Hey Bo Diddley: A Tribute!

Hey Bo Diddley: A Tribute!

     
 

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… See more details below

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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:
07/30/2002
Label:
Evidence
UPC:
0730182612424
catalogNumber:
26124
Rank:
321146

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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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