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  • Audio CD (8 Aug. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B0001XAQSW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,136 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4. Cadillac
5. Somewhere
6. Cheyenne
7. Sixteen Tons
8. Whoa Mule (Shine)
9. No More Lovin'
10. 10 Diddling
11. Working Man
12. Do What I Say
13. Prisoner Of Love
14. Googlia Moo
15. Better Watch Yourself

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
In 1979 I arrived for the first time into New York City off the EI 105 from Dublin to JFK and was desperate to christen my visit to the great city by seeing a killer gig. So I opened The Village Voice and saw an advert for "Bo Diddley - Chess Records Legend" who was playing in a small bar off 6th Avenue - blocks away from where I was staying in West 16th Street. I wandered down, paid in and almost immediately a huge man passed me on route to the stage. He was wearing a black leather hat with silver buckles around the rim and a matching black leather suit. Diddley was at least 6 foot tall and was carrying his trademark and truly beautiful red coloured box-shaped Gretsch guitar. He plugged it in and launched into "Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger". About 5 seconds into its chugging rumba-meets-rock'n'roll rhythm, the place went absolutely bananas! I'm sure Bo Diddley had done this a thousand times before and I'm sure every time it was magic. It was like witnessing Muddy Waters with his Mojo in full swing - sexy, fun and utterly mesmerizing. I went out and bought a vinyl re-issue of the album the next day in Crazy Eddie's and it's been my pal ever since.

Elias McDaniel was born in 1928 in Mississippi, inducted into the Rock `n' Roll Hall Of Fame in 1987 as a true crossover innovator and sadly passed away in June 2008 with his self-made legend intact and still beloved. "Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger" was his 5th album for the Chess umbrella of labels and was issued 15 September 1960 on Checker LP 2977 in Stereo in the USA.

This 2nd CD re-issue bolsters up the LP's original 12 tracks with 5 bonuses.
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By K. Garland on 10 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Gunslinger was my introduction to Diddley some 45 years ago & the original 10 track transfer from vinyl to CD represents Diddley at his best. The add on tracks are just too make the numbers up & do nothing for the total presentation.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Solid album of bedrock rock 'n' roll 15 April 2004
By hyperbolium - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Diddley's fifth album, originally issued in 1961, didn't really expand on his formula - Diddley beat, propulsive rhythm guitar and maracas, and boastful lyrics - but it's such a bedrock sound, he didn't really need to. In addition to the title track's toast-worthy brag and the well-known "Ride On Josephine," the album is filled with treats. Diddley's bluesy recitation of "Sixteen Tons" has a darkness that (unsurprisingly) eluded Tennessee Ernie Ford, "Do What I Say" has a hypnotically twangy rhythm-lead, and though "Do the Crawdaddy" may never have caught on as a national dance craze, it's a fine tune, with Diddley's guitar forming a virtual wall-of-sound.
Diddley's music is more carnal than that of labelmates like Chuck Berry, fueled more by the beat and the energy of the reverb than by clever stories or characters. Most of the album keeps the beat cranked, but even when it pauses for ballads like "Somewhere" and "No More Lovin'" there's a raw edge that leaps out. The melodies may be reminiscent of standard '50s rock ballads, but Diddley's singing and the production are incredibly electric.
Bonus tracks include a loose take of "Prisoner of Love" that sounds as if it was arranged by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, the stompin' novelty "Googlia Moo," and Little Walter's (or Lightnin' Hopkins') "Better Watch Yourself." The latter two help flesh out other sides of Diddley's musical background.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"Go Bo Diddley..." 9 Sept. 2008
By Mark Barry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In 1979 I arrived for the first time into New York City off the EI 105 from Dublin to JFK and that evening was desperate to christen my visit to the great city by seeing a killer gig. So I opened The Village Voice and saw an advert for "Bo Diddley - Chess Records Legend" who was playing in a small bar off 6th Avenue - blocks away from where I was staying in West 16th Street. I wandered down, paid in and almost immediately a huge man passed me on route to the stage. He was wearing a black leather hat with silver buckles around the rim and a matching black leather suit. Diddley was at least 6 foot tall and was carrying his trademark and truly beautiful red coloured box-shaped Gretsch guitar. He plugged it in and launched into "Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger". About 5 seconds into its chugging rumba-meets-rock'n'roll rhythm, the place went absolutely bananas! I'm sure Bo Diddley had done this a thousand times before and I'm sure every time it was magic. It was like witnessing Muddy Waters with his Mojo in full swing - sexy, fun and utterly mesmerizing. I went out and bought a vinyl re-issue of the album the next day in Crazy Eddie's and it's been my pal ever since.

Elias McDaniel was born in 1928 in Mississippi, inducted into the Rock `n' Roll Hall Of Fame in 1987 as a true crossover innovator and sadly passed away in June 2008 with his self-made legend intact and still beloved. "Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger" was his 5th album for the Chess umbrella of labels and was issued 15 September 1960 on Checker LP 2977 in the USA.

