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Man Amongst Men

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

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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 (May 21, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic/Q Records
  • ASIN: B000002J9J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,656 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bo Diddley Is Crazy
2. Can I Walk You Home
3. Hey Baby
4. I Can't Stand It
5. He's Got A Key
6. A Man Amongst Men
7. Coatimundi
8. That Mule
9. Kids Don't Do It
10. Oops! Bo Diddley

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bo Diddley Let Loose April 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The opening track of Bo Diddley's underrated 1996 CD "A Man Amongst Men" is called "Bo Diddley Is Crazy," and if the man who brought primal ooze to the Creation of rock 'n' roll still doesn't get the attention of (to name the most obvious), "the King", its at least in part because Mr. Diddley's as unreconstructed as they come. Check the footage of Bo playing "Who Do You Love" with the Stones in 1995, flanked by Ron Wood and Keith Richards. Bo first toured with these guys in 1963, yet as they pay close attention to cues from this genius, icon, and innovator whose work is part of the Stones' DNA, you can't help but notice that they still can't predict when he'll erupt with a sudden flurry of rusty barbed-wire guitar. The cliche is that Bo brought that shave-and-a-haircut rhythm to the teen riot structure, but that's reductive in the extreme - for his rhythms are never that simple (and reward close attention), and he is an innovator on too levels to be pigeonholed - as sonic visionary, his homemade electric guitars buzzed and sputtered with visceral force and menace or shrieked like Johnny Thunders' subway train, often while Jerome Green's maracas sizzled up top; furthermore he recorded at his home studio long before younger, more compensated rock'n'rollers dreamed of such a thing. With the emphasis on layred, intricate rhythm patterns he was a funk godfather, and from the start conciously strove for something primal and cathartic, a direct link to what he calls the "shout" mode, the very embodiment of "jungle music"....And, he was unique in working with a series of fine women musicians at a time when girls with guitars were virtually unheard of. Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Bo Diddley with help from his friends August 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Good mix of blues,rock and even a bit of hip hop. Bo's best studio album from the 90's! Guests on this cd include Ron Wood, Keith Richards, and many others. Why is this now out of print? Buy it used from Amazon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bo shakes! December 8, 2007
Format:Audio CD
With solid production and his lusty voice still bellowing at its best, this is prime Bo Diddley -even if the man was aged about 70 when he recorded it.
Great stuff
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too Many Cooks In Bo's Kitchen February 17, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I haven't researched producer Mike Vernon and I'm sure he might've produced some mighty fine music but he doesn't know Diddley when it comes to Bo.

Critics have called his music many things from "jungle music" to "rock & roll" to "pre-funk" and critics need to convince themselves and us that they know what they speak of.

I'm am not a critic but a critical listener and upon critically listening to this album, I've concluded that this is a spit polished piece of crap.

Please release these tracks with MORE BO DIDDLEY GUITAR and less guest guitars.

Yeah it is Bo's voice but he is out of his funky element that is inherent in a Bo Diddley show. He is one of the worlds most creative people and his best song (with Ron Wood) is cut too short. Maybe the producer was told a song can't go over 6 minutes?

I don't want to waste much more time panning his "major label re-debut" but once you see him live, you want PURE DIDDLEY. Not watered down pop-diddley.
What the hell were they thinking when they recorded this?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Man Amongst Men September 10, 2010
By pcaguy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I heard a cut from this CD in Daddy O's in New York city and spent some time tracking down the album. This is an outstanding CD and one that should be in everyone's library. Bo knows his stuff and so do the other folks on these tracks. Take a look at the musicians on this album and keep this thought in mind - none of these guys had to be coerced to play with Bo; they all were eager to get in the mix. That should tell you something. The title track is real down home feel-it-in-your-gut boogie rock and by itself is worth the price of the album. Five stars for this excellent album!
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