many of his hits. Also shows that he was very spontaneous with his playing and arrangements. Read more
Published on February 18, 2008 by Alan
1.0 out of 5 stars Another corporate rip-off
Track for track (even the order of the tracks) is identical to "His Best" - don't be fooled and buy what you already have
Published on April 18, 2007 by Michael C. Rosenthal Esq
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