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I'm a Man: The Chess Masters 1955-1958 [Limited Edition]

Bo DiddleyAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Bo Diddley (Alternate - 1) 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I'm A Man (Alternate Take) 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Little Girl (Alternate Version) 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Bo Diddley (Alternate - 2) 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Bo Diddley 2:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I'm A Man 2:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Little Girl 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care) 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Diddley Daddy 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. She's Fine, She's Mine 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Pretty Thing 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Heart-O-Matic Love (Partial/Alternate Version) 1:47$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen13. Heart-O-Matic Love 2:47$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen14. Bring It To Jerome (Unedited Version) 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Bring It To Jerome 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Spanish Guitar 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Dancing Girl 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Diddy Wah Diddy 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. I'm Looking For A Woman 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. I'm Bad 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Love Is Strange 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Who Do You Love 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Cops And Robbers 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Down Home Special 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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listen  1. Hey! Bo Diddley 2:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mona 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Say Boss Man (Undubbed Alternate Version) 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Say! Boss Man 2:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Run Diddley Daddy 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Before You Accuse Me (Take A Look At Yourself) 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Say Man (Alternate) 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Say Man 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Hush Your Mouth (Alternate Version) 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Hush Your Mouth 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Bo's Guitar 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Dearest Darling (Alternate Version) 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Dearest Darling 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Clock Strikes Twelve 2:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Willie And Lillie 2:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Our Love Will Never Go 2:40$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen17. Bo Meets The Monster 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. I Love You So 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. The Great Grandfather 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Crackin' Up 2:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Don't Let It Go (Hold On To What You Got) 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. I'm Sorry 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Oh Yea 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Blues Blues 2:53$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 (October 23, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • ASIN: B000W7Y1HE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bo: The Motherlode November 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Fans (i'm one) have been waiting a long time for Bo Diddley to get the serious attention and reissue campaign he deserves. What a delight it is to find oneself listening to disc one of "I'm A Man: The Chess Masters 1955 - 1958", witnessing previously unheard primal ooze from the very creation of rock 'n' roll, happy as a baby that, thanks to context and previously unheard and historically crucial material - including two alternate versions of 'Bo Diddley ' itself, each surprisingly different from the other AND from the final master we all know and love - it all absolutely sounds so new again, so urgent, and so pleasureable, not the least bit academic or 'interesting' in the way you might expect when you notice a boxed set by a major artist includes several previously ureleased alternate takes.
"Hmmm...morally speaking, should I play ALL the false starts of (Charlie Parker's) 'Mr Lee' again, or just program the masters?"
The sense of revelation occurs, for me, during track four, the second alternate version of 'Bo Diddley', as Bo lets out a roar - an invocation - whose power and menace clearly is such that it will not survive to the master take, already one of the seminal debut 45s from the rock 'n' roll era. The band, and Bo espececially, dig into the groove and soar....
The story of Bo Diddley is, I presume, familiar to most of you reading this...Born December 30, 1928 in McComb, Mississippi, part of the great black American migration north, but ahead of the curve, heading to Chicago when he was only 7 or 8, which makes the depth of 'southerness' in his music all the more remarkable; for many years studied the violin, which influenced his approach to the guitar ("The rhythm guitar sound that I started I call the muted sound. I learned that from playing classical violin...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bo's Incredible 50"s Rock November 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This truly is an amazing set of music. I've been a fan of Bo's for a few years now and was a little frustrated about the sound quality on some of the earlier compilations and lack of completness. This set obviously takes care of Bo's first 4 years - definitively! Kudos to Hip-O-Select for doing such a nice job. Nice little booklet with all recording dates and musician info too.

If I could have changed anything, I probably would have just changed the order a bit - I like the chronological approach, but sometimes hearing the same song twice in a row is a little annoying. Maybe disc one could have been the masters and disc two could have been the alternates, but whatever! - I am truly glad to have purchased this set.

I really would like to have another volume or two - 1959-1963 would be awesome as there are some really hard to find(and great!)tracks that have not been easily available in the U.S. for quite a while, and the sound on the imports sometimes leaves something to be desired.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bedrock 'n' roll December 29, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Hip-O re-chisels some stone rock 'n' roll tablets with Bo Diddley's first 36 masters for Chess, augmented with 12 alternate takes. Like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis and the Everly Brothers' early works, you can hear Diddley transforming his roots into the newly christened rock 'n' roll. In Diddley's case both the rhythm and blues stay close at hand, and his inventions can be heard throughout the next 50 years of rock music. Listening through the masters in chronological order, interspersed with alternate takes, gives a sense of Diddley's evolution. In particular, the refinements from early to master takes, particularly in the vocal approach, shows Diddley to be surprisingly experimental in the studio. It's rare when you can point to something as a pillar of invention, but Diddley's music - his beat, his audacious rhythm guitar playing and his vocals are just that, a foundation of rock 'n' roll. [©2007 hyperbolium dot com]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoooargh! April 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD
For a start the sound is brilliant, it leaps right out at you, and even the packaging is top shelf. Which is good stuff, because this is monstrously amazing and unbelievably vital music, so seminal it's damn near obscene: as primitive avant-garde as Beefheart, as much sheer fun as Chuck Berry, and as soulful as Atlantic R&B. Funny, too. Moving even, on the rare ballads. But, oh, that mad guitar! The relentless throb/thump/crash percussion! That wild voice! My God.

I'm sorry I can't really talk about the album in any detail, am a bit incoherent, stunned basically, but there are fine and thoughtful reviews already posted here. I just want to witness that I love it, really love it, and to add my 5 stars to the others, hoping to possibly help sway at least one viewer's mind. I mean, I've owned this CD for less than 24 hours, but no doubt, it's definitely one of the very best things I've ever been lucky enough to get my hands on. Bring on Volume II!

By the way the alternate takes & repetitions are cool, good in themselves, and not tediously "completist" at all. Each track is a gem and the music flows all the way through both discs, generating and sustaining a raw, utterly primal atmosphere that can become hypnotically all-enveloping, not to mention extremely exciting. (You can get even a decent sense of it simply by letting the Amazon sound samples play through while you browse.)

I'll hush my mouth.
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Re-release plans????
I hate this !!!!!!!!!!! this is horrible this sucks so bad because not only a year ago this was $114.00 and before that $28.98 now THIS $250.00 and thats the price of a USED one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is bull!!!! why a [LIMITED EDITION] why not something everybody can get when they CAN afford it I... Read More
Dec 30, 2010 by D. Vogt |  See all 5 posts
I cannot find a song called Reach for the Sky.
Sorry to take six years to answer but I think the song you want is called"Cops And Robbers." It contains the "Reach For The Sky" line.
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