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His Best by Bo Diddley

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"Sounds nice," Bo Diddley tongue-in-cheekily observes of his music in "The Story of Bo Diddley," one of three self-named tunes on this 20-track examination of his classic '50s and '60s Checker Records sides. Not only was the former Ellas McDaniels rhythmically sharp enough to have a beat named after himself; he had a great guitar sound and a seemingly endless supply of shaggy-dog stories, lover-man boasts, silly jokes, and complaints with which to fuse them. His Best boils down the two-CD Chess Box, including signature pieces like "Bo Diddley" and "You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover" alongside unjustly obscure tunes such as "Pills" (later covered by the New York Dolls) and "Dearest Darling." Great. --Rickey Wright

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listen  7. I'm Looking For A Woman 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Who Do You Love 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen11. Before You Accuse Me (Take A Look At Yourself) 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (April 8, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000005KQK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Bo Diddley is without a doubt one of the most influential musicians in the history of rock and roll.
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Classic! "Hey Bo Diddley": A nicely done variation on "Bo Diddley."
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Earley on April 23, 2001
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Bo Diddley is without a doubt one of the most influential musicians in the history of rock and roll. That trademark "Chunka Chunka" guitar riff of his was probably copied more times, by more bands, than any other guitar line. What I liked about Diddley was not only his ability to make rock and roll, but also his equal talent with making great blues. It's only fitting that his first single was Bo Diddley/I'm A Man, with rock and roll on one side, and the blues of "I'm a Man on the other. This has to rank as the most influential two sided single in history. Although you won't find much more in the way of blues on this compilation, 2 of the songs here were written by Diddley's bass player and blues legend Willie Dixon. The first, recorded in 1955 was "Pretty Thing", which features some good harp work by Billy Boy Arnold, and "You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover", which has been covered numerous times by rock and blues artists alike. Even on these songs though, Bo gives them a rock and roll slant with his use of right hand rhythm chops. Diddley has been compared over the years to Chuck Berry. The biggest difference I can see in their musical styles was that Bo Diddley used a much deeper african type drum beat, and at times latin rhythms, as heard on the songs "Crackin' Up" and "Bring It To Jerome", which was written by band member Jerome Green, who was soon to become the worlds most famous Maracas player. A couple more of my favorites are "Who Do You Love", which was later covered by Quicksilver Messenger Service in the 60's, and Tom Rush and George Thorogood made a hit out of it in the 70's. The royalities from this song alone should have made Bo a rich man. "Roadrunner" is another song which has been covered many times.Read more ›
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By happydogpotatohead VINE VOICE on September 28, 2003
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So says the man on "You Can't Judge A Book By Lookin' At The Cover." He's right. Turn this UP. Get it to the point where Bo's guitar is vibrating your entire house. Let it shake all the dust out of the floorboards. Make your neighbors call the police. This music is worth a night in jail.
Seriously, it could be argued that this guy was the forerunner of so many things. None of the British rockers of the 60's would be anywhere without Bo Diddley. The Who and the Stones in particular owe him a great debt, not just for the rockin' Bo Diddley beat but for the macho, right-upfront lyrics and vocals and the total rock-and-roll attitude. Not to mention the huge sense of fun that permeates the whole Bo Diddley experience.
And that guitar! It's safe to say that nobody ever played electric guitar like Bo Diddley. He just turned on every effect available to him and turned it all the way up. It wiggles, it throbs, it bumps and it vibrates. And if you think the White Stripes invented minimal rock and roll, dig Bo Diddley. Some of this stuff is just his guitar and some maracas! Lean, mean, and ready to rumble.
There are so many classic songs and so many innovations on here, it's impossible to pick one out and praise it too much. I'll just point out here that, among other things, Bo invented rap on "Say Man," and that his use of rhythms that head straight back to Africa predate "world fusion" by about, oh, 30 or 40 years. Or the fact that he was one of the first rock musicians to have female instrumentalists in his band. I could go on and on, but you get the point.
You cannot go wrong with this CD. I don't care who you are or where your head is at or what kind of subgenre of rock you dig; Bo Diddley had an influence on it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bob Martinez on March 3, 2000
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Everytime I pick up a newspaper or magazine article on Bo Diddley, I read about his bitterness toward being ripped off as a young man in record sales, percentages etc. Well, that's a long time ago, and you know how fast money goes...yet Bo's legacy lives on! This is the best compilation for cuts and sound on Bo I've ever owned. Every one is a rock masterpiece. Bo, I know you feeled ripped off by all the groups who've captured your sound, like The Beatles, Rolling Stones,Yardbirds, plus countless other 1-hit wonders through the years without any dividends. But you were one of the major architects of rock and roll, and long after the money is gone..and long after we're all gone....your contributions to rock history will always live on. You can't put a price on genius and originality.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By W. T. White on November 16, 2003
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this is music I grew up with...I recently attended my 40th HS reunion and we hads this CD along with Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly playing in the background........O, the memories! BD's style has influenced the likes of Peter Frampton, The Eagles, Rolling Stones and Grand Funk RR...In the fifties, I had the good fortune to play/sit in with his band of 4....I have all BD's music some still in wrapper of the 45 rpm variety BUT this disk is the best.....there is a world of good sounds on here and it is VALUE........If you like this artist, then buy this disk.......it is truly his best!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul W. Burgess II on January 2, 2007
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Few artists have ever had such an impact as Bo Diddley. He left his mark on all rock that followed. Bo's music really shows the evolution of blues into rock. He often gets tossed in oldies bins, but this stuff is timeless, and some of it has more bite than anything one would expect from the time; for example, the awesome "Pills" is one of rocks' first "drug songs" and one of the best rock songs ever written. So many of these songs have been covered by popular artists, and so many original compositions still owe a large debt to Bo Diddley's work. Diddley was a true pioneer, in fact, the originator of a beat so distinctive that musicians know it as the "Bo Diddley Beat." Bo Diddley is not just music for those wanting to learn about the roots of rock though, it is truly vital and irresistible. For those looking for a good place to start, this is essential Bo Diddley and essential music: PERIOD!
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