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Bo Diddley is a ... Songwriter

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  • Audio CD (26 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B003BL0BJK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1

  1. BO DIDDLEY - Buddy Holly
  2. I CAN TELL - Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
  3. OH YEAH - The Shadows Of Knight
  4. DEAREST - Mickey & Sylvia
  5. DEAREST DARLING - Gizzelle
  6. BEFORE YOU ACCUSE ME - Delbert McClinton
  8. LOVE IS STRANGE - The Everly Brothers
  9. ROAD RUNNER - The Zombies
  10. I'M SORRY - Los Lobos
  11. (MONA) I NEED YOU BABY - The Iguanas
  12. MAMA (CAN I GO OUT TONIGHT) - Jo Ann Campbell
  13. BEAUX' BOUNCE A.K.A. BO'S BOUNCE - C.C. Adcock
  14. DIDDLEY DADDY - The British Walkers
  15. I'M A MAN - John Hammond
  16. YOU DON'T LOVE ME (YOU DON'T CARE) - The Birds
  17. PILLS - New York Dolls
  18. SHE'S FINE, SHE'S MINE ("YOU DON'T LOVE ME") -Willie Cobbs
  20. CADILLAC (DEMO) - The Downliners Sect
  21. DIDDY WAH DIDDY - Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band
  22. THE STORY OF BO DIDDLEY - The Animals
  23. PRETTY THING - The Pretty Things
  24. WHO DO YOU LOVE - Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks

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* This month brings a slightly leftfield addition to Ace's songwriter series in the formidable form of the erstwhile Ellas McDaniel - former resident of of McComb, Mississippi and better known to his thousands of fans as the great Bo Diddley.

* Although Bo's far better known for his signature `shave and a haircut-six bits' rhythm and 20 years of his own fabulous Checker albums and singles, he was also a songwriter of some distinction - not just for himself but also for others. "Bo Diddley Is A...Songwriter" brings together 24 titles from the E McDaniel catalogue, performed by a variety of acts that range from 50s rock'n'roll legends (Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, Ronnie Hawkins, Mickey & Sylvia) to 60s R&B and garage bands (the Animals, Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, Pretty Things) to later 70s and 80s cult heroes such as the New York Dolls and Los Lobos. Between them and their chosen repertoire, they show there was much more to Bo beyond those mesmerising guitar riffs and out-of-this world rhythm patterns.

* The CD also features a rare appearance from Iggy Pop's first band - the Iguanas - performing `(Mona) I Need You Baby'.

* As with other volumes in this series, the repertoire is carefully chosen to reflect all aspects of Bo's songwriting ability, from ballads (`Dearest', `I'm Sorry') to blues (`Before You Accuse Me', `She's Fine She's Mine') to pop (`Love Is Strange') to the shave-and-a-haircut shakers that he's perhaps known for (`Who Do You Love', `Bo Diddley' etc).

* Copious track-by-track annotation, and the inevitable wealth of illustrations make this a must for everyone remotely interested in the work of one of the true legends of the rock'n'roll era.

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Assured of his place in the history of popular music as the creator of the famous Bo Diddley beat, not to mention his influence on a slew of musicians from the 50s to the present day, there has always been more to Ellas McDaniel than the rather one-dimensional, cartoonish figure who gave 'shave and a haircut, six bits' to rock'n'roll. Happily this quality CD from Ace goes a long way towards rectifying this relative injustice.

Starting out as a classically trained violinist, and cutting his teeth in the newly electrified blues clubs of Mississippi and Chicago, Bo brought each of these influences to bear on his songwriting, as well as elements of jazz, soul, gospel and r'n'b. What emerged from this melting pot was quite unlike anything ever heard before - a percussive, insistent, hypnotic rhythm that, among many other things, emphasised the African roots of rock'n'roll. But Bo did much more as well. He wrote doo-wop style melodies, as witnessed by 'Love is Strange'. He created classic boy-girl pop in 'Dearest' He tapped into the Westside conjunto soul of the Tex-Mex border towns with 'I'm Sorry'. He experimented with the basics of rap & funk, and he created THE greatest garage-band intro ever (in my opinion) with 'Road Runner'. And the story goes on - you can find his influence on everyone from Alice Cooper & Marilyn Manson to ZZ Top and The Who, as well as Jimi Hendrix, the Black Eyed Peas, George Michael, Billy Joel, Bowie and Elvis. In fact whatever your musical or stylistic fetish - oddly-shaped, outlandishly covered guitars, surreal and amusing lyrics, experiments with reverb & distortion, female instrumentalists - Bo's influence is likely to be in there somewhere.
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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!
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...the "story of Bo Diddley" here is only inspired by BO...it's a very fine original written by Eric Burdon...a great hommage to the master from the british invaders....
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT CD 23 Mar. 2017
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Listen! 25 July 2010
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Didn't expect too much from this release as I already had a good chunk of the material, but was pleasantly surprised at how listenable this set is, and how well these selections work together.

Many years ago when CHESS was releasing box sets of its artists a representative behind the projects appeared on public radio. The person stated that he did not think that Bo Diddley's material was all that strong.

This CD proves otherwise. Maybe it's the Bo Diddley beat which binds the numbers together. Maybe it's Bo Diddley's spirit & sensibilities coming across through the music which make this set a cohesive one. I'm not sure.

Whatever it is, it works. And it's nice to see Bo Diddley recognized as more than a great performer.

Bo Diddley = songwriter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mighty Bo Diddley 22 Aug. 2010
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Excellent disc showcasing the immortal Bo Diddley's prodigious song writing ability. Some real gems on this disc. Highlights include "Bo Diddley" by Buddy Holly and "Love Is Strange" by the Everly Brothers. These Hall of Famers offer excellent takes on Bo Diddley originals. Hidden gems include "Pretty Thing" by the vastly UNDERRATED Pretty Things, "Mona" by Iggy Pop and the Iguanas and "Diddley Daddy" by the British Walkers. A must for all Bo afficianadoes. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Dec. 2014
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One great record here! A young Iggy Pop with the Iguanas and much much more.
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