Bo Diddley

Is a Gunslinger + 4 Bonus Tracks - 180 Gram (771938 LP)

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Is a Gunslinger + 4 Bonus Tracks - 180 Gram

Bo Diddley

Waxtime

8436542015769

LPS 141663

771938 LP

ROCK AND ROLL

1

LP 12,38 €

PLUS 4 BONUS TRACKS

INCLUDES FREE MP3 ALBUM DOWNLOAD

Long unavailable on vinyl, this quintessential collector’s edition includes Diddley’s fifth album, Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger, originally released by Chess’ subsidiary Checker Records in December 1961. Critically observed as the rock counterpart of Sonny Rollins’ Way out West (not just because of the cover art, but because of its loose adherence to a Western motif – in the John Wayne and Louis L’Amour sense), this LP is tremendously exciting. Clearly recorded with some haste, there’s an immediacy and coherence about these performances lacking from most rock records of the era. As with earlier releases, Bo Diddley is quite interested in various aspects of African American folklore, especially on “Whoa Mule (Shine)”, as the name of the mule is a reference to Shine, the folkloric African-American trickster who escaped the Titanic shipwreck.

Also, the album moves at a brisk pace, clocking in at just 25 minutes. Highlights include “Gunslinger”, “Ride on Josephine”, “Cadillac”, and “Sixteen Tons”. The first track, “Gunslinger”, is a perfect encapsulation of the legendary Bo Diddley beat and guitar sound, and it’s a great example of one type of Bo Diddley song: the tough, braggadocio filled, spirited romp, like a peacock strutting his stuff behind a solid blues-based rhythm and beat.

According to music critic Bill Dahl, “The song ‘Cadillac’ rocks like hell.” In addition, the tune “Ride on Josephine” has to rank as one of Bo Diddley’s top ten songs. It’s a spirited classic slice of late-’50s to mid-’60s Chuck Berry/Bo Diddley-esque rock & roll. It’s all powered by the simplest and yet most infectious of guitar licks, along with the master of maracas Jerome Green’s percussion. With the keenest of wit and tongue firmly in cheek, the tune merges two of America’s most iconic structures: a hot car and a hot woman.

PERSONNEL:

BO DIDDLEY, vocals and lead guitar, plus:

SIDE 1 (1-6) / SIDE 2 (1-5 & 7)
:
Peggy Jones (guitar and backing vocals), Jesse James Johnson (bass),
Willie Dixon (double bass on “Gunslinger”, “Cheyenne” and “Sixteen Tons”), Lafayette Leake or Billy Stewart (piano),
Billy “Dino” Downing (drums), Jerome Green (vocals and maracas),
Johnny Carter or Nate Nelson or Harvey Fuqua or Billy Stewart (additional backing vocals, except on “Gunslinger” and “Doing The
Crawdaddy”),
Lily “Bee Bee” Jamieson, Gloria Morgan and Vivian (additional backing vocals on “Gunslinger” and “Doing The Crawdaddy”).

Recorded at Bo Diddley’s home studio, Washington, D.C., February 1960.

SIDE 1 (7) / SIDE 2 (6):
Peggy Jones (guitar and backing vocals), Bobby Baskerville (bass, only on “Travelin’ West”),
Otis Spann (piano), Clifton James (drums), Jerome Green (vocals and maracas)

Recorded at Bo Diddley’s home studio, Washington, D.C., January 1960.

SIDE 1
01 GUNSLINGER
02 RIDE ON JOSEPHINE
03 DOING THE CRAWDADDY
04 CADILLAC
05 SOMEWHERE
06 WORKING MAN *
07 SCUTTLE BUG*

SIDE 2
01 CHEYENNE
02 SIXTEEN TONS
03 WHOA MULE (SHINE)
04 NO MORE LOVIN’
05 DIDDLING
06 TRAVELIN’ WEST *
07 DO WHAT I SAY *

* BONUS TRACKS