Hey Bo Diddley: A Tribute!

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All Music Guide - Matthew Greenwald
Aside from Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley is one of rock's only architects who can claim a style of his own and also have it automatically identified with his own name, a virtual musical trademark. The jumping, syncopated rhythm that he came up with at the dawn of the 1950s is still a large part of what rock & roll is all about, and makes Diddley, in his own way, easily as revolutionary as Berry or Jimi Hendrix. That being said, it's almost bizarre that a tribute album hadn't already been arranged before this one. Though Quicksilver Messenger Service's Happy Trails is all but a Bo Diddley tribute, that was one group synthesizing his material through a brilliant ...
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All Music Guide - Matthew Greenwald
Aside from Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley is one of rock's only architects who can claim a style of his own and also have it automatically identified with his own name, a virtual musical trademark. The jumping, syncopated rhythm that he came up with at the dawn of the 1950s is still a large part of what rock & roll is all about, and makes Diddley, in his own way, easily as revolutionary as Berry or Jimi Hendrix. That being said, it's almost bizarre that a tribute album hadn't already been arranged before this one. Though Quicksilver Messenger Service's Happy Trails is all but a Bo Diddley tribute, that was one group synthesizing his material through a brilliant psychedelic gauze. Now, finally, in 2002 ex-Textones founder Carla Olson has produced and put this authentic tribute album together, and it's a righteous beauty. Olson, a fine solo artist in her own right, assembles a unique congregation of new and veteran musicians here who not only do Diddley's music justice, but also show that the musician/songwriter was not limited to his patented, celebrated style. A good example of this would be Corey Harris' swampy take on "Crackin' Up," which slithers like a rattlesnake on a desert floor. As well, Kris Wiley's reading of "You Don't Love Me" combines blues with rockabilly and is buttressed by a brilliant shuffle rhythm. Diddley's more recognizable rhythm and feel is captured in dazzling style by such masters as Taj Mahal on "Bo Diddley" and Charlie Musslewhite's beautifully dusty rendition of "Hey Bo Diddley." On all of the tracks, the guest singer/soloists are accompanied by a stellar, well-oiled band led by veteran guitarist Charlie Karp. In fact, having the guests play with the same band on virtually all of the cuts was a stroke of genius by Olson. It takes the concept of the tribute album to a more refined, homogenous arena, raising the level of the game and also paying proper tribute to one of rock's true founding fathers with the same wit and energy that made him one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2002
  • Label: Evidence
  • UPC: 730182612424
  • Catalog Number: 26124
  • Sales rank: 270,537

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bo Diddley - Taj Mahal (3:25)
  2. 2 Who Do You Love? (2:50)
  3. 3 Road Runner - Walter Trout (4:29)
  4. 4 I Can Tell - Tommy Castro (4:05)
  5. 5 Ride on Josephine (4:18)
  6. 6 Crackin' Up (3:28)
  7. 7 Pills (4:39)
  8. 8 Mona (I Need You Baby) (4:20)
  9. 9 I'm a Man (3:45)
  10. 10 Don't Let It Go (Hold on to What You Got) - Guitar Shorty (3:42)
  11. 11 Hey Bo Diddley - Charlie Musselwhite (3:18)
  12. 12 You Don't Love Me (4:39)
  13. 13 My Story - Son Seals (3:41)
  14. 14 You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover (4:03)
  15. 15 Before You Accuse Me (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Musselwhite Harmonica, Vocals
Son Seals Guitar, Vocals
Taj Mahal Guitar, Vocals
Joe Louis Walker Guitar, Vocals
Roy Gaines Guitar, Vocals
Charlie Karp Guitar
Barry Goldberg Piano
Sugar Blue Harmonica, Vocals
Tommy Castro Guitar, Vocals
Michael Merritt Bass Guitar
Coco Montoya Guitar, Vocals
Otis Rush Guitar, Vocals
Walter Trout Guitar, Vocals
Corey Harris Vocals, Slide Guitar
James Wormworth Drums
Eric Sardinas Vocals, Electric Dobro
Kris Wiley Guitar, Vocals
Michael Burks Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Cobbs Composer
Jonathan Richman Composer
Steve Winwood Composer
Charlie Karp Producer, Concept
Carla Olson Producer
Jimmy Miller Composer
John Arrias Engineer
Bo Diddley Composer
Todd Everett Liner Notes
Steve Jensen Art Direction
Andy Waterman Engineer
Doug Taylor Engineer
Chucky Thompson Composer
Brian Brinkerhoff Executive Producer
V. Lee Composer
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