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The Story Of Bo Diddley: Very Best Of [Box set]

Bo Diddley Audio CD
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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 (13 Mar 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Chess/Universal
  • ASIN: B000CR8RC4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,252 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Mumblin' Guitar 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Bo Diddley (Single Version) 2:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I'm A Man (Single Version) 2:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Diddy Wah Diddy 2:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Pretty Thing 2:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Bring It To Jerome 2:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Diddley Daddy (Single Version) 2:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Who Do You Love (Single Version) 2:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I'm Bad 3:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Cops And Robbers 3:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Walkin' And Talkin' 2:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Say Man (Single Version) 3:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Shut Up, Woman 3:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Hush Your Mouth 2:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover (Single Version) 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Story Of Bo Diddley 2:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Crackin' Up (Single Version) 2:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Craw-Dad 2:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. She's Fine, She's Mine 2:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Better Watch Yourself 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Bo's A Lumber Jack (Album Version) 2:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. We're Gonna Get Married 2:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Don't Let It Go (Hold On To What You Got) (Album Version) 2:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. The Greatest Lover In The World 2:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Hey Good Looking 2:490.59  Buy MP3 
Listen26. 500% More Man 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. I've Had It Hard (Album Version) 3:230.79  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Hey! Bo Diddley 2:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mona (Single Version) 2:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Here 't Is 2:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Down Home Special 3:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I'm Looking For A Woman 2:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Before You Accuse Me (Take A Look At Yourself) 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Road Runner (Single Version) 2:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Bo Diddley Is Loose (Album Version) 3:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Cadillac 2:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Oh Yea 3:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Who May Your Lover Be 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. You All Green 3:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Pills 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Gun Slinger 1:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. I Can Tell 4:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Run Diddley Daddy (Alternate take) 2:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Hong Kong, Mississippi 2:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Dearest Darling (Alternate Take) 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Willie And Lillie 2:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. I Know (I'm Alright) 2:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care) 2:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Ride On Josephine 2:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Say! Boss Man 2:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Mr. Kruschev 2:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Ooh Baby 2:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Elephant Man 4:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Bo's Bounce (Instrumental) 1:390.79  Buy MP3 

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2CD Very Best Of

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pay Bo Diddley... 13 Jun 2009
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
There are other Bo Diddley compilations but you really need a double CD to cover all Bo's hits, his straight blues and some of his left-field weirdness. This has got to be the definitive collection that covers all those bases to present a great memorial to one of rock and roll's pioneers, a real innovator and a true one-off.

All Bo's hits are here, including "Bo Diddley", "Say man", "You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover", "Road Runner" and "Who Do You Love" etc. Also included are songs that were later recorded by white acts, such as "Before you accuse me", "Mona" and "Ride on Josephine". And don't miss some of his real down-home and dirty blues such as "You don't love me (you don't care)" and "She's fine, she's mine" which are equal to anything by Muddy or Wolf. These blues (and the hits) were all recorded using the cream of Chess's roster as backing musicians; including Otis Spann or Lafayette Leake on piano, Little Walter or Billy Boy Arnold on harp, Willie Dixon on bass and Frank Kirkland or Billy Downing on drums.

Buy this great collection and as David Lindley's song says "Pay Bo Diddley" (although sadly now after his death the money will go to his estate...)
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This really is the go to album for any one wanting a comprehensive overview of the work of Bo Diddley. Spread over two discs it finds space for all the great hits and some lesser known but equally good recordings. Covering a period of nearly 20 years from the mid `50s to the early `70s, Diddley's style (and the famous Diddley beat) hardly changes. This is no bad thing, as he knocked out track after track of classic uptempo blues. Sometimes with a sense of humour, sometimes with a social conscience, always memorable and foot tapping music.

This isa fine compilation form Chess - as well as track after track of great music, there is a booklet with a decent essay about Diddley and some interesting photos. The discs are in a fold out digipack. The remastering of the tracks is excellent, Diddley's guitar and equally distinctive vocals come through nice and clearly on my stereo.

An excellent set, highly recommended.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Bo. 17 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you want to buy just one Bo Diddley album then this is the one!

Bo Diddley was a huge influence on the British blues revolution of the sixties especially on bands such as; The Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things, The Yardbirds and The Animals, to name just a few. The lyrics of his songs were relatively simple, the secret was in the rhythm! His sound was quite unique and way ahead of it's time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Bo Diddley didn't get much radio coverage in the UK in the rock'n'roll era and very few of his US singles came out over here. Consequently he was, perhaps surprisingly to today's music fan, very little known. Possibly the first I heard of him was at a presentation at school by a couple of my peers. I suspect this was 5th or 6th form and post exams, when topics were invented till break for the summer holidays. Anyway this was a presentation on the history of jazz illustrated with flow charts drawn on the board, much like the cover of the famous "Sound of the City" from the late, much respected Charlie Gillett", plus the playing of relevant records. They had plenty of blues in there and included this amazing one chord guy - and we all know who that was!

Not too long after that my band was playing in a local church hall and, on before us was a folk group. To close their set they played "Bo Diddley" (which was probably the loudest number they had). Determined to match it, when we came on we opened with an enthusiastic but unrehearsed version of "Willie and the Hand Jive" originally from the Johnny Otis Show - this was the nearest we could get since none of us actually knew "Bo Diddley" properly. Seemed like fun at the time but that's what the Diddley beat was all about, fun!

Looking back at the man, the first thing you inevitably remember is "Bo Diddley buy babe a diamond ring" and THAT rhythm" which was subsequently used by every rock band on the planet. But there was a lot more to him than that as this compilation demonstrates admirably. Just picking up on some of the good stuff contained here more or less at random:

- the great pastiche of country hit "Big Bad John" with "Bo's a lumberjack" - "He had steel in his arm, he called it bone ......
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surpise in store 28 April 2011
By BrynG
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At 5.99 (right now) this is fantastic value. If you are like me and Bo Diddley is really just a name checked by many other artists then I strongly recommend you give this a try. Diddley has written some truly great songs, has a strong voice and distinctive guitar. Listening to these CDs you can clearly hear his influence on those that followed, but equally he was obviously not afraid to borrow from those around him - there are 4 tracks here that are essentially variations of Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy" (but Waters probably wasn't the first!). Personally I love this cross fertilisation of ideas and regret the current trend of claiming ownership of parts of tunes as being in some way original and not to be copied.
All in all this was a bit of a revelation to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The forgotten King of R & B 21 Dec 2012
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It`s only when you realize that Bo Diddley had only two minor hits in the UK that it brings home how under rated he was. There are so many songs on this compilation that are `standards such as `Road Runner` `Bo Diddley` and `Pretty Thing` to name just a few. He also influenced a huge number of groups like the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds.
Why he was not as successful as some of his counterparts I shall never know. However, buy the album & discover what a great songwriter, singer and guitar player he was. You wont be disappointed!
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