This 2nd CD re-issue bolsters up the LP's original 12 tracks with 5 bonuses (38:56 minutes). Tracks 13 and 14 are "Working Man" and "Do What I Say" which initially appeared on the first CD outing in 1989 as two previously unreleased tracks at that time, while the last 3 are "Prisoner Of Love", Googlia Moo" and "Better Watch Yourself" and are new to this issue as previously unreleased in the USA. The reason I concentrate on the bonuses is that - like the album itself - the quality of the 5 is fantastic! They're not just filler - they really are `so' good - they might as well be Side 1 of a sixth LP! They were recorded in January and February of 1960 and ERICK LABSON's remastering of them is typically superlative (he's handled almost exclusively the whole of the Chess Label re-issues - over 800 re-master/mastering credits to his name).

The 12-page booklet reproduces the gorgeous full colour front sleeve, a colour outtake from the shoot, the album's original rear sleeve (LP 2977), full session details, new liner notes by noted reviewer Bud Scoppa and the original blue and white Checker label for the Electronic Stereo Version (LPS -2977) is pictured beneath the see-through tray as well - all very nice touches.

Bo Diddley has never really received the recognition he's deserved because many have viewed him as a one-trick, one-sound pony - which is a shame, because he was so much better than that. And like so many of the greats - he created his own sound, image and penned most of his own tunes. Hopefully this lovely reissue will change all that and make people reassess. Highly recommended.

PS: It should also be noted that this issue is part of the "ROCK 'N' ROLL 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION" Series issued in 2004 by Universal in the USA. 'Rock 'N' Roll 50th Anniversary Edition' is a secondary series title and is displayed vertically on the side inlay beneath the see-through tray of each release, but unfortunately, if you try to search databases for ANY titles under this moniker, it doesn't recognize the 'name' at all. For those interested - the series includes:

1. "After School Session" by CHUCK BERRY (1958 debut LP on Chess, see REVIEW)
2. "St. Louis To Liverpool" by CHUCK BERRY (1964 STEREO LP on Chess, see REVIEW)
3. "The Chirping Crickets" by THE CRICKETS (their 1957 debut LP featuring BUDDY HOLLY, see REVIEW)
4. "Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger" by BO DIDDLEY (1960 STEREO LP on Checker, see REVIEW)
5. "Rock Around The Clock" by BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS (ground-breaking 1955 LP on Decca, see REVIEW)
6. "Buddy Holly" by BUDDY HOLLY (1958 1st solo LP on Coral, see REVIEW)
7. "Rock, Rock, Rock! - Original Soundtrack" by VARIOUS (Chuck Berry, The Flamingos and The Moonglows) (1956 Chess 'Rock'n'Roll Movie Soundtrack LP, see REVIEW)
There's a pictorial of all of the above in Amazon's LISTMANIA

I bought all 7 of these titles and I can't recommend them enough - each album remastered, colour artwork lovingly restored and each bolstered up with 3 to 5 relevant releases from the time (many previously unreleased). Fans of Haley, Holly, The Crickets, Berry, Diddley and Rock'n'Roll in general should quickly acquire all of these exemplary CDs. They make for the best basis of a collection in a minefield of lesser compilations.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bonus tracks are much better than the original album 7 Aug. 2009
By kireviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is Bo Diddley's fifth album. The original album is 10 tracks and about 24 minutes long. Most songs were done during one recording session in February, 1960. There are 5 bonus tracks recorded during that session (2 were on an earlier CD release and the other 3 have never been released).

I'm not a big fan of the original album. It all seems like watered down Bo Diddely in search of a hit. There is a lot of the popish do wop sound that was driving rock in those days. This is like one of those albums where the record company told the artist what to do. I also think the cover is pretty embarassing.

The sound quality of the original album is poor. It does not sound very professional and is not up to the standards of rock music from that period from people like Elvis, Holly, or Berry. The sound is thin and tinny. The mix is poor. In some cases the background singers can just barely be heard. Recordings from the 1940s have been better.

The bonus tracks are another story. The bonus tracks are lively driving songs with with the Bo Diddley beat. It is like they were left off the album because they were not mainstream enough.

The sound quality of the bonus tracks is so much better than that on the originally released songs. The bonus tracks have a nice rich sound with the perfect mix. This is strange since all songs were recorded at the same time. Maybe the original mix was used on the original tracks, while the bonus tracks were mixed recently???

I would give the original album about 2 stars and the bonus tracks 5 stars.
His most well-thought out album 18 Oct. 2006
By D. Pascoe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Not only are the songs great, "Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger" is a great ALBUM as opposed to being just a collection of singles. Many of the tracks were recorded at Bo's home studio, and the album in general has an upbeat humorous feel to it. One of my favorite lyrics: "If you do the Craw-Dad right, I'm gonna buy you a popsicle tonight!" (from Doing The Crawdaddy). The bonus tracks are very good too. I really don't know what else I can say about this without ruining it for you if you haven't heard it. It's loud, it's fun, and it's Bo Diddley.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Bonus Tracks!! 23 July 2004
By R. Serpico - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A must-have for Bo Diddley fans! The song "Better Watch Yourself" is worth the price alone. Think - "I'm A Man" part 2. Blues Bo Diddley-Style! I give it 4 stars because most of the songs don't have the "Bo Diddley Beat" that we all love. Still a great cd and a good buy!
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