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24 Very Strong "Covers",
This review is from: Bo Diddley is a ... Songwriter (Audio CD)
For all you folks who said, in the past, Diddley's ok, but he's all "shave-and-a-haircut-twobits" [rhythm], here are 24 reasons to reassess.
For me, this st is so solid that the lightest entry is actually by Buddy Holly!
(Interesting that Holly had two 1960s U.S. chartmakers with Bo Diddley material; of course, he hit the Top 10 in the U.K. in 1963 with "Bo Diddley").
The Everlys also charted internationally with Bo's "Love Is Strange". This tune also became a cool live-set piece for the duo.
Delbert McClinton has a hip entry on "Before You Accuse Me" but I think that some folks might have enjoyed the Creedence Clearwater Revival version even more (though, natuarlly, more common). Another perfect marriage of lyrics and beat.
It's fun to note how succssfully many of these artists got a "Bo Diddley sound" on their renditions - another facet of Ellas M. that has been ignored over the years -he went for a new sound...and got it! The maraccas bouncing off the clouds and shaking the ground below.
Standout tracks are Jo Ann Campbells' "Mama (Can I Go Out Tonight)", a teenage rite of passage about that awkward "breaking out"; the New York Dolls' take on "Pills", surely a non-hit but something that will make the next millenium; the Downliners' Sect "Cadillac" also moves. (Anybody ever hear Van Morrison and Linda Gail Lewis' workout on this one?). Oh yeah, Johnny Kidd & The Pirates do ust fine on "I Can Tell" - man, I love that song!
As always, the packaging and liners are superb. Ace has aced it again!