INCLUDES 2 BONUS TRACKS
5 STARS ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
Legendary guitarist, gifted songwriter, master of rhythm, snappy dresser… Bo Diddley (AKA “The Originator”) was all of these things and more. Diddley surprised the music world in the mid-1950s when he unleashed a new guitar sound dominated by heavy rhythmic drive and distortion, which was quickly absorbed by other players. He called his syncopated groove a "freight train sound,” while others described it as a "shave-and-a-haircut rhythm.” The beat had been around for centuries, most notably in West African drumming, but Diddley mastered it and augmented it for the rock & roll era. (His guitar sound is exemplified on the track "Bo's Guitar"). Rhythm was so important in Bo Diddley's music that harmony was often reduced to a bare simplicity. Most of his songs (for example, "Say Man") often had no chord changes; that is, the musicians played the same chord throughout the piece, so that excitement was created by the rhythm, rather than by harmonic tension and release.
Long unavailable on vinyl, this quintessential collector’s edition includes his second album, Go Bo Diddley (1959), which offers a great introduction into this man's special brand of musical innovation. In addition to this sensational LP, we have included 2 bonus tracks consisting of hard to find sides from the same period. Between hypnotic and rhythmic guitar lines, swaggering vocals, hot numbers and solid instrumentals, all of these songs serve up a young Bo Diddley at his raw and primal best, and confirm that from the onset of his career Diddley didn't sound like anyone else in rock & roll. Enjoy it!
BO DIDDLEY: Guitar and vocals on all tracks (violin on "Heart-O-Matic" only) plus:
Jerome Green: Background vocals and maracas. Also lead vocals on “Say Man”
Frank Kirkland: Drums (except on “Crackin’ Up,” “I’m Sorry,” “Oh Yeah” and “Don’t Let It Go”)
Clifton James (drums on “Crackin’ Up,” “I’m Sorry,” “Oh Yeah” and “Don’t Let It Go”)
Lafayette Leake (piano on “Bo’s Guitar,” Willie And Lillie” and “The Clock Strikes Twelve”),
Otis Spann (piano on “Crackin’ Up,” “Oh Yeah” and “Don’t Let It Go”)
Billy Boy Arnold (harmonica)
The Carnations (backing vocals on “Crackin’ Up” and “Oh Yeah”).
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois (USA), 1955-1958.
Originally produced by Leonard and Phil Chess
01 CRACKIN’ UP 2:41
02 I’M SORRY 2:30
03 BO’S GUITAR 2:38
04 WILLIE AND LILLIE 2:34
05 YOU DON’T LOVE ME
06 YOU DON’T CARE) 2:36
06 SAY MAN 2:30
07 HEART-O-MATIC LOVE 2:48 *
01 THE GREAT GRANDFATHER 2:40
02 OH YEAH 2:30
03 DON’T LET IT GO (HOLD ON TO WHAT YOU GOT) 2:36
04 LITTLE GIRL 2:35
05 DEAREST DARLING 2:32
06 THE CLOCK STRIKES TWELVE 2:35
07 BO MEETS THE MONSTER 3:06 *
* BONUS TRACKS
All tracks composed by BO DIDDLEY (Ellas McDaniel)
except A2 (Bo Diddley - A. Freed - H. Fuqua) and B4 (M. Levy - H. Cox)